Sunday, August 23, 2009
Angels Clock Corvids: Angels 7, Blue Jays 3After Ervin Santana gave up three in the bottom of the third — immediately after his offense gave him a 3-0 lead in the top of the frame — I was seriously thinking it was time to go walk the dogs, or head to the garage, or go do some lawn care. (Those who say I'm a pessimist have first to answer to his career 9.00 ERA at the SkyDome prior to tonight's game.) The latter I ended up doing anyway, eventually, but not before Santana managed to prove himself better than all that, finishing six frames without relinquishing a run along the way.
The Angels' offense touched up Scott Richmond for an additional run, Vlad's solo shot in the sixth, but provided themselves with some insurance in the eighth against Brian Tallet, with Juan Rivera hitting a two-run jack and Gary Matthews, Jr. cashing in Erick Aybar on an RBI triple. The end of the game more than made up for the early frustrations.
And one question I would like to see answered: why on earth was this scheduled ahead of the Fox broadcast slot? Wouldn't this overlap with the Fox slot on the east coast? Or is that not applicable in Canada?
Dodgers Drive Cubs To Brink: Dodgers 2, Cubs 0The fat lady's warming up on the Cubs' season; Charlie Haeger's shutout — his second straight excellent start — may not have been the death knell, but it's something very like it, or maybe, this series is. The Cubs now stand eight games out of the division race (following this loss and a 7-0 Cards shutout of the Padres), and seven games out of the Wild Card.
The Dodgers' runs came courtesy of a pair of solo shots in the second and fourth, respectively, by Matt Kemp and Casey Blake. Interesting: Jonathan Broxton worked the eighth, while George Sherrill closed the game and got his first National League save of the year.
And Padilla shouldn't take Haeger's spot.