Friday, August 21, 2009
Lackey Loses It Again: Indians 11, Angels 3John Lackey came unglued in the sixth and gave up six runs; but Matt Palmer gave up a pair himself and allowed his inherited baserunner Matt LaPorta to score, and of course there was Shane "What Am I Still Doing In The Majors" Loux. At least he's cheap.
It was a real game before that, but the Angels' offense — minus Torii Hunter and Mike Napoli — only scratched out a single unearned run against starter Justin Masterson, with the one through four batters collecting a woeful 3-for-16 with two walks overall, and Chone Figgins going 0-for-4. An unusually ugly game for the offense.
Russell Martin Slams The Cubs, And Somehow, My Marriage Is Still Intact: Dodgers 7, Cubs 2This was a real baseball game up through the middle of the sixth, tied 2-2, with both sides getting opportunities but letting them drift away. For instance, in the third, the Cubs had men on second and third with one out after Aramis Ramirez' RBI single, but failed to cash in either of them. But then — just as Helen had an opportunity to sit down and watch the game for the first time after ministering to the new dogs most of the day — Russell Martin came up with the bags juiced in the sixth with one out and blasted one over the center field fence. As Helen put it, you couldn't have set one up on a tee better.
The Dodgers got another in the seventh on a Casey Blake RBI single, but you knew by then the Cubs were beaten. So, I think, do they. For Chicago this year, a year in which the team has been damaged by lost opportunities, unseemly bad trades, injury, and regression at catcher and in the rotation, the chances to get back in the race are dwindling fast. As recently as August 5, they were tied for the division lead; but the Cubs have lost three successive series to the Phillies (who swept them), Rockies, and Padres, and now stand seven games out of the division.