When a No-Hitter is Not a No-Hitter
The pitching duo of Jered Weaver and Jose Arrendano combined to keep the Dodgers hitless in Saturday night's game at Dodger Stadium. However because of an unearned run in the fifth inning, the duo went only eight innings which according to the rules disqualifies them from an official no-hitter. And, most importantly, the Angels lost 1-0.
In that fifth inning, Matt Kemp hit a ball softly in the infield which Weaver mishandled. Although originally scored as an infield single, the official scorer changed it to an error on Weaver. Then as Kemp was stealing second, catcher Jeff Mathis threw the ball into the outfield with Kemp taking third on the error. Then Kemp scored on Blake DeWitt's sacrifice fly.
It was only the fifth time in modern baseball a pitcher or pitchers held a team hitless and still lost. The last time this has happened was in 1992 when the Matt Young of the Boston Red Sox against the Cleveland Indians.
Meanwhile Dodger pitchers Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton and Takashi Saito might not have kept the Angels hitless, but they did keep them scoreless - the most important stat. By winning this game, the Dodgers have clinched the series.
So in summation: the Angels kept the Dodgers hitless; the Dodgers shutout the Angels; the Dodgers won.
Edit: If the Dodgers win Sunday not only do they sweep the series but they also win the season series. The Dodgers won one game last month in the three-game series at Angel Stadium.
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