LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Beat Down DBacks Bullpen
LA Dodgers defeat Arizona Diamondbacks 13-3. It didn’t look to be a rout. DBacks’ starter Dan Haren raised eyebrows everywhere when he struck out nine Dodgers in three innings. The Dodgers didn’t really care in the fourth inning when they hit three doubles to score twice. Meanwhile Dodgers’ starter John Ely just kept eluding DBacks hitters while walking no one. They added one more run in the sixth inning and seventh inning. But after Ely gave up back-to-back singles to Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew to lead off the seventh inning, the bullpen made the game interesting as Jeff Weaver gave up a single to Chris Young that plated one and George Sherrill gave up a double to Kelly Johnson that plated two making the Dodger lead 4-3. Russell Martin got all three runs back with one swing of the bat in the eighth inning as the Dodgers pounced on the awful “turible” DBacks bullpen to the tune of seven runs in the inning. The Dodgers added another two in the ninth as Carlos Monasterios pitched a perfect eighth and ninth innings. Ely now gets his first Major League win while the Dodgers pull themselves to one game below .500.
Tampa Bay Rays defeat LA Angels 7-2. The Angels couldn’t touch Rays’ starter Jeff Niemann who took a shutout into the eighth inning. In fact they could only get runners to second base in the first three innings. Meanwhile Evan Longoria hitting a three run homer in the seventh inning and singled in a run in the fifth inning as the Rays put up a 6-0 lead in the seventh inning against former teammate Scott Kazmir. Kazmir only made it through five innings giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks dropping his record to 2-3. The Angels finally got to the Rays scoring twice in the eighth inning. They even had a chance to tie the game in that frame having the bases loaded with one out, but Howie Kendrick struck out and Michael Ryan grounded into a force play to end the threat.