As Empire Strikes Back Night ends at Dodger Stadium, order is restored. Luke gets a new right hand. Dusty gets a happy 40th birthday. Han Solo gets...well, skip that one. But the Dodgers get a winning interleague contest, a rare feat of late, to inch back into first place in the NL West for the first time this year, attaining a divisional position that was unfathomable just 12 days ago when we were sitting in the cellar.
Credit Jedi Master Chad Billingsley for his seven innings of four-hit, one-run ball (2 BB, 5 Ks), which started inauspiciously with a 10-pitch at bat to Austin Jackson that led to a leadoff double, and Jackson would eventually come around to score. That first-inning run was the last the Tigers got, though, as Bills settled, Ronald Belisario got a hold and big bad Jonathan Broxton had a three-K ninth inning for his ninth save. The Dodgers got RBI from AJ Ellis and Manny Ramirez, as well as Nick Green (HBP with the bases loaded). Reed Johnson went 3-for-3 with a double.
Meanwhile, we have others to thank for contributing to our first-placeness. Wade LeBlanc got shelled in Seattle (Cliff Lee was also shelled, but the Mariners took the win). Also, Barry Zito still can't beat his former team, so the Giants lost too.
So go dry clean your Jedi robes and put them away until Halloween, or the next Dungeons and Dragons game over at Delino's house. And may the Force be with you.