Dodgers Are in Eleventh Heaven

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Tonight, the Dodgers hit into two double plays and a triple play, but it didn't matter.  Nothing seems to matter at home for the Dodgers these days, as they set a National League record by opening their season with eleven straight wins at home.  Tonight's 7-2 win was a result of Eric Stults being just good enough through his 5.2 innings and an offense that, despite leaving nine men on base, provided more than enough support.

The highlights:

  • Manny Ramirez and Andre Ethier both pulled home runs in the first inning to open the scoring, and the Dodgers never looked back
  • In the second inning, the Dodgers turned a double play of their own, of the unique 2-5-4 variety.
  • Matt Kemp had two hits, including a double, and he stole third base twice
  • The Dodgers were thrown 183 pitches this evening, including 81 called balls.  This is the third game this year the Dodgers have taken at least 80 called balls.
  • Bullpeners Belisario, Mota, Wade, and Broxton allowed one hit over 3.2 spotless innings of relief.
  • Jonathan Broxton has faced 47 batters this season, and 23 of them have struck out.
  • The Dodgers are 16-3 this season when they score first

With one-sixth of the season now complete, the Dodgers stand at 19-8, 5½ games up on the 2nd-place Giants in the NL West.  Here are the best 27-game starts in LA Dodger history:

Year 1st 27 Final W-L Finish
1977 22-5 98-64 NL Pennant
1983 20-7 91-71 Won NL West
1965 19-8 97-65 WS Champs
1981 19-8 63-47 WS Champs
2009 19-8 ??? ???

Tomorrow, Jeff Weaver makes his first major league start since September 28, 2007.  His mound opponent will be Max Scherzer.

Tonight's Box Score

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