ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Utilityman Robb Quinlan had a chance to
redeem himself after his most frustrating game in the major
leagues, and he didn't squander it.
On Thursday in Oakland, Quinlan stranded nine baserunners in
five at-bats during a 7-3 loss.
"This is a tough game with a lot of ups and downs," Quinlan
said. "Yesterday I had some opportunities to drive in some runs
and I didn't. (Bench coach) Joe Maddon told me after yesterday's
game, 'Don't take it too hard. Think about it for an hour or a
half-hour and let it go.' I did, then I went to bed, got a good
night's sleep and was ready to go today.
"Obviously, there are some days you wish you could forget
about. I've had some bad games before, but you've got to just put
those behind you. Tonight I was fortunate enough to get back in the
lineup again," he said.
Quinlan started at third base in place of Chone Figgins, who
missed the game because of a concussion after starting 63
consecutive contests. The injury occurred in the seventh inning of
Thursday's game, when Figgins successfully broke up a double play
with a feet-first slide and hit his head against the knee of second
baseman Marco Scutaro.
Quinlan got the green light from manager Mike Scioscia on a 3-0
pitch and laced it to left-center for an RBI double, capping a
five-run first inning against Kazuhisa Ishii. The Angels, who took
two of three against the Dodgers last weekend in Los Angeles,
increased the margin to 7-1 in the third with Quinlan's sacrifice
Sele (5-0) pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on just
three hits, including a solo homer by Alex Cora and a two-run shot
by Paul Lo Duca. The right-hander is 6-0 lifetime against the
Dodgers, who have lost eight of 11.
"We'll take runs early in the game any time we can get them,"
Sele said. "But you have to keep pitching your game, especially
that early. If you lose your focus after getting a big lead, you
can get yourself in big trouble. So I just stayed with my game plan
and threw my pitches."
Sele, who struck out five and walked one, retired 17 of his
first 19 batters before giving up a two-out walk to Cesar Izturis
in the sixth and an opposite-field homer by Lo Duca on the next
pitch. Cora's homer came in the third.
The Angels, 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position in
Thursday's loss, were 5-for-5 in that situation against Ishii
(9-4). The left-hander allowed seven runs, seven hits and two walks
over three innings in his shortest outing of the season after
winning his previous four decisions.
The Angels batted around in the first, using a pair of one-out
walks as a springboard to a 5-0 lead. Garret Anderson and Jose
Guillen followed with RBI singles before Bengie Molina sliced an
RBI double into the right-field corner and Tim Salmon hit the first
of his two sacrifice flies for Anaheim's fourth run.
"We were pitched out of the game before we really got an
opportunity to get involved in it," Dodgers manager Jim Tracy
said. "Kazuhisa didn't have it in the first inning. Those bases on
balls normally end up correlating into runs, and that's what
happened tonight. It gets you every time."
Dodgers center fielder Milton Bradley, in just his third game
back following a four-game suspension, was ejected by plate umpire
John Hirschbeck in the fourth inning after getting called out on
strikes for the second time -- and flinging his bat away in disgust
for the second time.
Bradley walked back to the dugout and bowed twice to the sellout
crowd of 43,816 before disappearing into the tunnel.
"The first time, Milton wasn't wrong. The second called third
strike, I've been told that the ball was well off the plate,"
Tracy said. "And if that's the case, and he's upset about that,
then I'd say he had a right to be upset. There also were some
questionable calls on both sides of the field tonight, and that's
all I'll say about that."
Bradley left the ballpark right after the final out without
speaking to reporters.
The Angels and Dodgers each have played 39 home games, with
Los Angeles leading Anaheim in total attendance by just 49,992. The
Angels have never drawn more than the Dodgers at home for an entire
season. The closest they came was last year, when they reached the
3 million mark for the first time -- and still fell 77,532 short of
Los Angeles. ... The Angels' 25th home sellout tied the franchise