Tonight the Dodger left handers led the way, leading the club to a 6-1 victory over Josh Fogg and the Rockies Wednesday night at Coors Field. Andre Ethier slammed two home runs, and James Loney clubbed a towering three-run shot to provide the offense, and rotation stalwart Randy Wolf did the rest, pitching into the eighth inning for his ninth win of the season.
Wolf has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last five starts, and has a streak of 12 straight starts of pitching six or more innings. Wolf is 6-3 with a 2.79 ERA over those last 12 starts, and has won his last four starts. His first out of tonight's game gave him 170 innings on the season, triggering the first $500,000 incentive bonus in his contract. He is currently at 177 innings, and his next two $500,000 bonuses are for 180 and 185 innings pitched.
Ethier tallied a single to go with his two dingers, and is simply on fire this month, hitting .383/.458/.713 with 17 extra-base hits in 24 games in August. Loney's home run was his eighth on the season, and his first since July 10. Loney has all of his home runs on the road this year, and the Dodger record for most home runs in a season, all on the road, is 11, by Willie Davis in 1969.
At one point, right after Loney's home run, the scoreboard featured the awesome, if not aesthetically unpleasant, R-H-E line of 6-3-0, as the Dodgers' first three hits left the playing field.
George Sherrill, who was unavailable last night due to soreness (hat tip to Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts), finished the eighth inning, and Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth to finish the five-run Dodger victory.
For a day, at least, the wolves are held at bay. Tomorrow is a getaway day game, featuring Vicente Padilla's Dodger debut against Jorge de la Rosa for the Rockies.
WP - Randy Wolf (9-6): 7.1 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
LP - Josh Fogg (0-2): 3 IP, 4 hits, 6 runs, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts