Russell Martin homers for Canada, but U.S. still leads 6-4

He hit it off Scot Shields in the seventh inning. Big day for Dodgers catchers and catching prospects in the WBC. Here in Glendale, Dodgers lead the M’s 3-1, and we just got another look at something we should be seeing all summer at Chavez Ravine. With a man on first and none out in the fifth, Prentice Redman sent a smash up the middle toward center field, but it never got there. Orlando Hudson made a diving stop and dished to Rafael Furcal on the bag, starting a beautiful 4-6-3 double play. A lot has been said lately about the Dodgers’ pitching staff being somewhat mediocre. But it’s amazing how a good pair of middle infielders can make a pitching staff better. That’s another reason the Dodgers are better off without the perpetually sour Jeff Kent.

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  • Marcel

    Unless you think Randy Wolf is the biggest downgrade possible to Derek Lowe, the pitching staff is FAR from mediocre. Billingsley is great, Kuroda is a total pro, Wolf has a lot of moxie, and Kershaw has a huge ceiling. The #5 slot is the only real weakness at this point.

    As for the bullpen, Weaver is a pretty good approximation of Chan Ho Park, and Scott Elbert has far better stuff than Joe Beimel.

    Seriously, this talk about the Dodgers pitching not being good is pure myth.

  • BrooklynFan

    I’m rooting for the USA but somehow I’m rooting for Russell Martin and the rest of the Dodgers in the WBC.
    so I have to say the best part of that game, by far was his HR.