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Open Thread: Game 161 - @ San Francisco Giants

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LA Dodgers (86-74) vs. San Francisco (76-83) 1:15pm

Lineups:

LA Dodgers

Rafael Furcal SS .300/.371/.445
Kenny Lofton CF .297/.358/.397
Julio Lugo 2B .219/.283/.263
Jeff Kent 1B .290/.380/.475
J.D. Drew RF .281/.392/.495
Wilson Betemit 3B .244/.310/.446
Andre Ethier LF .312/.368/.485
Russell Martin C .284/.356/.439
Greg Maddux P .174/.167/.217

San Francisco

Randy Winn LF .262/.324/.396
Omar Vizquel SS .298/.364/.393
Lance Niekro 1B .247/.288/.376
Ray Durham 2B .296/.362/.543
Mois?s Alou RF .302/.353/.575
Steve Finley CF .248/.322/.397
Pedro Feliz 3B .245/.283/.430
Eliezer Alfonzo C .267/.303/.467
Matt Cain P .145/.161/.182

Pitching Matchup:

Greg Maddux vs Matt Cain
5 W 13
3 L 11
3.38 ERA 4.09
66.2 IP 185.0
4.35 K/9 8.51
1.9 BB/9 4.14
0.68 HR/9 0.88

There's two possible conculusions to draw from the Dodgers further heroics last night: we're destined to win the World Series, or it's going to really suck when we miss the playoffs. I still feel like it's going to be the latter. Hopefully I'm wrong.

Of course, in 2004 it tooke a series of miracles to reach the playoffs as well. Steve Finley's home run is most remembered, but it seems to be forgotten that in the last two weeks the Dodgers came back from a 4-0 deficit in the 9th, won on a David Ross home run in the 11th, and overcame multiple ninth inning deficits. For a franchise that seems like it's been hard on luck the last 20 years, we've had a lot of miracles.

Last night's win seemed like a J. Walter Weatherman-esque lesson to Felipe Alou. "And that's why you don't use Mike Stanton as your closer." Hopefully, he never gets one about not using a guy with a .280 on base percentage as your number three hitter.