Dodgers 7, Giants 2

Either Blake DeWitt or Xavier Paul will be recalled from ABQ in the morning (my money’s on Paul, as he is hitting .571) to take Doug Mientkiewicz’s spot after Mkz dislocated his right shoulder on that headfirst slide into second in the sixth inning. Too bad. He is a really good guy, and that was a really big hit, a two-run double that put this thing on ice. He was choking back tears when we got to him in the clubhouse afterward. Here is a guy who was wondering before the Dodgers signed him to a minor-league contract on Feb. 26 if his career might be over because there simply wasn’t much interest on the free-agent market, and I’m sure he is wondering the same thing tonight. But I’m in agreement with Joe Torre, who predicted after the game that Mkz WILL play again. … Mkz’s wasn’t the only gritty effort tonight. Eric Stults didn’t have his best stuff. He walked or hit a bunch of guys, and he seemed to be in constant trouble. But he gutted his way through five innings and then handed a 3-2 lead to a bullpen that came through with four shutout frames. The result was another win for Stults, who is 2-0. More importantly, as Stults himself pointed out after the game, the Dodgers are 2-0 in games he has started this year. … Dodgers go to 7-3 and stay tied with the Pods atop the division, two games ahead of the Rockies. Rox in tomorrow night (7:10) for the start of a three-game series, Randy Wolf against Jorge De La Rosa.

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  • TeamHasHoles

    Tough break for a heart and soul guy like MKZ, but I’ve been saying for years, so long as you don’t take lessons from Pedro Guerrero, sliding feet first is safer and just as effective.

  • rjthrelkeld

    Gosh, it’s a good thing we just gave DY away! What foresight when ManRam and Hudson may not be back next year. I always look forward to Ned Coletti’s prescient moves.

    And Andy LaRoche got his first hit of the year yesterday. Congratulations. May your second hit come easier.

  • phillydodger

    so let me get this straight…torre thought eithier was taking too many pitches in his first week as cleanup hitter.

    meanwhile, loney, walks twice with the bases loaded Wed and took a called third strike yesterday with the bases loaded yesterday?!?

    i am not esp in love with andre in the four hole, just looks like loney is get all the love for his patience and approach at the plate…

  • Sleepy LaBeef

    Hey rjthrelkeld-

    You need to chill out, breathe deeply, and, once you calm down, study up on the rules about minor league options. DY was out of options, which means the Dodgers had to keep him on the big club, or put him on waivers and risk having him claimed (which he would have been), before sending him down. Whose spot would you have placed DY in on the big-league roster?

    Ned Flanders has made more than his share of questionable (at best) moves, but this wasn’t one of them. Climb off that ledge.

  • ABQDodger

    I wouldn’t count out Jason Repko. Even though Xavier Paul is performing better, I think he needs to continue playing every day.

  • GScott

    Rumors of Repko to the Yankees are continuing to come in, though mostly from new york media and not from any reputable yankee officials.

  • ABQDodger

    Now that I think about it, the Dodgers need a lefty bat on the bench, and Repko is a righty. So Tony’s probably right about Xavier Paul. (If DeWitt was brought up, it would defeat the purpose of sending him down to Albuquerque to play every day). Plus, Paul is hitting .571 with a .594 OBP and .893 SLG. Many of those hits came against a very good Omaha pitching staff.

  • Harpo JB

    Quoting ABQDodger:
    “a very good Omaha pitching staff”

    To steal a famous line from the late Jim Healy, “Say what?!”

    Omaha’s team ERA is 5.06, which is only “very good” when compared to Albuquerque’s 7.38, but still bad enough to rank TENTH-best in a sixteen team league.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=l_tpi&lid=112