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Ethier Comes Through Yet Again in Sloppy Game

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While the bullpen and defensive woes are not breaking news, the Dodgers offense capped by Andre Ethier’s tenth career walk off hit in the tenth inning gave the Dodgers the 6-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks and their first series win.

On a night celebrating the day Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, both teams played a game filled with blooper reel material. The teams combined for four errors, three wild pitches and three passed balls.

Matt Kemp got the blooper reel started when he lost a fly ball off the bat of Chris Young to lead off the second inning that landed between him and a charging right fielder Andre Ethier. It would start a rally for the Diamondbacks as Young stole third during left fielder Gerardo Parra’s at-bat who would strikeout. Catcher John Hester hit a dribbler up the middle that eluded both shortstop Rafael Furcal and Carroll giving the Diamondbacks the 1-0 lead.

Things didn’t get any better after pitcher Dan Haren laid down a sacrifice bunt to send Hester to second. First baseman Conor Jackson came back with a screaming grounder which had Furcal reaching. While Furcal managed to snag it, he tried to make the play at first but threw it into the dugout allowing Hester to score for the 2-0 lead.

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“We’re certainly a better defensive team than that, and I expect we will be,” Torre said.

Fortunately the Diamondbacks’ defense was just as generous when second baseman Tony Abreu bobbled a hard grounder hit by Manny Ramirez to lead off the home half of the inning. James Loney hit a single that sent Manny to third, and during Casey Blake’s at-bat a wild pitch from Haren which had catcher Hester fumbling around allowed Loney to advance to second. But Haren would strike out the side to get out trouble.