Tyler Chatwood lost his second major league game but hardly looked like the only minor leaguer on the Angels. Meanwhile Oakland’s Gio Gonzalez looked nothing like the pitcher who gave up seven earned runs in one inning last week in Texas. OF course, the Angels offense specializes i making mediocre men appear to be Sandy Koufax. The Halos managed two hits and were down 8-0 entering the 6th when Kevin Jepsen allowed five more runs and Rich Thompson tossed one on the barbie as well.
Water finds its own level and the fast-sinking Angels head to Seattle to see if the lowly Mariners too are superior to the team that seemingly cannot shoot straight since getting word that slugger Kendrys Morales will not be with them for the rest of the season. The Angels are 1-5 since the announcement was made, their worst six-game stretch of the season. Vernon Wells fans have to love the appearance of inadequacy that is bubbling over on this team coinciding with the former slugger’s groin injury. It would have been hard to score negative runs tonight, but with Vernon in the lineup the Angels might actually have defied physics and done so. They certainly defied any and all comparisons to professional baseball players, with the exception that they will be cashing Arte Moreno’s checks that arrived in the clubhouse tonight.
The Angels will have to bounce back quickly from a disappointing bullpen meltdown on Monday night if they want to get even with the A's, as tonight's 7:05 PM start is the final game of their short series. It is on to Seattle for two for the Halos.
Rookie Tyler Chatwood gets the nod for the Halos. He will be facing Gio Gonzalez. If GG is as terrible as he was last time on the mound, the lousy weather stalking Oakland may save his bacon a second time in two starts. After allowing seven runs to the Rangers, the game was called before 5 innings were in the book and will be played from the start as a makeup game. No stats count from that outing. Will they count tonight? Monday's game had its first pitch delayed by more than an hour with the tarp on the field matching the tarp over many seats in the Oakland Coliseum which has a ridiculous advertising sponsor naming it this year.
Chatwood has been around the strikezone for most of his big league starts, but that has started to be a problem more and more. When his fastball hits the low end of the strike zone, he cruises through innings. When the pitch gets up, it gets out in a hurry. Predicted to put a year in at AA at the start of the season by Halos Heaven minor league analyst Ryan Ghan, the absence of pitching prospects in Anaheim pulled him up, and while he has responded with poise and a few good outings, a weak offense like Oakland's might be waiting, hungry, for what an arm like his has to offer