Enlighten us. Your explanation will be as good as anyone's.
The stars aligned, the body snatchers have returned, a blind squirrel, mirrors, Jobu was offered a cigar and rum.
Something strange and wonderful happened to
Haren had been one lost-looking pitcher for weeks. He had gone 0-5 with a 10.03 earned-run average and a 1.93 WHIP in his last five games. His spot in the rotation had become, at best, precarious. Some figured one more outing and he would be replaced by somebody.
Haren on Wednesday looked like someone who very much wants to stay in the rotation, retiring the first 16 consecutive
Haren went 7 1/3 rather remarkable innings, holding the Angels to a mere three singles. He looked like a completely different pitcher than the one the Dodgers have been watching since the middle of May (3-8, 6.04 ERA).
He left the game with a runner on first, and the bullpen allowed him to score, so he was charged with one run on the three hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
He was sharp and precise, and looking very much at home in the ballpark he pitched in for the Angels for parts of three seasons, and pitched rather well (3.25 ERA in 45 games).
And for the first time in their three games against the Angels, it was the Dodgers who struck first.
For Kemp, it was a continuation of his recent power display. He now has six home runs in his last nine games.
The Dodgers continued to apply the pressure against Angels starter
The Dodgers ended up loading the bases with two outs, but
Then everything got real quiet.
Shoemaker regained command, and if he allowed a few hits, the Dodgers could not cash in on any attack. Meanwhile, the Angels -- the second-highest-scoring team in the majors -- went down almost eerily quietly against Haren (9-9).
Haren retired the Angels in order in the seventh and then