Angel Stadium | 10:05 | Duke vs. Joe Saunders | Box

I'm not a fan of the late, West Coast start times. I'm even less of a fan when the games go extras.
And I'm certainly not a fan of losing those extra-inning games the way we did tonight.
At one point, the Angels retired 19 Pittsburgh Pirates in a row. Los Angeles' bullpen threw five innings of one-hit ball; after scoring four runs in the first three frames, the Pirates were blanked over the final eight.
Zach Duke allowed 11 baserunners---nine hits, two walks---in his 5.1 innings, but managed to limit the Angels to one run. Masumi Kuwata needed only seven pitches to record two outs in the sixth. Returning from suspension, Matt Capps threw the ninth and tenth, yielding one hit and no runs.
Rajai Davis was a game-changer at the top of t...

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.