Monday, May 17, 2010
Sweeps Sunday #1: Piniero, Angels Blank A's: Angels 4, A's 0Really, I wanted to go to this game and had the tickets and everything, but we basically talked ourselves out of it after we realized how long it would take for us to get to the park following a volunteer effort that Helen helped with Sunday morning. It turned out to be a nice, relaxing afternoon in front of the TV at home with the dogs. Piniero spun a four-hit shutout in the neck-snapping time of 2:06, doubly validating our decision.
Despite Erick Aybar having another disturbing 0-fer game at the top of the order — his average is now down to a perilously bad .236 — the Angels required only one run to win, that provided by Hideki Matsui's RBI single in the second. Much as yesterday's game — and today's, if your name happened to be Howie Kendrick, who went 3-for-4 — was a tonic for the offense, the lineup still has nobody in it hitting over .300.
Sweeps Sunday #2: Dodgers Blank Padres, LeBlanc: Dodgers 1, Padres 0Chad Billingsley appeared to make up for the mediocrity-or-worse that mostly defined his early season to date, pitching into the eighth against the division leader for the team's seventh straight win, finishing the day only two games back of still-leading San Diego.
San Diego looked especially offensively impotent last night, only getting one man into scoring position, Yorvit Torrealba to second base in the second. Russell Martin's RBI single was the extent of the scoring for the Dodgers, whose sixth inning run was about as textbook as it comes: eight hitter Jamie Carroll walked, Bills bunted him to second, and Martin knocked him in. It was a good thing, too, because the Dodgers had only two hits on the night, but one of them was when it counted.
- Andre Ethier had his finger placed in a splint after breaking it yesterday during batting practice. Apparently the decision to put him on the DL will depend on his pain threshold, because there's no treatment for a break as small as this.
- The A's once again disabled Justin Duchscherer, with a hip flexor strain in the left hip, the opposite side that he earlier had surgery on.
- The team also DFA'd Chad Gaudin, who exploded in Saturday night's game to the tune of six runs, five earned in what appeared to be a take-one-for-the-team moment in an already lost game. He was okay with the Yankees last year (3.43 ERA), so there's a chance somebody, somewhere will pick him up off waivers.
- Oakland also activated Kurt Suzuki from the 15-day DL, optioning Josh Donaldson to AAA Sacramento.