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September 19, 2011

Dodgers sink Bucs; win 15-1

by @ 8:04 pm. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Shiver me timbers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers sank the Pittsburgh Pirates to the depths of the ocean, destroying them 15-1 for a four game series win in front of 37,802 Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.  The Dodgers compiled 23-hits in the effort.

With the blow out though, Los Angeles only left the park twice to make up four of the fifteen runs.  Matt Kemp homered for his 34th of the season, and Jerry Sands crushed a pitch for a three run blast in the second that gave the Dodgers a 9-0 lead.

Dee Gordon led things off with a triple in the first as Jamey Carroll followed with an RBI-single.  Sands closed out the first with another RBI-single to give Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.

But, in the second, the Dodgers unloaded the canons and hit the Pirates hard for six two-out runs.  Kemp kept the inning alive with single to drive home starter, Chad Billingsley.  Juan Rivera then followed by singling to advance Kemp to third, putting runners at corners for Loney, whose two RBI double allowed the lineup to keep moving.

Aaron Miles took a four-pitch walk right before Sands three-run home run all but put this game out of reach as the Dodgers now led by nine.

However, the Dodgers were not close to being done yet.  Dee Gordon led-off the next inning with a walk as Kemp’s double put both runners in scoring position.  Rivera’s bases clearing single increased Los Angeles’s lead now to 11.

By the fifth, Pittsburgh finally got on the board, but the lone run would not erase the embarrassment felt by the Pirates players.  Chase d’Arnaud singled and scored the Pirates only run on Xavier Paul’s RBI-double.  Those two hits made up the seven total hits Pittsburgh had in this game.

Los Angeles though got the run back in the home half of the inning as relief pitcher, Evan Meek walked in the twelfth Dodger run.  They would add three more runs in the sixth to conclude their rout of the Pirates, sending them on their way to a three set with the division-leading Diamondbacks.

The win does not do anything for Los Angeles besides maybe a mental boost for next season as the Dodgers have mathematically been eliminated from playoff contention, but can finish the season .500 or better.  If I were the D-backs or Giants though, I would keep my eye on the Dodgers next year.  They seem poised to make a run on the West crown in 2012 after disappointing many this season.

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