It wasn't so much the pen... in the 8th, Donnelly (who's not the pitcher he was in past so far this season) came on and got in some trouble, first and third, one out.
They brought K-Rod in, who K'd the next hitter, the Royals stole 2nd and the catcher threw the ball into center field basically, scoring the guy from 3rd. K-Rod then struck out the side, got 3 up 3 down in the 9th.... Hector Carrasco got the win in the 10th.
THe stupidest part was, there was no reason to throw to 2nd, they just got the 2nd out, the #9 hitter was coming up, it wasn't worthing trying to throw the guy out (with a guy on 3rd) the way K-Rod was pitching.... He looked better than I've seen him all year. Now that he's getting save ops, he's pitching great. It was when they just brought him to get work that he wasn't sharp. He's a pitcher who is better if the game is on the line.
Typical day for me... Zambrano threw a beautiful gem - but no win
K-Rod got 5 in a row outs (4 of them Ks) but no save due to the throwing error.
The Angels defense has never been as bad as these last few months. That they've got a lot of new guys out there is some reason, but even Figgy and Cabrera have made some costly mistakes. Scioscia needs to crack the whip on these guys. I can think of 5 games off the top of my head that the Angels just blew on idiotic plays.
If the Angels turn it around, grab John Lackey fast, he's pitched fantastic but with the shaky defense and lack of run support, his numbers don't really reflect how good he's pitching.