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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lackey's 8.1 No-Hitter: Angels 6, Red Sox 2

Speaking of improbability fields, how in the Sam Hill did John Lackey suddenly figure out how to bamboozle the Red Sox through eight and a third innings? It's crazy enough he got a complete game win, but to do it against the Sawx in Fenway — that's something special. The only two hits of the game were Dustin Pedroia's single and Kevin Youkilis' ensuing homer; Lackey retired David Ortiz, walked Manny Ramirez, but got Mike Lowell in order to end the frame and the game.

The Angels offense took advantage of a wobbly Clay Buchholz, scratching out a couple runs in the third on Alex Cora's fielding error of Chone Figgins' grounder, and a bases-loaded walk. GA got two more in the fourth, picking up Torii Hunter with a home run to right. Finally, the squad picked up a couple in typical Angel fashion in the seventh, with a Howie Kendrick sac fly and a scoring infield single.

Coming on the heels of a pretty sizeable earthquake, and the Teixeira trade, it was pretty amazing. The Angels finish the day 66-40, the best record in baseball (still) and own a twelve game lead in the division, the largest lead in franchise history. Update: Back to 11.5 games after an 11-10 Texas win over Seattle.

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Lackey walked Manny in the ninth. He got Lowell to ground out for the last out.
Ugh. Fixed.

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