In a seesaw battle, the Dodgers ended with the game tilted in their favor, beating the Rockies 6-5 to open their weekend series. The Dodgers welcomed back Jeff Weaver from the disabled list by getting him a win, as he was the pitcher of record when the Dodgers took the lead in the sixth inning. It was the 100th win of Weaver's career, breaking his tie with Vicente Padilla for the most career wins on the staff.
Hiroki Kuroda had a rough night, allowing nine hits and a career high five walks, two of which were intentional. It was just the sixth game of his career with three or more unintentional walks.
|Hiroki Kuroda Starts w/3 Unintentional Walks|
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Having options is sometimes the cruelest fate in the life of a young player, as John Ely found out today. To make room on the roster for Weaver, Ely was optioned to Albuquerque one day after turning in the fourth-highest Game Score by a Dodger starter this season. The Dodgers have a giant question mark in Charlie Haeger starting on Saturday, and likely the yet-to-be-stretched out Carlos Monasterios on Tuesday, with Ramon Ortiz in reserve. I'm not saying Ely is a savior or anything, but it seems to me you might want to keep around and reward the guy who pitched at least six innings in both of his starts and walked none while striking out seven last night.
- Xavier Paul, in his last game before being optioned to make room for Manny Ramirez, had a double, a walk, a run scored, and his third stolen base
- Matt Kemp hit a bloop triple in the sixth inning to give the Dodgers the lead. It was the first RBI for Kemp in 15 games, after 20 RBI in his first 14 games
- Andre Ethier had two more runs batted in tonight, meaning he is averaging an RBI per game for his last 109 home starts, dating back to August 12, 2008 (109 RBI in 109 starts)
- Jamey Carroll had two hits, including his second double in as many nights, and is hitting.346/.400/.423 during the homestand
- Casey Blake had a pair of hits and a pair of great diving plays at third base, turning sure hits into outs. Vin Scully remarked after the second great defensive play, "Blake is two for three with the bat, and two for two with the glove."
- The Dodgers had four doubles and a triple tonight, their ninth game of the season with five or more extra-base hits
Haeger battles Jhoulys Chacin in game two of the series tomorrow night, as the Rockies send out their second of three straight awesomely-named starting pitchers.
WP - Jeff Weaver (1-1): 1/3 IP, 1 walk
LP - Matt Daley (0-1): 2/3 IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 strikeout
Sv - Jonathan Broxton (2): 1 IP, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts