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Dodgers 6, Astros 2: Ely Mania is Alive and Well

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Ely Mania is alive and well in Los Angeles, as the rookie pitched seven strong walkless innings to lead the Dodgers to their eighth straight win, 6-2 over the Astros.

I have reached the point of irrational exuberance regarding John Ely.  I don't care that he is a 24-year old who doesn't hit 90 on the gun, and who never started above Double A before this season.  The dude just throws strikes!  Ely has gone 84 batters without issuing a walk, or an extra-base hit.  In his last three starts, Ely has 21 strikeouts and no walks in 19 2/3 innings.

Since 1952, there have been two pitchers in baseball who pitched at least six innings without walking a batter three times in their first four career games:  Ross Grimsley, in 1971, and Ely.

Blake DeWitt added two triples, the 19th time an LA Dodger had two triples in a game.  The last Dodger to have two triples in a game was Rafael Furcal on June 13, 2007.

WP - John Ely (2-1):  7 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts

LP - Wandy Rodriguez (2-5):  6 2/3 IP, 7 hits, 4 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, 1 strikeout

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