Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/25/13
It took the Angels 14 innings to score one run Tuesday. It took them just nine to do the same Wednesday. So there is that. As far as bright sides that’s about the best the Angels can muster these days. Another day came and went Wednesday and another loss was etched onto their ledger of despair — the Cleveland Indians completing a three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory to send the Angels hobbling into late August with nine losses over their last 11 games. Players are falling left and right — Mike Trout missed his third straight game with a tight right hamstring Howie Kendrick still isn’t well enough to come off the disabled list and Albert Pujols won’t play again this year — the Angeles are nose diving in the standings and the only intrigue remaining is the progress of a handful of youngsters and whether manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry DiPoto will survive this nightmare of a season with their jobs intact. This is next-level bad for the Angels who approached this season like a World Series hopeful but have wobbled through it like a bunch of ragtag misfits. “It’s tough anytime you lose. It absolutely sucks” said Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos “I don’t care if it’s the first loss of the season or the last game of the season. It sucks. You go out there to play and to win the game. Everybody in this clubhouse is a competitor.” Bourjos at least contributed two hits to break out of the 0-for-20 hole he fell into after coming off the disabled list. “It’s nice anytime you get some hits especially after struggling coming off the DL” he conceded. “It’s just nice to put some good at-bats together.” The problem is outside of Hank Conger no one else could do much of anything against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson who took advantage of the late-afternoon shadow advantage to limit the Angels to one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. The Angels’ offense what there was of it consisted of an RBI double by Conger in the sixth inning. Conger finished with two hits. Jerome Williams didn’t pitch poorly but with the way the Angel offense is stuck in neutral he needed to pitch perfectly. And once he surrendered a two-run home run to Nick Swisher in the third inning most of the suspense had left the stadium. Williams guided the Angels into the seventh inning leaving with one out and trailing 2-0 after giving up a pair of runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six. It was a step up for Williams who had struggled over his previous three starts.
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