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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Dodgers' Corroding Offense No Help To Kuroda: Cubs 3, Dodgers 1

I'll be brief, because the Dodgers' time leading this game was only three innings, courtesy of Blake DeWitt's RBI single in the top of the fourth: Hiroki Kuroda gave up a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh. Joe Torre correctly took the ensuing Ryan Theriot pinch-hit fielder's choice and Alfonso Soriano single as a sign of his starters' impending collapse, and so he gave the mound over to Jonathan Broxton. Blake DeWitt's error allowed Mike Fontenot to reach (negating DeWitt's earlier RBI), and setting the scene for Broxton's worst implosion since his six run fiasco against the Astros on May 11. The train came off the rails as Broxton proceeded to give up two RBI hits, earning him a blown save (and Kuroda the loss).

The Dodgers managed a rally in the bottom of the eighth after we got out of the car (we listened to the game via the XM Radio Cubs' home feed), loading the bases on a walk to Russell Martin, a single to Luis Maza, and Andre Ethier's walk; but James Loney struck out, and Matt Kemp bounced out to end the inning. Delwyn Young got aboard in the ninth with one out, reaching second on defensive indifference, but Kerry Wood squelched whatever rallying the Dodgers had in mind quickly thereafter.

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