The Dodgers continue their offensive somnambulation by relying upon a bases-loaded walk to Andre Ethier in the seventh to score the winning run against the woeful, 20-games-back Arizona Diamondbacks. With one out and the bases still juiced, Manny Ramirez got caught looking for what seemed like the 10th time this week, and Casey Blake flied to short right to end the rally.
Vicente Padilla went 5.1 IP and had 5Ks and 1ER, but newly promoted Scott Elbert gave up 2 ER to tie the game at three, before Ronald Belisario and Ramon Troncoso restored scoreless order (the latter thanks to an acrobatic inning-ending catch by Andre Ethier in right). Jonathan Broxton got two quick outs, then surrendered a single to Justin Upton (who stole second), before getting Mark Reynolds to popout to Orlando Hudson (Reynolds went 0-for-5). The Dodgers keep the Rockies 5.5 games back, and watch the Giants (who lost 1-0 to the Phillies) recede to 6.5 GB.
A first inning solo HR from Matt Kemp capped a 2-for-3, 2R, 1BB night for the Bison, but our 3-4-5 (Ethier (who had a sac fly), Ramirez and Blake) all 0-fered, providing a gaping hole smack dab in the lineup. Perhaps the team is waiting for tomorrow's arrival of Jim Thome; clearly, the newly-suited Dodger Jon Garland (who dressed in Diamondback red and black last night, standing in the opposite dugout) didn't do much to inspire the team. Maybe Garland's day is coming up soon?