LOS ANGELES The easy thing would have been to blame everything on a blown umpire's call.
If the Angels get the call they need, the eighth inning is over and a one-run lead is preserved. Andre Ethier doesn't come to the plate. Juan Rivera doesn't come to the plate. The inning ends.
But that's why baseball is such an interesting -- and confounding -- game. One play often separates a win from a loss.
In this case, it was a stolen base by the Dodgers' Dee Gordon in the eighth. Everything that happened after Gordon was called safe by second-base umpire Joe West swung in the Dodgers' favor.
Now, the Freeway Series between the Angels and Dodgers is even at one game apiece. But a 5-2 victory by the Dodgers on Tuesday night just didn't feel right in the Angels clubhouse.
"We're not going to hang our hat on one call that was blown," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're not going to hang our hat on that. We should've been better...