Thursday, July 31, 2008
Two Three Games
Angels Hide Pettitte, Yanks: Angels 12, Yankees 6Closer than it appears because of a bad outing by Darren O'Day, who loaded the bases late and gave up a run on a bases-loaded walk and was ultimately charged with all three runs that frame. The Angels just moiderized Andy Pettite to the tune of nine runs, all on homers, one each by Torii Hunter, Vlad, and ex-Yankee Juan Rivera, all of them three-run shots, something they haven't done since June 8, 1978 against the A's.
Andy Pettitte never got in a groove:
“Didn’t feel comfortable from the get-go,” Pettitte said. “I didn’t keep anybody off base. Top of their lineup. Bottom of their lineup. Didn’t keep the guys that have a little bit of power in the ballpark. So just didn’t do anything right tonight. I was missing with everything. It was a bad night, that’s for sure.”Amen.
Lowe < Webb: Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 1Not much to report here; the Snakes just got some good breaks, including a really weak attempt to score on a fairly shallow ball hit by Matt Kemp; Larry Bowa sent Andre Ethier home to his doom, but it was a good bet anyway, since Conor Jackson had to make a perfect throw home to get Ethier, and did.
Brandon Lyon finished the Dodgers off painlessly save for Casey Blake's harmless single. Just one of those games, I guess; bring on Manny.
Cubs Sweep Brewers With Edmonds' Slam, Take 5-Game NL Central Lead: Cubs 11, Brewers 4Jim Edmonds homered twice, one of them a grand slam, to drive in five runs as the Cubs swept the Brewers on the road, giving the Northsiders a five-game lead in the NL Central. Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome also homered in the game; newly acquired ace Rich Harden got his first win in a Cubs uniform. Both Prince Fielder and Eric Gagne were ejected from the game, Fielder in the ninth for arguing balls and strikes, and Gagne for throwing at Jim Edmonds in the top of the frame, both times by home plate umpire Doug Eddings.