Friday, May 18, 2007

Game 42 Thread: May 18 @ Angels, 7.05p

Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (5-0, 1.39) vs. Ervin Santana, RHP (2-5, 5.51).

Dodgers: 25-16 (1st place NL West, 3.0 GA, W2)
Angels: 24-18 (1st place AL West, 3.0 GA, W2)

From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:

Dodgers: Penny was solid Saturday night against the Reds, earning his fifth win of the season and lowering his Major League-leading ERA to 1.39. Penny, who retired 17 batters in row at one point in the game, allowed one run on four hits while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings. Penny was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in one start against the Angels last season.

Angels: Santana's puzzling struggles continued in Arlington, where he was unable to protect two leads while surrendering three homers. He was throwing comfortably in the mid-90s but without necessary movement, finishing his six innings yielding eight hits and six runs (five earned) while striking out five. Santana will be happy to be home, where he's 21-5 in his career, but the Dodgers roughed him up (five earned runs in four innings) in handing him a loss in his only career start against the L.A. rivals.

COMMENTS:

  • The Dodgers enter interleague play with tonight's match against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Which Is In Orange County Thanks For Asking. The Dodgers had a day off yesterday to lament the end of Rafael Furcal's four-hit game streak (at three straight games), and to rest all those veteran knees and elbows. The Angels also had a day off as they played the .500 Seattle Mariners, vanquishing the Beltres 7-3.
  • I for one am over this interleague play thing; it's so 1997. But I'm sure the Angels fans will put down their chardonnays this weekend to watch this matchup. So you'd better watch, too.

UPDATE, 4.39p:

From Inside the Dodgers, the lineup:

Furcal, SS
Pierre, CF
Nomar, 1B
Kent, 2B
Saenz, DH
Gonzo, LF
Martin, C
Ethier, RF
LaRoche, 3B
Penny, P

19 comments:

Forever Blue said...

Dodgers,
Please destroy the Angels and put them back in the gutter where they belong.

Orel said...

Dear FB,

Okay.

Love,
Dodgers

Rob said...

For once we're sitting in the Diamond Club, so I'll be watching and sipping my chardonnay. With table service.

Orel said...

If tonight's game isn't custom-made for 6-4-2, I don't know what is.

Forever Blue said...

I agree with you saxie, I hate interleague play, the DH and anything else Fake. I am a pure traditionalist. Please restore immediately.

Steve Sax said...

FB--I'm working on it. Unfortunately, Bud Selig has not yet accepted our request for a policy meeting (he keeps shrugging his shoulders a la the All-Star Game that ended in a tie).

We too ahte all things fake. Except silicone implants. And Splenda. And 3-D Imax. And those neato glowing ice cube things one can stick in a mixed alcoholic beverage (Rob is actually drinking one of those as we speak).

Steve Sax said...

By using "Nomar" rather than his last name, LaRoche looks like the longest name in the lineup. And that's WITHOUT the space after La.

Orel said...

Where have you gone, Grudzielanek?

Forever Blue said...

Saxie,
Here is your big chance to speak with Rick Monday tomorrow at 2pm via online chat. Go for it!

Orel said...

And it's time for—oops, I'm a little late.

Orel said...

R Willits > J Pierre

Orel said...

3-1 Angels. We are getting touched to death.

Steve Sax said...

Ah, what you talkin' about, Willits? Why isn't Penny on it tonight?

Angels 3-1.

Alex Cora said...

This ump sucks. His zone is too low, that was a ball to Nomar. However, both Nomar, Kent and Grady are walking a fine line - they might get thrown out if they keep arguing balls and strikes.

Forever Blue said...

Jeff Kent sucks!! That error in the first inning was unexusable. He already made me drink. What's this with Penny, he is great all year and he can't pitch against the F'n Angels?

Orel said...

I turn away for a second and it's 8-1 Angels! WTF?

Forever Blue said...

Thats right Orel, WTF? I am going to drink some more now.

Orel said...

Pace yourself, FB. It's a long season.

Orel said...

This is just sad. I'm guessing this won't be an 8+1 game.