The Dodgers win by two field goals in Citizens Bank Park, their own house of horrors, thanks in part to the incredible Jay Gibbons, who homered today for the first time since 2007. Gibbons ended up 3-for-4 in today's game with 3 RBI and the two-run HR, making him 4-for-5 as a Dodger with a 2.200 OPS. The rest of the Dodgers' offensive lines were simply silly, as every starter except Jamey Carroll had at least one hit or one RBI: Andre Ethier went 4-for-4 with 4 R and 3 RBI; James Loney went 2-for-5 with 2 R and 2 RBI; Casey Blake went 2-for-4 with 1 run and 4 RBI. The Dodgers had 18 hits in their attack (matching their total from April 21) in achieving their highest run total of the year.
The pitching was mediocre, with Vicente Padilla yielding 4 ER in 5.0 IP; Ronald Belisario emerged from limbo to pitch 1 IP and yield 1 ER, and Carlos Monasterios and George Sherrill each gave up a couple more ER, before Octavio Dotel had to come in in the ninth for the final out. Against a lineup that was missing Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard, and Chase Utley, one would have thought we'd have given up fewer than nine runs. But I'll take the win in the opening game of the series, for sure.