Dodgers-Phillies LiveBlog 6/6/09
On this day Dodger manager Joe Torre is only undecided about one thing: which horse to bet on in the Belmont Stakes.
While he is sending Hiroki Kuroda to the mound in his second start since coming off the disabled list, he spent most of the time pregame talking about his bullpen. When asked what the most pleasant surprise he's had this season he responded, "I think it's [Ramon] Troncoso.
"Pitching being such a huge part of many one run games as we've played, if you don't really talk about pitching being the key I don't know when you'd do that."
Of course the question of whether or not the Dodgers need to pick up another veteran arm he said, "You could be asking that question of any manager in the major league."
"To me pitching is probably the area you need the most depth because something is going to happen that you don't want to have happen. You know we lost Kuroda after game one, and we obviously held it together without him. But you can never have too much on the pitching side."
Before the game, the Dodgers also had a press conference officially unveiling the Dodgertown zip code of 90090. The folks in the picture above will be responding personally to all the letters sent to Dodgertown.
For the Dodgers Mark Loretta and Juan Castro will be starting in the place of Casey Blake and Rafael Furcal and will be batting seventh and eighth in the line up.
One final thing before the liveblog starts, so we don't incur the wrath of Vin Scully again I must mention that today marks the 65th anniversary of DDay, the storming of the beaches in Normandy.
Post GameTwo games and two walk offs for Andre Ethier, today's walk off being a solo shot.
"I was looking and watching Victorino," Ethier said about his blast to center. "And I saw him jump up, it was a good feeling."
Ethier had been in a slump that coincided with Manny Ramirez's suspension early in May. Manager Joe Torre noted that Ethier's at-bats in the last four to five games have been much improved.
"The confidence has always been there," Ethier said about his at-bats. "I think it's just going up there and swinging at the right pitches and trying to stay in the at-bat and know what they're trying to do to you in certain situations. And use that confidence to not be overly aggressive but be aggressive at the right time."
The Dodgers are now 39-19, 20 games over .500.