The Dodgers have lost five in a row, and last night was the cherry on top of that streak, a 13-3 loss to the Rockies. The first four games in the streak came to the Brewers, who came into the series in LA nine games under .500. Before last night's game, the Rockies were eight games under .500. Seriously, Dodgers? With Matt Kemp out at least a month, and the Dodgers already losing to bad teams….this might not end well for LA. Their once commanding lead in the NL West is down to four games. It's still the second largest in the league, but it's quickly dwindling.
Game of the Night: Angels 4, Rangers 2. The Rangers lead in the AL West is down to 4.5 games after the red-hot Angels picked up a win last night. The Rangers put two early runs on the board against Jerome Williams, but that would be all they would get after Williams and the Angels bullpen shut Texas down after the fourth. Then, the Angels began to fight back. Mike Trout tripled in catcher John Hester in the sixth inning to cut the lead to win, and an Albert Pujols sac fly brought in Trout to tie the game. In the seventh, Trout came up with the bases loaded, and *of course* he delivered, singling in a pair of runs to give the Angels a 4-2 lead. They'd hang on after that, and that would be curtains for the Rangers. Texas has lost three straight (including two drubbings at home by the MARINERS of all teams), while the Angels have won nine of ten. Yeah, the balance of power is shifting out west.
Pitching Lines of the Night: You all know Johan Santana threw a no-hitter, and was the best pitcher in the game on Friday night. Nine innings, no hits, five walks, and eight strikeouts = YAHTZEE! David Price of the Rays shut out the Orioles over 7 1/3, allowing four hits, two walks, and striking out five hittters. Madison Bumgarner completely confounded the Cubs, going eight innings and allowing eight hits, two runs, no walks, and striking out a whopping 11 hitters.
Hitting Lines of the Night: Daniel Nava of the resurgent Red Sox went 4/5 with three runs and an RBI, doubling three times for Boston. Gordon Beckham went 2/5 with three RBI and a pair of homers for the White Sox. Hunter Pence of the Phillies went 3/4 with three runs, two RBI, and a homer.
Spotlight Series: Honestly, I looked over the series this weekend…and nothing jumped out at me. The two best series were between teams that I've covered ad nauseum, so I decided to take the weekend off.
Other Games: Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam against his former team, and the Yankees beat the Tigers 9-4. A Jason Kipnis grand slam led the Indians to a 7-1 win over the Twins. The Red Sox beat up Henderson Alvarez and the Blue Jays 7-2. The Phillies edged the Marlins 6-4. The Rays shut out the Orioles 5-0. The Reds earned a 4-1 win over the Astros after a disappointing series in Pittsburgh. The White Sox hit three homers off of Felix Hernandez, but still had to rally to earn a 7-4 win. The Pirates stayed hot with an 8-2 win over the Brewers. The Royals shut out the slumping A's 2-0. The Padres used a six run eighth to beat the Diamondbacks 7-1. The Giants edged the Cubs 4-3. The Braves and Nationals were rained out in DC.
Today's Games: Brandon Beachy vs Stephen Strasburg is the matchup of the day in DC. Brandon McCarthy makes his first start in his return from the DL against the Royals. Ricky Nolasco takes on Cole Hamels in Philly. Lance Lynn and RA Dickey will go at it in New York. Brian Matusz and Jeremy Hellickson will duel in Tampa Bay. Erik Bedard vs Shaun Marcum is a good-looking matchup in Milwaukee. Mat Latos and Wandy Rodriguez is a solid matchup in Houston. Yu Darvish vs CJ Wilson is the runner-up in "matchup of the night". Matt Garza will take on Matt Cain in San Francisco.
Enjoy your day of baseball, everyone.