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

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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