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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Today Was A Great Dre

Dodgers 5 8 0
Marlins  4 7 0
WP-Guerrier (2-1)
LP-Sanches (3-1)
S-Padilla (1)
HR- Barajas (5), Ethier (3)

Andre Ethier

1 streak, 2 homers, 1 pinch hit double, and a save win it for the Dodgers in 10 innings Wednesday morning in sunny Florida. The Dodgers avoid an embarrassing sweep, as they pick up a win and head home after 20 long games in a row. Andre Ethier amazingly hits safely in his 24th game in a row, extending his streak and bringing it home in hopes of continuance at Dodger Stadium this Friday.

Billingsley had one rough inning in the second, but settled down nicely afterwards. The bullpen surprisingly did very well today as Hawksworth pitched two scoreless innings, followed by Guerrier, and Padilla who closed it out picking up his first save since 2000.

Both pitchers swapped a 1-2-3 inning in the first.

Bills has a disastrous inning in the bottom of the second when he gives up three singles to Stanton, Dobbs, and Bonificio to load the bases. Hayes hits a huge single off the wall which luckily only manages to score one runner giving the fish a 1-0 lead. Then the pesky leadoff hitter, Coghlin smashes a bases clearing double scoring three runs and making it 4-0.

Both pitchers swapped a 1-2-3 third inning as well.

In the top of the 4th, Ethier singles to center extending his April hitting streak to 24 games. Loney, who has been seen actually hitting of late, singles Ethier to 3rd. Then Big Rod comes up and whallops a much-needed 3-run homerun making it only a 1 run game, 4-3. We could hear Bills sighing in relief from the dugout, and he goes out and pitches a nice fourth and a 1-2-3 5th inning.

Sanchez was on a 85-90 pitch count since he made a lot of pitches in his last two games, and he was relieved by Dunn in the 6th. Sanchez goes 5 innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, and strikes out 4.

Bills gets into a jam in the bottom of the 6th when he allows walks to both Stanton and Dobbs. Honeycutt visits the mound, and then they get Dobbs out on a force by Bonificio and Bills strikes out Hayes to get out of it.

Webb comes in to pitch the 7th, and Miles leads off with a single. Ivan de Jesus bunts him over (although it seems almost accidental), and then a balk is called on Webb sending Miles to 3rd. Uribe comes in to pinch hit for Bills and pulls out a clutch double scoring Miles and making it a tied game at 4-4.

Billingsley goes 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and strikes out 3.

Blake Hawksworth comes in and pitches a great 7th & 8th inning going 1-2-3 in both. Bravo Hawk!

The Dodgers cannot score in the 8th or 9th after Ivan de Jesus grounds into a double play in the 8th to end the inning leaving the bases loaded. Nunez pitches the ninth, and sends the Dodgers down 1-2-3.

Guerrier comes in and pitches a shaky bottom of the 9th. We all hold our breath and wait for the meltdown to ensue for surely it will. Dobbs leads of with a single. Bonificio bunts, and Miles can't handle it. Runners are all safe. Hayes bunts the runners over to 2nd & 3rd. Cousins strikes out. Then Buck grounds out, and Guerrier narrowly gets out of it sending the game to extra innings.

Brian Sanches comes in to pitch the 10th for the Marlins, and gives up a solo homerun to Andre Ethier, his 3rd of the year, making it 5-4 Dodgers!

With Broxton watching from the bullpen, Vicente Padilla is called in to pitch the bottom of the 10th. He gets all three batters, Infante, Ramirez, and Sanchez to ground out. Padilla gets his first save in 11 years!

The Dodgers now return to their comfortable .500 mark at 13-13. Tomorrow is an off-day, but we will keep you posted on any news including Blake's condition. It was reported that he has a bad infection in his elbow which resulted in fever and had been to the hospital twice. Hopefully Blake is okay, but it sounds pretty scary. If it is really bad he may miss up to 4-6 weeks.

The Dodgers head home to face the Padres on Friday at 7:10pm. Ted Lilly, who appeared in today's game as a pinch runner, will go to the mound.

Go Blue:)

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