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Sunday, September 5, 2010

K is for Kuroda, 0 is for Zero Runs

Dodgers 0 3 0
Giants    3 6 0
WP-Sanchez (10-8)
LP-Kuroda    (10-12)
S-  Wilson     (40)

The Dodgers are tied with the Mets for the fewest runs scored in the NL since the All-Star break, at 164. Tonight's comatose performance is a prime example why. Kuroda once again pitches well going 8 innings, striking out 8 and walking 3. He was a bit wild in the second when he walked Buster Posey and a wild pitch moved him to second. Sandoval's fly ball scored Posey even though Ethier's throw to home was close. Later in the seventh Sandoval lead off with a single and the pesky Uribe hits a 2 run homer to put the Giants up 3-0. That was Uribe's second homer in as many games. Although his homer was annoying, it was basically meaningless since the Dodgers would not be scoring any runs tonight. Jonathan Sanchez struck out 9 Dodgers including three strikeouts each for Kemp and Ethier. The only hint of balls being hit off of the Dodgers bats came from a third inning double by Carroll, a fifth inning single by Big Rod, and a sixth inning single by Theriot.
Belisario surprisingly pitched a perfect ninth in relief. A real-life closer, Brian Wilson, came into pitch the bottom of the ninth for the Giants and picked up his league leading 40th save.
13 Dodgers whiffed pathetically, and they were shutout for the 15th time this season which leads the majors. With the Padres losing 10 games in a row, it is the first time a first place team has lost 10 in a row since the 1932 Pirates. It seems like the door was opened for a team to step up in the West and make a move. The Dodgers instead look sad and mediocre as ever. They're at one game above .500 which seems to be where they are stuck. The Giants have responded to the Padres collapse by breathing down their necks and are only one game out of the top spot. It seems like when the Dodgers pitching is satisfactory they cannot buy a run, and when they finally break out and score some runs, the bullpen blows any and all leads that they obtain. Tomorrow we take on slumpin' San Diego, Vicente Padilla taking the mound for the first time since coming off the DL, and Mat Latos a 13 game winner for the Padres. Go Blue:)

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