There are some classic games where the lead changes back and forth and you get the sense that neither team is going to give up. And then you had last night's game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Boston Red Sox. The 14-13, 10-inning marathon went the Angels' way and completed their sweep of the Red Sox in Fenway.
Austin Laymance of MLB.com declared the game a classic. That seems like a big word to use for this game.
Classic games would be like the 16-inning marathon Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS between the Mets and Astros. The fabulous 1991 World Series between the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves seemed to have two winners based on how the teams battled for all seven games. And last year's wonderful World Series had a St. Louis Cardinals team struggling against the Texas Rangers, with neither team giving an inch.
Last night's game seemed to be exactly the opposite. Two high-priced and high-profile teams that are reeling in the second half squared off. And instead of playing as if to say, "I will leave blood on the field before I lose," they seemed to be opening the door for each other saying, "After you...no, after you."
The two teams combined to score 27 times and collected 38 combined hits. And neither David Ortiz nor Albert Pujols played in the game.
Each team had early big rallies. The Red Sox's five-run second was answered with an eight-run third by the Angels.
The Angels had a single run in with two outs in the third, then the flood gates opened with seven crossing the plate.
The Red Sox would tie it in the sixth, only to see the Angels take the lead in the seventh and then the Red Sox took back the lead in the eighth.
There was no killer instinct for either team. Neither team could end a rally. Even when the Red Sox took a lead into the ninth, there was an inevitability that the Angels would tie the game, which they did.
And when the Angels brought their lead into the ninth, the Red Sox tied it on a Cody Ross homer, atoning for a misplayed ball in the top of the inning.
MLB should never have let the game go into extra innings. Both teams should been declared the loser.
The Angels, of course, took the lead in the 10th, and the Red Sox came within a run and lost.
This was a match up to see which disappointing team was going to cough it up the fewest number of times.
This was not a great fight between two teams determined to win. It was a bizarre game where one team lost a little bit less than another.
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