The trip continues, but not at the expense of Dodgers commentary
Mom, Aunt Paula, Cousin Carla and I are all holed up at a Holiday Inn Express in a place called Shamrock, Texas, tonight, as we leisurely work our way from my daughter’s graduation in Colorado two days ago to a few days of R&R at my parents’ house in Fayetteville, Ark., but I did manage to keep up with the Dodgers’ doings, thanks to that wonder of modern technology known as the iPhone (no, I wasn’t watching pitch-by-pitch while I was driving). For those who didn’t realize it, this was the boys’ third walkoff walk of the season.
Anyway, Ethier’s injury doesn’t appear serious, and neither does Jason Schmidt’s — he was knocked out of his first rehab start at ABQ (third overall) 27 pitches in when he got hit in the head by a line drive, but he walked off under his own power. The shame of Ethier’s toe injury was that it came on a night when he finally appeared to be coming out of weeks of hitting doldrums. He was 2 for 3 with a double and had reached three times in four plate appearances (also a hit-by-pitch).
This was yet another big psychological boost for the Dodgers, who proved, perhaps as much to themselves as anyone else, that their patient approach at the plate works just as well against American League teams, too. In this two-week stretch of playing nothing but top-notch teams (yes, I AM including the Marlins, who I believe won 11 of their first 15 before hitting the skids), the Dodgers are now 8-3, and they have a chance to win all four of those series if they can take the rubber match against the Halos tomorrow.
Dodgers go to 30-14. Pods and Giants both won, so the lead stays at 8 1/2 games.