This is one of those games you love to see in person (as I did): the Dodgers open up a big lead early; unlikely bats spring forth (Russell Martin goes 2-for-4 with an RBI, raising his average to .263); unlikely starters do fine (Juan Pierre, subbing for a flu-ridden Matt Kemp in centerfield, goes 1-for-5 with a screaming double into the left-center gap and plates later); starters with lingering questions perform admirably (Chad Billingsley goes six innings with 2 ER and 1 RBI, putting to rest doubts about his hamstring injury); and closers seal the deal (Jonathan Broxton goes 1.1 innings and mows down Matt Holliday to earn the save). Heck, even James Loney legged out a Martin double to score from first on a balls-out head-first slide that narrowly evaded the tag. Cardinals starter Mitchell Boggs goes 4.0 IP with 5 ER to take the loss.
Big win for the Dodgers, who face Adam Wainwright in tomorrow's sold-out Matt Kemp Bobblehead Night rubber match. Let's get ready to rumble!
(Sorry this is posting so late; traffic out of the Stadium was brutal!)