LAst Night's Action: Strange Happenings Down the Arch
St. Louis Cardinals defeat LA Dodgers 9-6. Four words: Albert Pujols grand slam. That effectively shut the door on the Dodgers. Derek Lowe made his shortest outing of the season (3 1/3 innings) while giving up the most hits and runs of the season (13 hits and eight runs). In the eighth inning with Jeff Kent on deck to pinch hit, the PA announcer announced Mark Sweeney would be the pinch hitter. Joe Torre would argue to no avail. Kent would bat for Sweeney who "batted" for Pablo Ozuna. Kent would strike out, and the Dodgers would complete the game under protest. In the unlikely event the protest is upheld, the game won't necessarily be restarted at the point of protest if the league decides the screw up didn't affect the Dodger's chances of winning the game. So there you have it.
LA Angels defeat Baltimore Orioles 9-4. No drama required in this game as the Angels just pounded the Orioles into the ground. One night the Angels face a crafty lefty and can't buy a hit. The next afternoon, another crafty lefty, and they have a hit parade. Baseball is a crazy game. Seven of the Angels starting lineup got a hit in this afternoon's game topped off with Vladimir Guerrero's 20th homer and Jeff Mathis' ninth homer of the season Thanks to the offense, Ervin Santana was able to pitch with no pressure getting his 13th win despite giving up two home runs.
- Sports Illustrated just did their college football preview and have Ohio State ranked second just ahead of USC. So they are putting an Ohio State team that's returning almost all their starters who got their asses handed to them by LSU ahead of a USC team that has replaced their starters almost seamlessly throughout Pete Carroll's tenure. Huh?
- The NBA schedules have been released and it came as no surprise the Lakers would be hosting the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on Christmas Day. While the Lakers open their season against Greg Oden and the Portland Trail Blazers, the Clippers will open their season against the Lakers in a home game televised on the Evil Four-Letter network.
LA Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers hope Clayton Kershaw can continue his great pitching against the hot Kyle Lohse. 11:15 am FSN Prime Ticket, AM 790 KABC.
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