LAst Night's Action: Sick Ethier Lifts Anemic Dodger Offense over Padres
LA Dodgers defeat San Diego Padres 2-0. For six innings the Dodgers offense continued to be anemic. It wasn’t until Andre Ethier, who was pulled from the starting lineup due to illness, pinch hit in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two outs and grounded a single to left center field to bring in two runs. Thankfully for the Dodgers the starting pitching has been lights out with Chad Billingsley (W, 9-5) continuing to carry the torch with six shutout innings. Hong-Chih Kuo pitched two shutout innings striking out five while Jonathan Broxton got his 20th save by striking out nemesis Matt Stairs to end the game. Former Dodger Jon Garland (L, 9-7) did a good job of matching Billingsley inning for inning, but after the Ethier single he was done.
Boston Red Sox defeat LA Angels 4-2. A crucial error in the ninth inning on a ball hit by David Ortiz scored a run and doomed the Angels comeback giving the Red Sox the 4-2 lead. John Lackey (W, 10-5) in his return to Angel Stadium was good going 7 1/3 innings giving up two runs: a third inning RBI double and eighth inning solo homer by Bobby Abreu. Jered Weaver (L, 9-7) despite a good outing where he also gave up two runs in his seven innings of work, but the Angel bullpen and MIA offense decided to revert to their early season ways tagging him with the loss.