Pitching, defense and timely hitting wins ball games, and the Angels haven't done much of any so far in this series in Seattle. Another sub-par pitching performance, this time by Garland, two errors and Raul Freaking Ibanez did in the Halos as they lost to the M's 8-3.
Once again, the Halos hit the ball pretty good, amassing 12 hits, including Casey Kotchman's third homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Problem is, scoring only three runs on those 12 hits isn't very good, ie. "timely." The middle of the order didn't do much of anything tonight, as all the production came from the 6-9 spots in the batting order. Another bright spot besides Kotch's bomb was Howie Kendrick going 3-for-4 after missing a few games with a banged up thumb. Dude can flat-out hit. Aybar also had a nice night with three hits and a run scored.
The pitching continues to be a weak spot for the club. Garland battled for a while without his best stuff (although truthfully, I don't really know what his "best stuff" looks like yet) before the M's scored three times in the fifth, getting two on a Richie Sexson homer. I know our pitching staff isn't anywhere near full strength, but veteran guys like Garland need to step up and give us a chance to win games. The bullpen has been atrocious, except for O'Day, whose been getting the job done. Bulger just isn't a big league pitcher yet, but we don't have a lot of options.
Still no reason to panic. The pitching will get healthy and the bats look pretty good from top to bottom. Tough matchup tomorrow with Bedard going (I think McLaren held him back just to face us), although April is not his best month historically and he has looked farily hittable so far. Hopefully we can avoid the brooms. Saunders on the bump for the Halos...and we need a good outing from the lefty.