LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Stumble, Angels Recover
St. Louis Cardinals (48-41) defeat LA Dodgers (49-40) 7-1. Andre Ethier hit a solo homer in the fourth inning. That was about the only thing that went right for the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw (9-5) only made it through one out in the fifth inning giving up four earned runs on eight hits and three walks while recording only one strikeout - the least amount he’s recorded as a starting pitcher. Throw in a fielding error by Manny Ramirez and a throwing error by Rafael Furcal, and it was just a whole bunch of nothing for the Dodgers. Chris Carpenter (10-3) went eight innings for the Cardinals giving up only that one run while striking out six. With George Sherrill put on waivers and Reed Johnson put on the disabled list to make room for Manny, do the Dodgers have what it takes to overtake the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies for a third consecutive NL West title?
LA Angels (48-44) defeat Seattle Mariners (35-54) 8-3. It was a hit parade for the Angels as they got 16 hits against the last place Mariners. Bobby Abreu hit an RBI double in the first inning, and Erick Aybar’s two-run single and Howie Kendrick’s RBI double in the second inning gave Joel Pineiro (10-6) and the Angels a quick 4-0 lead to work with. Ichiro Suzuki’s double in the fifth inning cut the lead to 4-3, but Aybar and Abreu gave the Angels some more breathing room in the sixth inning with an RBI single and a two-run single respectively for the Angels 7-3 lead. Jeff Mathis added a run in the seventh inning with an RBI single. Meanwhile Mariners’ starter Doug Fister (3-5) who got blasted with 12 hits and six runs got the loss.