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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Pickoff Moves

Trivia: Angels And Dodgers On The Road Simultaneously

It occurred to me that on April 22, both the Dodgers and Angels were on the road simultaneously. That made me wonder when the maximum number of times both teams were so scheduled (usually MLB tries to make it so that one team is home if the other is away); the answer is 13, in 1984. Home-home schedules are slightly rarer, with the record being 11 games in 1997 and 2003.

Vlad Hits 2,000, But O'Day Takes His First Loss: Tigers 6, Angels 4

A nice comeback against Armando Galarraga, a pitcher the Angels had previously moiderized when he was a Ranger (and just last year, even), but history was being persnickety and refused to repeat itself. Vlad got his milestone 2,000th hit, but it was an empty personal achievement as Torii Hunter, two batters back of him in the lineup, bounced into a double play.

Dustin Moseley turned in what was without doubt his best job of the season, especially considering considering the overall scariness of the Tigers' lineup. Darren O'Day, the game's eventual loser, got his first real taste of what postseason-contending teams can do to groundball specialists once they encounter bats that can neutralize those pitches all the way to the wall. Finally, Rich Thompson made his first appearance since returning from Salt Lake, and acquitted himself quite ably, retiring the side in order in the eighth.

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Ten Runs In The First: Dodgers 11, Rockies 3

Back to fighting it out for last place in the division for the Rocks, who looked hapless in this game as they ever have. By the time I tuned in — oh, what, the top of the fourth, maybe, just as home plate umpire Kerwin Danley got flattened by a Brad Penny fastball that Russell Martin was unable to glove — things had gotten well out of hand, the Dodgers had batted around in the bottom of the first, and then some. Matt Kemp delivered the frame's only one-out RBI, and that on a sac fly. Redman gave up a bases loaded walk to Andruw Jones, and eventually a grand slam to Kemp, giving him five RBIs in one frame. It didn't quite set the franchise single-inning RBI mark: Jeff Kent did that on May 6, 2005 against the Reds, and coincidentally with Penny on the mound. Also coincidentally, the Dodgers scored ten runs in the first inning of that game, too.

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Except that O'Day had nothing to do with yesterday's loss or that bad inning. He was hardly being hit hard. A slow grounder up the middle resulted in a bad lob from Izturis and Keystone Kops fumble by Aybar. Could've been a double play in a pinch, but wasn't even a single out. Then a routine fly ball to center left fell in when Hunter and Anderson were discussing the price of Bentley repairs in the outfield. The former play was rightly recorded an error, but the latter play wasn't, even as the broadcasters gasped and chastised the dudleys on the green.

Again, O'Day was just fine. It was his defense that blew.
I disagree. Hunter slowed when he realized he wasn't going to be able to catch it and had to place himself for the hop, not the catch. GA simply couldn't get to that ball.

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