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I am a complete nerd. I’ve always been enthralled by scorekeeping. I always wanted to learn how to do it so I could keep track of who does what and be able to capture everything that happens in a game on paper. So years later I can look at this sheet of paper and sort of relive the game.

For Sunday’s game, I decided to make my first stab at keeping score. I was rewarded by the 10-4 win the Dodgers put up to complete the sweep the Giants. I never said I was an interesting nerd, but that’s neither here nor there.

At the end of the Milwaukee series, I had three points of concern about this team: the starting pitching, the overall hitting and the outfield defense.

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The starting pitching really came through in this series. Tubby and Prozac kept their pitch counts low, and Randy Wolf who started out very shaky in the first two innings (he threw 56 pitches) in Sunday’s game calmed down in the middle innings to put away 13 batters in a row.

In this three game series, the Dodgers scored 16 runs on 32 hits and had a team batting average of .302. What makes it remarkable is that the production wasn’t achieved like most teams from the middle of the lineup – most batters made timely hits when needed.

However the outfield defense is still a worry. When those fly balls get close to the wall, my stomach would make a little gurgle. I still have the image of Viejito misplaying a left field hit by Bonds in Friday’s game burned in my head.

But as for Sunday's game, Viejito came through! He hit two homers and a double with four RBIs. His first homer in the fourth inning put the Dodgers up for good. After his last homer, I think manager Grady Little was thinking the same thing I was: get him out of the game now so that he doesn't break down.

Barry Zito, who as Vin Scully pointed out, went to UC Santa Barbara*, started off hot but eventually wore down in six innings giving up eight runs. I guess the fog started to roll in. Nothing any of the Giants could do would help out. By the time manager Bruce Bochy** got ejected in the ninth inning, it was too late.

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To sum up the series I predicted the sweep (thank you very much), Mr. Steroids hit 0 home runs and the Dodgers have now won eight in a row in AT&T Park.

This should make it exciting for Monday's home opener. I can't wait to be there (after I get off of work and sign a lease on a new apartment). I predict the Dodgers to take two of three games against the Colorado Softball Rockies.

* I went to this esteemed school from 1997-1999. I dropped out netting no degree and a lovely school loan bill.

** As Vin Scully noted in the Milwaukee series, Prince Fielder and Bruce Bochy have the biggest heads in all of baseball.

AP Photo of Viejito by Ben Margot