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Game Report: Tuesday, June 6th vs Anaheim

Anaheim 12, RAYS 2

[Fan Graphs]
Ervin Santana outpitched phenom Scott Kazmir and Vladimir Guerrero drove in a pair of runs, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim disposed of Tampa Bay, 12-2, in the middle contest of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Santana (5-3) allowed just one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in seven strong innings. Orlando Cabrera and Juan Rivera each totaled three hits for the Angels, winners in two of their last three games. Chone Figgins clubbed a two-run home run and Jose Molina finished 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and three runs scored in the victory. Kazmir (7-4) struggled for the third consecutive start, yielding a season-high seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He surrendered six runs -- five earned -- over 5 1/3 innings in a loss at Boston on May 26, then was pulled after two frames in a rain-delayed game in Baltimore after giving up three runs. Carl Crawford tripled and scored both Tampa Bay runs while Ty Wigginton knocked in a run, as the Devil Rays saw their two-game win streak come to an end.

[Sports Network via WPXI]

How I Stacked Up

Here's what the '3 Up, 3 Down' you see on the sidebar (based strictly on my opinion) would have looked like had I gone with Win Probability...

3 Up
LF Carl Crawford: 2.9 WPA
3B Aubrey Huff: 2.2 WPA
SS Julio Lugo: 0.3 WPA
2B Ty Wigginton: -3.3 WPA
DH Jonny Gomes: -7.3 WPA

3 Down
SP Scott Kazmir: -17.9 WPA
DH Jonny Gomes: -7.3 WPA
2B Jorge Cantu: -7.1 WPA
RP Travis Harper: -2.6 WPA
RP Chad Harville: -0.1 WPA

My Thoughts

-When your staff ace pitches badly, your bullpen lives up to its reputation, and you manage just five hits, tradition says you will lose. And the Rays obliged that tradition, dropping the second game of their three game series on 6/6/06 against Anaheim with a 12-2 loss. The Rays were never really in the game after they lost their 1-1 tie early, as you can see above. Anaheim slowly chipped away at Kazmir before the floodgates opened in the later innings, as Anaheim layed 10 on the Rays in the final four innings.

It just wasn't the Rays night, and the only reason I watched this game as long as I did (six or seven innings) is because I wanted to see how they (broadcasters, team officials interviewed) could possibly pretend that Longoria was not a signability pick. After the draft talk died down and the floodgates open, the remote went click.

About Last Night...
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