The University of Memphis was not the only team to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory last night. After rallying off Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez to replace a 2-1 deficit with a 4-2 lead, Joe Knows Closing had one of those memorable meltdowns he is prone to having from time to time, giving up a walk-off grand slam to Toriiiiiiiiiiiiii Hunter to wrap up a 6-4 loss.
Fausto Carmona: Worked in and out of trouble all night. Had trouble finding the plate on occasion.
Casey Blake: In his big return after a day off, his error contributed to the one unearned run charged to Carmona.
Jason Michaels/David Dellucci: The left field platoon is now 1 for the season. Seriously. Ben Francisco is batting .211 right now at Buffalo and he'd be smoking hot compared to the early-season rally-killing incompetence of this horror show.
Victor Martinez: Victor is back, baby!! Let the people rejoice.
Joe Knows Closing:
Even when Joe blows the save, he's still got more Elvis than Michael J. Fox. Or the left field freak show.
Senor Slow: Betancourt has had a tough start to the season. Last night, he gave up a solo shot to Toriiiiiiiiiiiiiii Hunter, which would have been the winning run for the Angels had K-Rod not blown the save (which led, of course, to Joe Knows Closing blowing the save in a most final manner)
Andy Marte Watch: