By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
APRIL 20, 2002
GAME 17 -ANGELS AT A’S
OAKLAND -- A couple of Angels could not agree on who was at
fault for their 8-7 loss to the Oakland A's Saturday afternoon before 20,253 at
the Oakland Coliseum.
There was first baseman Scott Spiezio, who made a throwing
error in the eighth inning that led to two unearned runs. And there was pitcher
Al Levine, who gave up those runs, blowing a 7-6 lead after the Angels had
rallied from a 6-0 deficit.
Spiezio and Levine each blamed himself, and neither was
willing to listen to the other side.
''I (expletive) sucked,'' said Levine, who gave up a
sacrifice fly to Frank Menechino that tied it and a two-out RBI single to Scott
Hatteberg that turned out to be the game-winner. ''I (expletive) had the lead
and I lost it. End of the day. I didn't throw strikes.
''(Spiezio's error) had nothing to do with it. Whether or
not that play's made, I've still got to do my job.''
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