Mike Scioscia had his reasons for the four key decisions that didn't go his way in the top of the eighth inning Monday night, but they'll probably do little to appease those second-guessing the Angels manager during and after a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Progressive Field.
Trailing by a run, Raul Ibanez opened the eighth with a walk off Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco, who threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first save.
Ibanez is 42, and while he isn't Albert Pujols-slow, he's no burner on the basepaths. Why not pinch-run the speedy Collin Cowgill?
Because Scioscia wanted to save the right-handed-hitting Cowgill, either to hit for Kole Calhoun if...