When we get a pitcher that can actualy go deep into the game, as Clayton Kershaw did today (7.0 IP, 1 ER, ND), then great things can happen. Joe Torre can use the bullpen effectively (Jeff Weaver, George Sherrill, Ramon Troncoso, and then Jonathan Broxton to get the save in the ninth); Manny Ramirez can come off the bench for a dramatic lead-changing two-run pinch-hit home run off of Sergio "Valente" Romo (who picked a fine time to try out that sidearm pitch); and the Dodgers can not only survive a pitchers' duel, but can dispatch the Giants out of town having stolen the series from them. I'll write more on this later, but for now, thanks Clayton and Manny, for a wonderful afternoon and evening full of smiles and laughter.
The Dodgers claw their way back to .500, knock the division-leading Giants off their perch a bit, and get back to second place in the NL West. And all Giants fans can do is throw insults at Manny's hair. Yawn.
UPDATE 9:14p: For those of you who missed the game, Tony Jackson wrote a very thorough piece about all the chess moves late in the game to keep us in it, and give Manny a chance for his late-game heroics.