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LAst Night's Action: Angels Get Shut Out While Dodgers Shut Out

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Boston Red Sox defeat LA Angels 6-0. Coming into the game Angels’ starter Jered Weaver (L, 11-8) had a lifetime 7.06 ERA in four games pitched at Fenway Park. Thanks to a grand slam in the fourth inning by Ryan Kalish, a solo homer by Darnell McDonald in the third inning and an RBI double by Victor Martinez in the fifth, Weaver’s ERA at Fenway ballooned to 7.76. Meanwhile Sox starter Clay Buchholz (W, 14-5) left the Angels punchless shutting out the Angels in his seven innings of five-hit ball. The Angels had a prime chance to put a dent into the deficit when they had the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth inning on reliever Felix Doubront, but Erick Aybar struck out swinging to end the threat. Torii Hunter made a spectacular grab in the second inning robbing Adrian Beltre at the Red Sox bullpen.

LA Dodgers defeat Colorado Rockies 6-0. Read my recap of the game.

NOTABLE NOTES

The Shot Rang Dead. In 1951 Bobby Thomson killed the Brooklyn Dodgers NL pennant hopes in the final game of a three-game playoff to determine the pennant winner with his “shot heard around the world.” From that gut wrenching moment at the Polo Grounds, the New York Giants went to lose the World Series to the New York Yankees four games to two, but that one walk-off homer off of Ralph Branca would overshadow everything and become one of the most remembered plays in baseball history. Everyone can hear that call by Giants’ broadcaster Russ Hodges: The Giants Win the Pennant! The Giants Win the Pennant!

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Thomson died Monday at his home in Savannah, Georgia after years of failing health at the age of 86. In tribute to Thomson’s death, Deadspin reprinted sportswriting legend Red Smith’s column for the New York Herald Tribune.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Angels (60-60) at Boston Red Sox (68-52). Scott Kazmir (8-10, 6.36 ERA) vs. John Lackey (10-7, 4.54 ERA). 4:10 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.

Colorado Rockies (61-57) at LA Dodgers (61-59). Jason Hammel (8-7, 4.42 ERA) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (8-11, 3.53 ERA). 7:10 pm FS Prime Ticket/ESPN (National), AM 790 KABC.