Monday, July 13, 2009
Angels Sweep Yankees To Finish First Half: Angels 5, Yankees 4The Angels whomped C.C. Sabathia for four runs in the fourth and picked up a crucial insurance run in the seventh on Maicer Izturis' RBI single to sweep the Yanks leading up to the All-Star break. John Lackey got out of a tight bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the seventh (with over 100 pitches on the odometer) by getting Mark Teixeira to strike out and A-Rod to ground into a double play, complete with some nifty fielding by Chone Figgins. Brian Fuentes got his 26th save of the year by making outs against Derek Jeter (groundout to first), Mark Teixeira (fly out to center) and A-Rod (strikeout).
A good game for Lackey, who held up pretty well against a good-hitting offense, and for the Angels bullpen as well, at least for the non-Jason-Bulger parts of it.
No, I'm Not Purposefully Ignoring The Dodgers: Dodgers 7, Milwaukee 4... it just seems that way. The Dodgers took the road series in the rubber game, getting off to a 2-0 start in the first on James Loney's RBI single, and never looked back. Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits and five walks through six, and Orlando Hudson homered twice to help him out of a late hitting slump.
Manny Acta Fired In WashingtonDavid Pinto relays news that Manny Acta was fired after the team finished the first half 26-61. Former Dodgers bench coach (and Mariners, Cubs, and Padres manager) Jim Riggleman is expected to take over.
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