LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Sweep Birds, Angels Sweep Chi Sox
LA Dodgers defeat St. Louis Cardinals 9-4. “Where the hell was all of the run support earlier in the season you assholes?!” If I were Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda, that’s exactly what I would say to every position player. But of course Kuroda is a much nicer person than I, so I’m sure he’s just happy to be able to exhale a bit on the mound. Well as much as one can relax in the middle of the St. Louis 97-degree-plus-humidity weather summer day without melting one’s cleats.
Coming back from the gym tuning into the game in the top of the third inning, the Dodgers were trailing 1-0 with runners on second and third with no outs and Matt Kemp in the batter’s box. Kemp lined a single up the middle to score two giving the Dodgers the lead. Add Juan Rivera’s double, Casey Blake’s single, James Loney’s double and singles by Jamey Carroll and A.J. Ellis and there you got six runs on six hits before the first out was recorded.
I’m not going to pretend I understand what goes on in Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa’s head since he’s obviously smarter than all of us. But while his starter Jaime Garcia was being shelled in that inning, La Russa had no one warming in the bullpen. Perhaps it was because his bullpen was so depleted he even had second baseman Skip Schumaker pitch the ninth inning in Tuesday’s game. Perhaps he doesn’t like Garcia.
Whatever. Ellis ended up hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning, his first homer in his Big League career. Rivera then added a two-run bomb in the sixth inning to give Kuroda a plush nine innings of support. The Cards would tack on three more runs to make the scoreboard look a bit more respectable to the booing fans - the supposed best fans in all of baseball.
And the Dodgers did something they haven’t done since 1993: the Dodgers swept a three-game series from the Cardinals in St. Louis. By doing that they won the season series against the Red Birds for the first time since 2003. It also marks only the second completed season series they have won also edging the Houston Astros. The Dodgers have tied the completed series against the Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins.
LA Angels defeat Chicago White Sox 8-0. There’s so much good coming out of Anaheim right now, they’ve got it coming out of their wazoo. Jered Weaver, in his first start since signing his contract, demonstrated through his actions that he’s more than thrilled to stay in Anaheim and leave money on the table. And, to boot, it was Nick Adenhart’s birthday.
It almost makes you want to sing Kumbaya and hug your neighbor. Wait. That was the Harvest Crusade that occurred in July at the Stadium. Nevermind.
With the Texas Rangers losing once again to the Boston Red Sox 13-2 at home, the Angels had a chance to cut the AL West lead to 2 ½ games, and the Angels made the most of it. After Erick Aybar slapped a bloop RBI single to give the Angels the early 1-0 lead, sub-Mendoza hitting catcher Jeff Mathis hit a two-run double. Torii Hunter added a so-called “big fly” with a solo shot in the third.
All Weaver did was toss a four-hit shutout for seven innings for his 15th win while lowering his ERA to 2.03. And to celebrate that the Angels gave him four more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Unfortunately with Manager Mike Scioscia contemplating starting Weaver on Sunday on three-days rest in their crucial series in Texas, that offensive outburst meant that Weaver was done.
But it wasn’t a complete bust for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. He got to see one of his new potential favorite players Peter Bourjos patrol centerfield. Guillen “has never seen a white man run that fast.”
Portland Timbers defeat Chivas USA 1-0.