Dodgers on a Giant Roll
The only things sweeter than the Dodgers winning their 15th game out of 16 yesterday in the bottom of the 10th from a walk-off home run were how they made it to the 10th, and who they beat.
Recently-acquired starter Greg Maddux is how they got there, as he shut out Frisco for the eight innings that he pitched, totally baffling the struggling visitors on just 68 pitches. Sadly, his textbook schooling of the Gyros only led to his second no-decision in the last two games. The Dodgers have won all the games that Maddux has pitched for them, but unfortunately, only in the late innings, after the Professor has been pulled.
Rookie sensation Russell Martin provided the only offense of the day for either team when he drove a Vinnie Chulk special into the left field stands, sending home a sell-out crowd who witnessed a beautiful duel between Maddux and Jason Schmidt, who struck out nine Dodgers.
Barry Bonds went 0-3 and hasn't hit a homer in 25 ABs because he's no longer on steriods or flaxseed oil or cans of spinach or whatever. Some say he sucks. Some said it in the outfield stands. Some said it allllll day. Some say it was the best game in baseball yesterday.
The Dodgers are now a game and a half in first place. They host a beaten-down Florida Marlins team for three games, starting tonight against Dontrelle Willis.
Have no fear though, Dodger fans, this isn't the same Dontrelle who won the Fish their ring, this one is only 7-9 with a 4.08 ERA. Plus he barely has a team behind him. Rumors has it that half of the Marlins are Little League World Series kids who ended up in the wrong clubhouse.
On Friday LA flies up to the bay to spend another weekend with the Giants. Now that Nomar and Kent and Drew are back and healthy, with the rookies all producing... this could be a very fun week for the Blue Crew.
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