Lesson from last night? Terrible pitching is the surest predictor for a loss.
Giving up 4 runs in 5 innings is about par for the course for the average AL fifth starter. But the way Jason Johnson gave up those runs is the problem. He only gave up three hits, but also issued four walks. And he allowed four stolen bases, two to Chone Figgins, who you expect to get his, and two to players you don't expect to steal off you.
Then there was Guillermo Mota, who continued on his downward spiral. Two home runs, five earned runs, and four hits in 1.1 innings. Either there's something physically wrong with him, or he's not going to be of any use down the road.
Season 106, Game 55
Los Angeles Angels (24-30) at Cleveland (27-27), 1:20 PM (FOX)
Cleveland: Cliff Lee (3-5, 5.46 ERA)
Los Angeles: Kelvim Escobar (5-5, 3.96 ERA)