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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Kershaw and Colorado errors help Dodgers win

Rockies   2  8 1
Dodgers  3  4 1

the Dodgers just edged out the Rockies tonight 3-2. they beat Colorado with the help of another dominating Kershaw start, and a couple of big defensive mistakes from the Rockies, even though the Dodgers had defensive issues of their own throughout the night.
they were finally able to figure out the mystery that is Chacin, who had shut them out in back to back starts.

Kershaw improves to 12-4 and has now won his last 4 starts. he made a career high 125 pitches, going 6.2 allowing 2 runs off 8 hits, waling two and striking out 6. the Dodgers have now won four in a row, and 8 of their last 9 home games. heres how everything went down........

Kershaw had a shaky first inning, but gets out of it, keeping his scoreless innings streak intact. poor infield defense hurt the Dodgers. with Uribe injured and awful, and the Dodgers trying to get more offense, put Miles at third, and Rivera at first base. its a trade off more offense for crappier defense.

with 1 out, herrera is safe at first on Rivera's fielding error. Helton walks, and then Kershaw has his first wild pitch of the season advancing the runners to second and third. but this is Clayton kershaw, he gets mullet man to pop out, and strikes out Wigginton. yesssssssss

the Dodgers go down 123 in the first off of Chacin, while next inning, Kershaw strikes out two, pitching around an Iannetta walk.

the Dodgers go down 123 in the second, and the Rockies are retired in the third, Helton grounding into an inning ending double play.

in the top of the fourth, Mullet man doubles, but kershaw gets out of the inning, strikes out Wigginton, and Ellis, and Spilsborghs ground out.

in the bottom of the fourth, two costly defensive lapses cost Colorado. Furcal leads off with a lazy fly ball to left, Wigginton had it but dropped it as the ball popped out of his glove, this puts Furcal at second base on the two base error. it was quite comical.
Chacin walks Ethier. hes clearly flustered. Bison ropes a double into the gap, scoring Hit Machine and Ethier, its 2-0 Dodgers! Kemp now has 75 RBI.
Miles ground out sends Kemp to third with 1 out. Rivera's fly ball to shallow right field, is caught by second baseman Ellis, as he makes the catch right fielder Spilborghs has to slide to avoide a collision and Ellis trips over him and falls flat on his ass. because of this good fortune, Kemp scores easily on the sac fly, its 3-0 Dodgers.

Kemp scores in the 5th

poor defense cost the Dodgers a run in the top of the 5th, with three consecutive groundball singles, the Dodgers range challenged infield couldnt get to.
 with two outs and nobody on base, Fowler hits a little dribbler behind the mound, Miles charges and fields but cant get the ball out of his glove. ruled a hit. herrera a groundball single through the hole at short with Furcal breaking to cover the bag. with Fowler at third, Helton hits another piddly seen eye single, just whispering through the hole between first and second, nobody could get to it. fowler scores, Herrera goes to second. Kersh though gets out of the inning by striking out Mullet. 3-1 Dodgers.

in the 5th inning with two outs, Gwynn triples into the gap, and Furcal is hit by a pitch, but Ethier pops out.

Kershaw pitches around a wigginton single, to get through the 6th inning.
and the Dodgers go down 123 in the bottom of the 6th in Chacin's last inning of work. Chacin goes 6 allows only 3 hits, 3 runs, only 1 earned walking 1 and striking out 2.

in the top of the 7th, young batting for Chacin, singles, Fowler another groudball single to right, Herrera's groundout sends fowler to second, with young at third. helton hits a weak grounder to first, Rivera just watches young score from third, without a throw. fowler goes to third, 3-2 Dodgers.

Kershaw by now has made 125 pitches (a career high). finally Donnie takes him out, and Double switches Loney into the game. Guerrier comes in and gets the last out, inducing Mullet man to tap out weakly in front of the plate.

Rex Brothers relievs Chacin in the bottom of the 7th and pitches around a carroll single.

guerrier pitches a 123 8th inning, retiring wigginton, Elis, and spilborghs.

Reynolds comes in to retire Furcal and Dre in the bottom of the 8th, then Betancourt is brought in and strikes out Kemp.

move to the top of the 9th, with the Dodgers up by a run 3-2, flamethrower Kenly Jansen comes in to close shop. he gets Iannetta to pop out, then blows away Smith and Fowler to end the game.
I like Guerra and hes done a fine job and all, but Jasnen should be closer with no questions asked. I mean come on hes blowing guys away.

Flamethrower Jansen gets the save

wow I love beating Colorado! it always puts me in a great mood. the Dodgers will try and go for the sweep tomorrow night, as Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound in what could be his last start with the Dodgers if he is traded. I hope not. the win puts the Dodgers just a half game behind the struggling Rockies for third place. game time tomorrow is 710 on PT. lets break out those brooms! go blue!

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