LAst Night's Action: Offense Galore!
LA Angels defeat Boston Red Sox 11-3. The Angels came out of the All Star Break making a statement. To everyone who questioned their offense, myself included, they responded by scoring 11 runs on 14 hits. Now the question remains if they can be consistent with their hitting. Angel's starter John Lackey notched his 1000th strikeout and gave up only three runs on five hits in his seven innings. The Angels have now won three of four against the Red Sox this season including two earlier this season at Fenway and now look to be in good shape for the postseason.
LA Dodgers defeat Arizona Diamondbacks 8-7 (11 innings). This game did not want to end. After the Dodgers scored three runs in the top of the first, the Diamondbacks answered by scoring four in the bottom half of the inning. They would go on to score two more runs in the second inning knocking Hiroki Kuroda out of the game. Journeyman Jason Johnson, just called up to take Takashi Saito's spot on the roster, would give up one run in his three innings after not having pitched in the big leagues since 2006. For the Dodgers offense they chipped away with home runs. Nomar Garciaparra hit two, Matt Kemp hit the tying homer in the seventh inning and James Loney hit the go-ahead homer in the 11th inning. Jonathan Broxton got his first save of the season, and Blake DeWitt made a spectacular play in the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings. The Dodgers are now tied with the D-Backs for the lead in the Loser's Division.
Boston Red Sox at LA Angels. One of the nationally broadcast games by Fox will prove to be a ALCS-caliber pitching matchup. Josh Beckett will take the hill for the Red Sox against All Star pitcher and new daddy Joe Saunders. 12:55 pm FOX, AM 830 KLAA.
LA Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks. Chad Billingsley and his tree trunk legs will get the start for the Dodgers against Dan Haren and the D-Backs. 5:10 pm KCAL9, AM 790 KABC.
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