As the Ball Turns: Brian Fuentes and His Epic Blown Save

Michael SholtyContributor IJuly 28, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 12:   Closer Brian Fuentes #40 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after striking out Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees to end the game and get the save on July 12, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won 5-4.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Lots of action tonight, so let's get right to it.

Just a little bit ago, Brian Fuentes had one of his most embarrassing blown saves. In only 13 pitches, he gave the Indians 4 ER to win the game 6-8. He did not record one out.

To be honest though, we need to give the guy some credit. It takes a blown save to really put a reliever in perspective. He has not given up a run in two months prior to this meltdown. I still feel confident in his abilities and I'd play him without thinking twice in any league I had him.

On the offensive side, there was a lot going on. Kendry Morales hit two homers and continued to impress fans and doubters alike. His 20 HR on the year so far has taken me by surprise at least.

Tim Lincecum pitched a complete game tonight and dominated in convincing fashion (0 ER, 15K, 4H, 3BB). He also made the Garrett Jones train make a pit stop for the night.

Two days ago, I wrote a little article and if you heeded my warning, you reaped major benefits tonight with Jonny Gomes hitting 2 HR and Everth Cabrera hitting one of his own.

Seeing as 37 people read the article...not a lot of people benefited by my predictions. Maybe next week when I suggest some pickups you guys will listen! Another guy who I just recommended for acquisition is Pat Burrell, who also homered tonight...

Kevin Slowey has announced he will have season ending surgery to fix a problem he's facing with his wrist. It's sad to see such a great pitcher go down but things like this happen...

I'm sold on Gordon Beckham. I've bought my ticket for the bandwagon, and I've upgraded it to first class. The once top prospect hit another bomb tonight and he's looking like the top prospect everyone made him out to be. He also leads AL rookies in RBI.

If someone before the season would have claimed Beckham was going to be beating Matt Wieters in RBI, he would have been mobbed by angry Wieter worshipers.

Props to Billy Butler for wrapping out five hits tonight against Baltimore. Every day he lives more and more up to the hype he once had. I'm feeling more production out of the kid for the rest of the year...he's not done.

Josh Willingham hit two grand salamis tonight. He's always had talent but he's been inconsistent for portions of his career. He also plays for Washington where the RBI chances might not be as great. He's definitely become a serviceable OF in 10 team mixed leagues though at this point.

CJ Wilson scored his 11th save of the season tonight while Frankie Francisco recovers from illness. I know Francisco has hit the DL three times this season but this last trip wasn't something to hold against him. He should return next week at full speed and return to closing games. Continue to roll with CJ Wilson until next week in daily leagues.

Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow night!