This one had a little of everything:
- STARTING PITCHING: Clayton Kershaw was wonderful wonderful, throwing 107 pitches and striking out five over seven scoreless innings (including getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth). This is just a preview of the future, folks.
- DEFENSE: James Loney and Casey Blake got to show off their glovely chops to a national audience.
- OFFENSE: Loney hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, while Juan Pierre had two RBIs and basically manufactured an insurance run in the ninth.
- INSTANT REPLAY: The Angels challenged Loney's home run, but the umpires' video review indicated it was good. Justice was served.
- RELIEF PITCHING: Ramon Troncoso and Brent Leach had scoreless stints, and...
- SUSPENSE: Blake's eighth-inning error brought Jonathan Broxton in for the four-out save. Broxton walked Gary Matthews Jr. (who homered off him last night) but struck out Erick Aybar in the eighth. The Angels scored two runs off Broxton in the ninth (aided by Matt Kemp's unfortunate bobble), but Broxton held on for his 17th save. Thank goodness for the off-day tomorrow.
- NEW HIGHS: The Dodgers are a season-high 22 games over .500 and have not lost any of their last eight series.