I know the mainstream media wasn't watching this game, given all eyes were on Derek Jeter and the Yankees (who lost 10-4). But if the media had been watching, they would have had a lot of questions answered, like:
- Don't count out Hiroki Kuroda yet. A masterful game by Kuroda included retiring 19 straight batters and going eight innings while dominating the Giants on a highly-efficient pitch count (Kuroda had 61 pitches through six innings, it was sick).
- The Dodgers' bats might not be so dormant after all. 10 runs tonight says they're just fine. Casey Blake returned to the lineup to have 3 RBI and a HR; King James Loney (who needs a raise) had 3 RBI of his own; and even Russell Martin had a two-run double to boot.
- Even one-half of the Giants' dynamic duo has bad days, too. Our crazy output came against Giants Deuce Matt Cain, who probably didn't know what hit him when the Dodgers got two more runs in the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. Cain was chased after that, allowing the Dodgers to tee off on Merkin Valdez for four ER, and Bob Howry and Joe Martinez for one ER each.
It was an important night to win, too, as Padres closer Heath Bell blew the save in the ninth, the Padres losing 4-1 to the Rockies (winners of seven straight). NL West lead stays at 2 games for the Dodgers, whose magic number drops to 19.