Angels Take a Bite Out of Their Cousins

There must be a real satisfaction for Mike Scioscia and his band of expatriate Dodgers when they slap their old club around game after game. Oh, Mike is too much of a gentleman to say that, but deep inside they all must be smiling about handling the team they were so much a part of, so easily and so often.

FOX purchased the Dodgers, basically to keep some one else from doing just that and building a West Coast television network containing all the area teams --- USC, UCLA, the Lakers, Ducks and of course the Dodgers, Padres, Giants and Angels.

Then they didn't seem to quite know what do with the Dodgers when they got them, handing them over to a group of men who apparently wanted to remold the club in their own image.

The scheme was apparent when their minor league field coordinator lined up all the Los Angeles minor league players early in spring training and, with Scioscia, Mickey Hatcher, Claude Osteen and other coaches standing uncomfortably by, told them "Forget all you have been taught in the past. We are going to teach you the RIGHT way to play baseball."

That and other indignities made it easy for Scioscia and the other to leave the Dodgers and congregate just a bit south with another Los Angeles team in another league.

And now Scioscia, Hatcher, Ron Roenicke, Alfredo Griffin and Dino Ebel, once Dodgers all, have built an organization that echoes the Dodgers of old, a running, bunting, scratching team that is extremely well versed in the basics of hitting the cutoff man, working the count and doing all the things that the Dodgers of Walter Alston and Tom Lasorda were so good at doing.

The results speak for themselves. Although the Dodgers still lead in the all-time series, in the 1990s and 2000s, the Angeles haven't acted like Angels and hold a 38-30 won-lost margin, winning 13 of the last 18 games and eight of the last nine and 11 of the last 13 in Anaheim.

The present Dodgers organization has made great strides to regain their old dominance over not only the Angeles but the rest of baseball. However, many older fans remember the past and are sad.

This night was pretty much like many of the others in Anaheim; the Dodgers building a lead only to lose both the lead and the game in front of 44,000 fans.

Billingsley, attempting to become the league's first 10-game winner, gave up four runs on six hits. He threw 112 pitches and only 61 of were strikes.

"We had a three-run lead—which is really rich for us, because we don't do that very often. Unfortunately, Bills just didn't have the kind of command that he can have and we couldn't get the job done," Torre said. "He was battling command all night. Tonight they were better than we were. They're a good team. We know that."

Blake had two spectacular defensive plays at third base, a barehanded pickup to start a 5-3-6 double play that ended with Chone Figgins being retired at third to end the first inning and he also made a diving catch in foul territory to get the Dodgers out of a bases-loaded jam in the second.

Chad Billingsley went into the sixth inning with a 4-1 lead, built upon a run in the third; Russell Martin singled, Mitch Jones was hit by a pitch, Pierre bunted them over and Rafael Furcal walked to load the bases with one out. The single run came when Casey Blake walked to force in Martin.

They added a run in the fourth on James Loney's third home run of the season and one in the fifth on Furcal's third homer with Pierre on base with a single.

The Angels had scored in the fourth inning when Vladimir Guerrero, who didn't sign with the Dodgers when his request for a $25,000 bonus was turned down and later was nearly traded to the Dodgers but negotiations for the sale of the club to the McCourts was still pending, singled in an unearned run.

They tied the game in the sixth on a walk, Guerrero's single, another walk and then a two-run single and a sac fly.

Guillermo Mota served up slider that Juan Rivera pounded deep over the left wall in the eighth and that was the game.

Furcal opened the ninth with a single and was bunted to second by Orlando Hudson, who was attempting to bunt for a hit, and Andre Ethier walked but both Blake and Matt Kemp struck out to end the game.

It was the seventh win in a row for the Angeles and pulled them with a half-game of the first place Texans. The loss and a Giants win, cut the Dodgers lead in the NL West to eight games.

"The only way you're going to beat good teams is go out-by-out and grind it out and that's what we did today," Angels' manager Mike Scioscia said. "We had to use a lot of pitching tonight but we got it done. The bullpen did a good job and got some big outs late in the game."

Billingsley, attempting to become the NL's first 10-game winner, gave up four runs on six hits. Blake had two spectacular defensive plays at third base. He made a barehanded pickup to start a 5-3-6 double play that ended with Chone Figgins being tagged out at third to end the first and he also made a diving catch in foul territory to get the Dodgers out of a bases-loaded jam in the second.

"We had a three-run lead—which is really rich for us, because we don't do that very often. Unfortunately, Bills just didn't have the kind of command that he can have and we couldn't get the job done," Torre said. "He was battling command all night. Tonight they were better than we were. They're a good team. We know that."

Hemano contra Hemano
Tonight in Anaheim, the Dodgers send Jeff Weaver to the mound to oppose Jered Weaver, something of a microcosm of the Dodgers-Angeles rivalry. It will mark the first time the two brothers have pitched against each other.

RHP Jeff Weaver (3-1, 3.72 ERA) is making his first start since May 20 because injured starter Eric Stults isn't ready ready, and Eric Milton isn't eligible to come off the disabled list.

RHP Jered Weaver (7-2, 2.08 ERA) is coming off the first complete-game shutout of his career, a five-hit effort against the Padres. He has yielded just 10 earned runs in his past 89.2 innings, one or no runs in six of his past eight starts. Weaver is 3-1 with a 1.59 ERA in five starts against the Dodgers.

Ramon Martinez faced brother Pedro, then with Montreal, on August 29, 1996 with Ramon taking a 2-1 win, Pedro going nine innings, Ramon eight. One of the first brother vs. brother matchups came in 1926 when Jess Barnes pitched for Brooklyn against Virgil and the Giants.

  Score by Innings
Los Angeles	001 120 000-4
Angeles	        001 003 01x-5

  Los Angeles 	ab r  h  bi  ave
Pierre lf	4  1  1  0   .327
Furcal ss	4  1  2  2  .248
Hudson 2b	4  0  3  0  .316
Blake 3b	4  0  0  1  .299
Ethier rf	4  0  0  0  .266
Kemp cf        	4  0  1  0  .310
Loney 1b	1  1  1  1  .281
Martin c	3  1  1  0  .240
MJones dh	2  0  0  0  .250
 Loretta ph-dh	0  0  0  0  .244
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  Totals	33  4  9  4  
  Angels	28  5  8  5  

  Error- Billingsley (2). 2B- Hudson 2
(21). HR- Loney (3), Furcal (3).
RBI- Blake (42), Loney (45), Furcal 2
(16). S- Pierre, Hudson. LOB- Los
Angeles 11, Angles 6. SB- Kemp (17).
CS- Kemp (3). PO- Kemp. DP- Furcal,
Hudson and Loney; Blake, Loney and
Furcal.

  Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Billingsley 	6.0  6  4-3  5  3  2.83
Leach        	0.1  0  0-0  1  1  3.38
Mota (3-2)	1.2  2  1-1  0  0  4.97  
  HBP- MJones. T- 3:10. Att- 44,222.
Dodger Blue Notes-- RHP James McDonald was recalled from Albuquerque and RHP Travis Schlichting was sent back to the Isotopes. ...Closer Jonathan Broxton tested his sore big right toe before the game but manager Joe Torre decided he would give him a third day off. ...Martin brought a .111 June average into the series, but singled leading off the third inning and scored the Dodgers' first run. ...Mitch Jones was given his first major league start as the designated hitter. He struck out twice, was hit by a pitch and was lifted in the eighth inning for pinch-hitter Mark Loretta, who walked. ...Although James Loney has only three home runs, he also leads the club with 45 RBIs. ...Rafael Furcal has hits in 10 of his last 11 games. ... The Dodgers will host the sixth annual Father's Day Catch presented by Macy's tomorrow. The event is free and will provide families the opportunity to spend time on the field at Dodger Stadium to celebrate the holiday. Fans can enter the field through the center-field gates, and parking at Dodger Stadium is free. Macy's will provide soft souvenir baseballs.

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