The top is where we belong! After today’s W in the books, Dodgers have claimed 1st in the NL West from the Padres (trailing 0.5 games)!
Kuroda gave a much better performance than what we could have asked for against a pitcher like Carpenter. He pitched 7 SOLID innings, allowing only 4 hits, walking just one batter & striking out 6! By the way, don’t you love his face in the picture?!
It was a pitching duel as the game was scoreless until the bottom of the 8th inning with a Manny RBI-double?! We all know that’s a miracle with his mule-like base-running =/. Fact: I’m not the biggest ManRam fan there is. I tolerate him because he is part of my team, but I think his time in LA has overstayed its welcome. Amazing players like Xavier Paul & Reed Johnson are just itching at the chance to play & they won’t cost us $45 million! (Another story for another time)
Deuces Wild: Ethier, DeWitt & Manny go for extra bases!
Robbed: Matt Kemp steals 2nd (9 steals this years)
6-4-3 DP: Need I say more?!
Larry Bowa, what were you thinking?: DeWitt wasn’t even off of 3rd when the throw was made & you sent him off running for dear life!
In non-Dodger news, Strasburg made his MLB debut tonight after much hype for about what seemed like eternity. Thankfully, last year’s #1 draft pick proved himself deserving of all the hype & earned his first W by fanning a career-high (doi!) 14 batters! Nats won it 5-2. Strasburg got creamed in another sense ha!
#1 2010 MLB Draft Pick: Bryce Harper, you must tell me the name of your platform artist! That Salvador Dali-inspired look you have is just all the rage now. Despite this, he is still a very handsome fellow. Now, where’s my war paint?
Lil’ Big John: To all those who attended tonight’s Dodgers game, hope you got your Broxton bobblehead. I know I sure got mine!
As always, Arriba Los Doyers!
A standing O for Monster, DeWitt & the rest of the Dodgers for an amazing game tonight! Pitching was stellar, offense was unstoppable & so you can understand why I would get so angry when my team doesn’t perform like this every night!
Monasterios pitched 6 solid innings, although he did not strike out any of the batters he faced. He gave up 4 hits, 3 runs & 2 walks. He was pulled after facing two batters in the 7th. Relief pitching of Miller, Ju & John Link closed out the game with just one more run scored, for the 12-4 victory over the Cards! It was an excellent welcome back for the Cardinals who we last faced in the NLDS when Holliday famously couldn’t make a catch in OF & blamed it on the rally towels!
DeWitt: Off to a slow start earlier this year, he has shown to us all that he deserves the starting 2B spot! With stellar defense (think: over-the-shoulder, basket catches in the 9th) & erupting offensive power (think: 3-run homerun in the 5th), DeWitt has easily become one of my favorites this year. Hoping to see more from him!
Furcal: Did I not just post that I was wanting to see more power from Furcal? He answered my prayers with a 2-RBI double! Good job, Raffie! Glad to see you’re back =) You’ve always been my favorite!
Kemp, Anderson: Each contributed a single. Let’s hear it for our outfielders!
Ellis: With a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt that Hawksworth was unable to field, scored in Belliard. Ellis! You’re on fire, baby!
Defensive plays: Ronnie B. turned an excellent 6-6-3 double play to get Winn out on 3rd and LaRue on 1st. DeWitt’s leaping grab in the top of the 9th. Ethier’s beautiful catch in RF.
Tonight’s game: Dodgers will send Kuroda (3.63, 5-4) to the mound against Chris Carpenter (2.76, 7-1 EEK) who only allowed 1 run on 4 hits in his last outing against the Brewers. Last we saw Hiroki, he gave Braves the W, giving up yet another 1st inning run & walking 4 in 6IP. He claimed he was trying to locate his pitches & missing. Let’s hope he just lets his natural flow speak for itself because I would love to see a W in person tonight when I sit in LFP! Row K 🙂 Broxton’s bobblehead is the SGA tonight. Tickets are probably found online so make sure if you don’t have tickets, you get some ASAP! See you all there!
Arriba Los Doyers!