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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Nathan E's First Win, Dodgers Hit 2 Homers in a Game for the First Time Since May 21

Good For You Nathan
Patience is a virtue that not everyone possesses, but Nathan Eovaldi certainly has it.  He weathered this 2012 storm and finally got a well earned win tonight after going six innings and yielding only one run.  It wasn’t a pretty outing, but it was gutty, and the young hard luck rookie finally tallied his first victory of the season.
For the first time since May 21st, (their 42nd game of the season), the Dodgers hit two homers in a game.  Tonight was their 84th game on the year, so it has been 42 games since the Dodger offense knocked two balls out of the park.  

Arizona'a All Star starting pitcher Wade Miley was was attempting to win his 10th game before the break, but it was not to be.
Other game highlights for the Dodgers included :
*Starting off the night in the first inning with 4 consecutive hits to spot Eovaldi with a 2-0 lead at the outset.
Mark Ellis congratulates Elian Herrera after he hits his first major league home run (photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
*Elian Herrera hitting his first major league homer.  
*Rookie Scott Van Slyke socking his second homer on the year.  
*Mark Ellis returning in his first start since coming off the D.L. with two hits and a walk.
*The bullpen trio of Elbert, Bellisario and Jansen were absolutely lights out again.  They retired all nine hitters that they faced to close out the game in the 7th, 8th and 9th.  Jansen closed it out striking out the side on 11 pitches.
*The Dodgers turned three double plays and played splendid defense all around.  There were a couple of fine running catches by Elian Herrera in left field.

Tonight’s lineup was composed of 3, 4, and 5 hitters with a cumulative total of 6 homers and 49 RBIs.   it’s amazing that they can come up on top against a fine offensive team like Arizona and in their home ball park no less.  The D-backs have been reeling though, tonight was their 6th consecutive loss.  Arizona, who a week ago had crept within 4 games of first place, has now fallen back to 7 games behind the first place Dodgers.  The Giants with their 9th inning loss to Washington find themselves now 1 1/2 games behind.
This was a gritty win by the knot-hole gang.  They’re the stunt-men version II.  These guys have awful offensive stats and have been playing bad ball for the better part of a month, but suddenly they’re winning again.  Many of us don’t know how.  First place at the All Star break is a distinct possibility.  Let the San Francisco Giants make up the bulk of the All Star team, our gritty guys will just win the thing outright.  It certainly ‘aint real pretty, but they’re getting it done.

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