One game after a miserable 0-for-4 performance with four fly outs (albeit also with the winning RBI through a HBP), Juan "Slappy" Pierre busted out an uncommon whupping stick to lead the Dodgers to victory over the Nationals, 10-0. Brad Penny's 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball helped--he lowered his ERA to 2.06, trailing only Jake Peavy in the National League--but Pierre was on fire today, going 4-for-5 day that included FOUR extra base hits. Pierre had only 5 doubles and 1 triple all season, but added three doubles and a triple tonight--and would have had a couple of the doubles turn into triples had he not abutted Penny lumbering around the bases in front of him.
Since we ripped Pierre yesterday for his awful line, it's only fair to recount his at bats tonight:
- First inning, triple to deep right. Scores run on Garciaparra single.
- Third inning, double to right center, scoring Abreu. Picked off second base.
- Fifth inning, double to deep right, advancing Penny to third.
- Seventh inning, double to left, advancing Penny to third. Scores on Garciaparra's fielders choice + error by 3B Zimmerman.
- Eighth inning, fly out to center with a man on second.
4 H (3 2B, 1 3B), 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 LOB, .286 BA. Not too shabby from the man with the puffy kneecap...
In other news:
- Brad Penny's 2-for-2 night has him batting .273, almost 100 points ahead of Wilson Betemit.
- Luis Gonzalez' three-run HR gives him six HRs on the year.
- The Dodgers' six-run seventh inning probably made the Morongo Casino folks very nervous, given their "seven runs in the seventh" giveaway. The Dodgers fell one scant run short of an award for some lucky fan.