Dodgers 2 5 0
Pirates 0 4 0
WP- Kuroda (4-3)
LP- Maholm (1-5)
S- Padilla (3)
The Dodgers win their second game in a row in Pittsburgh on the wings of Hiroki Kuroda's dazzling performance. Kuroda didn't allow a hit until the 5th inning. While we were watching one amazing Asian pitcher, we lost another one to the DL. Blake Hawksworth was in fact not put on the DL, but he is day-to-day with a strained groin. Hong-Chih Kuo was placed on the DL with an "anxiety disorder." This is very disheartening to us Dodger fans. Kuo has been plagued with the yips this season, and his uncharacteristic high ERA of 11.57 was a red flag to his problems. The Dodgers are not releasing any other information at this time, but we will keep you posted to his condition. Hopefully it will not be a long-term issue, and DBF wishes him the best! Kuo has been a career Dodger, and was signed in 1999 as a free agent. You can read more about Kuo in his Blue Bios I wrote last year.
Both Pitchers swapped 1-2-3 innings in the first, and pretty much were cruising right along other than singles by Big Rod, Ivan De Jesus, and Kemp in the following innings which led to no scoring whatsoever.
Kuroda allowed the first Pirate base hit in the bottom of the 5th to Wood who singled.
The 6th inning is where both pitchers had trouble. Ivan De Jesus led off with a walk, Ethier got an infield single, and Kemp drew another walk to load the bases with nobody out. IDJ scores on a Uribe double play, 1-0 Dodgers. Maholm intentionally walks Big Rod to continue the Walkapalooza™, and then Sandman doubles in Ethier giving the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Kuroda also struggles in the bottom of the inning when XPaul singles and steals second. Overbay walks, and Honeycutt then makes a visit to the mound. The runners advance on a wild pitch. Kuroda now leads the league with 5 wild pitches. I really feel this is mostly due to Big Rod's inadequacy behind the plate. Kuroda gets out of the jam by striking out Snyder.
Maholm goes 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs, 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts.
McCutchen comes in to pitch the 7th for the Bucs and sends the Dodgers down 1-2-3.
Kuroda ends up pitching 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 0 runs, 3 walks, and 8 strikeouts.
Guerrier comes in and pitches a 1-2-3 inning and strikes out McCutchen (the center fielder).
Our old friend Joe Beimel pitches the 9th, and sends the Dodgers down 1-2-3 again. Sigh.
Vicente Padilla closes it out for the Dodgers by striking out Overbay, allowing a double to Alvarez, but then strikes out Wood swinging to pick up his third save for the Dodgers.
Well other than Sands' double, our scoring was from walks, an infield single, and a double play. But hey, we'll take what we can get, right?
Andre Ethier has now reached safely in 35 games straight, the longest streak of this kind in the majors right now.
The Dodgers will try to get a much-needed series win tomorrow in the final game of the four game series in Pittsburgh before they return home to face the Arizona Diamondbacks for the first meeting of the season. Jon Garland will go to the mound. Go Blue:)