June 7, 2009 – Tony Jackson’s Blog – OK, that guy some of you are so fond of calling Mr. Softee, or whatever, came up big again, his second walkoff hit in less than 24 hours. But Ethier’s heroics aside, don’t overlook Cory Wade. He might have been the real hero of this one. He went six-up, six-downa against the Phillies in the 11th and 12th, all with his characteristic attacking of the strike zone, a trademark of Cory’s since he was in the low minors. Chad Durbin also went six-up, six-down after entering with two outs in the 10th, but Ethier was the seventh batter he faced. Wade never had to face a seventh batter.
Also, don’t lose sight of the fact that Hiroki Kuroda had an outstanding day, shutting out one of the league’s most dangerous lineups on two hits over six innings. I know that seems like a long time ago, and it was, but it also was a big part of this Dodgers victory. And once again, Ramon Troncoso came up big, as well, pitching around a one-out double by Chase Utley in the eighth to deliver two scoreless innings.
By the way, did anyone catch plate umpire Mike Winters, who was miked for Fox, dropping that F-bomb on Matt Kemp when Matty argued that called third strike to end the 10th? My GUESS, and this is only a guess because the sound coming from Matty was muffled (he wasn’t miked), but it’s possibly that Matty said, “Are you f—ing kidding me?” Because what I KNOW I heard Winters say was, “I’m not f—ing kidding.”
And just for the record, I was at an actual gym last night, burning actual calories. I have only been to The Gym, that little establishment down the street, one time. That was the night I went there with what I thought was an airtight plan: I would have dinner with Brewers PR guy Mike Vassallo, one of my closest friends in the game, and then have a couple of after-dinner drinks with Mark and Roger Dodger. Well, right around the time Mikey and I put in our orders, the story broke that Manny was close to an agreement with the Dodgers. I got up and left the table about 15 times over the next hour, stuffing occasional bites of pizza into my mouth in the brief spans of time in between all those calls. After Mikey and I finished eating (we had barely spoken), we paid the check, and I told Mark and Roger Dodger, who were sitting in the bar area, that I wouldn’t be able to stick around like we had planned. I think they understood. Once again, I HAVEN’T BEEN BACK SINCE.
Dodgers go to 39-19, a season-high 20 games above .500. Giants losing 2-0 in the fifth at the Fish. Also, this clinches the season series for the boys against the world champs. Dodgers have now won four of six from the Phillies, with tomorrow night’s game the last meeting of the year … or at least until October.