Gregor Blanco finished 2-for-7 with a double, homer, two RBI and two runs scored in Monday's easy 13-inning 5-2 versus the Dodgers.
Blanco's corked a 419-foot shot off Dan Haren to begin the game. He wouldn't drive in another run for 12 more innings, when his double ended up plating two; the play ended when Blanco was gunned down trying to go for third. Blanco has been a usable if unspectacular mixed league player since late August.
Carl Crawford hit a solo homer in Monday's game against the Giants.
Crawford finished 1-for-5. He's hit safely in his last four games to continue a monster September. The veteran outfielder is 24-for-58 (.414) with six doubles, a triple, three homers and 14 RBI this month. Overall, he's slashing .290/.327/.419.
Dan Haren yielded two runs -- one earned -- in seven innings in a no-decision versus the Giants Monday.
He was coming off an additional day of rest, as Los Angeles decided to give Jamey Wright a spot start in Sunday's series finale at Chicago so Haren could take the ball against the hated Giants instead. Haren reversed a troubling trend: Dodgers' starters came into tonight in a terrible funk, having posted a 8.88 ERA over 25 1/3 innings while failing to work five innings even once in the last seven games. The bullpen (5.97 ERA) wasn't much better during that stretch. Fortunately, both showed up tonight (well, until Kevin Correia was called up in the 13th, anyway). Haren (13-11, 4.03 ERA) welcomes the Rockies to Los Angeles on Saturday.
Jake Peavy limited the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings in Monday's no-decision
Peavy struck out four and walked one. He was going for his career-high fifth consecutive victorious start. Peavy started his Giants' career 0-3 with a 4.82 ERA, but has gone 6-1 with a 1.47 ERA over his last eight starts since winning his first game of the season. Peavy (7-13, 3.78 ERA) has a nice matchup to close out the year when he hosts the Padres on Saturday.
Josh Donaldson went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run scored in Monday's 8-4 win against the Angels.
He has reached base seven times across 11 plate appearances, and scored four runs, over the past 48 hours. He won't come close to matching the raw efficiency of last year's breakout season (.301/.384/.499), but Donaldson totes a solid .254/.341/.457 slash line and will reach the 100-RBI plateau if he can drive in three more by sundown on Sunday. His WAR (currently 7.1) isn't even going to finish one game below 2013's total of 8.0; the A's have a keeper.