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Angels-Dodgers Liveblog May 23, 2009

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Howie Kendrick scores in the eighth inning against Russell Martin Friday night. AP Photo/Chris Carlson

The Dodgers dropped the series opener against the pesky Angels last night 3-1. The same issue from the New York Mets series reared its ugly head: the inability to hit with runners in scoring position. Last night the Dodgers were 1-for-14. While the Angels were almost as woeful going 2-for-17, that one extra hit was what netted the two runs in the eighth inning to take the lead.

So game two of the series pits Randy Wolf (2-1) going against John Lackey (1-0). This will be another game in which hits will be difficult to come by. So let's see what happens.

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So the aftermath of the game? Arredondo's the loser, Broxton's the winner. Actually I'm the winner because I got to sit in the Vin Scully Press Box. So suck on that!!!!!!! And word up to True Blue LA for keeping my psychosis company. We must do this again tomorrow.

Bottom of the 10th inning



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Walk off walk to Juan Pierre on a 3-2 count. The Dodgers win! THAAAAAAAAAA Dodgers win!

Angels using five infielders again. 3-0 the count to Pierre. Another walk off walk?

Castro walks. Bases loaded with NO OUTS. Please let this be over. Pierre to bat.

The Angels are conferencing at the mound on every pitch. That gets gnawing after a while.

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Juan Castro at bat. The Angels are doing their darndest not to let Kemp score.

500 minutes later Casey Blake, the next batter, singles to left center. Now there's a long conference at the mound. Ok. Let get the winning run in and be done with it.

Matt Kemp leads off the bottom of the 10th with a single up the middle. Everyone's happy. Let's get this game over with. I wanna go home ferchrisakes!

Top of the 10th inningBroxton struck out Willits to end the inning. I'd say there are about 37,000 people still in the stadium.

Howie Kendrick just stole second base although he could have taken third with that awful throw by Martin.

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A lot of people have chosen to remain for extra innings. I'm quite surprised. By the way, the announced attendance was 55,301.

With all of Mike Scioscia's changes, my scorecard looks like a teenager's face. Whatever. Broxton is still in for the 10th.

Bottom of the 9th InningA roar of cheers as they showed Lakers-Nuggets highlights.

What the hell was Loney swinging at?! C'mon now. Bonus baseball!

Izturis is out. Chone Figgins back at third base. Reggie Willits in left field for the Angels.

Martin to second on defensive indifference after Loney just nearly got plunked on the first pitch. Did Shields pull something in that pitch? Apparently he's hurt himself. Jose Arredondo will pitch for him.

Martin walked. Let's do this all over again with Loney at the plate. Loney has an RBI single, a double, a ground out and a fly out.

The press box is shaking. 3-2 the count to Martin. Two outs, winning run at third.

Everyone's on their feet at the Stadium. Martin at bat with two outs and Hudson at third.

Scratch that. Izturis will the playing third. Chone Figgins will be moving to left field. Everyone playing normally now.

Angels brought in Maicer Izturis to replace Juan Rivera in left field and are using Izturis as a fifth infielder.

Orlando Hudson to third on a throwing error by Shields. Winning run 90 feet away with only one out. Let's see if the Dodgers can pull this one off.

By the way with Jamie Hoffman up to bat, no idea why Andre Ethier was pulled. Might have been something that got injured when he got hit by a pitch in the fifth inning?

Man Scot Shields takes his time when the pressure is on. Just pitch the damned ball.

Top of the 9th InningThe crowd exploded when Juan Rivera struck out to end the inning against Broxton. It was actually quite startling.

Broxton has been really impressive being able to get his sliders across for strikes. It makes him that much more fearsome.

Jonathan Broxton in for the ninth.

Bottom of the 8th Inning A quick fly out by Mark Loretta and a groundout by Juan Pierre ends the inning. But the Dodgers have tied things up.





Casey Blake comes through with an RBI single to tie the game.

I really wonder what's bothering Matt Kemp. Not pretty although it did move Loney to third with no outs.

I forget how cold it gets here at the stadium. It makes me happy I brought my hoodie.

Loney opens the inning with a sliding double just missing the tag.

Top of the 8th InningI got captivated in the war of "Let's Go Angels" chants against the "Angels Suck" chants below me. Nothing important happened though.

Jamie Hoffman is replacing Andre Ethier in right field. Promptly got a fly ball putout.

Bottom of the 7th InningAnother pee break, and two quick outs. Oh Russell Martin just grounded out. Three outs. Um. That's just perfect.

Top of the 7th InningBelisario did his job getting a ground out and getting Gary Matthews, Jr. to strike out swinging to end the inning.

Wolf gives up a one-out single to Erick Aybar and his evening is done. He gave up four runs on ten hits in his 6 1/3 innings. Ronald Belisario on in relief. Ugh.

Bottom of the 6th InningJohn Lackey hits Casey Blake. That's the third batter he's hit and he's still pitching.

Top of the 6th InningI'm really convinced the Angels have a party to go to afterwards. They are not getting deep into the count against Wolf for the most part.

The thought of a foul ball headed my way terrifies me. I would seriously diarrhea down my pants.

Bottom of the 5th InningAnd that's three strikeouts for Kemp. His last two were looking. With two on and two out, that would make him a certified rally killer. But the Dodgers get two runs back.

Matt Kemp just swung at a pitch that was headed to Ontario. Really now?





Loney decides he wants in. RBI single to left field corner which scores Ethier.





Russell Martin with his 2nd RBI of the night to cut the defecit 4-2.

Andre Ethier got chippy with the home plate umpire because he didn't defer to third. But he gets on board by taking one for the team: hit by pitch.

Juan Pierre is starting to get a little Slappy. Just sayin'. He grounded very weakly to second.

Top of the 5th Inning





Torii Hunter hit an Earl Weaver to the Dodger bullpen with two outs.

Ugh. The wave.

Chone Figgins hit a one-out single extending his hitting streak to 11 consecutive games.

Bottom of the 4th InningCasey Blake doubles, and nothing really happened. Most of us in the press box are huddled around the tvs showing the Lakers-Nuggets game.

Top of the 4th InningThe Angels are pouncing on Randy Wolf early in the count. Even though Wolf gave up a home run and two singles, he only threw 15 pitches that inning.

Jeff Mathis fouls out to Loney to end the inning.

Back-to-back singles to Kendrick and Quinlan. Those breaking and curve balls don't look all that effective right now. He's not getting it over the plate.

Shhhh. Don't tell anyone, but I'm listening to the Lakers-Nuggets game right now. Tee hee.

People seriously need to stop bringing beach balls. Two interrupted play during Howie Kendrick's at-bat. He then hit a single up the middle.





While I was in the bathroom, Juan Rivera hit a towering homer and Torii Hunter was a few feet short of hitting it out.

Bottom of the 3rd inningAndre Ethier hits a single to right field with two outs. Hopefully that really is a sign he's coming out of his slump.

Top of the 3rd InningPeople with Dodger jerseys and Angels hat on are retarded. Randy Wolf threw only 11 pitches.

Bottom of the 2nd InningLackey hit Wolf with a pitch. That should be interesting to see Lackey come up to start the third.

Matt Kemp struck out swinging. His bat speed just looks awful. And they're going to intentionally walk Casey Blake to get to Randy Wolf.





Russell Martin joins in on the party and doubles Ethier home. Dodgers lead 1-0

Andre Ethier hits the first pitch for a double down the left field corner. Coming out of his slump perhaps?

Top of the 2nd InningAfter using eight pitches to get Howie Kendrick, Wolf used only three pitches each to get Robb Quinlan and Jeff Mathis out. Fairly easy inning.

Nice chant of, "Angels suck" by the crowd. We're ever so classy.

Bottom of the 1st InningPierre, Furcal and Hudson all swung on the first pitch. John Lackey threw 10 pitches.

After Juan Pierre struck out swinging, Furcal touched knuckles with Orlando Hudson before coming to the plate. He ended up grounding out on a swinging bunt. Didn't work.

Top of the 1st InningHowie Kendrick pops to Rafael Furcal to end the threat. Two hits, two left, no errors. 0-0.

Randy Wolf is in a bit of a jam in the first inning as Juan Rivera and Torii Hunter both hit singles off the first pitch. Rivera on third, Hunter on first. Two out.

As Erick Aybar fouls a ball back, I just realized a could get pegged with a ball.

A nice healthy booing as the Angels were introduced. It looks like a sell out. I also forget how much U2 they play here at the stadium. Excuse me as I vomit. First base umpire Laz Diaz also stretching out as Randy Wolf takes his practice pitches.