Stealing Signals: Clearing The Bases

Angels 4, Red Sox 2If I hear Thom Brennaman say “this is Angels baseball” again after a Halo runner moves from first to third on a base hit or lays down a sacrifice bunt, I will slay him. So-called “Angels baseball” did help with the win, as a couple of singles plus a sac bunt and an intentional walk loaded the bases for Erick Aybar, who hit a bases-loaded double off Josh Beckett to take the lead, which the Angels held on to through a bases loaded situation in the eighth and K-Rod putting runners on in the ninth (yet holding on for another save.)

Reds 7, Mets 2The Mets make Josh Fogg look good by hitting into three double plays and then having both Carlos Beltran and David Wright strike out with the bases loaded. Joey Votto drives in three runs (two of them with a triple.)

Yankees 4, A’s 3“Homer at the Bat” in real life, as Jose Molina gets plunked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th to end a four-and-a-half hour game. It only got to extras as Robinson Cano got his fourth hit and Wilson Betemit followed it with an RBI single off Huston Street in the 9th with two outs.

Astros 4, Cubs 1 – Wandy Rodriguez only gives up a home run to Carlos Zambrano in 6.2 innings of work, striking out seven.

Twins 14, Rangers 2 – Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau go ballistic off Texas pitching, driving in eight of Minnesota’s 14 runs. The Twins hit four homers total.

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2 – Dan Haren threw seven scoreless, although his bullpen wanted to give it right back — Brandon Lyon gave up two runs in the 9th, but held on.

Royals 9, White Sox 1Every so often Gil Meche will put on a performance worthy of his contract, and teaming with three relievers to hold Chicago to one run is one of them. Billy Butler and John Buck hit two run homers, and Mike Aviles added a bases-loaded double.

Photo: AP/Matt A. Brown

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