"Play better," the manager said."You've got to play better."
That's it? And they said this game was complicated.
If the solution really is that simple, though, it's one the Angels might want to try soon since Friday's game marked the start of a crucial stretch that will see the team play 12 straight games against teams that are at least 12 games under .500.
And between now and Sept. 15 the Angels face just one opponent -- the division-leading
Given current circumstances, Scioscia insists he'll be taking those games one at a time.
"What's a stretch?" he said. "A stretch is made up of a series of games. We're going to keep playing hard. We'll let you guys count up [the wins]."
You could count up the Angels’ wins in August with one hand -- and you wouldn’t even need all your fingers. It’s a slump that has pushed the team four games back in the division standings for the first time in a month while cutting its lead in the
Which is why third baseman
"When things aren't going too hot, you understand that you just turn the page and move on," he said. "You're taught to kind of let things slide, good or bad, and keep moving forward.
"Some guys are better than others at it. Things float in your mind and you try to kick them out if they're negative and try to stick with all the positive stuff. But we're all human and we all go through the ups and downs."
The Angel offense has certainly seen its share of ups and downs lately. Coming out of the All-Star break the team led the majors in runs and on-base percentage and led the American League in hits. But the Angels are batting just .225 since the break and averaging nearly two fewer runs per game.
"We've struggled," said Scioscia, who canceled batting practice Saturday to give his struggling hitters a break, mentally as well as physically. "We're talking 20-plus games and we just haven't gotten into our offensive flow."
It’s been a collective slump with
"These guys are good hitters," Scioscia said. "Our pitching staff is keeping our head above water right now. But these guys will find it and they'll keep it for the rest of the year. It's just right now, it's hit or miss."
Mostly miss with the Angel managing just four hits through 6 2/3 innings off Red Sox starter Allen Webster, the same number of hits Boston got in the third inning alone.
The patient Red Sox forced Angels starter
"I was kind of battling the whole night," Weaver said. "Location and everything was not up to par. It's disappointing.
"I didn't make pitches. That's all there is to it."
Cespedes gave one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning, misplaying
"It happens periodically during the season," Scioscia said the Angels' slump. "You might have nine guys that are struggling. It doesn't mean you can't go out there and win games. We're not attacking the ball with the consistency that we did before the break obviously.