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LAst Night's Action: Angels Wait Until Last Swing To Show Life

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LA Angels defeat Texas Rangers 2-1. It isn’t much, but the Angels showed signs of life. It’s like one of those scenes in those maudlin hospital dramas where the patient has flatlined after being taken off of life support. Family members are crying, doctors are mumbling amongst themselves. Then there’s a beep. The mournful tears of family members are now replaced by tears of hope. And that’s about where the Angels are.

The season looked over. Despite a great pitching performance by Jered Weaver, the Angels were stymied for seven innings against Colby Lewis. Then when Weaver gave up that solo homer to Mike Napoli, the flat-line.

But off of Mike Adams in the ninth inning, Torii Hunter led off the inning with a single extending his hit streak to 16 games, and the rookie brought everyone home. On a cutter that went over the heart of the plate, Mark Trumbo blasted it into the left field seats. And like that, there was a beep in that hospital room.

With six games back and six weeks left in the season, the Angels aren’t going to be jumping out of the bed anytime soon. There will be a lot of hand-wringing and prayers involved to get them to where they need to be. However had the Angels lost, they would have been dead for the season. But now there’s hope. They’ll need some help from Texas down the stretch, but there’s still the possibility that they will continue in to October.

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LA Dodgers defeat Milwaukee Brewers 5-0. With eight innings of shutout ball, Clayton Kershaw lowered his ERA from 2.72 to 2.60 and notched his National League leading 199th strikeout of the season. There are not enough superlatives that can qualify the job he’s done this season. Now imagine if the Dodgers were a winning ball club. Fortunately they avoided their first four-game sweep at the hands of the Brewers.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Dodgers at Colorado Rockies. 5:40 p.m. FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Baltimore Orioles at LA Angels. 7:05 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.