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The Giants have been dethroned form their fluke thrown. we could all hear the Giants withering playoff hopes dwindle away into the cool Chavez Ravine night, the Dodgers win in their final home game 8-2 as they finish their home schedule 42-39. our MVP center fielder Matt KeMvP went 4 for 5 with three doubles, and a two run home run. Rivera drives in three runs with a two run shot and an RBI single. and Hiroki Kuroda in what could be his final start in blue at Dodger stadium, pitched 7 innings of two run ball to earn his 13th victory.
the loss almost assures San Francisco of a trip home for october to watch the playoffs from their living rooms. the touching moment came in the 8th when Kuroda left to a standing ovation, and KeMvP made a curtain call to the fans after hitting his 36th homer. we won't see Dodger stadium until next April. kind of sad isn't it?
of coarse we can't escape the first inning without allowing run or runs to score. Christian and Keppinger both ground out. Beltran drives one over the wall in center field for a home run. 1-0 SF. Sandoval annoyingly singles, but Huff's grounder ends the inning.
Gordon annoying tries to bunt and pops out to Sandoval. someone please teach this kid how to bunt, or tell him to knock it off. Sands long fly ball is caught at the warning track in center field. Bison drills a double into the left field corner. then boom goes the dynamite. Rivera slams a huge homer halfway up the left field bleachers. Dodgers lead 2-1! thats the 5th home run for Rivera with the Dodgers, ad his 26th RBI in 25 games. yeah baby! Miles singles up the middle, but Loney is called out on strikes. but the damage is done!
|Rivera watches his home run go out, in the first inning.|
Bumgarner retires the side 123 in the bottom of the 2nd.
top of the 3rd, Bumgarner whiffs. Christian tries to bunt for a hit, and Kuroda has to come off the mound to throw him out. Keppinger lines to Loney ending the third.
Bottom of the third, Gordon leads off with a single. Sands singles into left, and runners at first and second, and here comes Bison! he hits a long drive into right field, Beltran makes a nice running catch as the ball sliced into his glove. Gordon tags up to third. Rivera's base hit up the middle scores Gordon. 3-1 Dodgers!
Miles line drive is snared by Huff, and Rivera is doubled up off first base. but the Dodgers get one more. 3-1 blue.
Matt KeMvP makes a diving catch off the bat of Beltran's liner. great catch! sandoval singles. Carroll grabs Huff's grounder, they get a force on sandoval, but his takeout slide prevents Gordon from turning the double play. Belt pops out to Rivera, and thats it for the 4th.
Big Rod singles in the bottom of the 4th, with two outs. Kuroda's little pop fly into shallow right is completely FUBARed by Keppinger and beltran as it bounces off of Keppinger's glove. Big Rod hustles into third. Gordon's base hit past the diving Keppinger scores Big Rod. 4-1 Dodgers. thank you Dee!
Sands long fly ball is caught for the last out.
Kuroda polishes off the Giants 123 in the top of the 5th inning.
Bumgarner who was hit for in the top half, is done for the night after only 4 innings of work. he allows 4 runs off 9 hits. walking none, and striking out only 1. he makes 74 pitches. Steve Edlefsen relieves him, and allows a leadoff Double to KeMvP, that almost goes out. Rivera lines out to left. then the youngster begins to have a walkapalooza. Miles walks. and Loney (now a legitimate hitting threat) also walks. bases loaded. Bochy brings a hook for the youngster.another youngster Joaquin enters to pitch to Big Rod. he walks, and the team walkapalooza is official, as the Dodgers take a 5-1 lead. Carroll's RBI force out, brings Miles home. Big Rod is erased at second. 6-1 Dodgers. Kuroda grounds out to end the frame.
Kuroda gets three consecutive grounders to end the 6th inning 123.
Gordon walks to leadoff the bottom of the 6th. with Sands at bat, Gordon is thrown out trying to steal. good throw darn it. Sands grounds out. KeMvP hits his third double of the game! MVP. Rivera's grounder ends the inning.
Sandoval goes deep off of Kuroda to begin the 7th. the home run ball going over the short wall in left field.
6-2 Dodgers. beltran flies to Rivera. Belt flies out to KeMvP. Crawford pops out ending the top of the 7th.
Runzler the Simi Valley native relieves Jouquin in the bottom of the 7th. Miles grounds out. Big Rod Whiffs. Carroll flies out. 6-2 Dodgers after 7 innings.
With Jansen warming in the bullpen, Kuroda allows a leadoff single to Hector Sanchez. Mattingly brings a hook, and calls in Jansen. Kuroda leaves to a standing ovation. The honorable right hander leaves leading 6-2. we can only hope that this will not be the last we see of Kuroda.
Kuroda pitches 7+ innings, allowing 2 runs off 5 hits. walking none, and whiffing 4 making 92 pitches.
Burrell draws a pinch hit walk. Burriss runs for him. Andres Torres pinch hits for Christian. Jansen whiffs Torres. Keppinger who was 6 for 37 against the Dodgers this year, flies to KeMvP. with two outs, we have a rematch from the other night. Carlos Beltran vs. Kenley Jansen. remember Jansen struck him out the first time. Jansen wins round two by retiring Beltran on a pop up to Gordon. man Jansen is awesome!
high sock wearing barry Zito enters to pitch the bottom of the 8th. Mitchell batting for Jansen grounds out. Gordon walks. Sands flies out. as Bison steps up to the plate chants of MVP grow louder for our Elite Center fielder. KeMvP blasts his 36th homer of the year to straight away center field. he raises his average to .326 with 36 home runs, 118 RBIs. with a Home Run in his final home at bat, he takes a curtain call from the crowd, amidst more chants of MVP.
|Matt KeMvP blasts his 36th homer|
|Tommy Lasorda watches from the bench on his 84th birthday|
thats two out of three from the Giants. the Dodgers improve back over .500 at 78-77. Kuroda wins his 13th.
If this was Kuroda's last start at Dodger stadium, it was a good one. I hope well see him again next year.
what a great way to end the home schedule. the Dodgers will go out on the road for their final road trip. three in San Diego over the weekend, and then three in Arizona and then thats it. tomorrow is a 710 start time, as Ted Lilly takes the mound against matt Leblanc. join us tomorrow for our daily recap.
think about this though...if KeMvP goes 40/40 he probably wins the MVP. if KeMvP wins the triple crown theres no way anyone can deny him what he rightfully deserves....the 2011 national league most valuable player award. I must confess my never-ending love for Matt KeMvP. don't judge me. Im happy with Bison. The Dodgers have dethroned the Giants. looks like San Francisco will have to wait another half a century for their next fluke championship. Auld lang Syne San Francisco. GO BLUE