The Dodgers had five hits through the first two innings but could only muster two runs; their 2-0 lead promptly evaporated in the bottom of the second inning on a Peter Bourjos two-run HR. The Angels struck back for one run, we countered off an Adam Kennedy sacrifice, and then on we went deadlocked into the seventh inning.
Aaron Harang gave way to Josh Lindblom, whose last outing had him give up a walk-off HR in Oakland. Lindblom got Mike Trout to ground out and Alberto Callaspo to K, but then ceded a 10-pitch walk to Albert Pujols and subsequently crumbled, hitting the next batter and giving up two more singles to put the Dodgers down 5-3. Game over.
James Loney saw three pitches in his first three at bats and went 0-for-3 with a GIDP and 5 LOB. His ABs ended two innings. It was like the abyss of where Dodger rallies go to die.
But wait, all is not lost! Right before our final out, we got this news:
The A's Derek Norris knocked a walkoff three-run home run on a 3-2, two-out count that turned a Giants 2-1 lead into a A's victory. It was Norris' first career HR. The Dodgers are limping and sad but they travel into San Francisco with a three-game lead in the NL West, guaranteeing we will leave the Bay Area in first place. Hopefully, we'll be there alone.