Well, there was a rather large crowd of 50,492 on hand tonight, with 4000+ walk-ups (a season record). That makes the free parking promotion at Chavez Ravine a raving success in my book. But I have not crunched the numbers on that.
Randy Wolf’s cough did not appear to affect him too much, if at all, as he went 6 innings with 4 walks and only 3 Ks. Not super but it kept us in the game.
Hudson hit a 400+ft solo shot to center and Pierre added an RBI single in the 5th to allow Wolf to leave the game with a 2-1 lead. And….. that’s when the shenanigans started!
A strange play in the top of the 7th led to an A’s run to tie the game at 2-2. Pierre charged a bloop down the line that dropped in front of him, which I thought he could have caught with a dive. But it dropped and Furcal was there and appeared to instruct Pierre to throw the ball in to second base. The only problem is that Oakland’s Rajai Davis rounded third and came home to score while Pierre’s throw lofted into second, where Nomar (who hit the single) easily slid in safe at second.
This, once again, left Wolf with a no decision as the game was tied. Wolf now has 11 no decisions in 15 starts this year and was in line for the win in 11 of those! Talk about tough luck, but hey, winning is more important anyways.
We got the run back in the bottom of that inning on a clutch pinch hit single by Mark Loretta to score Loney from second. However, the throw to the plate trying to get Loney was cut off and Martin was caught in a run down and tagged out with Loretta advancing to second. And Pierre struck out swinging to end that inning.
Troncoso got the final two outs, taking the ball from Belisario in 9th inning for the save, giving the Dodgers the series victory!