Angels 6 Dodgers 1
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (38-39) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (34-43)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 3.84 ERA) LAD -- Hiroki Kuroda (5-8, 3.07 ERA)
Game Info: 1:10 PM PT; TV - FOX; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
I have come to believe that the Freeway Series brings out the wacky in both teams. This is the series that, during it's inaugural pairing, saw Chan Ho Park ninja kick Tim Belcher. You match that with the Weaver No Hitter Loss and all the weirdness of last night's baserunning blunderrama and you get something completely unique to baseball. So what do we expect to see today...who the heck knows, but it won't be boring.
This was just a weird game. The Angels couldn't seem to get out of their way in the first couple of innings, but eventually straightened things out to get a crosstown win. Dan Haren pitched well enough to win, bearing down when necessary and the offense finally came alive to turn it into a blowout. Oh yeah, and Jeff Mathis made perhaps the dumbest play I have ever seen on a professional baseball field.
Angels 8 Dodgers 3
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (37-39) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (34-42)Pitching Probables: LAA – Dan Haren (6-5, 2.96 ERA) LAD -- Rubby De La Rosa (3-1, 4.58 ERA)
Time for Free For All Friday, a time to talk about all the Angels-related topics that slipped through the cracks this week, as well as any other totally unrelated topic you feel like bringing up.
Here are a few topics for you to discuss amongst yourselves:
Or just feel free to bring up a topic of your own. I don't really care (as long as you keep it clean) because it's Friday.
The June 24th, 2011 edition of daily links for the LA Angels including Trout named to the Futures Game again, Abreu makes the most of his first swing at a 3-0 pitch in years, CJ Cron set to sign on Monday and much more...
The Monkey Says: Trout performed well in last year's Futures Game, so he will be expected to put on a show again this year, especially since he will be going up against fellow wunderkind Bryce Harper.
The Monkey Says: A lot of guys pick their moments to swing at 3-0 pitches, but THREE YEARS! That's just crazy. Clearly Bobby knows what he is doing though since he absolutely crushed the ball.
I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of trying to think of new and different ways to describe the general ineptitude of the Angel offense. I am literally running out of adjectives. But rather than endlessly thumb through a thesaurus, I've got a better idea: let's come up with a nickname for this lousy lineup that encapsulates their awfulness. That way, we can just use that all the time and save a lot of trouble.