June 24, 2013 |
Over the course of six months and 162 baseball games, wins and losses can blend together, with few standing out as more memorable or forgettable than any other. That won't be the case with the Angels' 10-9 loss in 10 innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at Angel Stadium. This one was an epic that lasted nearly four hours, featuring a sterling performance by Angels starter Joe Blanton, clutch hitting by both teams and 10 runs in the final two innings, when both bullpens struggled.
June 23, 2013 |
For the first 7 1/3 innings Sunday, Joe Blanton was brilliant. In what should have been the final inning, Ernesto Frieri was not. And it was that second fact that wound up haunting the Angels on Sunday after the Pittsburgh Pirates -- twice down to their final strike -- rallied for seven runs in their final two at-bats in a wild 10-9 win. BOX SCORE: Pittsburgh 10, Angels 9 (10 inn.) Frieri came on to protect a 6-3 lead in the ninth but walked the first batter and gave up a single to the second.
June 22, 2013 |
Jerome Williams has made little secret of his desire to start for the Angels. And with a 4-2 record and a staff-low 3.48 ERA in seven tries entering the weekend, he had a pretty good case that his desire should be fulfilled. Problem is the Angels have already spent $45.7 million on their rotation, which has limited Williams to long relief or the odd spot start, like the one he got Saturday in place of the injured Jason Vargas. Unfortunately for Williams it was an opportunity he didn't take advantage of, with the Pittsburgh Pirates pounding him for five runs and eight hits in six innings of a 6-1 win over the Angels.
June 20, 2013 |
"A Hijacking" is as lean, focused and to the point as its title. A cargo ship is hijacked in the middle of the Indian Ocean, and this expertly done, ultra-tense Danish thriller places you in the middle of the action in the most intense way. Gripping from first frame to last, "A Hijacking" is written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, best known as the co-writer on Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" as well as the crack Danish TV series "Borgen. " It is Lindholm's tip-top notion to have the action go back and forth between what happens on the vessel and what goes on back home in Denmark.
June 17, 2013 |
Pirated e-book versions of Stephen King's "Joyland" have surfaced online. That's notable because King, to support the print book being published by small indie Hard Case Crime, decided not to issue an e-book of this particular novel. It's not notable, however, in that just about every book Stephen King published is available as a pirated e-book. On one pirate site, major bestselling novels by King available for illicit free download include "The Shining," "The Stand," "Pet Sematary," "It," "The Green Mile," and "The Gunslinger" -- and that's all just one bundled package.
June 16, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - This can't continue, not if the Dodgers have any intention of playing baseball in October. They can't afford to follow every win with a loss, as was the case yet again Sunday, when Zack Greinke and the offense supporting him stumbled in a 6-3 defeat by the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Whatever momentum the Dodgers had from their victory the previous night vanished, and they went into their day off with a 29-39 record. Every other team in the National League West, even the fourth-place San Diego Padres, has a record better than .500.
June 15, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH -- Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly was supposed to watch Toby Keith in concert Saturday night. He never made it. The Dodgers' notoriously unreliable bullpen blew yet another lead, extending a game that should have been won in nine innings. So while the concert was starting, Mattingly was still in the visiting manager's office at PNC Park, fielding questions from reporters. "It cost me an hour of limo time, too," Mattingly said, shaking his head. But the manager said, "It's worth it. " It was worth it because the Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 11 innings, 5-3. How the last-place Dodgers won for only the second time in five games is something Mattingly probably won't want to relive any time soon.
June 14, 2013 |
The Dodgers' refrain: Wait until we get our guys back! Wait for the cavalry! The first wave came Friday, and for one night, the new Dodgers looked a lot like those old Dodgers. Offense continued to be mere rumor, the Dodgers going meekly in a 3-0 loss to the Pirates and left-hander Jeff Locke in Pittsburgh. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez started his first game since June 5, the Dodgers nursing his return from a strained hamstring. Catcher A.J. Ellis was activated from the disabled list Friday, recovered from a strained oblique.
June 14, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - The Dodgers' most consistent hitter this season, Adrian Gonzalez is in a minor slump. He was hitless in four at-bats in his team's 3-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park, making him six for 34 with two runs batted in over his last nine games. Gonzalez, who leads the Dodgers with 44 runs batted in, is now batting .307. The last time his average was that low was when the season was four games old. BOX SCORE: Pittsburgh 3, Dodgers 0 "Timing's not exactly where it is," Gonzalez said.
June 12, 2013 |
Gerrit Cole had an impressive major league debut Tuesday … a nd he pitched well too. Cole, a former UCLA pitcher, was called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates and sent out to face the San Francisco Giants. Cole had already pitched two scoreless innings when he came to the plate with the bases loaded. He fell behind, 0-2, worked the count full and then singled to right to drive in two runs. “I got a little lucky,” Cole told reporters after the game. “That was my first hit since high school.” Lucky or not, the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen told reporters, “He looked like a big league hitter working the count like that.” As for the pitching part, Cole lived up to being the first overall pick in the 2011 draft.