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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Just DeWitt: Dodgers 6, Reds 5

Another of Brad Penny's slop-fests, the Dodgers offense got him off the hook in a wild fifth inning that saw James Loney, Matt Kemp, and Blake DeWitt drive in runs on consecutive two-out singles, three of the five the Dodgers got that frame, DeWitt's the game-tying hit. That, of course, was only a prelude to his walkoff, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth, his first walkoff hit in the majors, and one that makes him a ridiculous 6-for-6 with the bases loaded.

There was a lot of weirdness about this game, and no moment weirder than Joe Beimel's missed third strike to Brandon Phillips in the top of the seventh. Incredibly, the team started to walk off the field thinking they had gotten the last out of the frame, but the home plate umpire Paul Nauert called everyone back. That brought Adam Dunn to the plate, and Beimel balked Phillips to second, and Beimel eventually plunked Dunn. Finally, incredibly, he got Joey Votto to strike out, and that was that.

Back to the ninth: the whole Reds catastrophe (arguably) doesn't happen if rookie shortstop Paul Janish had made the play on Russ Martin's bouncer to short. But Janish overthrew first, and next thing you know, David Weathers is walking both Jeff Kent and James Loney so he can face DeWitt. Of course, that didn't work, but what's sad to me is any kid managed by Dusty Baker will now see no playing time from here until either the All Star break or he's optioned back to AAA. Tough break for him.

ESPN BoxRecap

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