Welcome to the Dodgers, George Sherrill, a.k.a. Flat Breezy, a.k.a. Death to Lefties. You and your back-to-the-plate delivery were impressive in your debut in Dodger Blue, coming in with two on and no out. Three strikeouts (with a walk to Chipper Jones mixed in) got the team over the seventh-inning hump.
Welcome to the Dodgers, the Jason Schmidt We Never Knew Existed. Six scoreless innings, 87 pitches, one hit, three strikeouts? All while never breaking 90 mph (according to Gameday)? On a day when the Dodgers didn't acquire a new starter, they may have learned one was with them all the while.
Welcome to the Dodgers, the Andre Ethier Who Hits Home Runs on the Road. Of your 21 home runs, five have come on the road — including tonight's three-run blast in the fifth inning. You ended up going 2-for-5 with four RBIs, especially helpful since Manny (1-for-4) is in a slump.
Other heroes: Matt Kemp, with a superfine catch in the ninth, and James McDonald, with two innings of scoreless relief.
Sherrill photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers; all other photos by John Bazemore/AP