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August 13, 2008

Bullpen, Ethier’s Walk-Off Hit Gives Dodgers Win

by @ 8:13 am. Filed under 2008 Dodgers

Each team scored one in the first inning until the game revealed what was a pitchers’ duel until Andre Ethier belted an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth for the winning run.

The Dodgers scored just one run through the first five, coming in the first inning to tie it when Casey Blake drove an RBI-single.┬áCole Hamels then held the Dodgers scoreless until the sixth when Manny drove an RBI-single, tallying just one run after sending 7 men to the plate and having the bases loaded. Blake drove in the tying run in the eighth with a sacfly. The game was then tied at 3’s in the ninth when Andre Ethier stepped to the plate after remaining in the game after pinch-hitting and taking right field in the seventh. Russell Martin stood on second after being hit by a pitch and moved on James Loney’s groundout, and scored when Ethier ripped a walk-off single. Nomar was also activated for the game and went 0 for 4, with Andruw Jones being sent to the DL for a sore tendon in his left knee. Jones should begin rehabbing in Las Vegas within the next few days.

Clayton Kershaw gave up a solo homer in the first and two more in the next two frames, but recovered and went on to toss six innings with 8 K’s. Joe Beimel and Hong-Chih Kuo then combined to retire 9 of the next 10 batters to hold the Phillies scoreless, with Kuo taking the win.

The Dodgers remain one game back and can clinch the series with a win tonight. Brad Penny got a win in his last start, the first since coming off the DL and his first win since May 2nd. He will face Joe Blanton, who is 6-12 with a 4.71 ERA.

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