It is only fitting that in the first post Laker Championship series played by the Dodgers that they win two run games at home.
Now that the southern cal fans can pay attention to the Dodgers, they did what they have been doing all season, winning one run games at home. Their home record in one run games is now 14-1. They have also been winning consistently with everyone in the lineup pitching in, last night's latest “chip in” provided by pinch hitter Mark Loretta.
Of course it all starts with starting pitching, Tuesday night Clayton Kershaw gave up 0 runs through 5 and 2/3rds although he did not get the win.
Not only did Matt Kemp get the game winning hit in the 10th on Tuesday night, as if that is not enough. He also allowed the Dodgers to score the tying run by taking out the 2nd basemen to break up a double play on former A Andre Ethier's grounder in the 8th. Let me tell you, when a 6″3″ 225 lb man with his speed is coming, the infielder's are aware of it. As Vin Scully says about Kemp, “he brings a lot to the dance.” Kemp also stole 2nd and 3rd on Wednesday night, the guy can hit, field, run and he seems to be a very smart player, something that you cannot teach.
The Dodgers did a nice job on Tuesday night in the 8th as it looked like the A's had all the momentum, going into the 8th down 2-0, scoring 4 times. Ramon Trancoso giving up his first two homers of the season. But the Dodgers seem to be blind to the A's momentum, quickly tying it in the 8th.
Randy Wolf pitched a nice game last night, 1 run in six innings. All the starters need to do with this team is keep it close to the 6th, then let the bullpen take over and let the offense win it, either by a run or let the offense score late in the game, which they have proven they do not get “tight” in late innings.
Jonathan Broxton missed his second game in a row last night due to soreness in his toe.
Joe Torre moved past Sparky Anderson in the win column, with his 2195th win.
By the way, you do not need to hit homeruns to win, the Dodgers rank near last in the NL in that category, but have the MLB's best record and the biggest division lead at 9 games.
Laker-Dodger fans, welcome to the show, just in time for an always exciting “freeway series” with the Angels for the weekend!
Jon La Bella can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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