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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Sands of Time

Dodgers 4 10 0
Braves   2  7  0
WP-Lilly (1-2)
LP-Hudson (2-2)

The last inning was headed toward an old-fashioned Broxton meltdown, but luckily he turned things around and the Dodgers take game one of the four game series vs. the Braves. The story of the night was Jerry Sands dramatic debut. In his first Major League at-bat against Tim Hudson, Sands wallops a double into right field. Later, he would pick up his first RBI as well.

Ted Lilly pitched wonderfully tonight, starting off the night by striking out Prado in the first inning and going 1-2-3. The Dodgers strike early, when Miles singles, Blake walks, and the Bison singles in Miles making it 1-0 Dodgers. Uribe's grounder gets Blake over to 3rd and Kemp to 2nd. Loney, who is feeling the pressure after the Dodgers call up Sands, singles in both Blake and Kemp giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Jerry Sands comes up and hits a double in his first at-bat. The Dodgers send up all 9 batters in the first inning.

Lilly gets out of a bit of a jam in the 2nd innings when McCann singles, Uggla hits into a force play which allows McCann to 2nd base, and Uggla steals 2nd. Freeman walks, but Lilly strikes out Gonzalez.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Uribe singles, they put the hit & run play on and Loney singles Uribe to 3rd, Loney takes 2nd base on a wild pitch by Hudson, and Sands collects his first RBI on a sac fly making it 4-0 Dodgers.

In the fourth, Sands makes a nice catch off a McCann line drive. Uggla singles off of Miles's glove, Gonzalez walks, then Loney makes a great play on a line drive hit by McLouth to save a run.

The Dodgers go down 1-2-3 in the next 3 subsequent innings.

Moving on to the 7th, Lilly throws the ball behind McLouth in retaliation of Hudson's throw above Sands's head the inning before. The daily warnings are issued by the umpires. Kemp shouts from the dugout in defense of his new teammate, and the game goes on.

Hudson goes 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts.

Asencio comes into relieve Hudson in the bottom of the 7th. Andre Ethier singles, and this extends his hitting streak to 15 games.

Lilly pitches 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.

Guerrier comes in to pitch the 8th and shuts down the Braves quickly.

The 9th inning gets sketchy as big boy Broxton comes in. He comes in throwing off-speed pitches which fool nobody. McCann singles, Uggla doubles him to 3rd, Freeman's ground out scores McCann, and the Braves finally score making it 4-1. Brox strikes out Gonzalez, but then McLouth doubles in Uggla making it 4-2. Luckily Brox goes back to what he knows best, heat, and strikes out the pinch hitter Hinske to close out the game. We didn't see a full blown meltdown, but Brox is making me very uneasy and makes me question using him in tight 1 or 2 run games.

Loney and Uribe both surprisingly had 2 hit nights ( 2 flare singles by Uribe). Sands looks to be exciting to watch, and the fans at Dodger stadium even were cheering for him already.

Tomorrow Kuroda goes to the mound. Let's keep on rollin'!

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