Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Meta: SickI've been feverish and in bed, in addition to other things going on (though I'm feeling better this morning). Posting will be slow.
St. Louis Scuffle: Cardinals 6, Dodgers 1The Dodgers actually managed to touch Chris Carpenter up for nine hits, but the only batted ball to drive in a run was Rafael Furcal's sacrifice fly in the third. Really kind of a long grind of a game, with the Dodgers constantly getting a man on with no or one out, only to strand them.
The Cards beat up on the Dodgers bullpen in the seventh for four runs, with Joe Torre using three pitchers for three outs. James McDonald took the brunt of it, with both his bequeathed baserunners scoring. And the Dodgers lost despite getting a quality start from Randy Wolf.
Fuentes Falls: Indians 8, Angels 6With a 6-4 lead going into the ninth, the Angels seemed like they were about to notch a win, but Brian Fuentes imploded for four runs, his worst outing as an Angel so far and his third loss of the season. Bad things happen when you leave pitches up, but to blame Fuentes for the totality of this game is to blame the last man standing in a long row of bad or at least dubious pitching performances, as every Angels pitcher surrendered at least one hit, and starter Joe Saunders only held on through five.
The good news, as seems to be the case lately, was the Angels' offense, which provided fireworks in the guise of four home runs, three of them back-to-back-to-back in the second; Kendry Morales was in on two of them, and the others provided by Juan Rivera in his first at-bat since returning from the DL, while Mike Napoli crushed one that hit the rock pile in center and seemed to keep traveling, skittering across the batter's eye. One of those games, I guess.