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Haeger Ineffective But Dodgers Still Roll

Charlie Haeger wasn't very good today, allowing 4 runs and 2 homeruns in 2.1 innings, but the Dodgers crushed the Reds 11-4 regardless. The Dodgers scored two runs in the first on a Manny Ramirez two run shot. Then in the second inning the Dodgers had three singles and a sacrifice fly to tack on two more runs. But in the bottom of the third inning Haeger allowed a walk, two homers, a single, and a double to tie the score 4-4 before being replaced by Jeff Weaver.

Weaver was hittable, allowing six hits in 3.1 innings, but didn't allow any runs and had four strikeouts. He also managed to get out of a bases loaded nobody out jam in the 5th by getting a forceout at home, a popout, and a strikeout. He also loeaded the bases with two outs in the 6th and Ramon Troncoso came on and got the last out.

Rafael Furcal broke the tie in the 5th inning with an opposite field solo homerun down the right field line, but the bats really exploded in the 7th inning. Andre Ethier started the inning off with a double and then got to third after the Reds threw away a bunt single by Furcal. Both of them scored on a line drive single by Juan Pierre to center field. Manny Ramirez walked on six pitches and then Matt Kemp hit a bomb to right center on the first pitch before Dusty baker finally replaced reliever Carlos Fisher. James Loney then walked before Mark Loretta hit into a double play. But before the inning was finished Orlando hudson added another homerun to left center field to give the Dodgers an 11-4 lead.

The Reds didn't pose much of a threat after the 6th, Dodger relievers Ronald Belisario and Guillermo Mota faced just one batter over the minimum. The win pushed the Dodgers 4.5 games ahead of the Rockies and 6.5 games ahead of the Giants in the NL West.

Tomorrow is the rubber match of the three game series, with Clayton Kershaw (8-7) facing off against Bronson Arroyo (11-12) at 10:10 AM. Also for all you Raider fans out there, the Raiders looked hideously bad today, getting destroyed 45-7 by the New Orleans Saints.

W - Jeff Weaver (6-4): 3.1 IP, 6 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts

L - Matt Maloney (0-3): 6 IP, 8 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts