LAst Night's Action: Friars Roast Dodgers
San Diego Padres defeat LA Dodgers 4-0. It had to happen at some point. After winning eight straight games, the Dodgers go down to San Diego to be dominated by my countryman Cha Seug Baek in his first win at Petco Park. The only ray of light for the Dodgers was NL co-player of the week Andre Ethier who had a single and two doubles in the Dodger's four-hit effort. Blake DeWitt was the only other Dodger to get a hit. Greg Maddux meanwhile did not look good even showing some frustration in the sixth inning with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez. Fortunate for the Dodgers was the fact that Tim Lincecum dominated the Arizona Diamondbacks shutting them out for eight innings up in San Francisco. The Dodger's magic number is 18.
LA Angels defeat NY Yankees 12-1. What a strange sixth inning in this game. Torii Hunter had a slight bump with Yankee's catcher Pudge Rodriguez at the plate on a tag out which eventually culminated with a benches clearing kerfluffle. Both players would be ejected. But the strangeness continued later in the inning when Yankee's pitching coach Dave Eiland collapsed in the dugout. No indication yet as to what exactly happened. Perhaps it's a natural reaction to seeing his pitching giving up a six-spot in that inning. Regardless the Angels still are steaming ahead into the postseason with their magic number now down to two. That means if the Angels win and the Texas Rangers lose later tonight, the Angels will clinch the AL West.
LA Dodgers at San Diego Padres. Hiroki Kuroda (8-10, 3.96) gets the start for the Dodgers against Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 11.25). 7:05 pm FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
NY Yankees at LA Angels. Alfredo Aceves (0-0, 1.29) gets his first start for the Yankees against Ervin Santana (15-5, 3.23). 7:05 pm FSN West, AM 830 KLAA.
AP Photo by Denis Poroy