This post was written after the drama explained in the above post.
Given all the drama I created with my last post, I probably should have just spent today writing about Sunday's games. Much safer territory. And, at least with regard to one of my teams, much more pleasant, too.
But we'll start with the bad news. The Angels swept the Red Sox, and Boston's road struggles continue. Not a good weekend, especially since every game pretty much followed a pattern. The Angels took an early lead, the Red Sox came back to tie and/or take the lead, and the Angels fought back in the later innings to get a lead and hold onto it. Neither the offense nor the defense looked particularly terrible, so it's hard to point to any one thing as a reason for the losses. They just happened, and the best we can do is hope the Red Sox can have a better time in Seattle than they did back in May, when they lost two of three.
As for the Dodgers, they had a great weekend. In all three games against the Diamondbacks, they fought back after going down early, and that's just something we haven't seen a lot of from this team so far this season. The starters each gave up three runs in the first inning of their respective games, but Kuroda is the only one who didn't settle down from there. The bullpen performed spectacularly, and the offense came through late, though they did fall short in Saturday night's game. Still, nothing but positives to take away from this series, which is good news going into a series against the suddenly hot Colorado Rockies. Arizona is welcoming in the Cubs, so you'd have to think the Dodgers have the advantage here.
Sunday's game for the Dodgers was extra fun, since they went into the ninth inning down 4-1, but ended the game on top 6-5. Some great at-bats, a bunch of hits, and a bobbled double play ball all added up to five ninth-inning runs, four of which came with two outs. Broxton was a bit shaky in the ninth, and gave up an RBI single to Stephen Drew before finally shutting down the Diamondbacks. And with that, the Dodgers moved back into a tie atop the west.
Stults is making a start tonight against Kip Wells in Colorado. For the Sox, Lester is facing Washburn.
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