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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Manny's Blast Propels Kershaw To Second Win: Dodgers 4, Cardinals 1

It was hardly Clayton Kershaw's most glorious moment on the bump as a major leaguer — he did manage to walk four — but the fact is that he got out of a first inning jam with men on first and second, two out, and Troy Glaus at the plate. Kershaw then faced the minimum in the second and third, and outside of Aaron Miles' single, a wild pitch that got him to second, and Cesar Izturis' RBI single, no Cardinals baserunner even got as far as second base against Kershaw. It was a masterful seven-inning performance by the Dodger rookie, whose early season wildness seems, if not wholly mastered, then reasonably well contained.

Manny Ramirez cashed in Jeff Kent in the third on yet another homer — it seems like he's hitting one every day, which is just unreal — and the Dodgers picked up single runs from James Loney's first inning RBI single and an unusual RBI triple by Juan Pierre in the fourth.

Hong-Chih Kuo and Jonathan Broxton wrapped up the final two innings of the game, pitching an inning each. Kuo's was uneventful, getting the top of the Cards' order in succession, but Broxton wobbled through another close, getting men on the corners with one out. Broxton managed to strike out Rick Ankiel and Skip Schumacher to end the threat, and preserve Kershaw's second career major league win.

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