Friday, June 18, 2010
Games, Games, Games, Some Catching Up, And A Return To Service
Administrivia: Away, Now BackIt's been a week since I last posted, but a busy one at work and elsewhere, capped off with a brief trip to San Francisco, and my first-ever visit to the land of the Dodgers' native enemies, AT&T Park (photos to come). All that has lead to this blog getting the short end of that stick. My apologies to whoever may still be following here.
Things I Missed: Roster Notes
- I see that Jeff Mathis is back among the 25-man roster for the Angels. The team DFA'd Michael Ryan to make room.
- Shockingly, Erick Aybar was injured in a take-out slide in the series opener against the Brewers. Stranger still, there's apparently hope that the torn miniscus may not be as badly damaged as initially thought, because he was seen walking without pain.
- The Angels recalled Brandon Wood. Hold your breath.
- Robb Quinlan went back down, and Mike Napoli will probably replace him for the rest of the year at first.
- Maicer Izturis promptly got put back on the 15-day-DL.
- Sean O'Sullivan is back up.
- Chad Billingsley went down, and Travis Schlichting went back up.
Angels Survive Late Cubs Uprising: Angels 7, Cubs 6This one gave Helen a lot to love, especially late in the game; the four-run ninth keynoted by a no-outs three-run jack by Tyler Colvin was especially galling. Carlos Silva took the proximate loss for the Cubs, but the real turd that lost the game was Bob Howry giving up three more runs that really, ultimately put the game out of reach. Great news if you're the Angels, but it's part of a longer stretch of very bad decision-making by Lou Piniella that makes you wonder if he's senile.
On the plus side for the Angels, they got another six-inning game out of Kazmir, and some of the guys who needed it — Brandon Wood and Jeff Mathis in particular — got hits. And what was Howie Kendrick doing at the top of the order, besides not getting on base?
Manny Gets Mixed Reviews As Boston Slays The Bullpen: Red Sox 10, Dodgers 6Whatever happened to those Hooters promos for the home team scoring ten runs or more? They were all over the place a few years ago, and completely dried up in 2008 or so. The Fenway faithful could have qualified after this one, only this time Monasterios couldn't handle the job. I remember at one point — in the bottom of the fifth, in fact, after the game was long lost and Travis Schlichting was called on to mop-up duties — that they were intentionally walking David Ortiz to get to ... Kevin Youkilis? It worked, but that's nothing like what you'd call approval.
The Very Air Abounds With Ironies: Padres 3, Orioles 2So, let me see if I have this straight:
- Frank McCourt, a native Bostonian, tries and fails to buy the Red Sox.
- He purchases the Dodgers, successfully, in one of the most heavily leveraged transactions in MLB history.
- The team he previously rooted for routes his current team, and this despite using one of Boston's former marquee players.
- This left him dependent on the club from his estranged wife's native city, Baltimore, to at least hold on leads of 1-0 and 2-1 (going into the 9th), in order to keep pace with his team's current principal rivals in the standings.