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Vin Scully's Awesome Power
The power of Vin Scully compelled A.J. Ellis to power the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs even if he didn't know it. His two solo home runs gave him a career-high 10 home runs this season in his first multi-homer game in his career.
"I'm waiting for the drug testers to come and find me," Ellis joked after the game. It's a good thing Scully won't come up on any drug tests, urine or blood.
During the broadcast Scully wanted to prove to all what he learned about Twitter after making a splash on Tuesday reading a tweet from Shane Victorino.
You can't blame Scully for not keeping up with every technological advance, and you have to give him credit for trying to learn. To prove his saavy, in the bottom of the sixth inning he implored the viewers to get Ellis to trend worldwide.
Not only did Scully get Ellis to trend in the United States, that power Scully wielded over the silly Twitter machine tranferred to Ellis. Ellis led off the seventh inning with an opposite-field home run that had everyone's jaw on the ground.
"I didn't think we'd ever see an opposite-field home run from A.J. especially at night," Mattingly said.
"I had no inclination that was going to be a home run," Ellis said. "I don't hit home runs over there."
Andre Ethier even let Ellis know that he doesn't even hit home runs to right in batting practice.
"But I told Andre that I got 10 and he has 11. I'm coming for him. He better watch out."
If he has more three-hit, two-homer nights, Ellis will be unstoppable.
Also nearly unstoppable was starting pitcher Chad Billingsley. Since coming off the disabled list with a slight inflammation of the elbow, Billingsley put together two great starts on the road.
"It let me have a little bit of rest," Billingsley said about his time off.
Whether it was rest, a mental break or whatever, it's worked. Since his time off, Billingsley has returned to attacking the hitters.
"If he's throwing the ball over the plate and throwing the ball where he wants enough around the strike zone to make them swing bats, then he's been better," Mattingly told reporters before the game.
Billingsley executed a beauty giving up one run in seven innings while walking only two batters. "He was in the strike zone making them swing the bat," Mattingly said.
"Bills gave us a chance to nick at him, and we finally break through."
With the Giants torching the Rockies 16-4 and the Diamondbacks beating the Phillies 4-2, the Dodgers had to keep pace against the rebuilding Cubs. The Dodgers remain a half-game behind the Giants and a 1 1/2 games ahead of the D-Backs.