Dramatic Dodgers Win Late (Again)
For the second game in a row, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks took a 0-0 ballgame into the 10th inning. That empty scoreboard lasted beyond the rare 14th Inning Stretch and didn't change until Garret Anderson singled home Matt Kemp in the bottom of that inning for a 1-0 Dodger victory, a sweep of the Diamondbacks, and the home team’s third straight walk-off victory in a row.
“I didn’t have to wait for the umpire to say that it wasn’t a catch,” said Garret Anderson of his single off of Cesar Valdez (1-2) which barely evaded a diving effort from center fielder Chris Young.
Filling in at left field for Manny Ramirez, Anderson finished the day 1-6. Entering the game’s final at-bat, 0-5, Anderson had been hearing it from the impatient dwindling Dodger crowd of 35,355 all afternoon.
“I don’t mind hearing boos when I’m out there not doing the things I’m capable of doing,” he said.
Said manager Joe Torre, of the .157 hitting 37 year-old: “He comes in like a pro every day and it’s nice having him here.”
The Dodgers mustered seven hits, the Diamondbacks eight, but neither team could solve the other's pitching. 25 year-old right-hander Travis Schlichting pitched the game’s final four innings for his first career win. He followed scoreless efforts from five other Dodger pitchers, including starter Carlos Monasterios, who lasted five innings and dropped his season ERA to 1.87.
Justin Miller pitched two scoreless innings, though he hit two Diamondbacks batsmen. The rest of the relief committee -- Ramon Troncoso, Jonathan Broxton and Ronald Belisario -- each pitched a single frame.
Despite the offensive heroics of this three game-sweep, Torre attributes the team’s success to pitching as Dodger hurlers have held the Diamondbacks scoreless since Monday, the past 31 innings.
“You’ve got to have a certain element of luck in this game, but what allows you to do that is pitching,” said Torre before the game. “Now all of a sudden one run means something.”
The Diamondbacks received a surprise ace performance from Edwin Jackson who took a 6.03 ERA into the game. He lasted nine scoreless innings, 123 pitches, and held Dodger bats to just three hits.
The brightest offense spot for the Dodgers was Jamey Carroll, playing both short stop and second base, who finished the day with three singles and a walk. Andre Ethier had three at-bats where he could’ve potentially had walk-off success. He finished the day 0-6. Torre said Ethier, recently back from the Disabled List, is not struggling from his injury.
“He’s pretty comfortable swinging the bat, it’s just a matter of getting the rhythm back,” he said before the game. “It’s just timing right now.”
* Andre Ethier is close to his first career All-Star Game selection. He’s currently in ranks third among National League outfielders with 606,514 votes. This year’s All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 13th at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
* The Dodgers have now won four in a row while the Diamondbacks have lost ten in a row.
* The Dodgers begin a four game series on Thursday against the Atlanta Braves who have won eight straight.