The Dodgers improved to 9-0 at home — matching the 1946 Brooklyn gang for best home start in franchise history — with more late drama in a low-scoring game against San Diego. This time, Andre Ethier’s no-outs, bases-loaded, 350-foot single ended it.
In a game that had a lot of compelling storylines — another walk-off win, Ethier getting the big hit after getting doubled off third base in the sixth, Troncoso inducing the big double-play grounder in the sixth, Wolf looking brilliant for 4 2/3 innings then suddenly losing the strike zone — one at-bat that might get lost a bit is Orlando Hudson’s at-bat in the 10th.
Furcal led off with a single up the middle and Hudson came up looking bunt. What an intriguing at-bat. Hudson worked the count to 3-1, Furcal took off, Hudson swung and managed to snake one through the middle to move Furcal to third. Manny draws the IBB and Ethier wins it. Think about how that at-bat could have gone different. If Hudson gets the bunt down, Manny still draws the walk but it’s up to Ethier to get a clutch hit, not just sky the ball to the outfield. If Hudson fails completely, then it’s just one on, one out.
Quite a game, and they’ll be back at it Sunday afternoon…