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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Stumble, Angels Recover

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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.

NOTABLE NOTES

NOT SO SHARP? Deadspin, in their America’s Dumbest Student-Athlete series, highlighted an essay entitled “Happy days [sic] at Johnny’s” purportedly penned by the newest Laker point guard Steve Blake while he was attending the University of Maryland. Thanks to the wonders of the Wayback Machine at Archive.org, we see that this essay at one point was housed in Maryland’s web server attributed to a student whose last name is Blake and first initial is S. It’s alternately an engrossing drama of a heterosexual relationship and food criticism.

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A young couple was walking down Main Street arguing with each other. The young lady got frustrated with her boyfriend and just walked away from him and went into a restaurant. He wanted to make up with her so he went in there after her. He met her inside and they waited for someone to help them find a seat. They where greeted by a young lady who was very kind and friendly. The hostess found them a comfortable booth and told them to have a good time. As they were sitting, they heard a song by Elvis being played throughout the whole restaurant. The couple looked at each other and smiled because they both really liked that song. The restaurant that this couple went to is in Florida and is called Johnny Rockets, a restaurant that brings people happiness.

Doesn’t that just warm your heart? Maybe if Frank and Jamie McCourt went to Johnny Rockets all of their problems would fade away into the grease and Elvis.

The only downfall of the restaurant is that you don't get much food. The burgers are not that big and you only get a small serving of fries. The burgers are about the size of McDonalds but the taste of Johnny Rockets is much better. One thing I do like is that you get a good amount of a chocolate shake if you order one. The prices at Johnny Rockets are a little high compared to a McDonalds or Burger King but are average compared to a Fridays or Applebee's. Like the movie Afluenza, people expect good service and good food from the big food chains, but once the get the service they are not satisfied. At Johnny Rockets your expectations are met. Although the amount of food you get is small and the price maybe above average, the taste of the food and the happiness the store brings you makes it worth it to go there.

I’ll attest to the fact they make a killer veggie burger with bacon.

I will give Blake some credit though. The sentences are complete and effectively communicate something (which is more than can be said of my blathering on this part of the interwebs.)

MCCOURT DRAMA. Since this entire soap opera thoroughly disgusts me, this will be short and sweet. Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports that the LA Superior Court Commissioner said in a hearing that the court could force the McCourts to sell the Dodgers. http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-0715-dodgers-mccourt-20100715,0,713981.story

TONIGHT’S ACTION

LA Dodgers (49-40) at St. Louis Cardinals (48-41). Chad Billingsley (7-4, 4.14 ERA) vs. Jaime Garcia (8-4, 2.17 ERA). 5:15 pm FS Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.

Seattle Mariners (35-54) at LA Angels (48-44). Felix Hernandez (7-5, 2.88 ERA) vs. Jered Weaver (8-5, 3.20 ERA). 7:05 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.