Monday, May 03, 2010
Angels Suffer Motown Sweep: Tigers 5, Angels 1Jered Weaver was masterful through four and then imploded in the fifth, giving up four runs, all earned; you expect him to have a bad game here and there, and this was one of them. Even after yesterday, he still has a 132 ERA+. It's not enough to put him on the ERA+ leaderboard, where you must be at least 180 tall to get on the ride, but it'll do for an Angels pitching staff that needs some help.
The Angels didn't get a man so far as second base until the ninth, when they finally got to a tiring Verlander, scratching out their lone run on a pair of singles from Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar. This looks to be a mediocre team, the way they're playing, with the record they deserve. Next stop: Boston at home. Gah.
Ethier's Two-Homer Day Highlights Pirates Sweep: Dodgers 9, Pirates 3Despite some odd tics by Joe Torre — Russell Martin went 0-for-5 in the two hole, his average shrinking to .250 — the Dodgers' offense teed off against Pirates pitching, the victims in this case being Jeff Karstens, the former Yankee, and Joel Hanrahan, the former Dodger prospect. But lest the church bells ringing deafen your sensibilities, George Sherrill had another bad outing, giving up two runs while making only two outs. It's running out of time for him to claim that the season's early.
- The Seattle Mariners released Eric Bynes following a strange incident on Friday.
On Friday night, he inexplicably pulled his bat back on a botched suicide squeeze in extra innings of a scoreless game. Ichiro Suzuki was tagged out on the play.Byrnes later rode his beach cruiser down the tunnel past the GM after the game, much to the consternation of onlookers.
Texas manager Ron Washington was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Jim Wolf that there should have been a strike called on Byrnes on the botched squeeze play. Washington just "could not fathom" that Byrnes pulled the bat back.
The Byrnes signing was a mistake to begin with, given how quickly he's fallen off the face of the earth, something Snakes fans know only too well.
- The M's also optioned Matt Tuiasosopo to AAA Tacoma, and called up OF Ryan Langerhans and INF Josh Wilson.
- Update: The Dodgers may be forced to call up Chin-Lung Hu if Rafael Furcal goes on the 15-day DL with lingering hamstring issues. "[F]inding another natural shortstop" is also a possibility.