On the day the National Portrait Gallery installed a painting of Tommy Lasorda, the Dodgers installed their foot in the Nationals' ass and won their first-ever victory at Nationals Park. It was a cakewalk that served as a perfect tune-up for the playoffs:
- Hiroki Kuroda: 6.0 IP, 2R (both unearned), 6K
- Rafael Furcal: 4-for-5, 4 RBIs
- Matt Kemp: 2 RBIs
- James Loney: 3-for-5, 2 RBIs
- Casey Blake: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs
Also making appearances were Juan Castro, Juan Pierre, Jason Repko, Blake DeWitt, Jim Thome, A.J. Ellis and Chin-lung Hu. Yeah, it was that type of game.
Want more good news? Clayton Kershaw pitched the last two innings of the game, throwing 39 pitches and striking out four. He hit 94 mph with regularity and looked comfortable, even fielding a high bouncing comebacker to end the game.
Magic numbers drop to 3 (to make playoffs)/
7 6 (to win division). Padres and Rockies are tied at six in the fourth inning at Colorado — feel free to scoreboard-watch in this thread!