Dodgers 11, Diamondbacks 2

Turns out Eric Stults wasn’t scratched just before game time last night at ABQ. He had actually been scratched the day before, when the possibility of Kuroda going on the DL had first been raised. If that hadn’t happened, Stults would have pitched Saturday instead. But it did happen, and so he was here tonight pitching 5 1/3 strong innings to get the win. He always seems to pitch well in his first big-league start of any season, so we’ll see how he does the next time out, and it isn’t clear yet when that will be. It could be in five days against the Giants, he could become the fifth guy and get pushed back to Sunday against the Rockies. We’ll see. We had an interesting chat with him after the game about losing his mother, Kathy, which happened just before the start of spring training. She was in remission from breast cancer, with which she had been diagnosed two years earlier, but they discovered early this year that she had stage four cancer in her liver, and it was too late to do anything about it. She died a month later. Eric’s dad, Dave, came to spring training from Indiana for a few days and spent some time with Eric and his family, which Eric said was a mixed bag for his father emotionally.
“He needed a distraction, and I think baseball was a good distraction for him to come down and be with myself and my family,” Eric said. “My daughter and son really light up his face when he sees them, so I think that was good. But I think there were some tough times, too, because my mom loved baseball. It didn’t matter what game was on TV, she was watching it, whether I was (playing) or not.”
The offense finally broke out tonight with 11 hits, six of them for extra bases. O-Dog was the big star, with a home run and a two-run double, but the whole lineup contributed. The only starter not to get a hit was Manny, and he walked twice. Casey Blake also appears to be coming out of his early-season slump. He went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and is now 3 for 7 with a HR in the past two games.
Dodgers go to 3-3 and move back into third place, one behind the Pods and a half-game behind the Rox. Randy Wolf against Dan Haren tomorrow at 1:10.
Oh, BTW, Delwyn Young played the whole game in LF for ABQ tonight. He walked in his first plate appearance, then GIDP’d and popped up. Isotopes got pounded 9-0 by the Omaha Royals. Eric Milton started and gave up four runs on six hits over four innings.

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