LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Still Can't Score Runs
San Diego Padres defeat LA Dodgers 3-2. After being positive about George Sherrill’s two previous outings, Sherrill (L, 1-2) rained on my optimism in the ninth inning today. With Scott Hairston on second base, Oscar Salazar fought Sherrill through eight pitches which ended up being a single up the middle that brought Hairston home for the walk-off win. The Dodger offense continued to struggle with the only offense coming off of James Loney’s solo homer in the second inning that tied the game 1-1 and a Garret Anderson single that drove Jamey Carroll home in the fifth inning to tie the game 2-2. Dodgers starter Vicente Padilla only went four innings while Mat Latos didn’t sneeze at all on the mound during his five innings. Padres closer Heath Bell (W, 5-0) got the win for his hitless ninth inning.
Oswalt a Philly. As mentioned here yesterday, the Phillies were the favorite in bagging Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt and did indeed get him. They sent pitcher J.A. Happ and a slew of minor leaguers to Houston for Oswalt and cash. In addition Oswalt agreed not to force the Phillies to guarantee the 2012 option as a requirement to waive his no-trade clause. As for the other Astros pitcher Brett Myers, since Oswalt is gone it is highly unlike the Astros will move Myers.
As for the Dodgers, as of yesterday the rumbles have been that the Dodgers, Minnesota Twins and New York Mets were talking to the Chicago Cubs about Ted Lilly. Fox Sports Jon Paul Morosi reported that the Twins are an outside shot, and Newday’s Ken Davidoff is saying the deal with the Mets is unlikely. So does that mean the Dodgers are now the front runners for Lilly? And even if the Dodgers get Lilly, what exactly does that accomplish?
Meanwhile the San Diego Padres in need of some pop on offense have gotten Miguel Tejada from the Baltimore Orioles.
EXTENDED CHOW. UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow agreed to a two-year extension with the Bruins that will reportedly pay him $400,000 to $500,000 per season making him the highest paid assistant coach in Bruins history. The contract does not include a buyout for the 54-year old. The Bruins are predicted by the media to finish eighth in the Pac-10 with Oregon to win the conference and embattled USC second.