LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Runs Comes in Spurts
LA Dodgers defeat Florida Marlins 9-1. Marlins starter Andrew Miller looked absolutely horrible. He went 1 2/3 innings and gave up seven earned runs on five hits and five walks which could have been worse if reliever Mark Hendrickson (remember him?) didn't get the final out in the second inning with the bases loaded. Meanwhile Chad Billingsley went seven innings notching a season-high 13 strike outs while giving up only one run on five hits. With closer Takashi Saito out indefinitely after coming out of the game Saturday night with a tingly feeling in his arm, it was a relief for the Dodgers not to have to address that in this game. The Dodgers go into the All Star break one game back in the NL West and three games under .500.
LA Angels defeat Oakland A's 4-3. The Angels had to bring up Dustin Moseley to cover Joe Saunder's who wife was supposed to have popped out his heathen spawn by now. But Moseley did everything the Angels could have hoped for going 5 1/3 innings giving up only two runs on four hits and a walk. It took the Angels offense some time to wake up having to make a ninth inning come back to win the game. The Angels take a six game lead of the As in the division going into the All Star break and hopefully they will find some offense in their time off.
Pachuca CF defeats CD Chivas USA 2-1. Chivas lost a hard fought match in their first match in group play in the Superliga Championship. Despite Pachuca a little rusty in their preseason and Chivas is midseason, Pachuca showed their athleticism by scoring two goals in the 23rd and 42nd minutes in the first half. Chivas looked completely outmatched and ready for a total rout, but came out in the second half really aggressive. Although no goals would be scored in the second half and Chivas losing the match to the reigning Superliga champ, Chivas showed that they have a chance to go far in this tournament. They next play Santos Laguna on Wednesday who are off a 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution.