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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dodgers drive final nail in the Giants coffin to reach .500

Dodgers 3 10 0
Giants    0  5  0

The Dodgers showed no mercy tonight in San Francisco. the Dodgers drove the final nail in the Giants  Coffin, beating them 3-0. College of the Canyons graduate Dana Eveland completely shut down the Giants  sad automatic out laden lineup. Eveland pitches 7+ innings allowing no runs on 3 hits, 2 walks, and whiffing 3 batters.
his opposing pitcher Ryan Vogelsong pitched well, but it made no difference since the Giants can't score any runs.
The Dodgers finally reached the .500 mark for the first time since May 2nd. finally! it only took a whole season. The Dodgers only need 9 more wins to ensure a winning year.

the Dodgers scored their three runs on two triples from Kemp and Loney, an RBI single from Juan Rivera, a broken bat RBI grounder from Jerry Sands, and a bases loaded Balk called on Vogelsong which forced in a run.

COC graduate Dana Eveland pitches 7 shutout innings for his second win in blue

The Dodgers go down very quickly in the top of the first, and Eveland whiffs Christian, before Beltran's long drive to left gives us a scare, but fortunately its caught at the warning track.

in the top of the second, the Dodgers take an early lead, plating a very important run. with 1 out, Loney triples into the deepest part of the ballpark. Sands broken bat grounder scores Loney who was running on contact. 1-0 Dodgers

Eveland works around a Brandon Belt single, before retiring the side, to keep the score 1-0 Dodgers.

top of the third, Carroll reaches on a little infield dribbler, Eveland sacrifices him to second, but Gordon, and Sellers ground out to end the inning.

in the bottom half of the third, Eveland retires the Giants in order again.
top of the 4th, Vogelsong and the Giants completely and utterly meltdown. its wonderfulness. no words can describe my happiness at this point.
Kemp triples into the right field corner, as Beltran is unable to make a play although he comes close. Rivera's hot smash to first is only knocked down by Pill, allowing Rivera to be safe at first and Kemp to score. giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
Loney's grounder to the hole at short is knocked down by Cabrera, but Loney is safe. Sands hits a grounder in the exact same spot as Loney's grounder, Cabrera tries to go to second for a force out, but is too late, and everyone is safe, and the Dodgers have the bases loaded. a Balk is called on Vogelsong, as he was apparently leaning his body off the mound, before he came set. the home plate umpire catches this immediately boring in a run for the Dodgers. 3-0. Ellis's grounder has Loney thrown out at the plate. Carroll pops out, and Eveland whiffs. but the damage is done. three runs for the Giants is like a mountain to climb given their weak lineup.

Rivera's RBI single put the Dodgers ahead in the 
bottom of the 4th, Eveland gets into a jam. with two outs,  Sandoval gets a little lucky ass blooper over Gordon's head, and Brad Pill doubles just inside the left field chalk line. Brandon Belt's ;one drive is speared by Justin Sellers, as the Giants are denied of any scorage.

top of the 5th, with the Dodgers still up 3-0. Gordon is hit by a vogelsong pitch in the hand, but the ump says it hit the bat, Gordon was ok, but he ends up grounding out. sellers and Kemp both make out, and we head into the bottom half of the 5th.

in that half inning, Eveland walks Vogelsong with two outs, which should never happen. This is his first walk as a Dodger that he's allowed. Christian's force out ends the inning.

Eveland kept rolling, retiring the Giants in order in the bottom of the 6th. seriously, the Giants lineup is pathetic.

move to the bottom of the 7th, Dana Eveland, continues to cruise through the pathetic Giants lineup. recording another 123 inning, with the Dodgers still up 3-0.

top of the 8th, Rivera singles up the middle, Gwynn runs for Rivera and steals second. steal number 22 for the speed merchant Loney is intentionally walked. Sands fly ball to beltran is the second out, but he forgets how many outs there are, or forgets theres a man on second, and Gwynn tags up to third. Ellis whiffs to end the inning.

bottom of the 8th, Eveland begins to tire. he walks the catcher Hector Sanchez. Donnie immediately brings a hook, and brings in Jansen. Derosa hitting for Vogelson singles, sending pinch runner Burris to third. theres nobody out, so were in trouble.
Bochy tries to play his so called "trump card" by having Aubrey Huff pinch hit for Christian. Jansen whiffs Huff. Jansen whiffs Keppinger. Honeycut has a visit to the mound. finally Jansen gets Beltran to meekly groundout. ha! as if the Giants ever had a chance.

still 3-0 Dodgers going to the top of the 9th. Edelfsen relieves Vogelsong, he gets Carroll to ground out, but Oeltjen singles. Bochy brings the hook, and calls in Runzler. he whiffs Gordon after Oeltjen steals second. The Giants fall asleep at the wheel, and Oeltjen steals third. Sellers walks. after a wild pitch, the Giants wisely walk Kemp, and they take their chances with Gywnn.
Bochy brings in Lefty Javy Lopez to face Gwynn. he whiffs him ending the 8th, and the Dodgers go into the bottom of the 9th leading 3-0.

Enter Javy Guerra in the 9th. he walks Sandoval to start the inning. I think he really just pitched around him. Pill flys out, Belt sends a long drive to center field, and Kemp Makes a tremendous catch against the wall. two outs. Cabrera singles Sandoval to third. dammit. Burrell comes off the bench and predictably whiffs. end game match. the Dodgers are no longer a losing team. finally.

Here is a candle lit to represent the passing of the Giants postseason hopes.
 Guerra gets the save, although it was a bit sketchy. I think he's a bit tired. perhaps he needs a couple of nights off. Tomorrow the Dodgers will play their final game on this Road Trip. Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.
wherever you are tomorrow I hope you can take a moment and remember the Heros and Victims of the 9/11 tragedy. there should be a lot of ceremony tomorrow. we hope you will be with us tomorrow at 105, as the Dodgers go for the sweep! my god this is wonderful! GO BLUE

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