Get out those brooms again ….
.. because if the Dodgers can win tomorrow’s getaway matinee at Coors, they will have swept a series of at least three games for the fifth time this season. Throw in that two-game blanking of the Snakes a few weeks ago, and they’re actually going for their sixth series sweep.
Did anyone notice that Matt Kemp has now gone 10 consecutive plate appearances without striking out? I mean, I realize he went 0 for 5 tonight, technically without a ball leaving the infield (his ninth-inning popup, when he was robbed of a bloop single on a nice play by Omar Quintanilla, sort of left the infield). But the fact he put five balls in play has to count as some degree of moral victory, does it not?
Elsewhere on the positive side, Casey Blake continued to sizzle, going 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles and driving in three runs with one of them. Eric Milton won his first major-league game since 2006. The two-Juan punch went a combined 5 for 9 with three runs scored and two RBI. And Orlando Hudson went 2 for 3 with two walks, running his career-high hitting streak to 16 games.
Elsewhere on the negative side, Andre Ethier continued to flail, going 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts, although he did draw a walk and score a run. And each of the relievers the Dodgers used — Cory Wade, Ramon Troncoso and Brent Leach — walked either the first or second batter they faced. All three entered with leads of at least three runs. Nevertheless, they did combine to pitch four scoreless, hitless innings.
Pods finally lost, ending their 10-game streak, so the lead goes back to 8 1/2. Dodgers go to 32-15. Oh, and I read your comments on my last post, and you’re all exactly right. There is absolutely NO reason why I or anyone else should be checking that old blog — no matter how much perverse pleasure we might be getting from doing so.