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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dodgers in a Fog as The Giants Take First Place

Dodgers 2 4 0
Giants   10 15 1
W-Sanchez (11-8)
L-Lilly (8-11)
HR-Mitchell (1)
HR-Huff (25), Posey (14), Guillen (18)

The Dodgers used 7 pitchers in yet another pathetic loss dropping them to 3 games under .500. The Giants pounded out 15 hits and 10 runs as they took the season series win the first time since 2005. Ted Lilly only went 3.1 innings, giving up 6 runs off 7 hits, striking out 3. Two of those hits were back-to-back homeruns by Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey in the 3rd inning. Jonathan Sanchez pitched 7 innings, allowing only 2 runs off 4 hits, and striking out a career high 12 batters. It seems to be easy to get career high strikeouts when you're pitching against the Dodgers this season. Furcal, Blake, and Johnson all struck out three times each, and Kemp struck out twice.

Furcal leadoff the game with a double. When Theriot went to bunt him over, Uribe playing 3rd base tonight, threw it away drawing the error allowing Furcal to score. In the bottom of the 1st, batting practice off Lilly ensued as Huff tripled, and Posey doubled him home to tie the game at 1-1. The third inning got nasty after Renteria reached safely on a bunt single, Sanchez doubled, then Huff hit a 3-run homerun. Posey then hit a solo shot to give the Giants a 5-1 lead. The fourth inning continued the rout when Guillen singled and Sanchez was hit in the hand by the pitch. The bullpen parade of champions began at this point with Troncoso who promptly gives up a single to Renteria loading the bases and then predictably walks in another run to make it 6-1 Giants.

The fifth inning began with Russ Mitchell's first career homerun which bounced off the foul pole making it 6-2 Giants. Jeff Weaver comes in to pitch the bottom of the 5th, and Burrell singles and Guillen continues the homerun derby for the night with a 2 run homerun making it 8-2 Giants. Then we get to see Sherrill for one batter, and Belisario as well who surprisingly strikes out Posey. Dotel gives up a single to Guillen again in the 7th, but manages to somehow not give up any runs. Jon Link comes in next in the 8th and looks horrendous as he allows back to back singles to Fontenont and Renteria, then a Sanchez double scores another 2 giving the Giants a hefty 10-2 lead and the win they needed to move into first place in the NL 1/2 game ahead of San Diego.

Reed Johnson was atrocious tonight. Striking out three times, and playing horribly in left field which created a black hole where once there was once a great outfielder named Andre. There's not much to do but wait until next season at this point. The fog rolled in, and the Dodgers were left in a daze. Tomorrow we'll be home to take on Colorado with Kuroda on the mound. Go Blue:)

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