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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Two Games

An Embarrassing Loss: A's 4, Angels 3

Jered Weaver went six, almost looking like he'd recovered from his CG shutout two starts ago; it then fell on the bullpen, and in particular, Jose Arredondo, to blow up and tie the game in the seventh. Arredondo loaded the bases with nobody out, and then gave up a wild pitch and an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3. He struck out Adam Kennedy, but that was the last batter he faced.

In the eighth, Rafael Rodriguez gave up the go-ahead run to Daric Barton on an RBI groundout, and really, that was the game; the Angels offense consisted of Bobby Abreu's third inning sac fly and a rare Maicer Izturis home run, a two-run shot in the fourth. The Angels snuffed out their own ninth inning rally when Chone Figgins was doubled off first on Abreu's flyball out; it was just one of those games.

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Haeger Exits Early, Dodgers Maul Reds Anyway: Dodgers 11, Reds 4

Charlie Haeger cruised through the first couple of innings and then got pounded in the third, giving up four runs, three of them coming on homers. That opened the door for Jeff Weaver, who pitched a fine 3.1 innings and lasted long enough to get the win; it also provided entry to the rest of the Reds' afternoon, which didn't involve scoring at all.

Carlos Fisher came in to relieve Matt Maloney in the seventh, and facing pinch-hitter Andre Ethier, immediately surrendered a leadoff double. That was the first strike in a huge inning that saw six Dodgers cross the plate and the team bat around, and two home runs, one by Matt Kemp and another by Orlando Hudson. A great day for the offense.

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Jose Arredondo gets the blame of the game last night. However he left with Oakland runners on second and third with one out and a 3-1 lead. It was Rafael Rodriguez who gave up the two-run single to Rajai Davis to tie the game. Rodriguez was saddled with a blown save and the loss. Yes, the last batter Arredondo faced was Adam Kennedy.

Chone Figgins was not doubled off first. On Bobby Abreu's ninth inning one out deep flyball down the leftfield line Figgy returned to first to tag up. Scott Hairston's throw to Mark Ellis nipped Figgins at second base for the final out of the game.
FWIW, with eight HRs now in 312 ABs, those Maicer Izturis longballs are becoming a lot less "rare". I'm not saying he's a masher by any means, but he's showing the sort of occasional power that we all expected of Howie Kendrick (say, 15 HRs a year over a full season of ABs), and that's not a little surprising.

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