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Sunday, September 19, 2004
Dodgers 7, Rockies 6Today for the first time, it truly felt like autumn. The air's been too warm or humid before, but today was crisp, the clouds high, the sky deeply blue. Through all of it, a steady, chill breeze. And in Colorado -- remembrances of the 2002 Angels with their strings of comeback wins. The Dodgers have but rarely enjoyed early leads, making their fans ever-so-nervous: for their wins in September, here's a breakdown of the innings in which they took a lead alongside the number of runs of the lead:
|Date||Opp.||Inning Lead Was Taken (Size of Lead)|
|9/2||@ Arizona||8th (3)|
|9/7||vs Arizona||3rd (1), 5th (2)|
|9/8||vs Arizona||5th (1), 9th (1)|
|9/9||vs Arizona||5th (1)|
|9/10||vs St. Louis||2nd (1), 7th (2)|
|9/11||vs St. Louis||4th (1), 8th (1)|
|9/14||vs San Diego||1st (1), 4th (2)|
|9/17||@ Colorado||1st (1), 10th (2)|
|9/19||@ Colorado||9th (1)|
Rangers 1, Angels 0So Mike scolded the team after its second shutout game in a row? Heh. Washburn finally pitches like we know he can, and the team just chokes with the bat. Now we know the real reason the pitching's been so lousy all year long: they've seen Escobar's example, and just how much run support he's gotten.
Diamondbacks 3, Cardinals 2Did anybody notice this? The fargin' Snakes beat the Cards? With Mike Gosling on the mound? Whatever, all it means is St. Louis will clinch against the Brewers. But -- the Cards are actually 4-6 in their last ten. It's probably the worst they've done all year.
Everybody Else In The WildcardMan, what a static race. The Cubs beat the Reds in dramatic fashion, pulling four runs out of their hats against closer Danny Graves. Roger Clemens struck out 10 on his way to a 1-0 victory against the Brewers. The only movement in the Wild Card was that of San Diego heading closer to the bottom, as the Giants beat the Pads 4-2. The Fish beat the Braves 3-0 behind -- hold on -- Ismael Valdez, but lose the series to Atlanta, falling to 4.5 games back in the wildcard. The Giants remain 2.5 back of the Dodgers in the NL West, and a half game over the Cubs in the wildcard; the Padres sink to four games out.