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Ethier Came To Save the Day

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Andre Ethier was the savior for the Dodgers 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On Air Force Appreciation Night, the Dodgers bullpen laid a stink egg for the second consecutive night. Right fielder Andre Ethier willed the Dodgers to victory twice. First with the game tied at three in the bottom of the seventh, Ethier worked a bases loaded walk to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead. Then in the top of the eighth and stole a two-run homer in off of first baseman Brandon Allen to end the inning.

“It was hit well off the bat,” Ethier said of his game saving catch. “I was giving it a hard try. I glanced over the corner of eye and saw that [center fielder Matt] Kemp was going to wait back and play it off the wall. That was the play there, so I went for it and gave it a try.”

The Dodger fans treated Ethier with three separate ovations: once after the play was made and twice more after each time the replay was shown on Dodgervision.

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However the 45,433 Dodger fans were not quite so charitable with starter Vicente Padilla. After walking the first two DBacks batters the boo birds started making themselves known.

Right fielder Justin Upton loaded the bases on a bunt single. Padilla struck out the next two batters third baseman Mark Reynolds and catcher Miguel Montero. But left fielder Gerardo Parra hit a comebacker that hit Padilla on the right leg kicking away from the pitcher that scored a run giving the DBacks 1-0.

“I was lowering my arm a little bit,” Padilla said through translator Alex Torres about walking the first two batters. The problem was remedied by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt according to Padilla.