The Dodgers Win! The Dodgers Win!
The Dodgers hitters shortened up their swings. They were a bit more patient at the plate. They hit with runners in scoring position. And most importantly of all the Dodgers won a game!
In fact Tubby got the first victory for a Dodger’s starting pitcher since July 26th when he posted a 5-4 at Colorado.
Now Tubby didn’t have his best stuff. The Astros managed to get 10 hits off of him in six innings, but he minimized the damage only giving up three earned runs.
It’s a good thing because he left the game still trailing 3-1. But in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Dodgers offense came to life when Juan Pierre and Matt Kemp singled to open up the frame. James Loney would hit a sacrifice fly to score in Pierre, and Russell Martin hit a two-run homer, his second homer of the night. At 4-3 it was the Dodgers first lead of the night which they wouldn’t relinquish.
A point of concern for the team now is Rafael Furcal. In the seventh inning, he tweaked his already injured left ankle and was visibly limping when he was crossed home plate. He’s not going to sit out any games nor go on the DL, but it may hinder his production at the plate and at shortstop.
As thrilling as the victory was, I’m still concerned about plate discipline. While it was great they chased Jason Jennings out of the game, he had only thrown 84 pitches. Until that sixth inning most of the hitters were getting behind on the count rendering them pretty much useless.
So they won a game which is good, but I’m not going to call this a turning point or other such gibberish. I'm not ready to buy into the team again.
It’s up to the Dodgers to keep this up. But at least for one night I won’t have to lose sleep over a boneheaded base running error.
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