Starting Pitcher Matt Shoemaker allowed a pair of two-run home runs to Adam Jones on a night his offense had plenty of tables set. But the Angels were regularly robbed of opportunities by a ludicrous Eric Cooper strike zone that was not present when the Orioles batted. The result was a 4-2 loss at home on a night Oakland was idle. So the Halos are two back of the Athletics and send out #5 starter 2.0 Hector Santiago tomorrow with the promise of at least not having an obvious Tim Donaghy throwing the game toward one team.
The Angels struck out eleven times - and only one was swinging. Cooper threw a vindicitve slam to Mike Trout after the All Star dared argue with the seven-inches-off-the-plate zone that Cooper gave O's starter Bud Norris. The same courtesy was not shown to Shoemaker who had to get Showalter's fat-assed lineup of "power" hitters to swing and hack their way into oblivion. Sadly, two fat pitches were thrown in the game and both of them were souvenirs over the fence courtesy of Jones, the man who robbed Trout of gold gloves the last two seasons now doing real damage to the Angels.
Halos seek their revenge tomorrow at 7 PM.