July 10, 2010 |
The Angels' offensive drought had reached such epic proportions this week that hitters repeatedly brought their irritation back to the bench, a habit that Manager Mike Scioscia addressed Thursday in Chicago during a postgame meeting. There were nothing but high-fives and smiles in the dugout in the 10th inning Friday at Oakland-Alameda Coliseum after light-hitting Erick Aybar smoked a leadoff homer to lift the Angels to a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Aybar's homer, which cleared the right-field wall on a 2-and-0 pitch from reliever Andrew Bailey, ended the Angels' four-game losing streak and momentarily softened the blow of division rival Texas' acquisition of Seattle ace Cliff Lee earlier in the day. "He has some pop in that little body of his," Angels center fielder Torii Hunter said of Aybar, whose homer was his third of the season.
August 18, 2009 |
at San Diego 4, Chicago 1: Rookie Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning for the Padres, who scored four times off Cubs closer Kevin Gregg. at Atlanta 9, Arizona 4: Ryan Church hit a three-run double in a six-run third inning for the Braves. Tommy Hanson (8-4) gave up six hits, no walks and two runs in six innings for his third straight win. at Pittsburgh 9, Milwaukee 5: Andy LaRoche, Garrett Jones and Ronny Cedeno homered and the Pirates won for only the second time in their last 14 games.
July 16, 2002 |
David Bell hit a three-run homer and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6-3, Monday night to further narrow the NL West race. The Giants moved within 1 1/2 games of the division-leading Dodgers. The Diamondbacks are a half-game out in second place. Ryan Jensen (10-6) gave up two runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander, who leads the Giants in victories, won his fourth consecutive start.
March 12, 1994 |
It had been so long since he'd said so long , Keyaan Cook needed a refresher course in the lost art of the long ball. The Cal State Northridge second baseman hit seven homers last year, but hadn't muscled one out in the first 19 games this season. An hour before his mates showed for their Western Athletic Conference opener against Hawaii, Cook took extra batting practice in an attempt to regain his power stroke. "I was trying to get the feel of hitting one out," he said.
August 29, 2009 |
at St. Louis 3, Washington 2: Albert Pujols led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his 41st homer to win it. at Chicago 5, New York 2: Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth. at Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 6: Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun homered as the Brewers ended a three-game skid. at Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 2: Ryan Howard homered twice in a game twice delayed by rain. at Arizona 14, Houston 7: The Diamondbacks have scored 25 runs in their last two games.
May 1, 2009 |
Ryan Sweeney retreated, leaped and stuck his glove above the eight-foot wall -- and saved a win for the Oakland Athletics. Sweeney's incredible catch in straightaway center robbed Ian Kinsler of a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the A's held on, winning 4-2 over the Texas Rangers on Thursday. "It was pretty much timing," Sweeney said. "I just jumped, got lucky and caught it. He hit it dead center. I think if he would have pulled it a little bit, it might have gone."
March 21, 2010
Cleveland 12, Dodgers 5 AT THE PLATE: Blake DeWitt hit a home run in the fourth inning against Cleveland starter Jake Westbrook. Garret Anderson was three for three with a triple and two singles. ON THE MOUND: Eric Stults, bidding for the fifth starting spot, didn't give up a hit until the fourth inning but then gave up three earned runs, including a two-run homer by Austin Kearns. Relief pitcher Aaron Miller later gave up another two-run homer to Kearns. EXTRA BASES: When Cleveland's Jose Constanza tripled to center field, Dodgers center fielder Xavier Paul bobbled the ball, allowing Constanza to score.
September 7, 2009 |
at Colorado 13, Arizona 5: Chris Young hit three home runs for the Diamondbacks, but Seth Smith had two homers and five RBIs for the Rockies, who swept a three-game series. at Washington 5, Florida 4: Ryan Zimmerman's two-run homer in the ninth ended the Nationals' eight-game skid. Cincinnati 4, at Atlanta 2 (12 innings): Micah Owings was beaned with the bases loaded to snap a 2-2 tie, and the Reds won their seventh in a row. Owings was OK after the game. at Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 5: Garrett Jones' RBI single capped a two-run rally in the ninth and the Pirates ended a nine-game skid.
August 12, 2009 |
After entering the game when Kevin Youkilis was ejected for charging the mound, Mike Lowell hit two home runs on Tuesday night to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Detroit Tigers, 7-5. Lowell hit a solo homer in the third to break a 3-3 tie, then added a two-run shot in the fifth to make it 6-3. He also scored on Jason Bay's three-run homer after entering the game as a pinch-runner when Youkilis and Detroit starter Rick Porcello were ejected for...
July 17, 2010 |
It was an 85-mph slider, and Juan Rivera was able to track the path of the pitch just fine. The left fielder who recently sat out six consecutive games because of blurry vision hammered the offering from Seattle reliever Brian Sweeney for a seventh-inning solo homer Saturday night at Angel Stadium, lifting the Angels to a 7-6 victory. Rivera had three hits, finishing a triple short of the cycle, on a night that the Angels can only hope portends a better second half for a player who hit a disappointing .240 with 11 homers and 35 runs batted in before the All-Star break.