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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Leapfrog: Dodgers 6, Rockies 5

I kept flipping back and forth between this game and the Angels game last night — the one thing that Verizon FiOS does not have is picture-in-picture, for whatever reason, something I miss whenever both teams are playing in the same time zone, which is often. Though the Angels' win was sorely needed, so was the Dodgers. On the other hand, as gruesome as the Dodgers' 9-14 April was, they're 4-2 in May, albeit facing far weaker opponents in the Pirates, and now the Rockies. The Rockies are mid-pack in the NL West, and entered the game 14-14; not a great record, but for the time being, the Dodgers are looking up at them.

As I said, I kept flipping back to this game, and it seemed like when I did, the Dodgers had either tied it or been tied, so it was, by turns, 1-1, 2-2, and 3-3. As a consequence, when Andre Ethier tied the game in the fifth, and Russell Martin eventually gave the Dodgers a 5-3 lead, it had the same feel of safety you got in maybe a Corvair; and sure enough, in the top of the sixth, Kuroda gave up the lead, the rally starting with a one-out Eric Young, Jr. one-out triple, followed up by Seth Smith's RBI single.

Interspersed with this was some good news, even despite the fact that Todd Helton managed a sac fly off George Sherrill, and that fact was Joe Torre coming to get Sherrill after he failed to get the lefty out.

Matt Kemp provided the final blow, knocking home Jamie Carroll on an RBI triple, but the real show-stopper was Jonathan Broxton showing what he's capable of when he's not rusty, giving up a single to Carlos Gonzalez (who erased himself trying to steal second), and then mowing down Ian Stewart and Jason Giambi. It almost reminded you of the 2009 Dodgers.

ESPN BoxDodgers recap

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