Dodgers 6 9 0
growl? more like a meow. the Dodgers beat the Tigers 6-1 tonight, winning their third in a row, and improve to 3-2 in interleague play. its very rare to see the Dodgers playing this well against the american league.
it was truly a team effort tonight, as Chad Billingsley went 5.1 innings, only allowing 1 run, Ethier slugged a two run homerun, AJ ellis drove in a run in his first start since being recalled, and the bullpen pitched 3.2 scoreless innings.
|Freaky eyed Scherzer takes his third loss of the year for Detroit|
|Bills pitches 5.1 allowing 1 run as he evens his record at 6-6|
Bills pitched a scoreless first inning, only allowing a single to Kelly.
the Dodgers score first in the bottom of the second. with 1 out, Loney walks, Miles a hit and run groundball single to right advances Loney to third. A.J. Ellis in his first game back from AAA, slaps a base hit to right, scoring Loney. 1-0 Dodgers! welcome back A.J. Ellis!
Gwynn walks, Bills with the bases loaded, grounds a fielder's choice, the throw home is wide but Detroit catcher Avilla makes a nice lunging catch while keeping his foot on home plate to get a force out on Miles. Gordon grounds out to end the inning.
in the third, the Dodgers get three straight great defensive plays for a 123 inning, by Bills, Miles, and Uribe respectivly.
move to the top of the fourth, where Bills runs into trouble, as the Tigers score their only run of the game. Kelly walks, Boesch singles, sending Kelly to second. Martinez singles home Kelly tying the game at 1-1. Bills battles back, striking out Dirks and Avilla, then getting Raburn to ground out.
the Dodgers play small ball for a run in the bottom of the fourth. Loney leads off with a bloop double over the head of third baseman Kelly. Miles grounder to first, gets dumbass Loney caught in between second and third. hes tagged out, but Miles takes second on the play, just barly ahead of the tag.
Ellis' grounder puts Miles at third. Gwynn hits a little dribbler up along third, halfway in between the mound and thid base. Gwynn beats out the throw by a foot, and Miles scores, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead! Bills strikes out looking to end the frame.
the Dodgers get two much needed insurance runs in the 5th. Uribe singles to right, and Dre slams a homerun into the right field bleachers! 4-1 Dodgers! Steve Dilbeck eat your heart out!
|Andre Ethier slugs his 7th home run of the year, as he high fives Juan Uribe at home plate|
Bills gets through the 5th, but runs out of gas in the 6th. he just made too many pitches. Boesch and martinez single, Dirks is called out on a called third strike, but Avilla walks to load the bases with 1 out. out comes Donnie to hook Bills and Bring in Dougie.
Bills makes 110 pitches allowing only 1 run on 6 hits while only walking two and striking out 6.
with Raburn due up, Leyland plays his trump card. Miguel Cabrera, who was resting tonight, is asked to pinch hit with the base loaded. Dougie for once does his job, inducing Cabrera into an innning ending double play. still 4-1 Dodgers
with freaky eyed Scherzer still in, the Dodgers pick up two more runs, off the struggling Tigers. Miles singles, Ellis flies out, and gwynn strikes out 2 outs. Oeltjen hitting for Dougie, doubles to the gap, scoring Miles. oeltjen would have had a triple but fell down rounding second base.
next up Gordon singles home Oeltjen making it 6-1 Dodgers!
|Trent Oeltjen slides in just ahead of Tigers catcher Avilla's tag to score in the Dodgers 6-1 win|
Alpha Bum Guerrier comes in to pitch the 7th, and out stomachs begin to churn, but everything would be alright this time. he starts out by walking Santiago. Wells batting for Scherzer singles, and there is two on and none out. crap! not to worry though. Guerrier strikes out Jackson, and gets Kelly to ground into an inning ending double play to preserve the lead.
|Miles turns an Important double play, to get the Dodgers out of a 7th inning jam|
Purcey comes in to relieve Scherzer in the 7th, who drops to 9-3 on the year. with 1 out, Kemp is walked, and after Loney strikes out, Kemp steals second, for his 20th steal of the year. Kemp becomes just the second dodger is dodger history to have 20 homers and 20 steals before the all-star break.
Miles walks, and Schlereth relieves Purcey. Ellis walks to load the bases, but Gwynn flies out.
|Matt Kemp steals his 20th base of the year|
this is where my cable starts to go out, timewarner sucks! Kuo makes his first appearance since coming off of the DL, and looked great, striking out Boesch to open the frame, and retiring the side in order. whatever the shrink was doing for Kuo, its worked!
after the Dodgers go down in the 8th, Blake Hawksworth came in and struck out the side. he looked great! he strikes out Avila Worth, and Santiago to end the game! Dodgers win!
the slumping giants lost their 5th straight tonight, losing to the twins, while Arizona and Colorado both won. this means Arizona moves into first place by a half game, and Colorado is in third 2.5 games bacl. the Dodgers also pick a game, they close to within 6.5 of first place Arizona.
with the bullpen getting healthy, the Dodgers might be able to start picking up some ground, can they keep it up? tomorrow in another throwback game at 1215, Rick Porcello will draw up against Ted Lilly tomorrow afternoon, as the Dodgers go for the sweep! lets tame these cats! go blue!