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Friday, April 23, 2010

Dunn In: Nationals 5, Dodgers 1

Charlie Haeger sort of recovered from his previously dreadful outing, but only just, giving up three earned runs and a fourth caused by Ronnie Belliard's throwing error in the sixth, promptly followed by Dunn's second longball of the night. Going in to tonight's game, the Dodgers were tied for the most errors in the league, along with Florida with 17; make it 18 now, and with the Florida at Colorado game postponed due to rain, the Dodgers obtained sole possession of that dubious counting stat.

The Dodgers' sole run came on an A.J. Ellis' scoring groundout. It's fair to chalk that up to facing an unknown quad-A pitcher for the first time, Luis Atilano, who was suitably humble after the game, reciting the standard Bull Durham homilies for the press following his first major league game, coincidentally his first major league victory:

"It's crazy. It's been my dreams," said Atilano, a career minor leaguer who had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in August 2006. "After seven years, I made it, finally. I can't ask for nothing better than that."
Not to worry, NL Eastrons: he only picked up a lone strikeout, which bodes well for the future success of opposing hitters in that division.

Incidental note: Pudge left the game after the sixth, with back tightness. I hadn't noticed, and of course this is an early-season chimera, but he was hitting an ungodly .449 going into this game, and exited with a .423 average. He's day-to-day, so they say.

Um, did I mention the Pads just battered the Reds 10-4 to win their seventh straight? I'm not sure I believe it, either. Must be some kinda Internet screwup.

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

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