What's a Hawksworth?
Hopefully, about 3 2/3 innings.—Josh S.
Very, very nice, Josh. Hawksworth was actually worth four innings and six earned runs to the Dodgers, who small-balled their way to a lead early on. The scoring highlights were A.J. Ellis with the SQUEEZE! (legally, you can't talk about squeeze plays without getting excited) bunt, scoring Ronnie Belliard in the fourth, and Blake DeWitt's three-run home run in the fifth, his first HR of the season. Even Garret Anderson got in on the fun with a bloop RBI-double in the seventh.
Carlos Monasterios isn't an ironman yet — Joe Torre hooked him after six innings and 86 pitches — but he pitched a quality start and could be approaching Elyesque levels of effectiveness. Albert Pujols versus Monasterios? 0-for-3 lifetime. Ely trademate Jon Link also made his
Dodgers debut fourth appearance of the season, throwing two scoreless to close the game out.
Hope you enjoyed tonight's rare laugher against the Cards, because the next two aren't going to be nearly as easy. Carpenter and Wainwright are waiting in the wings. Let's relive the 2009 NLDS!