LAst Night's Action: Saito Blows Save, Pirates Rally
Pittsburgh Pirates defeat LA Dodgers 6-4. The Dodgers were leading 4-3 in the top of the ninth, and I had just finished writing this blurb. Dodger closer Takashi Saito gave up two singles then the Earl Weaver to the Pirates Nate McClouth. This was a rough loss despite a good outing by Hiroki Kuroda who gave up three runs on six innings. Andruw Jones hit a triple and look to resemble the hitter we thought he was going to be. And of course there was Vin Scully butchering Pirates first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz's name.
LA Angels over Texas Rangers 7-4. Pitcher Ervin Santana started out shaky giving up three runs in the first inning after getting two from his teammates. After a bases loaded double play that got Santana out of the third inning, he turned it on finding the strike zone. The Angels offense gave Santana all the support he needed scoring two in the first, three in the second and two in the fifth. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save, and the Rangers continue to look bad.
Tonight at the Stadium the Dodgers celebrate the 61st anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. The pregame ceremonies will be hosted by Lou Gossett Jr. and the national anthem will be sung by Chaka Khan. The 11 Jackie Robinson foundation scholars will be recognized, and Don Newcombe will throw out the first pitch along with Robinson's niece Kathy Robinson Young. The cherry on top will be the Dodgers all wearing 42 in honor of Robinson.