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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Games, Games, Games

Angels One-Hit Texas To Take The Series: Angels 5, Rangers 0

And the Angels' series against the Rangers ends, not with a whimper, but a one-hit shutout against a depleted lineup*. It's a satisfying conclusion to a season that may very well not be as happy next year, but ends the 2009 season with the Halos winning the division but nonetheless with a losing 8-10 record against their division rivals.

Despite what I remember, Rangers starter Derek Holland actually had a unremarkable first and second halves of this season; it's just his outstanding April that caught my attention, but he pretty much cratered the rest of the season. Nevertheless, he ends the season tied against the Angels, going 2-2 on the year.

Matt Palmer and four relievers — Darren Oliver, Jose Arredondo, Kevin Jepsen, and Rafael Rodriguez all pitched scoreless, hitless frames, though each of the latter three walked one apiece. It's post-clinch time, as evidenced by Vlad's early exit from the game. Terry Evans and Chris Pettit got more playing time, and Evans even got a hit and an RBI, too.

Four more games and it's the postseason.

ESPN BoxAngels recap

*Update 10/4: Huh? The series ended Thursday. Duh.

Dodgers Wait Another Day To Clinch: Padres 5, Dodgers 0

The last five Dodgers struck out, just like yesterday, and another day, another shut-out. Jon Garland got knocked out in the fourth, and as Charley Steiner put it, it's something of a nightmare scenario, though those are pretty limited for the Dodgers, who've already clinched a playoff berth. That's four straight unclinches, for those of you keeping score at home.

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

Rockies Creep Up On Sleepy Dodgers: Rockies 10, Brewers 6

The Rocks beat the snot out of Jeff Suppan, continuing their late hot play. It's well to remember that they have to win out and the Dodgers have to lose out for their situations to reverse. One Colorado loss tomorrow is all it takes. Get some sleep, boys.


Phillies Clinch NL East: Phillies 10, Astros 3

Not quite as exciting as the 2007 Phillies and their tie-untie-tie-untie sequence in the very last days of the season, finally beating the Nats while the Marlins crushed the Mets 8-1 in New York, with predictable catcalls. Thanks to a 6-1 Cardinals loss to Cincinnati, the Phils also passed St. Louis for the second-best record in the league, meaning they'll likely draw the Rockies and not the Dodgers in the first round.


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Rob, the Angels actually have four games remaining including one more against the Rangers Thursday afternoon. As for Colorado winning out, yes it's unlikely, but if they DO win out, it will mean that the Dodgers also lost out: the Rockies finish with three against the Boys in Blue.
You weren't the only person to note that error. Fixed above.

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