They say all good things must come to an end, but when it comes to the Angels, the saying actually runs a little longer. It is more like "all good things must come to an end in Fenway Park." To absolutely no one's surprise, the Red Sox took advantage of Angel blunders and brought Jered Weaver's dream start to a screeching halt. It just had to be Boston, didn't it?
Red Sox 9, Angels 5
For the first time this season, Jered Weaver wasn't totally dominant and it ended up costing him. Battling the after-effects of a stomach virus, Weaver still turned in a quality start, but clearly didn't have his best stuff as he labored through six innings of work. I suspect in most cities, that effort would have been good enough to put him in winning position, but since this was Boston, it wasn't. As has been the case for pretty much the entire Mike Scioscia era, the Angels suffered one brain fart after another with many of them proving costly.
The first big blunder was Maicer Izturis getting thrown out at second on the very first play of the game. Izturis should have been safe had he not over-slid the base, so you can't really blame him too much, but it ultimately cost the Angels a run as the next two batters smacked hits of their own. The real mistake though was Torii Hunter getting too aggressive at the plate that same inning and spoiling any notion of a rally by way of his 11th GIDP of the year.
Torii's mental mistakes struck again in the sixth inning. With the Angels losing their lead in the previous half inning, Torii obviously wanted to make something happen after his leadoff double and tried to take third on a grounder to first by Alberto Callaspo. I think we all know how that ended (NEVER MAKE THE FIRST OUT AT THIRD!!!!!!).
Every team has bad games and makes mistakes, but for whatever reason, the Halos just lose their minds in Beantown and tonight was no different.