It looked for a while that the Dodgers might have squandered a 3-0 lead through 4 innings in Cincinnati last night, so after a 2-1/2 hour rain delay, the Dodgers took batting practice and
tacked on 9 more runs to spank the Reds 12-0. That score in itself, doesn’t mean much. What means the most to me is that Rafael Furcal and Manny Ramirez (especially Raffy) looked like they were difference-makers again. Raffy went 5-6 and made some outstanding plays in the field, including two back-to-back plays from as deep in the hole as you can get. He threw out both runners, which is a feat that I am convinced few, if any, other shortstops could have made. If you didn’t see it, it’s worth a re-play.
There was a lot of good to take from that game:
- Ramirez was 3-4 with a HR and 4 RBI and looked a lot like “Manny” while raising his BA to .298
- James Loney got 4 hits and raised his BA to .304
- Raffy is now at .309
- Matt Kemp went 2-4 to bereak out of his personal malaise (watch out, someone is going to pay, soon)
- Hiroki Kuroda went 5 innings, including 1 inning after the 2-1/2 hour rain delay to get his 6th win and drop his ERA to 3.10.
- Troncoso looked as good as I have ever seen him, hitting 94 MPH and having the bottom fall out of his fastball.
- George Sherrill (he’s not Cheryl today) even looked pretty good and topped out at 90. I’m not saying he’s “cured,” but it’s a step in the right direction.
- Justin Miller also pitched a scoreless inning and his ERA sits at 3.18.
The Dodgers will allegedly call up a reliever tonight. It will probably be Link – I think Lindblom needs a few more games as a reliever before being called up. When Vicente Padilla comes off the DL on Saturday, the pitcher who gets called up tonight, or Miller, or Anderson, or maybe even Blake DeWitt could be gone.