Another game, another no-decision for Randy Wolf last night -- his tenth on the season in 15 starts -- but the Dodgers won the rubber game of their three-game series with Oakland, 3-2 at Dodger Stadium Thursday night. All three games against the A's were one-run contests.
Orlando Hudson provided the power for the Dodgers with his second inning shot. Casey Blake was two for four, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He is hitting .389/.410/.611 over those nine games, and is hitting .364/.400/.620 during the Manny Ramirez suspension.
Mark Loretta snapped an 0-for-13 pinch-hitting run with the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning.
Ramon Troncoso rebounded from his rare poor outing Tuesday to get the final two outs -- a double play by Ryan Sweeney on two pitches -- for his fourth save of the season. Jonthan Broxton was out for the second straight game with a sore right big toe.
The Dodgers have now played half of their 2009 interleague schedule, and have won five of nine games so far. They have only won five games against the American League in each of the last four seasons (20-43 in that time), and haven't had a winning interleague record since 2004, when they were 10-8. Trips to Anaheim and Chicago, followed by a home series against Seattle will end the Dodgers' regular season schedule against AL teams. Until October, that is.
WP - Brent Leach (2-0): 0.2 IP
LP - Brad Ziegler (1-3): 0.2 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk
Sv - Ramon Troncoso (4): 0.2 IP