Not even 24 hours after Mike Scioscia mishandled the Angel bullpen to cost the Halos a game, the relievers took matters into their own hands. Hisanori Takahashi, who was actually brought in at the appropriate time this game, did his best to nearly blow the game but he was bailed out by Kevin Jepsen even though Jepsen had no business pitching to Justin Morneau with the game on the line. Though Jepsen bested Morneau, he came back the next inning to prove my point, giving up a homer, double and single before giving way to Scott Downs a few batters too late.
Finally, we got the best reliever in the game, only he quickly left the game after a would be inning-ending ground out to first ended with Downs dropping the ball thanks to Denard Span gruesomely stepping on Downs' ankle, tying the game and likely sending Downs to the DL. Oh, the sorrow.
But the coup de gras was Mike Scioscia calling on Rich Thompson to stop the bleeding. He did not stop the bleeding. In fact, he ripped the wound wide open, allowing four runs in the eighth inning, once again giving away the lead the Angels had just regained. Of course, he was only allowed to stay in the game because Mike Scioscia somehow though that LaTroy Hawkins or Jason Isringhausen would disintergrate into dust if asked to pitch two days in a row. That proved a fatal mistake because the Angels scored twice in the ninth, meaning they lost by one.
So much sorrow.