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!
The Comeback Kids do it again against the Braves in a 5-4 walk-off victory by none other than A.J. Ellis, back-up catcher on Martin’s day off!
Ely’s pitching tonight was a bit erratic. Not to say that he was wild, but his command just wasn’t what we were used to seeing. Pitches were too high. They just never came down. He gave up 4 run on 9 hits, walking and striking out a pair each in 5 IP. Unfortunately, two of the hits were long balls. He was pulled from the game before pitching the 6th. The combined relief of Miller, Kuo, Weaver, Broxton, & Belisario pitched 6 scoreless innings (Welcome back, bullpen!). Despite Ely’s lack of control on his pitching, offense showed up with run support.
Dodgers’ catching duo were the heroes of today’s story. Ellis came to the rescue with a RBI single that scored in Martin from 2nd. Congrats to Ellis also for the birth of his second child!
Furcal: Homered for the first time in 2010. Hoping to see more power coming from Raffy this month!
Today’s game: Dodgers send Monasterios (2-0, 1..87 ERA) to face Hawksworth (0-2, 5.14 ERA) & the Cards for the first time this year. Welcome back STL! Thanks for opening the door to the NLCS 😉 Let’s show ’em why we bleed blue! 7pm, Dodger Stadium