We cannot seem to get the Rally Monkeys off our back. Despite a 4-1 lead off of home runs from James Loney and Rafael Furcal, Chad Billingsley falls apart in the sixth inning to bring it back to a tie game at 4 apiece, and then Juan Rivera grooves a Guillermo Mota fastball to deep, deep left to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Angels win, 5-4, coming back with four unanswered runs in their last three frames.
There were some bright spots in the game. Furcal went 2-for-4 with a 2-run HR that scored Pierre. Loney's HR in the fourth inning, on a high fastball for his third shot of the year, was a monster shot. And Casey Blake made a wonderful web-gem grab behind third to snare an Erick Aybar pop foul, stranding Angels at the corners.
But the Dodgers left the bases loaded in the eighth when Beast Mode flied out to left. And even though Furcal led off the ninth with a leadoff single off of Brian Fuentes, then was sacrificed over by Orlando Hudson--but Blake struck out, Andre Ethier walked to set up the force at any base, and Matt Kemp struck out on four pitches.
Look, I've got nothing against the Angels; they've had a tough year and I'd like to see them win the AL West. But it would be nice to win a game against them every once in a while. Let's get a win tomorrow, okay Dodgers?