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And the Angels’ season just went up in flames

Sep 15, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

Salvador Perez

Zack Greinke did his job, shutting out his old team, the Royals, for eight innings on Saturday. Ernesto Frieri didn’t do his. After coming in with one on and one out in the ninth, he gave up back-to-back homers to Billy Butler and Salvador Perez, giving Kansas City a 3-2 win over the Angels.

Mike Scioscia will surely have to face some tough questions after this one. Greinke was at a modest 103 pitches when he departed. He hadn’t given up an extra-base hit all night. And as great as Frieri has been this year, he had just thrown 30 pitches in picking up a save in Friday’s game. Not that six pitches was much of a sample, but he didn’t have his typical velocity tonight.

It’s a huge loss for the Angels, though there’s still the chance the Orioles will pick them up by knocking off Oakland tonight. At best, they’ll enter Sunday’s season finale five games back of the A’s in the loss column with 16 games left to go this season. And they’re going to have to pass some team in the A’s-Orioles-Yankees group to have a shot at the wild card.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Free Wil Meyers.

  2. billymc75 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Keep it up LA

    • manchestermiracle - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      The Angels aren’t even in L.A. county, let alone L.A. proper. Marketing hype does not a team’s location make.

      • bigharold - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Tell that to the Jets and Giants, .. they don’t even play in NY state.

  3. dondada10 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Congrats, Jose!

  4. proudliberal85392 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Adios, Angels.

  5. aklolzer - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM


  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    What does everyone think…Scioscia in Boston next year? It would be especially sweet if the Angels then went with Francona. Not outside the realm of possibility.

  7. phillyphever - Sep 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Scioscia, welcome to the unemployment line. Something that should have happened to you a long time ago.

  8. hardballtalkusername - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Watched this game live and I couldn’t believe Scioscia did that. Greinke struck out the first hitter in the 9th, and the next got a weak bloop single, that was the third hit he had given up since the first inning. I don’t think any other manager would have pulled him there, it was unbelievably stupid and it was one of many Mike has made this year. After last year Arte fired Reagins (GM) after a disappointing season, we shall see how he views Scioscia after this under-performing year.

    • jkcalhoun - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      In his postgame interview, Ned Yost said that it was the “perfect time” to change pitchers and that’s that what he would have done also. So there you go, Mike: a vote of confidence from Ned Yost.

  9. cosanostra71 - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    this is exactly why I think it’s time for Sciosca to move on!

  10. willclarkgameface - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    This is what you get when your team name says you’re from a city that you’re not really from.

    The ANAHEIM Angels suck and I hope they crap out big time.

    • hardballtalkusername - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:22 AM

      Still not happy about the ’02 world series I see.

    • citizenking77 - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:47 AM

      You mean like the soon-to-be Santa Clara 49ers?

    • gmsalpha - Sep 16, 2012 at 6:34 AM

      Howabout this Saint Petersburg Rays?!?

      • dondada10 - Sep 16, 2012 at 7:23 AM

        I think “Tampa Bay” is the area that both Tampa (the city) and St. Petersburg are located.

        Sorta like how the Bay Area is California has Oakland, San Fransisco, and San Jose near-by.

      • melsh13 - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        How about the Anywhere-but-somewhere-that-could-be-considered-Tampa-Bay Rays?

    • gmsalpha - Sep 16, 2012 at 6:35 AM

      Howabout those Saint Petersburg Rays?!?

  11. btwicey - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    What an utterly misleading headline…

  12. simonfoster231171 - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    Anytime that Greinke gets a L or has a W taken away from him is perfectly fine by me …

  13. mungman69 - Sep 16, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    Can’t Mike Trout win it all by himself.

  14. AlohaMrHand - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Don’t call Pujols El Hombre

  15. kevinleaptrot - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Glad to see all of that money they gave to Pujols is paying immediate dividends. Looks like the Fielder contract in Detroit is doing the same.

    • cosanostra71 - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      I wouldn’t put it on Pujols. He’s had a solid enough year. There have been other issues on this team.

  16. chumthumper - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Greinke apparently was on a 25 out limit.

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