So this is how it's going to be? We're just going to let the pitchers do their thing (Hiroki Kuroda: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2BB, 4 K) and then watch the bats clean the mess up? The Dodgers went apeshit at the plate today, and we're left to wonder how long this league-leading offense can stay this hot. I mean, offense wins championships, right? Oh wait, that's pitching. But offense never sleeps. Or is that rust? Wait, I got it: It's fun to watch the Dodgers beat the tar out of the ball.
- Furcal: 3-for-5, 4 RBIs
- Kemp: 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, 4 R, HR (his 7th; on pace for, like, 800)
- Ethier: 3-for-5, 2 RBIs, HR
- Manny: 3-for-4, 2 RBIs
- Loney: 3-for-6, 2 RBIs
- Martin: 2-for-5, 2 R
The most gratifying part of this offensive explosion is watching Matt Kemp develop into the superstud we always knew he could be. The Fox Sports West (or Prime Ticket, or whatever they're calling it this week) broadcast showed a graphic for where Kemp has hit his home runs this season:
2009: 11L - 13C - 2R
2010: 1L - 3C - 3R
Don't know if he worked on going the opposite way this season, but whatever he did, it's working. (Insert Rihanna joke here.) And Manny seems to be settling nicely into his RBI-guy role. Now, about that pitching....
Oh, and GO KINGS!