Sunday, August 3, 2008

Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 3

The Dodgers outslugged the Diamondbacks to win the 4th game and split the series.

Cory Wade got the win, he's 2-1. Doug Davis took the loss, he's 4-6.

Jason Johnson struggled in his second start for the Dodgers. He couldn't make it through the 5th inning, going only 4 and 1/3 innings giving up three runs on five hits and two walks. The bullpen relieved him, going a combined 4 and 2/3 innings, giving up no runs over that span.
Cory Wade pitched 1 and 2/3 innings in that span, giving up just two hits, while striking out one to get the win.

The Dodgers offense, meanwhile, collected 16 hits on the day, including five extra base hits. Manny Ramírez had another good day for the Dodgers, going 4-5 including a homerun and a double. He had three RBIs and two runs scored on the day. Matt Kemp also had a good day, going 3-5 with a homerun, two RBIs, and three runs scored. James Loney and Casey Blake collected two hits and a RBI each.

So the Dodgers split the series and get back within one game of the Diamondbacks in the NL West. They also moved back up to a game over .500 with the win. Tomorrow is a day off. The next Dodger game will be in St. Louis, starting at 5:15 L.A. time on Tuesday.

Also: Manny, with two singles, a double, and a homerun today, fell a triple short of the cycle... Matt Kemp's homerun was his 13th on the season, that leads the team... James Loney collected his 61st RBI on the season, that also leads the team (though Matt Kemp's two RBIs brought him to 60). Mark Sweeney pinch hit today, and grounded out to the pitcher, his average is at .116.

Opinion: Manny is really feeling it. He's 8-13 since coming over to the Dodgers with two homeruns and five RBIs. His eight hits and five RBIs in the last three games match Mark Sweeney's total for the entire year. Wow. Imagine that. If Mark Sweeney is providing professional at-bats and getting that kind of production, Manny's at-bats must be uber-professional. Manny has also matched Andruw Jones's homerun total. He still needs eight RBIs to catch Andruw.

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