Friday, September 19, 2008
Games, Games, Games
Slam! Bang! Clank! Angels 15, Rangers 13The Angels got out to an early 7-0 lead that they managed to utterly squander, and once Gary Matthews, Jr. clanked Milton Bradley's routine fly in center, that was pretty much the end of Jon Garland, whether he knew it or not at the time. Garland seemed to go into panic mode after that, not that he was doing all that well up to that point. Ironically, it was the only time Bradley reached in the game; he had a golden sombrero otherwise, and stranded four baserunners, leading the team. Regardless, the nine-run third was the most scored against an Angels team since a May 19, 2006 game versus the Dodgers.
Since the Angels had to face Texas pitching, that wasn't an insuperable problem. The Angels had a lot of offensive fireworks of their own, including homers by Kendry Morales and Mike Napoli, their second in as many games. In fact, Napoli was only a single away from the cycle at the end of the game. Torii Hunter led the team with four RBIs including a first-inning three-run homer. Annoying as it was to see the team let the lead slip through their fingers, they didn't entirely choke it away, though Scot Shields looked more relieved than happy after he wiggled out of a ninth inning jam for the save. Darren Oliver, who pitched the middle innings in relief of the ineffective Garland, got the win, the 100th of his career.
Giants Crush Maddux, Zito Cruises: Giants 7, Dodgers 1Nothing much to report here, as Greg Maddux was pretty much helpless against the Giants, getting thoroughly unhinged in the four-run fifth. Barry Zito pitched the kind of game San Francisco assumed they'd get routinely from him when they signed him to his big-dollar contract. The Dodgers' only run came on a Pablo Ozuna solo homer, and as Bob Timmermann noted in the DT gameday thread, that made him the 19th Dodger to homer this year. Go for the gold, that's what I say.
And Other Important Games
- Colorado sank the Snakes 3-2 to whittle the Dodgers' magic number to six.
- The Mets pounded the Braves 9-5 and Florida wailed on Philadelphia 14-8 in a slugfest, with the net result that the NL East lead changed hands, Mets back on top by a half game.
- The Cubs fell in a 12-6 slaughter to St. Louis as Carlos Zambrano had nothing against the Redbirds, leaving the game after recording only five outs, the second shortest outing of his career. Luckily for him, Cincinnati jumped on Jeff Suppan and the Brewers 11-2 to whittle Chicago's magic number by one. With the NL East trading hands, the Brewers stay two games back in the wild card, this time of Philadelphia.
- Tampa Bay mauled Minnesota 11-1, pushing them further back of the White Sox, who beat Kansas City 9-4. Chicago ended the day 2.5 games up in the division with a magic number of seven.
- Boston edged Toronto 4-3 to keep pace in the AL East, 1.5 games back of Tampa Bay.