Tuesday, May 20, 2008

DeWitt is clutch

That little Blake DeWitt has come through when the Dodgers most needed it yet again. Who would have thought before the season that with all of their young talent, he would be the one to shine the brightest?

Down 4-0 in the 3rd thanks to another terrible, piss-poor start from Brad Penny, the Dodgers showed some signs of life by battling back and eventually taking the win, 6-5. It was the their biggest comeback win of the season.

The game started off with Penny getting hit around like he always does. The team needed a big start from him, and he provided the exact opposite. Gee, what a shock. A 2-run shot by Adam Dunn put the Reds up 4, and it looked like another long night in Chavez Ravine.

Then the bats took over, but certainly received some luck along the way. Russell Martin plated Juan Pierre and Andre Ethier thanks to a Jerry Hairston throwing error to slash the lead in half. Penny then gave another run right back, because you know, God forbid he actually go through an inning without looking like crap.

In the 5th, James Loney, Matt Kemp, and DeWitt all had run scoring singles, and the game was knotted up until the 9th. There, Martin hit an infield single, and took 2nd on an error. After Jeff Kent grounded out and sent Martin to 3rd, IBB's were issued to Loney and Kemp to set up a force at home and/or a double play. DeWitt would have none of that, however, as he sliced a single to left to end the game. His 2-5 night raised his average to .322, and has further solidified his starting position at 3rd. So help me God, if Nomar Garciaparra is declared the starter once he comes back, I think we should all quit.

A big credit goes out to the bullpen, who had to pitch really well after Penny's debacle, and they did. Joe Beimel pitched a scoreless 7th, Jonathan Broxton a scoreless 8th, and Takashi Saito a perfect 9th to get the win. They were huge.

After an exciting win last night, Chad Billingsley will take the mound tonight. He was fantastic in his last start in Milwaukee, but was roughed up in his last home start against the Astros. With Penny and Lowe playing like ASS, the Dodgers really need Bills to pitch well again tonight.

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