Tuesday, September 06, 2005
When will Charlie Brown ever learn? He always thinks Lucy is due to hold that football. And every time he runs full speed ahead, only to have Lucy pull the ball away at the last minute and ends up flat on his back.
After B-Mo doubled to lead off the ninth inning in a tie game, Scioscia lifted him for a pinch runner - no doubt sensing that a victory may be within reach. (I know I did. It had been a well-pitched game and the Angels were finally in striking distance.) Kotchman came up next, and pulled the ball to the right side of the field to allow the runner a clear path to third.
Then, the unthinkable happened....The moment I heard his name announced, confusion, then fear, and finally anger set in....and all hope of victory vanished.
Finley had somehow convinced Scioscia that he would not pull the football away. But of course, he did and the Scioscia ended up flat on his back. He hit a weak infield grounder for a fielder's choice and the go-ahead run was tagged out before he could reach home plate. After A.K. struck out, Ortiz (the second batter in the bottom half of the ninth did it to us again. His walk-off home run gave Shields a dubious place in the record book with his eleventh loss as a reliever.
Doesn't Scioscia ever read the comics? Why would he think Finley was due? Why would he bring in a struggling hitter to replace a hot one? Okay, so Q wasn't exactly having a great night - and apparently he has forgotten that Jeff is still on the team. But if he wanted a hot-hitting left-hander, why not put in Pride? Curtis batted cleanup in the line up most of the year for Salt Lake, and the last time Finley was in the lineup, he was in the nine-slot.
But on a positive note, since the A's lost another game to the M's, the Angels' magic number is now 24!
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