Jeff Kent came through with a two-out RBI single in the ninth to win it, but the story, as it has been throughout this four-game winning streak, was the bullpen. This time, it was Scott Proctor, Joe Beimel and Takashi Saito combining for four shutout innings. This after Derek Lowe, with the help of an error by James Loney that led to three unearned runs, allowed a 5-1 lead to slip away. The Dodgers’ pen has now allowed one earned run in 21 innings over the past five games. And the best part was, Saito finally looked like Saito for perhaps the first time all year, the result of a slight mechanical tweak after he blew his last save opportunity on Friday night. … Broxton says he’ll see go through some strengthening exercises tomorrow and, “If I pass all those, I’ll toss a little bit and see how I feel.” I’m guessing they’ll keep him out at least one more day just to make sure, but he won’t be out long. … Dodgers get back to .500 at 13-13. Snakes are down four runs in the fourth inning, so this could be a chance to gain a game in the standings.
It’s a strain of the right latissimus dorsi, and he is day to day … NOT going on the DL, but it’s also not clear how long he is going to be out
Saw him being driven away by Rick Lembo, one of the Dodgers’ assistant trainers, as I was getting out of my car in the parking lot. They just kept driving, right out of the parking lot and, apparently, to a local clinic so Brox could have an MRI done on his latissimus dorsi (I have no idea if I’m spelling that correctly, but in the interest of speed, I’m not going to take the time to check). That’s the side muscle underneath the arm pit. This doesn’t SOUND serious, just the result of some recent soreness he has, but he isn’t available tonight. I’ll update when I know more. … Tonight’s lineup is fairly basic. Sweeney will play 1B on Thursday in the series finale.