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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Dodgers' Randy W. Outduels Cubs' Randy W.: Dodgers 2, Cubs 1

Randy Wolf pitched a one-hit shutout of the Cubs in a battle of two guys named Randy W.; the Dodgers posted their offense in the second and that was it. As has been his custom lately, Randy Wolf drove in two on an RBI double, which was all the offense the Dodgers needed. Wolf set down the Cubs in order in the first, second, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, going seven and striking out five. It being that both the Dodgers' runs were unearned (thanks to Aramis Ramirez' fielding error on what should have been an inning-ending groundout by Orlando Hudson), Randy Wells actually went to bed with a lowered ERA.

The Cubs had a chance to tie the game in the eighth against George Sherrill when Alfonso Soriano got a leadoff walk and stole second, but neither of Sam Fuld or Jake Fox were able to cash him in. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect ninth to finish the game, something that will be forgotten next time he gives up a run or blows a save.

Meanwhile, the Giants beat the Rockies 6-3 and the Padres blanked the Cards 4-0, so the Dodgers gained a little ground in the NL West (4.5 up on Colorado), while the Cubs stayed even at seven back in the NL Central.

Update: I forgot to mention something that really annoyed me at the time, when Rafael Furcal flied out. By itself, not a problem, but both the baserunners, Russell Martin on second and Wolf on first, got horribly confused and almost created an out by themselves by trying to advance on the throw, then nearly switching places. Most of it was on Martin, who ended up doubled off second. Just about as bad a baserunning play as we've seen the Dodgers make since the 2006 NLDS double-play-at-home against the Mets.

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