Carp Seizes MomentAugust 31st, 2011 by terrybenish
For seven and two thirds innings Dan Haren was just a bit better than Felix Hernandez.
Hernandez surrendered a run grudgingly in the third. Mike Trout fisted a pitch to centerfield and was sacrificed to second by catcher Mathis. Eric Aybar strikes out, but with two outs Howie Kendrick pushes a ball between Kyle Seager and Brendan Ryan to drive Trout in.
Haren cruised through the sixth, but ran into some trouble loading the bases with two outs. Ryan has a good at bat against Haren but pushes the ball ultimately to Haren who easily threw him out.
In the 8th Haren quickly got two outs getting Trayvon Robinson and then Ichiro and Franklin Gutierrez lined sharply to centerfield, followed by Dustin Ackley bouncing one into right field. Manager Scioscia yanks Haren to bring left handed specialist Scott Downs. Mike Carp doubles off the base of the wall in left center and Gutie and Ackley scored to give Felix the lead.
In top of the 9th Felix struck out Abreu, then Hunter and kept Trumbo barely in the park with Casper Wells catching the ball on the warning track in right field.
Ackley was 1-3 with a walk. Carp 2-4 with two rbis and a double, Kyle Seager 2-4 with a double and some excellent work at third tonight. Gutierrez started the two out rally in the 8th. Olivo made a great throw to get Hunter at third and Seager swam after Hunter to tag him out.
Very crisp game, crackling energy about the field. Manager Scioscia had a look on his face during the eighth inning that could have passed for astonishment.
Two out of three so far with the fourth game tomorrow. Jack Wilson was traded to the Braves for a player to be named later.
Some call ups tomorrow, pitchers most likely. This is really good baseball.