Thursday, April 30, 2009
Loux No Loser This Time: Angels 3, Orioles 2There's something to be said for the adage that timing is everything. The Angels needed depth and Loux represented it; his heartwarming return to the Show was the game's subtext, his first win since his only other one in the majors, a 4-3 Tigers victory over the Royals on Sep. 24, 2003 as a second-half callup.
The Angels found their firepower in Torii Hunter, who hit a solo homer in the seventh that untied the game at 2-1, and Kendry Morales, who tripled in a run in the fourth to give the Angels the ultimate margin of victory. Heck, even Brian Fuentes even had a 1-2-3 inning. Some days you have the story book.
Lincecum Shows Cy Young Stuff Again: Giants 9, Dodgers 4The magic carpet skidded a bit yesterday with Eric Stults proving not quite the equal of Tim Lincecum (sarcasm alert!); the Giants chased Stults after only two and two thirds, so the outcome proved to be pretty preordained. I mean, when Bengie Molina ends the day a double away from the cycle, something funny is going on. (That would be his fifth career triple.)
As a consequence of the late rough air, the Dodgers announced a couple of changes, promoting Jeff Weaver from AAA Albuquerque (my fingers are having a hard time spelling that out — they keep wanting to type "Las Vegas"), and optioning Scott Elbert to AA Chattanooga. Weaver is expected to join the bullpen but might become a starter if the situation warrants; with only two of the team's rotation having pitched more than five innings (Billingsley and Wolf) in any games this year, it seems likely he'll get that chance, assuming he can show he can still get major league hitters out.