August 30, 2010

A Bourjos night of baseball

Let be known that I traveled 979 miles (distance from Anaheim to Seattle) to see the Angels finally score some runs. It could have been a historic night for all the wrong reasons; but alas, it was not.

The Angels went 31 scoreless innings until Peter Bourjos went to work and hit a line homerun to center field to give the Angels a 1-0 lead in Seattle. The Angels record for futility is 33 innings, but thankfully it still stands.

Bourjos was a one man show; he was hit by a pitch, stole a base, threw a runner out at third for an assist, hit the homerun and later added a single. This night was his night; although, he did have one get past him (it was a tough play) that led to a Mariner run in the bottom of the 9th.

In the end the Angels finally won a game (it seems like it’s been forever) and beat the hapless Mariners 5-3.

The night was not without its keystone cop like moments (hello Erick Aybar), but all in all a good effort.

Leading that effort along with Bourjos was Ervin Santana who threw 7 2/3 innings, scattering eight hits, without giving up any walks and striking out four. Fernando Rodney got his first save since assuming the closer role for the departed Brian Fuentes.

The low points (I hate to go there) were led by Jeff Mathis, who went 0 for 4 while striking out once. Mathis also failed to throw Ichiro Suzuki out on two steal attempts. I know, I know he’s a defensive genius, right Mike Scioscia? Truth is, I doubt Mathis could throw out a beached whale before volunteers rolled it back into the sea.

Enough ranting for tonight.

It was a nice night for baseball at Safeco Field with a game time temperature of 65 degrees and 20,545 in attendance. In fact it was a Bourjos night. My chili dog was good and more importantly the Angels came out on top. Can’t ask for more than that.

I will try to post some photos from this game later on. The photos of Bourjos in this post are from Sunday’s game in Anaheim.


  1. It would appear that you have the gift of the rally rant. You made your previous post and we got this win. You made the post before that a day ahead of our only victory over the Rays. Maybe you should conduct the closed door meetings for the rest of the season?  I laugh because it’s more fun than crying.

    It was really nice to get a win though, even if it came with Keystone Cops moments. And I am very impressed with Peter Bourjos, have been since he came up from the minors. The kid is phenomenal and the best part is that even as good as he looks right now, he’s still growing into his talent. The best is yet to come.

  2. At least you got to see an angels win. Drove from Calgary, Alberta to see the Angels on Tues. and Wed. Tuesday we lose so wed is a must win. You dont say if you are around for the rest of the series, but I'll keep my head up for you.

  3. I am back in So. Cal. and was only able to attend Monday's game. Have a great time and hopefully the Angels give you a better showing tonight.