SpecialFNK wrote:can I talk about what happened with the Angels?
The situation has not changed.
SpecialFNK wrote:Frieri started the 9th in a non save situation with the Angels leading 10-5. walk, 2 run HR, walk. not surprising to see him in the game, he hadn't pitched yet after the break. but then what happened? Scott Downs came in to relieve Ernesto Frieri? I thought Frieri was the guy. couldn't Frieri have been left out there? he only had 20 pitches. I think in this situation Scioscia wanted the left handed pitcher to face Ibanez and Chavez who were the next 2 batters due up.
now Scott Downs didn't exactly shut the door either, and ended up being replaced by Kevin Jepsen who got the save.
but what does one take away from this? Frieri charged with 3 ER. not surprising, he wasn't going to put up a goose egg all season, no big deal. but Downs came in after Frieri.
I'm sorry for again talking about the Angles, but something happened, and it's worth noting.
like the last game Downs gave up runs, I don't see this game changing anything. I'm not going to get into an argument over Frieri vs Downs. just this one specific game, the "set up guy" came in to replace the "closer". that is all.
It's a closer by committee. It's Scioscia. Why are you surprised?