Fine piece of gambling done by Joe Torre tonight, when he opts to leave Ramon Troncoso in the game to bat for himself in the top of the ninth inning, with two RISP, two out, and a one-run lead. Tron-Tron strikes out on four pitches, stranding Casey Blake at third and Matt Kemp at second.
Bottom of the ninth, and Troncoso lets Milton Bradley and Derrek Lee reach on singles, then Reed Johnson sacrifices them over. IBB to Geovany Soto means that Troncoso has to face Bobby Scales (who hit a home run in the eighth to halve the Dodgers' lead) and then Cubs wunderkind Jake Fox. Troncoso suddenly hits Beast Mode of his own, striking out both Scales and Fox on nine total pitches. DODGERS WIN!
And SoSG reader NicJ gets credit for "The Fox and the Mound" as the tension ran thick during the final out on the original Game Thread! Game 2, tomorrow at 11.20a--wake up early, kiddies!
UPDATED 9.56p with a slightly less heinous hack job on the image.