Does winning at home -- every single game -- get old? No, especially not when the Dodgers find new and creative ways to win games.
The Dodgers pretended they were facing Randy Wolf, scoring three runs in the first then taking the rest of the game off. The three runs held up, however, as the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-1.
Tonight, the Dodgers pulled Jeff Weaver off the scrap heap to make his first major league start since 2007, and all he did was give up a single run in five innings. The run itself only scored after a sure double play was turned into a single out when James Loney couldn't scoop Orlando Hudson's low throw. Weaver threw 85 pitches, allowed only five hits and a walk while striking out six.
As it stands this very moment, I don't think there is a single statistic more shocking than the early pitching line of Jeff Weaver:
9 innings, 9 hits, one run, two walks, 10 strikeouts
I know it's early, and that is a ridiculously small sample size, but Wow (with a capital W)!!!
The Dodgers have now tied the 1911 Tigers for longest home winning streak to begin a season, with 12 straight wins at Dodger Stadium. Here are the only longer home streaks (at any point in the season) in Dodger history:
|1899||22||May 5 - July 8|
|1890||15||June 12 - July 14|
|1921||14||April 21 - May 12|
|1993||13||May 4 - June 5|
Jonathan Broxton pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his eighth save in nine chances. Fifty batters have stepped in the batter's box against the Dodger closer in 2009, and exactly half of them have turned to walk back to the dugout after being struck out.
In other news, Ken Gurnick tells us there is still no timetable for the return of Hiroki Kuroda or Hong-Chih Kuo, and that both could still be weeks away from returning.
Dodgers' General Manager Ned Colletti was a guest on ESPN Radio Wednesday, and the interview can be heard here. Among the highlights of the 10-minute interview was Colletti expressing confidence in Matt Kemp -- especially on defense -- and joking that James Loney might be the first zero-homer, 100-RBI player in history.
The Dodgers go for a lucky 13th straight home win Wednesday night, with Clayton Kershaw pitching against Daniel Cabrera and the Nationals.