The Dodgers turn five double plays against the Giants tonight, tying a Los Angeles Dodgers record for the 11th time, allowing us to get out of jams right and left. As Vin pointed out as we cut back to the bottom of the ninth, the five DPs included a hilarious fly out to right field by Edgar Renteria, allowing right fielder Andre Ethier to hold pinch-runner Aaron Rowand at third while throwing home on a low strike, which was cut off and thrown to Rafael Furcal to nail a very slow-moving Pablo Sandoval in no man's land between first and second. Rowand doesn't even score from third when, on the next batter, Casey Blake makes a fine play on Bengie Molina's dribbler to third, and the Dodgers escape the seventh clinging to a 2-2 tie.
Blake promptly came out in the eighth and hit a two-run jack to left field to put the Dodgers up 4-2. And with Jonathan Broxton surprisingly unavailable (he only threw 48 pitches last night), Hong-Chih Kuo came out to walk a highwire, letting the tying run aboard, but get the save.
Chad Billingsley comes off the DL to pitch an impresive six innings of two-run ball, Manny Ramirez goes 3-for-3 with a RBI, and Andre Ethier gets a sacrifice fly RBI of his own. The Dodgers needed this win to recover from all the AL beat-downs. And now, please excuse me as I hope for Jackie Johnson (who looks like she's not on KCAL9 news this evening...sigh).