LAst Night's Action: Bombs Away in the Bronx
LA Angels defeat New York Yankees 10-8. The Angels just can't make things easy on themselves. They had the 10-5 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning with Ernesto Frieri on the mound. Frieri had not given up a run since being acquired by the Angels in early May.
Frieri walked Robinson Cano and gave up a homer to Mark Teixeira snapping his scoreless streak. He then walked Nick Swisher ending his day and bringing in Scott Downs.
Downs managed to get two outs, but in the process loaded the bases. Once he walked Swisher in with the bases loaded which ended his day.
So the Yankees had the bases loaded with the winning run on first base, Alex Rodriguez at the plate and two outs. The Angels brought in fireball-hurling Kevin Jepsen as their third pitcher in the ninth. On the 2-2 pitch, Rodriguez popped up to first baseman Albert Pujols to end the game.
The Angels salvaged a game in their series in the Bronx avoiding their first sweep in New York since 1995. The big hit of the game for the Angels came from an unexpected source. After the Yanks took the 3-2 lead heading into the sixth inning and Kendrys Morales scored on a sacrifice fly by Alberto Callaspo, Maicer Izturis unleashed a two-run homer to break the tie. It was Izturis' first homer of the season and his first since July 29, 2011 in Detroit against Rick Porcello.
It seemed a fine time as any to hit his first homer. Both teams combined for eight homers, each hit by a different player.
The game also featured a squeeze bunt in the eighth inning by Erick Aybar which allowed Bobby Wilson to score for the 9-5 lead. With a 49-40 record the Angels remain five games behind the Texas Rangers.
San Diego Padres defeat LA Dodgers 7-2. A season-high five errors did in the Dodgers as they gave up six unearned run in their second consecutive loss. At 48-42 the Dodgers fall 1 1/2 games behind the San Francisco Giants for the division lead.
Cleveland Pulls Out. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, multiple sources have told reporters that the Cleveland Cavaliers have pulled out of a proposed three-way deal involving the Lakers, Magic and Dwight Howard. On Saturday the interwebs went wild on the rumors that the Lakers would ship Andrew Bynum to the Cavs in order to get Howard in LA. Cleveland would have shipped draft picks and prospects to Orlando to complete the deal.
As I wrote here on yesterday, everything surrounding the Howard trade has all been disinformation, smokescreens or merely deals that have fallen through.
Etc. Maicer Izturis' home run got me curious as to whom he hit his 33 homers against, so I pulled up his home run log. A name that popped out at me was Izturis' 24th homer — a two-run homer against then-Oakland starter Vin Mazzaro on Aug. 29, 2009. Mazzaro is most known for one of modern pitching's biggest meltdown.
In an emergency appearance out of the bullpen on May 16, 2011 with the Kansas City Royals, Mazzaro put in 2 1/3 innings giving up 14 earned runs to the Cleveland Indians. He became the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to allow that many earned runs without pitching three innings according to Elias Sports Bureau. It's actually worse since his first inning of relief was a scoreless one.
Just to wrap a bow on this non-sequitor, the catcher for the Royals during that meltdown: Matt Treanor. He had only one at-bat before leaving the game in the fifth inning hitting a double in the third inning.
LA Angels at Detroit Tigers. 4:05 p.m. FSWest, ESPN, AM 830 KLAA.
Philadelphia Phillies at LA Dodgers. 7:10 p.m. Prime Ticket, AM 570 KLAC.