QUOTE(spiderman @ Oct 11, 2005 -> 09:18 PM)
With the way the White Sox played, it was amazing that they even had a shot to win the game in the 9th inning.
1) Top 3rd...Contreras, who pitched a great game after the slow start, had the slow grounder back to him, and tries for a double play instead of the out at home. A run scores, turns out to be the crucial 3rd run, the Angels lead 3-0.
2) Scott Podnesnik has to be injured. You don't go from stealing 50 out of 59 bases to 9 out of 23 to 1 out of 3 in the playoffs. Molina is great behind the plate, so I give credit to the Angels for calling the pitchout.
3) A.J.Pierzynski gets thrown out with Joe Crede at the bat. We won't know until later whether it should have been a hit-and-run or A.J. was attempting to steal, but either way, a bad SB attempt or a missed sign, not going to have a good result.
4) Scott Podnesik and Aaron Rowand unable to get bunts down tonight.
5) Almost a disaster, Juan Uribe, who played great defensively, gets lazy at 2B (how he didn't get to 3B with 2 outs and a basehit to RF is puzzling), and is almost picked off by the throw in from Rivera.
6) More of a group effort, but the White Sox did not have a good approach at all tonight, especially early on, popping up several balls, and swinging early in the count vs. Bryd who was pitching on 3 days rest.
7) Can we get a clutch hit please ? Same problem the Yankees had, so give credit to the Angels pitching...
All-in-all, just as I was afraid, the White Sox looked like they were playing their 1st game of the year, and the Angels did just enough to must out a victory tonight.
Let's go get them tomorrow with Mark Buerhle !
You forgot 1. Why was Iguchi covering second on the comebacker to Contreas, the SS ALWAYS covers 2nd in a double play situtation. Also, if Jose throws home the runner would have been out. I understand the double play attempt but I don't understand why Uribe wasn't turning the play.
:finger the Angles