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Friday, September 10, 2010

Gibbons slams go ahead homer, worst pitcher in ML gets the win

Dodgers 4 12 1
Astros    2 7 1
WP-Dotel 3-3
LP-Abad 0-1

The Dodgers finally won a game! dont worry the apocolypse hasnt begun, although we did witness something extremly rare that we thought might only be possible with divine intervention! a dodger raod win!  

the Dodgers finally won a game and snapped their 6 game losing streak, beating the astros 4-2 in 11 innings. it was the dodgers 70th win of the season.

the game was a scoreless pitchers duel between Kuroda and J.A. Happ, until the top of the 5th.

after stranding about 1000 men on base the dodgers finally broke through. after big rod singles and is sacrificed over to second. with two outs, Carroll singles to right, scoring Big Rod, and the dodgers go up 1-0

in a most aggravating fashion the astros came right back to tie in the bottom of the 5th.
sanchez and Wallace single with 1 out. then Bourne singles home Sanchez over the drawn in infield.

The Dodgers retook the lead, in the top of the 6th.  Kemp tripled with no one on, thanks to Hunter Pence mislaying the ball in right. then Jay Gibbons pinch hitting for Reed Johnson, singled into left plating Kemp and the dodgers go back up 2-1.

J.A. Happ pitched 5 innings allowed 2 runs and was not involved in the decision.

The astros would come back again and tie in the bottom of the 7th.

these types of games are a perfect example of why I hate Joe Torre and consider him to be a horrible manager. He continues to think that his bullpen is better than his starters.

Once again Hiroki Kuroda pitched excellent. I should say more about him, as he goes 6 innings allowing only 1 run on 4 hits 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. he left up 2-1 in the 7th inning. was there any reason to take out Kuroda when he was pitching so well? knowing full well the Dodgers bullpen is one of the worst in the league? theres Torre for you. and of coarse the Dodgers bullpen blew another lead and made sure once again that Kuroda got screwed out of a win again!

Bellisario began the inning and after 1 out....DOUBLE.  then here comes Torre to bring in guess Sherrill to face a righty first. then a lefty. he suprisingly retired the righty Blum, but with 2 outs, yup Bourne the lefty groundball SINGLE, run scores tied at 2.

the game would remain tied all the way until the 11 th inning. but lets go to the bottom of the 10th first because thats where things got sketchy.....

Torre brings in the absolute worst pitcher in the ML, Octavio Dotel who clearly has no buisness pitching in the majors in any way whatsoever. but despite Dotel's best effort to blow another game, the Dodgers got lucky and a nice defensive play by Jay Gibbons.

with 1 out, Wallace hit a long fly ball to deep left center Gibbons going all the way back to the wall made a very nice catch. next batter Bourne hits a another long fly ball to the exact same spot. this time Gibbons couldnt catch it and Bourne wound up at third with a triple.

now its a tie game bottom 10th. the astros have a runner at third with 1 out, drawn in infield, and the worst pitcher in the universe on the mound for the Dodgers, so not looking good, however to everyone's shock, and I do mean utter shock Dotel pitched out of the jam, as he struck out Keppinger and Pence to end the inning.

in the top of the 11th, Kemp Singled and the Gibbons was the hero again, slamming a monster home run to right field, his 4th of the season, and making us very happily forget that a man named garret anderson ever existed.

Dotel pitched a scoreless bottom of the 11th as the dodgers finally win on the road 4-2. Dotel gets the win, and gibbons goes 2 for 3 driving in 3 runs. Big Rod also had a very good game going 3for 4 with a run scored.

all in all a much better showing from the offense. I mean I dont think I need to tell you that when the dodgers score more than 3 runs in a game, its like watching a perfect game, you just never know when you will ever see it happen again!

Ely starts tomorrow for the dodgers, which is a nice story as no one should forget about his contributions to the team early in the year. Im sure Stac will say something about his efforts.
so game three of the series tomorrow night, come on blue lets get Stacie a win! how bout it?
see ya on sunday!

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