Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Jerome Williams' CG SHO: Angels 4, Twins 0Watching the Angels bullpen over the opening of the season, I reckon that Jerome Williams decided that the only way to get a win is if he went all the way. Sure enough: CG shutout, with a pretty economical 109 pitches. Granted, it is the Twins, one of the worst offensive clubs in the majors (though not yet so bad as the Angels), but still, you get your wins how you come by them. As it happened, it was Williams' first CG SHO since 2003, which is kind of amazing, really.
Torii Hunter homered again for the third time in four games, and the fifth time in six. Mike Trout reached base twice, doing what he's supposed to do at the top of the order. Howie Kendrick likewise homered, and came within a double of hitting for the cycle. A good offensive night for the Halos.
Laugher Turns Nail-Biter, Dodgers Roll Anyway: Dodgers 7, Rockies 6The Dodgers got to Jhoulys Chacin immediately, putting up four runs in the first on home runs by Dee Gordon (an unexpectedly monster blast to right that touched the second deck) and Andre Ethier; later, the Dodgers tacked on more on A.J. Ellis' third inning double and a fifth-inning two-run homer. Chacin didn't make it through five, and by the time he left the game, was charged with all seven Dodger runs and owned a 7.30 ERA. Jim Tracy is considering a possible demotion, either to the bullpen or AAA I reckon, but neither would surprise.
Ted Lilly was masterful through five, but gave up a pair on a two-run homer to Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth. It wasn't until Josh Lindblom entered the game in the seventh that the Rockies started to make a game of it, so that by the ninth, the tying run was on base for CarGo to hit a walkoff home run — except he dinnent, swinging wildly over Javy Guerra's slider to end the game. Really a nice end to what was becoming a real contest late.