Saturday, August 2, 2008

Dodgers 4, Diamondbacks 2

The Dodgers give up another two runs to the Diamondbacks, but this time, get enough runs to get a victory in the third game of the series.

Hiroki Kuroda got the win, he's 6-8. Yusmeiro Petit took the loss, he's 1-2. Chan Ho Park picked up his 2nd save.

Hiroki Kuroda, after having three bad starts since the All-Star break, settled in and had an excellent start. He went 7 and 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on four hits and no walks, while striking out six. Hong-Chih Kuo pitched an inning and 1/3 giving up a run and getting into a little trouble in the 9th before Chan Ho Park came in and got the last out to close out the game.

The Dodgers offense did well today. Manny Ramírez and Casey Blake each had their first homeruns as Dodgers.
Manny, Blake, James Loney and Jeff Kent each went 2-4 on the day. Manny had 2 RBIs, while Blake and Kent had one each.

The Dodgers got back to .500 with the win today, and have one game tomorrow to cut the lead to one game in the NL West before the head out on the road. The game tomorrow starts at 1:10 L.A. time.

Also: Matt Kemp went 0-4, snapping his hitting streak at 19 games... Kemp was the only position player in the starting lineup to not get a basehit.

Opinion: Well, I guess one person can carry a team. Manny was involved in three of the four Dodger runs today, either scoring as the run, or knocking the run in, or both. Still though, as I said yesterday, it's just one game. So far, we are 1-1 with Manny in uniform. We'll probably need a few more games to see how good we can be. And by the way, what's up with Casey Blake? Does he not know how to groundout or flyout? As of today's game, Blake has had 29 at-bats with us. He's collected 10 hits in those at-bats. He's also struck out 12 times in those at-bats. That means only seven of Casey Blake's at-bats with us this year have not ended in a strikeout or basehit and two of those times came today. He went 2-4 today with no strikeouts. Just odd, that's all I'm saying...

By the way, Vin over at Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness posted an analysis of the Manny trade. It's a good read and has some interesting similarities to my post... I knew I liked those guys for a reason...

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