Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Two Thoroughly Depressing Games
Back In The AL: Rangers 9, Angels 5It's hard to have anything comforting or even remotely interesting to say about this game, one that ended the Angels' six-game winning streak; the Angels failed at offense, relatively, and most notably, they failed at pitching, starter Joe Saunders in particular. He now owns a career 11.68 ERA in Texas, and isn't that all you needed to know here? Four home runs. Good grief.
One small positive: Rich Thompson pitching two and a third scoreless innings.
The NL's First 10-Game Winner Is ... Who? Rockies 3, Dodgers 0What I hate about Tony LaRussa's pitchers is that they're almost always interchangeable righties who throw strikes and get ground balls. That makes games against them fairly tedious and short, and while LaRussa clearly had no use for Jason Marquis in 2006, the Rockies apparently still do, as he's found the form that kept him in the majors for so long. Despite a meager three strikeouts, he shut down the Dodgers on two hits, only the third complete game shutout of his career.
I coulda sworn Chad Billingsley was gonna be the first ten-game winner in the majors before yesterday's contest. Not so fast.