Crazy Eight - Dodgers Bounce Back With A Much Needed Win

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Luis Cruz #47 and Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after both score on Cruz' three run home run in the sixth inning against the St Louis Cardinals on September 14, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

When Matt Holliday hit his 2-run shot to give the Cardinals a 4-1 lead in the third, my decision to grab dinner before coming home to watch this seemed like a better idea. But an unforeseen 2-out walk to Shane Victorino followed by a 3-0 home run by Ethier made it 4-3 game.

Chris Capuano bobbed and weaved for 4 and a third but then the much-used bullpen came in to pitch another 4 and two thirds to keep the Dodgers in the game. The relievers that did the job tonight, Guerrier, Tolleson, Choate, Wright and League all deserve a Cool-A-Coo.

As I was sitting down to my meal, I saw that the Dodgers had two on with two out with Luis Cruz coming up. When GameDay showed the location of the pitch that Cruz hit, I thought, that could be a home run. It was inside and a splitter that was up. Right where Cruz turns on the ball.

Finally, the Dodgers got a little 2009 callback with two outs in the 7th, Adrian Gonzalez hit a blooper into LF that Holliday just couldn't get to, two insurance runs scored and the Dodgers scored 8 runs for the first time since August 25th aka first game A-Gon played in. (The Dodgers scored 10 runs on August 29th in Colorado in their 10-8 win.)

Will this be the game to start a waterfall of runs, we shall see but it was nice to see them score some tonight.

Up Next

Joe Blanton tries to get his second win for the Dodgers on Saturday night in the third game of the series, facing Jaime Garcia for St. Louis.

Thursday's Particulars

Home Runs: STL: Holliday (27), Molina (19), Carpenter (6) LAD: Ethier (18), Cruz (5)

WP - Shawn Tolleson (2-1): 1.1 IP, 1 walk

LP - Trevor Rosenthal (0-2): .2 IP, 1 hit, 2 runs


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