When Clayton Kershaw gave up a run in the first inning, it looked like he might be feeling a little Pokey tonight. But dad-Gumb, he settled down and ended up going seven innings, allowing only three hits and that one run, using 110 pitches.
James Loney kick-started the offense with a home run well over the 400-foot sign in right field, and later Jamey Carroll and Russell Martin added RBI singles. When Garret Anderson hit an RBI-triple in the sixth inning, you knew things were really going the Dodgers' way. Tron-Tron pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two, and Jonathan Broxton needed eight pitches to close it out.
And all this was accomplished without the services of the red-hot Andre Ethier, who hurt the pinky finger on his right hand during BP. True Blue LA notes that Xavier Paul was pulled from the Albuquerque Isotopes' lineup in their third inning tonight, which means Ethier could possibly be headed to the DL.
Aside from that, life is improving rapidly for Dodgers fans — six victories in a row, and seven of the past eight, all against NL West opponents. LeBills versus LeBlanc tomorrow as the Dodgers go for another LeSweep.
UPDATE: From @jillpainter:
Bad news for Dodger fans. #AndreEthier has a fracture in his pinky. He'll see two doctors, including a hand specialist, in L.A. tomorrow.