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Angels offense scores requisite two runs, then bails; Angels lose 4-2

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The Angels had another game in which the pitcher had to be perfect, otherwise it'd mean a loss. Spoiler alert: Jered Weaver pitched well, but he wasn't perfect.

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Angels 2  Rays 4

Bad new: the other Angels showed up tonight. You know, the OTHER one...the one that could probably build a space elevator before they could score more than two runs. The OTHER team that does not let it’s pitchers have any mistakes, because otherwise they’re going to get outscored. It’s something we’ve grown familiar with, but it just happens to twist the knife a bit more when it comes on the heels of an eight run game the night before. Such is the Angels 2015 season, and so it was tonight in St. Petersburg.

Jered Weaver was on the hill tonight, and while he started in a similar fashion to his disastrous start in New York last week, he did manage to limit the damage and get through 7 ⅔ innings and only allowed three ones. The Rays got two on the board in the second, via a Kevin Kiermaier single that scored Asdrubal Cabrera, and the Rays got a freebie when newly called-up Kyle Kubitza took a Joey Butler grounder and threw it to second for the force out, instead of to first, which ended up allowing Nick Franklin to score before the third out had been recorded. Weaver would then start off the third by giving up a Evan Longoria homer to left. Those three runs were the extent of Jered’s damage, though, and he would calm down somewhat and, while it was a bit rough at times, get to the eighth before being pulled.

Those three runs would end up being all the Rays would need to win tonight, sadly, because as mentioned in the opening, the Angels offense was predictably timid. The Halos would get their runs in during the third inning, when Erick Aybar singled home C.J. Cron, and Mike Trout would follow up with an RBI single for himself, driving in Aybar. And then...everything went black. The lights of the Angels offensive production cut out and left the team twiddling their thumbs in the darkness, looking up to hopefully see some night sky but there was just the fleshy, Glad bag ceiling of Tropicana Field staring back at them.

Couple other mentionables: Fernando Salas did the opposite of what he did in his last call from the bullpen, which is to say he didn’t look sharp and he allowed the Rays to get an insurance run, making the score 4-2. The anemic offense sort of renders that a moot point, but it’s unsettling how different this middle relief can look from game to game. The other item was third baseman Kyle Kubitza, the freshly called-up rookie making his MLB debut tonight. He was given a shot due to David Freese’s sore hammy, and he ended up having two singles at the plate tonight, which was a welcome sight to see. Of course, he also had that throwing gaffe in the second that allowed a run to score, and a baserunning error on Aybar’s single in the third that could have potentially meant a run for the Angels. The throwing error was one thing that can’t be excuse, but the baserunning error was perhaps just his attempt to fit in with the big league club, considering they were already third in MLB in outs on the base paths.

The game giveth, and the game giveth away. The Angels couldn’t find their bats again, and they also continued their pitiful habit of allowing runs scored with two outs; in fact, they lead the MLB in this category and a whopping 49% of runs scored against them have been with two outs. They’ll look to tomorrow to win a series, instead of losing the third in a row.