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Casey At The Bat Has A Better Ending For Dodgers

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After Casey Blake took the first two pitches from Luis Ayala for strikes, Ernest Lawrence Thayer looked like a prophet.  However, the mighty Casey didn't strike out on this night.  Instead, The Beard's bloop single with the bases loaded capped a 9th-inning rally tonight to give the Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Marlins at Dodger Stadium.  Some notes:

  • The Dodgers are now 16-2 in one-run games at home this season
  • Tonight's win was the Dodgers' 10th walk-off win of the season
  • Andre Ethier has reached base in eight straight plate appearances:  single, double, double, walk, double, single, single, walk.
  • Hiroki Kuroda's splitter was on fire tonight, and he racked up nine strikeouts in his six innings of work.  It was a solid outing by Kuroda, who allowed three runs (two earned) and only seven baserunners.
  • Just like last night, the Dodgers went into the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 3-1, and just like last night, they tied it at three in the bottom of the sixth
  • Jonathan Broxton picked up his seventh win of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning.  At home this season, Broxton has allowed one run in 26.2 innings, allowing 11 baserunners while striking out 45.
  • Guillermo Mota, who turned 36 today, threw 36 pitches in his two scoreless innings of relief, extending his scoreless streak to 19 innings.
  • Rafael Furcal and Orlando Hudson were quite the table setters tonight, with five hits in 10 at-bats, including one single apiece in the ninth inning

The Dodgers are 6-3 on the homestand, which ends tomorrow with Jason Schmidt facing Chris Volstad.

WP - Jonathan Broxton (7-0):  1 IP, 1 strikeout

LP - Dan Meyer (2-1):  0.1 IP, 2 hits, 1 run

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