Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Weaver Takes His First Loss — Where Else? — At Fenway: Red Sox 9, Angels 5I stopped listening to this game not long after Dustin Pedroia's epic 13-pitch at-bat that ended in a two-run RBI single for the Boston second baseman. Ironically, it was the only hit he got that day, but it was a huge two-out blow. Weaver threw over thirty pitches that inning, and just couldn't get one past Pedroia when he needed to. If your lone bad outing consists of a quality start in Fenway, you're doing something right, loss or no.
Though the Angels scored five runs, two on a Vernon Wells home run (yay, maybe he'll actually prove to be useful, though I'm not holding my breath), the score was by then 9-2 thanks to bullpen implosions by Hisanori Takahashi and Francisco Rodriguez in the seventh. That is to say, the offense looked better in the box score than it really was, and the bullpen let this one get away.
This One Goes To 28 As Dodgers Cruise Past Cubs: Dodgers 5, Cubs 2Andre Ethier extended his hit streak to 28, getting there on a fifth inning infield squibber that drove Jerry Sands home from third base. The Dodgers got to Cubs starter James Russell in the second inning, quickly inverting an early 1-0 lead Chicago picked up off Clayton Kershaw on Geovany Soto's two-out RBI single. All of the Dodgers runs scored against Russell, an emergency expedient whose time appears to have passed.
Noted: a good outing for Jonathan Broxton, who pitched a clean ninth.