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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Big Rod's homer puts Dodgers up for good

Padres     2 6 1
Dodgers 4  9 1
HR-Big Rod-15

Several things to go over before the game.  first with last night's win the Dodgers are now break even at home 35-35.  the Dodgers have won 7 of their last 10 games. also the Dodgers have taken over sole possession of third place. they are 64-70.
today is august 31, and we expect several players to be called up tomorrow as rosters expand. we don't know who yet, so we will keep you informed.

Dee Gordon is due back for tomorrow's rain makeup game in Pittsburgh. it is expected that the Dodgers will move Sellers to second base.

the Dodgers having won the first two games of the series are looking to sweep San Diego. this is also the last throwback Uniform game of the season, as the Dodgers will be wearing their Brooklyn throwback Uniforms for the last time this year.
after the game the Dodgers will begin an 11 game 4 city road trip.

Big Rod hits his 15th home run of the season.

in the top of the first, Lilly allows a single to Guzman but thats it, he whiffs Forsythe and Blanks.

bottom 1st, Sellers leads off with a single to right off of Leblanc. Gwynn's base hit to right sends Sellers to third, and the Dodgers are in business. Bison's single into center scores Sellers, and its 1-0 Dodgers.
Rivera takes the wind out of the sails, by grounding into a double play, and Blake grounds out.

San Diego ties it in the top of the second. with 1 out, Gonzalez singles, and tries to leg it into a double. unfortunately for him, Matt Kemp makes a living gunning down runners, and throws him out at second. this play would prove important for the Dodgers.
Cunningham and Johnson walk, Leblanc singles in Cunningham, and Venable ends the inning.

the Dodgers retake the lead in the bottom of the second. Loney walks, and Big Rod hits a home run off the left field foul pole. 3-1 Dodgers! its Big Rod's 15th homer of the season.

Loney gives Big Rod a high five after his home run

good dodger defense bails Lilly out of a jam in the third. Forsythe grounds out to Sellers, on a great play by the young infielder. Guzman and Blanks walk. Guzman steals third, Hudson's grounder to Loney starts an inning ending double play. Loney steps on the bag for 1, and throws home for the second out. Guzman had been caught in a rundown, so the out is recorded on the baselines.

bottom of the 4th, the Dodgers pick up another run. Blaker doubles into the corner in left field, and Loney singles him home. 4-1 Dodgers!

top of the 6th, Lilly nearing 100 pitches, Guzman singles, Blake makes a great backhanded stab on Blank's sharp grounder, getting a force at second. Hudson whiffs, Blank steals second while Hudson whiffed. Hudson had forgotten what the count was confusing everyone.
Gonzalez doubles into the gap, Blanks scores, but Gwynn's throw back misses the cutoff man, as Gonzalez goes to third. Velez accidentally runs into the umpire trying to get to the ball. they give an error to poor Gwynn. 4-2 Dodgers. Donnie makes the right move by removing Lilly and bringing in Lindblom. good job Donnie. Lindblom whiffs Cunningham to end the inning.
Lilly made 105 pitches walking 4 through 5.2, so not a typical Lilly start. but he did not allow a home run for the first time in a long time.

top of the 7th, Johnson lines out to Bison,  Parrino walks, thats all for Lindblom, Elbert comes in and whiffs Venable. Mattingly makes a double switch, bringing in Oeltjen in right, and Dougie to pitch.
Dougie does his job by retiring Forsythe on a fly ball.

Leblanc comes out in the bottom of the 7th, Frieri gives up a pop fly double to Big Rod, Carroll tries to Bunt and pops out, Thatcher whiffs oeltjen, rookie Brach in his MLB debut walks Sellers. Gywnn softly lines out ending the inning. still 4-2 Dodgers.

Dougie somehow gets through the 8th, although it was a bit sketch. he allows a Guzman single, but thats it.

bottom of the 8th, Bison whiffs, Ethier off the bench singles off of Guzman's glove.  Loney singles Dre to second. Blake and Big Rod Whiff to end the frame.

Guerra comes in to finish the game. Cunningham flys out. Hundly flys out. parrino walks. Venable weakly grounds out to end the game.

the Dodgers now have a winning record at home, and have won 8 of their last 9 games.
the Dodgers will play a rainout makeup game tomorrow in Pittsburgh at 105PM. join us tomorrow for a special rainy day edition of DBF. we still don't know who will be pitching tomorrow, so well let you know tomorrow. the Dodgers now only need 16 wins to finish with a .500 record. they finish august with their first winning month of the season at 17-11.  enjoy the winning' Dodger fans! how Sweep it is! GO BLUE

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