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Sunday, April 09, 2006
A Deuce Of Dodger Games
Slumpbuster: Phillies 6, Dodgers 3Perennial jokester Mark Grace popularized, if he didn't coin, the phrase slumpbuster; the Dodgers, being hardly the fattest or ugliest girl on the block, still did their duty with aplomb, Tim Hamulack lying down for Bobby Abreu's three-run walkoff homer. So many other things are going wrong: did the Dodgers' first series without Gagné have to be a reminder of the fact that they don't have him?
Shiny Penny: Dodgers 6, Phillies 2I was trying to keep up with these games at the Angels' park, really I was; but by the time we left the park, sometime in the eighth, the Dodgers were one out away from closing down this one. Helen likes hitting pitchers, and so she would have been disappointed to miss out on Penny helping his own cause with an RBI single. Penny struck out eight and walked none, the cause of which he assigned to a formerly mothballed split-fingered fastball:
"The splitty is nasty," said Penny. "That was my best pitch in 2004 before the trade. But I never tried it last year. I was just worried about getting myself healthy. Now I don't worry about it. I tried to throw a changeup last year and I tried again in Spring Training, but it just didn't feel right. I just grabbed the ball on the seams and I feel like I can throw it for a strike any time."And then the simple grace of James Loney, 2-4. Take your time, Nomar. The kid has something to show us.