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September 8, 2011

Dodgers unload with Strasburg departure

by @ 9:35 am. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg made his second return to the big leagues, but unlike his first performance, it did not end in a victory for Washington.

The flamethrower was limited to five innings where he shutout Dodgers hitters and limited them to just two hits through five.  Strasburg may be should have been left another inning or two as Los Angeles was completely relieved to see someone else besides Strasburg the rest of the game.

As soon as he departed, the Dodgers scored seven unanswered runs in the last four innings of play.

Strasburg got an early lead and even contributed to his own effort in the second.  Chris Marrero led the inning off with a double scoring on another double by Wilson Ramos that again went to Andre Ethier in right.  Strasburg attempted a sacrifice bunt and ended up getting an RBI and standing at second on Ted Lilly’s throwing error.

The inning continued as Ian Desmond singled into right, advancing Strasburg to third with no outs in sight.

Finally, the Dodgers recorded an out on Jayson Werth’s groundout, but not before Strasburg came in for the run and a 3-0 lead that stood till the sixth.

That three run lead was erased in the sixth as the Dodgers began their comeback with someone new on the mound for Washington.  The Dodgers got back-to-back singles by Jamey Carroll and Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp got the Dodgers on the board with his one-out RBI-single.  A walk to Juan Rivera loaded the bases for Ethier.

With the count full, Ethier smacked a line drive up the middle to score Gordon and Kemp, tying the game 3-all in the sixth.

In the eighth, Los Angeles got the bases loaded again and again scored runs in key situations.  Rod Barajas’s two-run double broke the tie and gave the Dodgers a 5-3 lead.

For the third time of the night, Los Angeles loaded the bases and actually scored a pair of runs.  Until recently, the Dodgers struggled in these situations all season and have not been the team most experts believed they were going to be when the season opened in April.

Ethier had the bases loaded again and again drove in a pair of runs for four-RBIs on the night as he helped his team rally for seven runs with the departure of Strasburg.

Los Angeles has the luxury of playing an afternoon double header as Wednesday’s game was postponed.  As soon as they finish their series with the Nationals, they will board the plane for a coast to coast trip to take on the Giants in a three game weekend set.  Aces will duel it out in Friday’s opener as Tim Lincecum battles Clayton Kershaw.

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