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Saturday, September 15, 2007

A More Interesting Game: Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 4

So, for the last two days, the Angels have been dull facing dull opponents, while the Dodgers have suddenly decided not only to play baseball but play it well against opponents they needed to beat, too. I have not seen the Dodgers play a game that really captured my imagination the way this one did in quite a while, swapping runs for equal measure over two innings and then busting out in a big way in the four-run fifth, all but one of those on a two-out rally. One of the three was a Nomar solo homer, his first since August 4; in fact, the Dodgers collectively missed hitting for the cycle in that inning by only a double.

Brad Penny was adequate, but only just, lasting five innings and giving up all four runs the Diamondbacks scored, including one on a Mark Reynolds longball. The Dodgers very tenuously gave the ball to Mark Hendrickson, and when he showed the first sign of wobbling, out he went for Rudy Seanez. Seanez begat Joe Beimel, who begat Takashi Saito; Saito wobbled just a little bit, walking Emelio Bonifacio, but worked around it for a scoreless ninth and the save, his 39th. Woo, and hoo.

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