Ethier Does It Again
Pittsburgh Pirates All Star pitcher Zach Duke was wheelin’ and dealin’ like Frank Dux trying to salvage what was left of the Pirates’ season with a victory against the Dodgers. However it was the Dodgers who had the final say with their Chong Li laugh beating the Pirates 5-4 in 13 innings.
And it was all thanks to right fielder Andre Ethier. Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the 13th inning with shortstop Rafael Furcal on first with one out, Ethier crushed his fourth walk-off homer of the season to send the remnants of the 52,562 fans nuts. Again.
“As Yogi would say, ‘It’s déjà vu all over again,” manager Joe Torre said of Ethier’s walk off. “You’ve seen him do it, you want to visualize it, and when he does it it’s just surreal.”
“It’s awesome,” Dodgers starter Randy Wolf commented. However when asked if he’s ever asked Ethier about how he does it Wolf responded, “We try not to talk to Andre.”
“There’re two results,” Ethier said of stepping in the batter’s box with a chance to win the game. “Either you get out or you get the job done. The game simplifies there in the late innings.”
“I was looking for a good pitch to hit,” Ethier described the at-bat. “I was pretty sure what they wanted to do the way Duke made me look there at the beginning of the game.”