Sunday, June 29, 2008

Angels No-Hit Dodgers, Lose; Lincecum Goes to 9-1

Players of the Day from Saturday, June 28, 2008 American League Jered Weaver (6-8) didn't allow a hit to the Dodgers on Saturday. He did, however, give up a run, and that cost him the game, as the Dodgers won a strange one, 1-0, over the Angels. In the 5th inning, Weaver threw wildly to first, attempting to throw out Matt Kemp, who reached on the error, stole second and went to third on catcher Jeff Mathis' throwing error. Kemp then scored on Blake DeWitt's sac fly to right. And that was it, as Jose Arredondo worked hitless 7th and 8th innings, while Chad Billingsley and a pair of Dodger relievers shut out the Angels on 5 hits. Notes: According to published reports, it's only the fifth time since 1900 that a team has won a game without getting a hit. Incidentally, the Dodger win kept them at 2 1/2 behind the Diamondbacks, the closest they've been since early April. The Angels, despite losing straight, are still 3 1/2 clear of the A's in the AL West. National League Here's your National League starter for the All Star game. Tim Lincecum improved to 9-1 on Saturday, with 7 innings of shutout ball as the Giants downed Oakland 1-0. Lincecum allowed just five hits while fanning 11. The second-year starter has compiled one of the best records in baseball (9-1, 2.38 ERA, 114 Ks), pitching for arguably one of the worst teams in the National League. Lincecum has accounted for almost a third of their 35 wins, has posted five straight wins since losing to Colorado, 3-2, back on April 29. Lincecum's record could actually be much better. Four times this season, he's left games after allowing either 0 or 1 earned runs without getting a decision. Notes: Just how bad are the Giants? Well, in a year in which the NL is sporting some pretty feeble squads, San Fran is an enigma. They, along with Arizona, are the only teams in the NL West with winning records against divisional foes. They're also the worst home team in the majors, with a disappointing 14-24 record by the Bay. An average hitting team (.260), they are dead last in the majors in home runs (52) and only the Padres and Nationals have scored less runs (324) in the NL. Thanks to the Dodgers and Giants winning 1-0 games, the NL actually took the day's interleague games, 8-6, bringing the totals since June 13 to AL, 129; NL, 78.

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