Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Games, Games, Games
Angels Offense Answers Sean O'Sullivan's SOS: Angels 8, Rays 7Both Kendry Morales and Vlad Guerrero answered the bell when Sean O'Sullivan couldn't, blasting a pair out between them, with Vlad hitting career homer #400. As it turned out, that was the game-winner.
O'Sullivan had control problems, leaving pitches up that got hit hard, and so the Rays chased him after only 4.2 innings of work. Jason Bulger, and eventual winner Kevin Jepsen pitched the next three and a third innings. Brian Fuentes came in in the ninth to get one of the most nervous saves I have ever seen, with Ben Zobrist getting a long, deep fly ball to the short wall in left that Juan Rivera somehow reached over the fence, into the stands, and caught to end the game. Of course, that's a home run in a day game at Angel Stadium, and Fuentes isn't 100% (obviously), but for now he got the job done.
Dodgers Double Up Giants: Dodgers 4, Giants 2Hiroki Kuroda pitched into the seventh to pick up his fifth win of the season, sending the Giants down to their sixth defeat at the hands of their in-state rivals. Matt Kemp's big three-run double in the fourth provided the margin of victory, upending an early 1-0 Giants lead. It was part of a four-run inning that provided 100% of the Dodgers' scoring, the other run coming on a Mark Loretta RBI single.
Jonathan Broxton closed out the game, and the game ended on a fine play by Juan Castro to rob Ryan Garko of a hit up the middle. A fine game, whose only bad news was Orlando Hudson missing the rest of the series due to a slight groin strain suffered early.
Rocks Slaughter Cubs On Tulo's Cycle: Rockies 11, Cubs 5Troy Tulowitzky hit for the cycle, part of an offensive fusillade that annihilated Cubs pitching in the final game of a four-game set in Denver; Tulo finished the day with seven RBIs. It was the fifth cycle in Colorado history, and the second day in a row the Cubs had been beaten 11-5; the Rocks took three of four from Chicago in the series, and all of a sudden the Rockies are only 5.5 games back of the Dodgers in the division lead, and once more on top of the NL Wild Card. The triple got some help from a sloppy throw by Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano.