Until the sixth inning, the biggest reaction from yesterday's Dodger Stadium crowd was to Vicente Padilla's 55-mph Eephus to Shane Victorino in the third inning (followed by a 96-mph fastball). Pedro Martinez stifled the Dodgers for seven innings, and the 93-degree temperature stifled Dodger fans until Padilla sacrificed Russell Martin to second base in the sixth. The crowd finally made some real noise, but the rally fizzled.
Then, another eighth-inning rally and the fans (and Dodgers) came alive. The last two half-innings made the previous seven-and-a-half innings worth it. It was perhaps the most tiring victory I've seen at Dodger Stadium...but worth it.