Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Angels Offense Falters,
September landed with a thud for the Angels, who scratched out a single run on Maicer Izturis' RBI double in the second. That was all the vaunted Angels offense would get against M's starter Doug Fister and the Seattle bullpen.
Izturis' Aybar's (Non-) Error Proves Costly: Mariners 2, Angels 1
Izturis didn't get charged with an error when Franklin Gutierrez' grounder skipped under his glove, but he should have, in my estimation; Jose Lopez cashed him in on a double (and got thrown out at third for his trouble, violating the never-get-thrown-out-at-third-as-the-first-or-last-out rule). Meh.
The good news was a very good start by Ervin Santana; similarly, it's hard to fault Darren Oliver for giving up the occasional run. The bad news was a pair of Texas wins in a doubleheader that eroded the Angels' division lead by a game and a half, to 4.5 games.
Dodgers Squeak Past Snakes: Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 3I didn't watch but the final couple innings of this, but forget the offense, forget the pitching, and remember Andre Ethier's flashy catch in the outfield to save at least a double and possibly a home run for Ramon Troncoso. Coming on the heels of his seventh-inning RBI walk to give the Dodgers the lead, it was almost the Andre Ethier show.