What to say about last night's roundly disappointing loss to the Angels? Which was worse: the bullpen's uncharacteristic blowing of a tight contest, or the offense's humiliating choke with Halo hurler Lackey near to crumbling in the 6th?
I'll go with the offense. Guillen waved at ball 4, which would've forced in a run, halving the lead. But no. Lackey's slider, never near the strike zone, hit dirt--paydirt--as Guillen fanned, and Napoli somehow found the ball to put the force on Ichiro. That was it for the M's, who meekly surrendered nine more outs to the Angel bullpen.
The bright spot: Cha Seung Baek, again. The guy's tenacious.
I'm fairly sure our pen's effort was a hiccup--but our constant inconstancy, both from our offense and starting pitching, is intensely frustrating. We could handily be eight or nine games above .500, in first by a good margin.