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LAst Night's Action: Epic Night for Dodgers in Twin Cities
LA Dodgers defeat Minnesota Twins 15-0. It looked like bankruptcy served the Dodgers well on the field. They blasted the Twins with 15 runs and 25 hits in their second win ever in the Twin Cities. All nine starters recorded at least two hits, one run scored an one RBI in getting the most hits since they also hit 25 against the Angels on May 19, 2006. All outfielders had four hits with Matt Kemp a triple short of the cycle and Trent Oeltjen a double short of the cycle.
All of the offense shadowed the great pitching. Chad Billingsley was pitching a four-hitter through six innings before giving way to the bullpen. Blake Hawksworth, Hong-Chih Kuo and Scott Elbert combined to strikeout seven of the last ten batters - the only baserunner being Ben Revere to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning on a fielding error by shortstop Dee Gordon.
It’s only fitting that this was a shutout. After all their last victory in Minnesota was also a shutout. On October 14, 1965 at Metropolitan Stadium, Sandy Koufax pitched a three-hit shutout of the Twins in Game 7 of the World Series.
LA Angels defeat Washington Nationals 4-3 (10). After the Dodgers rained on what should have been an Angels’ victory Sunday afternoon, the Angels made sure that didn’t happen in consecutive games. With the Angels leading 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning, closer Trevor Walden gave up the tying run on Danny Espinosa’s solo homer getting his third consecutive blown save. But the Angels worked the bases loaded which set the stage for Maicer Izturis and his single up the middle to win the game. Ervin Santana went eight innings giving up only two runs and was in line to get his fourth win of the season. Fun note: the Angels had one more hit than the Dodgers had runs.
LA Dodgers at Minnesota Twins. 5:10 p.m. KCAL9, AM 790 KABC.
Washington Nationals at LA Angels. 7:05 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.