LAst Night's Action: Complete Game for Stults
Dodger pitcher Eric Stults Goes the Distance. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
LA Dodgers defeat Chicago White Sox 5-0. Eric Stults just a couple of weeks ago was sweating it out in Vegas. Wednesday night he became the second Dodger pitcher this season to throw a complete game shutout giving up only four hits while walking only one. Stults was right on his game confusing the Sox hitters all night. Meanwhile Joe Torre decided to field a more normal looking lineup including Andre Ethier and Blake DeWitt. Ethier came through in the first inning with an RBI single and scoring a run. DeWitt hit a two-run double in the fourth inning and scoring a run on Stults' sacrifice fly.
Washington Nationals defeat LA Angels 5-4. Angel's starter Ervin Santana just didn't have enough. In six innings he gave up four runs on four hits but walked five in the process. The Angels would tie the game 4-4 in the eighth inning, but Scot Shields gave up his first run in 15 1/3 innings in the bottom of the ninth to lose it for the Halos. Vlad Guerrero sat the game out with a bit of the stomach flu.
Congratulations to the Fresno State Bulldogs. The Bulldogs beat the Georgia Bulldogs 6-1 to win the College World Series. Fresno State was the fourth seed in their regional, an equivalent to a 13-seed in March Madness. Including this game they faced six elimination games winning all of them (obviously). With a 47-31 record, they have the most losses of any national champion and tied the 1998 USC team for the most runs in the College World Series with 62 runs. This one ranks up there among the greatest upsets in North American sports.
Shawn Chacon is done. In one stupid Latrell Sprewell move, Chacon just kissed his career goodbye. After being demoted to the bullpen Sunday, GM Ed Wade and manager Cecil Cooper asked Chacon to come into Cooper's office for a meeting last night. While in the team's dining room, Chacon refused. Words and expletives were exchanged until Chacon had to be restrained after grabbing Wade's neck and throwing him to the ground. While Wade losing his cool is definitely not kosher, what in the fuck was Chacon thinking? In a month, Chacon will start complaining about not being able to feed his kids.
Tonight is the NBA draft. Memphis guard Derrick Rose looks like he'll be the number one pick going to the Chicago Bulls. After long being thought as the slam-dunk number two pick, the Miami Heat are starting to have second thoughts about Kansas State's forward Michael Beasley. USC's OJ Mayo could sneak up in the second pick. Other local kids to look out for is UCLA's Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook. Both are projected to go in the top ten, and Westbrook has a good chance of landing in the LA Clipper's laps who pick seventh.
This Afternoon's Action
Chicago White Sox at LA Dodgers. The rubber game features John Danks on the hill against Clayton Kershaw who is still looking for his first victory of the year. 12:10 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.