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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ethier Is French For "Walkoff Homer": Dodgers 4, Rockies 2 (13 Innings)

A surprisingly taut pitchers' duel, both sides scoring a pair in the fifth, the Rockies' on Ryan Spilborghs' two-run jack. The Dodgers' runs came a bit more strangely: with men on first and second, Ubaldo Jimenez misread Randy Wolf and thought he called time. Home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman disagreed, and charged Jimenez with a balk, pushing Russell Martin and Matt Kemp to third and second, respectively, so when Wolf singled to right, both scored, assuring the pitcher of at least a no-decision.

That's all he got, too, as the game went to extras following a dazzling performance in the ninth by Jonathan Broxton, who mowed down Colorado's 4-5-6 batters on strikeouts. Joel Peralta, the former Angel, came out to pitch the bottom of the 11th, and continued until he gave up a leadoff single to Casey Blake — his first hit of the game — and Andre Ethier crushed one into the seats to end what was becoming an improbably long game (4:10, one of the longest Dodger games I've seen this year). Thank you, Andre.

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