for this game

Dodgers go hitless, still defeat Angels

Jun 29, 2008 - 6:28 AM By Jonathan Raber PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- In 28 years in the dugout, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre isn't sure he's seen anything like what he witnessed on Saturday.

The Dodgers were held hitless but still managed to manufacture a run on their way to a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the "Freeway Series" on Saturday.

The Dodgers, who became the first team since 1992 to win a contest without a single hit, struck for the game's lone run in the fifth inning despite not being able to break through against Angels hurlers Jered Weaver (7-8) and Jose Arredondo.

"This is pretty bizarre," Torre said.

It marked just the fifth time since 1901 that a major league team has won without getting a hit. This was the first time that the Dodgers were held hitless at home since 1994.

"One hit, two hits, no hits - as long as we score more runs than the other team, I'm happy," Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said.

Weaver threw 59 of his 97 pitches for strikes, walking three and striking out six over six innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter. Arredondo completed the hitless contest with two perfect frames.

"It's a little weird (of an) outcome," Weaver said.

Kemp led off the fifth with a cue shot off the top of his bat that spun about 50 feet down the first-base line, then quickly veered off to the left, causing Weaver to miss it with his glove. After initially ruling it a hit, official scorer Don Hartack ruled the play an error.

"It was a tough play," Weaver said. "It had a whole bunch of spin on it. It looked like it was going foul. You don't get to practice those (kind of grounders) too much in spring training."

With Blake DeWitt batting, Kemp stole second and moved to third on the errant throw by catcher Jeff Mathis.

"I knew I had to try to get into scoring position to get something going," Kemp said. "It all worked out in our favor tonight."

DeWitt promptly hit a sacrifice fly to deep right to bring home the runner for the 1-0 lead.

The Angels squandered an opportunity in the sixth to even the score thanks to great defensive play by right fielder Andre Ethier. Erick Aybar led off with a liner to left and was trying to leg out a double, when Ethier fired a bullet to second base to narrowly get Aybar for the out.

In the following inning, Angels manager Mike Scioscia was faced with a difficult decision with the tying run on second base and Weaver's spot in the order due up. The skipper elected to end Weaver's no-hit bid by replacing him with a pinch hitter.

"You're out there to win a game; that's the move you make at the time," Scioscia said. "We had to make a move in that inning, we just couldn't get the hit in that opportunity."

Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley (7-7) was nearly as good, allowing no runs on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings to earn the win. Jonathan Broxton worked a perfect eighth and closer Takashi Saito escaped the ninth to earn his 12th save.

"The pitching on both sides was special," Torre said.

Saito got out of a jam in the ninth with the Angels threatening. Howie Kendrick hit a two-out double and Mike Napoli drew a walk off the Dodgers' closer to put the tying and winning runs on base.

However, Saito got pinch hitter Reggie Willits to strike out on a slider to end the threat.

"We just found a way to win," Billingsley said. "That's what it takes sometimes."






  • 282
    roots
    RmSvc Added 5 roots

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  FinalJun 30 3:13 AM
  • mark i watched the highlights, listened to kurkjian, and i'm still dumbstruck.

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  FinalJun 29 4:42 AM
  • stevis The Dodgers players weren't sure how to celebrate.

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  FinalJun 29 12:46 AM


  • ML
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA ANGELS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 1 0 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LAA - JERED WEAVER, JOSE ARREDONDO (7TH) AND JEFF MATHIS, MIKE
    NAPOLI (7TH)
    LOS - CHAD BILLINGSLEY, JONATHAN BROXTON (8TH), TAKASHI
    SAITO (9TH) AND RUSSELL MARTIN

    Jun 29 12:45 AM


  • ML
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    LA ANGELS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
    LA DODGERS 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 x 1 0 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: LAA - JERED WEAVER, JOSE ARREDONDO (7TH) AND JEFF MATHIS, MIKE
    NAPOLI (7TH)
    LOS - CHAD BILLINGSLEY, JONATHAN BROXTON (8TH), TAKASHI
    SAITO (9TH) AND RUSSELL MARTIN

    Jun 29 12:44 AM
  • senorpepr If the Angels don't score... the two-pitcher no-hitter stands, but the Angels will still lose. Haha...

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Top 9, 0 OutsJun 29 12:35 AM
  • 277
    roots
    SuketoKetchi Added 5 roots

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 29 12:30 AM
  • stevis This isn't just any no-hitter -- the Angels are the ones pitching it, but they're down 1-0 thanks to two errors and a sac fly

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 29 12:29 AM
  • 272
    roots
    stevis Added 5 roots

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 29 12:27 AM
  • 267
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 22 roots (Close Finish, No-hitter)

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 29 12:17 AM
  • senorpepr Two-pitcher no-hitter in progress...

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 29 12:15 AM
  • 245
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 67 roots (Close Finish, No-hitter)

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Bot 7, 0 OutsJun 29 12:08 AM
  • 178
    roots
    senorpepr Added 5 roots

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 29 12:02 AM
  • 173
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 32 roots (No-hitter)

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Top 7, 0 OutsJun 28 11:55 PM
  • 141
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 32 roots (No-hitter)

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 28 11:47 PM
  • 109
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 32 roots (No-hitter)

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Top 6, 0 OutsJun 28 11:37 PM


  • ML
    AT LA DODGERS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BLAKE DEWITT SCORED MATT KEMP.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: LA ANGELS 0
    LA DODGERS 1 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR LA DODGERS: A BERROA (.182, 0-FOR-1)

    Angels 0, Dodgers 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 28 11:34 PM
  • 77
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 34 roots (No-hitter)

    Angels 0, Dodgers 0  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 28 11:28 PM
  • 43
    roots
    RUWTbot Added 43 roots (No-hitter)

    Angels 0, Dodgers 0  Top 5, 0 OutsJun 28 11:20 PM