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Monday, September 27, 2010

Lilly Out Pitches Jimenez, Puts Rockies Between A Rock and a Hard Place

Dodgers 3 6 0
Rockies  1 4 1
WP- Lilly (9-12)
LP-Jimenez (19-8)
S-Kuo (11)
HR-Gonzalez (34)

Ted Lilly pitched a magnificent game, giving the Dodgers a 3-1 win in Colorado over Ubaldo Jimenez who was unable to obtain his 20th win. The Dodgers started off the 1st by giving Lilly a lead to run with. Furcal dunked a single to lead off. Jimenez walked both Theriot and then Kemp to load the bases. Casey Blake, who had a great game, singled off Jimenez's leg, then it bounced over Tulo's head, and ended up in center field allowing 2 runs to score and giving the Dodgers the early 2-0 lead. Lilly came into the game, and retired the Rockies 1-2-3 in three straight innings. Lilly only gave up 1 run which came in the bottom of the 4th, and as earlier predicted in my pregame post, Cargo hits a solo homerun making it 2-1 Dodgers. He is now 4 for 6 against Lilly with 3 homeruns. How about not pitching to him next time, maybe? Please? Lilly comes back to strike out 2 including Tulowitzki for the second time in the game. In the bottom of the 6th Lilly allowed a single and stolen base to Fowler, but comes back to strike out Cargo and Iannetta to end the inning. In the 7th Loney made an impressive unassisted double play tagging Helton who had broke for 2nd. In the 8th the Rockies managed to strike out Ethier (who struck out 3 times), Loney, and Kemp using Morales and Dotel in relief of Jimenez who had made over 120 pitches in the game. The Dodgers would pick up one more run in the 9th when Blake doubled for the second time in the game (he had 2 doubles and a single!), Oeltjen bunted him over, and A.J. Ellis singled in Blake to make it 3-1 in favor of the Dodgers. Hong-Chi Kuo came in and retired Cargo, Tulo, and struck out Iannetta to end the game and pick up his 11th save of the season.

Lilly pitched 8 innings, allowing 1 run off 4 hits, walking 2 and striking out 8. Jimenez went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs off 3 hits, walking 4 and striking out 6.

Jay Gibbons has a strained right calf muscle, and was unable to play. Oeltjen who played in left field struck out 3 times. Kemp also added 2 whiffs to his credit, now giving him 164. Vin Scully mentioned an amusing stat tonight. Kemp has faced Octavio Dotel 6 times, and he has struck out all 6 times.

The Dodgers have now won 9 of 16 games from the Rockies this season. The Rockies slide to 5 games back of San Francisco in the standings, and their playoff wishes have all been but dashed. Tomorrow they will send Hiroki Kuroda to the mound which could perhaps be his final game in a Dodger uniform. Let's hope it's not.

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