Monday, April 26, 2010
Two Games I Didn't Think I'd Write About
Dodgers At A Loss Against Another Rookie: Nationals 1, Dodgers 0The good news was Chad Billingsley going six innings and picking up a quality start; the bad news was he lost anyway, recalling the old Don Drysdale story. The Dodgers couldn't get a hit to save their lives with a man in scoring position, including in the top of the ninth when James Loney hit an opposite-field leadoff double -- and couldn't even advance.
Kendry Does It Again, But Brandon Wood's RBI May Be Bigger: Angels 8, Yankees 4Technically, Kendry Morales' three-run blast in the seventh wasn't necessary, but man did it feel good. But the reasons it turned out to be unnecessary were also good news for the Angels on two fronts: first, Brandon Wood picked up his first RBIs of the season, and in fact the first bases-loaded hit of his career. Second, the bullpen made it all stand up, going from Jason Bulger to Kevin Jepsen to Fernando Rodney to (gulp, given the way he's pitched this year) Scott Shields, the latter closing out the game in the absence of the need for a designated closer.
More good things: Bobby Abreu's solo homer in the third, and Scott Kazmir surviving 5.1 innings against the Yankees. I'm still unsold on his overall future value (and really suspect the Angels bought high on him), but if the Mike Butcher can nurse him through games like this one, he can prove to be a useful part.
Coda: One of the ushers said some pretty stupid stuff and gave a Yankees fan the finger. Not that he might not have deserved it, but paid employees need to represent their organization in a professional way, and avian hand gestures assuredly don't qualify.