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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Lose. Period.
San Francisco Giants defeat LA Dodgers 3-0. Three games in three days, and the Dodgers did not score one run. None. The closest the Dodgers got to scoring a run in this three-game series was in this game when starter Chad Billingsley was on third. In fact he was inches away from breaking the scoreless streak that went back to Sunday.
Billingsley hit a one-out double in the top of the third inning and took third base on a wild pitch by Giants starter Tim Lincecum. Lincecum's 6.07 ERA was starting to loom large as he uncorked yet another wild pitch that went all the way to the backstop. Catcher Hector Sanchez grabbed that ball and tossed to Lincecum covering the plate just as Billingsley started to slide.
The 240-pound Billingsley couldn't move the 90-pound Lincecum. Lincecum tagged Billingsley, showed the ball to home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth and got the emphatic punch out at the plate.
Billingsley gave up two runs in the bottom half of the inning, and that was that. The Dodgers mustered only four hits against Lincecum getting shutout in three consecutive games by the same team for the first time since 1937. Or something like that.
All that needs to be said is that this is pretty historic in the annals of Dodger history the offensive futility. And just to make everything that much more cheery, Andre Ethier left the game in the first inning with a strained left oblique.
To review. No Matt Kemp and no Andre Ethier in the near future. The Dodgers are now tied with the Giants for the NL West lead. The Dodgers can't hit worth a lick. And the R.A. Dickey and the Mets are coming to town.
At least Hello Kitty and Keroppi are coming on Sunday.
LA Angels defeat Baltimore Orioles 13-1 You remember when the Angels couldn't hit and couldn't pitch? Actually I do which is what is making their recent winning ways remarkable.
Starting with a great play by Mike Trout out in centerfield, the Angels got a season-high worth of runs. Everything exploded in the fourth inning when the Orioles made two errors which helped the Angels score six in that inning.
Meanwhile Jered Weaver pitched into the seventh inning giving up the lone run dropping his ERA to 2.31. The Angels are still 4 1/2 games behind the Texas Rangers but climbed up to nine games over .500.
LA Angels at Toronto Blue Jays. 4:07 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.
NY Mets at LA Dodgers. 7:10 p.m. Prime Ticket, AM 570 KLAC.