Why, Maicer? Why?!?! I know Jeff Mathis channeled his 2009 ALCS form by ripping a clutch double in the first game, but that doesn't mean you also had to channel your 2009 form by making another brutal error in Yankee Stadium to cost the Angels the game.
Just when you thought it was safe for the Angels to compete with the Yankees, they go and shoot themselves in the foot again. Instead of one of the usual suspects like Mathis or Wells or Rodney (oh, wait, oops) screwing it up, it was Scioscia's most loyal soldier Maicer Izturis booting a routine bouncer that should have allowed them to escape the seventh inning unscathed. That error, of course, set up the Yankees to not only take the lead the very next batter, but to take it in dramatic fashion via a grand slam from Robinson Cano. A big blow that would loom large since the Angels improbably tagged Mo Rivera for three runs in the ninth.
What's the take away from this? I'd hope the Angels try and take it just like any other loss, but to lose in such a fashion to a contending team that they could well face in the playoffs, that could end up being the sort of thing that sticks in the back of their minds for the next two months.