Dan Haren struck out nine Dodgers in the first three innings tonight. No problem — John Ely was nails, using 105 pitches to hold the Diamondbacks scoreless until the seventh inning, when George Sherrill pitched to one batter and let the D'backs back into the game. (Don't be surprised if Sherrill hits the DL soon, with Charlie Haeger replacing him.)
Fortunately, Russell Martin's three-run homer kicked off a crazy nine-run scoring binge that started in the eighth inning and the rest, as they say, was histrionics. How ridiculous were the last two innings? Put it this way: Jamey Carroll had two RBIs.
But back to the man of the hour: Congrats to Ely, who figures to have earned his way into the starting rotation, especially with Vicente Padilla unavailable for at least the rest of the month. And if they ever decide to make a sequel to "Sahara," we know where they can look for their leading man.
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