Tonight's game was conceptually very similar to last night's. An initially solid outing by a starter, undone in the sixth. Of course, tonight it was A.J. Burnett who undid his own start, while the bullpen held the line.
I'll be honest here folks. Tonight's events in Ferguson, MO, have left me rather bereft of a sense of humor, so this is going to be a short and blunt recap.
Burnett finished six innings, but was tagged for all four of the Angels' runs, allowing five hits, four walks, while recording four strikeouts. Ken Giles and Jake Diekman pitched a rock solid 7th and 8th innings, but the damage had already been done.
The Phillies managed three runs, with Marlon Byrd singling in Jimmy Rollins in the third, Rollins driving in Carlos Ruiz in the fourth, and Domonic Brown driving in Grady Sizemore in the eighth.
The most notable things about this game were that it was the ninth consecutive loss to the Angels, and that Mike Trout finished the series 0 for 8 with four strikeouts and a double-play. Beyond that, these games were just like so many more disheartening losses.
And that's about it. Goodnight folks, and whatever your thoughts on the background, please keep the citizens of Ferguson, MO, in your thoughts and prayers.