Sunday, June 29th, 2008
10:04 am - Now There's Something You Don't See Everyday...  
The Dodgers were no-hit by the Angels last night... And won anyway. Jered Weaver held LA hitless for six innings, and when he was pinch hit for, his replacement, Jose Arredondo, gave up no hits in the seventh and eighth.

It's only the fifth time since 1900 that it's happened, which makes it one of the rarest of baseball's oddities. Technically it's not considered an official no-hitter because the Dodgers didn't bat in the bottom of the ninth. The Dodgers run came when Matt Kemp hit what Vin Scully called a "runaway gyroscope" off the end of his bat in the fifth inning. The ball rolled up the first base line, then took a left turn like a bowling ball seeking the 1-3 pocket. This seemed to flummox Weaver, who let the ball roll under his glove for an error. Kemp then stole second, and then continued on to third when the catcher Jeff Mathis airmailed his throw into center field. Blake Dewitt hit a sacrifice fly on the next pitch to plate the only run of the game.

As far as I can recall, it's only the second no-hitter I've ever watched start to finish. (The first was Dave Righetti's Fourth of July no-hitter against the Sox.) It was a weird game to watch, partly because it was so even throughout. The fascination with the no-no sort of hides the fact that Chad Billingsley (7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 7 K)pitched a pretty terrific game, himself.

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The air show is this weekend. Still trying to decide whether or not to head over today. I didn't go yesterday because it was hot and humid and miserable. The weather calls for showers later today, so maybe that would knock down the crowds some, and I'll go. I'm more interested in the static displays this time around anyway.

Still haven't seen the Red Arrows anywhere but on the ground. They never did practice this week, at least not around Quonset. Apparently the RAF have no need for practice runs, because they're just that good.