Tag:Justin Speier
Posted on: May 4, 2009 12:57 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2009 1:12 pm

Bullpen bullied in the Bronx

The Angels arrived at the new Yankee Stadium with a three-game win streak, and it looked like the bullpen was starting to settle down a bit. Well, looks can be deceiving. With the first game deadlocked at 4 in the 8th inning, Justin Speier took one more step toward his outright release, surrendering 3 runs and letting a pretty gutty outing from rookie Anthony Ortega go by the wayside. In a positive note, Scot Shields got a few batters out earlier in the game, so, there's that...I guess.

Game 2 in the series was an epic bullpen meltdown in what has been a season full of them. Apparently a 5-run lead heading into the 8th inning isn't quite enough of a cushion for the Halos bullpen. The Yankees scored 4 in the 8th and then 2 in the 9th off of Brian Fuentes to complete the collapse. This game ruined my night. My perfectly seasoned, perfectly grilled NY steak couldn't even salvage it for me. I went to sleep counting Yankees crossing home plate instead of sheep leaping over fences. OK, slight exaggeration, but it was bad.

Well, the team did establish the next day that a 7-run lead heading into the 9th was enough of a cushion to scratch out a win. Rookie Matt Palmer pitched his ASS off and earned the win and the offense was great in the late innings. The Yanks looked like they were going to make it interesting again in the 9th, but even a blind bullpen finds a nut every now and then. It's probably just as well that Sunday's finale was rained out. The team needed an off day. Now off to Oakland for another 2-game series. What's with all these mini-series?
Posted on: April 13, 2008 9:42 pm

Nice Cup 'o Joe

Yeah, I know, it's a corny title. But since we're in Seattle, I thought I'd tie-in a coffee reference. Before I get into the game particulars, did we even get Raul Ibanez out once that series? I mean, I know we got him out, but geez...he is scary hot right now. If you're in a shallow fantasy league he is a must-add right now.

As for the game, a nice 10-5 win for the Halos, we pretty much treated Baek and O'Flaherty like BP pitchers, racking up 15 of our 16 hits off them and all 10 runs. We were probably fortunate that Bedard's hip is still bothering him, but hell, we needed a win and we'll take it. Joe Saunders (who I referenced in my witty title) pitched another nice game, going 5 1/3 and giving up two earned runs. He has by far been the Angels best starter in the early going and he got plenty of run support today courtesy of RBIs by seven different Angels, including a two-run shot by Jeff Mathis that sealed the win. The offense came through with RISP, something they hadn't been doing all series, and the bullpen hung on so we could avoid the brooms. Now the team heads to Texas for a quick two-game set against the Rangers before the next homestand.

By the way, for those who watched the game...do you think Justin Speier was throwing at Ichiro? That was weird...two balls in a row that were practically behind him. We may see some retaliation when the M's visit the Big A in a few days. All right...good win, lets take care of business in Arlington.

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