Friday, May 15, 2009
The Disimplosion: Dodgers 5, Phillies 3 (10 Innings)With a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, Jonathan Broxton imploded for a pair in the bottom of the ninth to let the game go into extras, against a batter he should have easily dispatched, the .257-hitting reserve catcher Carlos Ruiz.
The Dodgers got to Chad Durbin in the 10th, with Russell Martin — who looks like he's finally getting out of his slump — driving in Andre Ethier from first on a two-out double, and Matt Kemp driving him home on another double. In between, James Loney got his first intentional walk of the year.
And Ramon "Tron Tron" Troncoso nailed his second save, the Dodgers walk away from Philadelphia with some questions answered about this team — what is it about Jon's sedative posts that seem to bring out the dramatics in the Dodgers? (Odd that the Phillies figured in that first post, too.)
It's A Miracle: Angels 5, Red Sox 4 (12 Innings)
So, let's recall the list of things that worked out for the Angels that qualify as miracles:
- Big Papi stayed slumped. The Angels limited him to one hit and one RBI for the series. Not only that, but he went 0-for-7 in yesterday's game with three strikeouts, two of them looking. That, by the way, is the first 0-for-7 game of his career.
- The Angels' bullpen held together. Six scoreless innings aside from the bullpen, aside from another Scot Shields implosion. When will they put him on the DL for his patellar tendinitis?
- Jason Bulger got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the 10th, getting Dustin Pedroia to strike out swinging and Big Papi to meekly tap out to the catcher.
- Jeff Mathis got to be the clutch hero again. He's hitting .438 this year with RISP. Also, this is the first walk-off hit of his career. Insane.
- Ten Red Sox strikeouts looking. No wonder Terry Francona got ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
- Update: Another miraculous catch by Torii Hunter, running hard toward the fence, and throwing the ball back to the infield to keep Dustin Pedroia at second base.
Update 2: David Ortiz, one of the Sox I have always admired and a generally class act:
"I'm sorry, guys," Oritz said. "I don't feel like talking right now. Just put down, 'Papi stinks.' "