The Dodgers gutted out another victory today, winning 12-8 in 10 innings. The Dodgers two best pitchers, Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton, both struggled but the hitters were ready to pick up the slack. The game was tied 6-6 heading into extra innings but the Dodgers scored six runs in the 10th inning, four on a Matt Kemp grand slam.
Even on his fifth attempt, Chad Billingsley couldn't pick up his 10th win of the season. Chad threw 110 pitches in just 5 innings of work, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits, 4 walks, and 4 strikeouts. He was saved by Guillermo Mota who relieved him in the 6th inning and got out of a bases loaded nobody out jam allowing only one more run to score.
On the offensive side the Dodgers were explosive, hitting five home runs as a team. Andre Ethier, James Loney, all hit solo homers, Manny Ramirez hit a two run shot, and Matt Kemp hit a grand slam that broke the game open in the 10th inning.
Here's the win probability chart for the game:
This was quite an exciting game. The game threads were just as exciting, with 30 different commenters participating. Here's the roll call for both game threads:
|Name||# of Posts|
|El Lay Dave||72|
|Heyward is the next crime dog||1|
Tomorrow the Dodgers will again take on the Brew Crew, this time at 4:05 PM with Jeff Weaver taking on Mike Burns. Who Mike Burns is, I don't know, but he does look like he could be a good real estate agent. Seriously though, he's a soon to be 31 year-old journeyman with a 5.79 ERA in 49 career games. There should be quite a few runs scored for both teams tommorow.
And in case you didn't notice, Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez threw a no-hitter today, the first by a Giant in 33 years. Even if you don't like the Giants, that's pretty cool.
WP - Ramon Troncoso (3-0): 1.2 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout
LP - Carlos Villanueva (2-6): 0.1 IP, 3 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts