No one feels worse about the fifth inning than Jose Lopez right about now — guarantee you that. He messed up in the field and knows it. Trouble is, he compunded his woes by swinging at the first pitch and grounding into a double-play in the bottom of the inning. If that was really his pitch, then he’s got to put better wood on the ball than he did.
In the end, it might ultimately be that at-bat that gets him a night on the bench tomorrow. More so than the mental error on the ground ball that should have been a double-play, but instead led to a run that put the Angels ahead for good in an eventual 6-5 loss. Believe me, Lopez went through all this in 2007 and knows he has to be more focused than he looked in that fifth inning, both as a fielder and a hitter.
I don’t want to put this all on Lopez because he wasn’t alone in failing to get things done tonight. Felix Hernandez was front and center in that regard and did not give his team what it needed. He looked ace-like in Texas last week, Not this time.
May 19, 2009 at 10:04 PM