Saturday, May 01, 2010
Piñeiro = Piñata: Tigers 10, Angels 6Rookie Brennan Boesch's grand slam eventually chased Joel Piniero, the mighty turd atop a stinking dung heap of a performance in which he coughed up eight runs in the fourth. Boesch's breakout season at AA Erie (he hit 28 homers last year) predicted great things for him, but I'm surprised to see him make the team this year; he got an emergency look because of injury to Carlos Guillen.
Otherwise, the offense held up its end of the bargain; was a time when the Angels scoring six runs would be a pretty solid indicator of a win. Mike Napoli tripled, Brandon Wood returned to another 0-fer night, and Torii Hunter had a three-run jack; seems like old times.
Dodgers End Losing Skid At Five: Dodgers 6, Pirates 2Charlie Morton, described by Vinny last night as perhaps one of the worst starters in the majors, certainly proved a tonic to the Dodgers' flailing offense, giving up six runs; yet three were unearned, thanks to errors by easily-injured shortstop Bobby Crosby, and the converted catcher (and now first baseman) Jeff Clement. James Loney then squeaked a ball into the first row of seats over the low fence in right field, and thus did Morton get salted.
Chad Billingsley looked back in good form, though he walked nearly as many (3) as he struck out (4), making up for the rest with mostly routine outs.
And Matt Kemp was 0-for-4, which means Ned can go back to lambasting him.