The Angels continued to fritter away this pennant race, losing 13-5 to the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Combined with the Texas Rangers' 10-0 win at Boston, the Angels now trail by 4 1/2 games in the AL West with 24 games to play.
The schedule hasn't helped the Angels' cause as it appeared it might. They have gone 2-3 in their last five games against bottom-feeding teams Seattle and Minnesota while Texas has gone 3-1 against Tampa Bay and Boston.
Hot Howie. Howie Kendrick is having a good month in the last couple of weeks. In his last 16 games, he is batting .365 and has 12 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. He's been riding a power surge, including a triple off the right-field wall Friday off Carl Pavano.
Mr. Consistency. If this season goes south, one guy you can't blame is Torii Hunter. He's been a different man in the second half, healthier and more productive. Hunter has hit safely in 31 of his last 35 games and he's driven in 13 runs in his past 13 games.
Do-it-all. Three days after pitching seven innings in Seattle, Jerome Williams pitched in relief -- and, after a shaky start sparked by some bad luck -- he gave the Angels another nice outing. He has less certainty about his role than any pitcher on the team, but he's been holding it together. It looks like the Angels might need him to make another start Wednesday, so they're rooting for this feel-good story to continue.
Walk-a-thon. Tyler Chatwood is ahead of most 21-year olds, but his lack of command at times makes him susceptible to cave-ins. Things collapsed on him in the fourth. The Twins banged a couple of doubles to score two, then the walks started coming. Chatwood walked three straight batters to get pulled, then reliever Jerome Williams gave up an infield hit and walked in a run. Ugly, ugly, ugly.
Depth charge. After Hunter's spot in the lineup, the offense fell off a cliff. The Nos. 5 through 9 hitters collectively got on base once through eight innings, when Vernon Wells singled off the shortstop's glove leading off the seventh inning. They were 1-for15 with four strikeouts against Pavano.
Hard to watch. Like his cap, Fernando Rodney is pointed in the wrong direction. He walked in two runs in the eighth -- kind of the theme of the night -- and has now walked 26 batters in 31 1/3 innings this year. Fans cheered when Mike Scioscia came out to relieve him.