Rod Barajas joins the Dodgers and has three hits, including two doubles and a sixth-inning home run that sounded something like this:
Deep left center.
It's got a chance, it's GONE!
Welcome to the Dodgers, Rod Barajas!
(Eric Collins is not quite a poet, that's for sure.) Matt Kemp had the Dodgers' other two RBI with a two-run jack to center that scored James Loney (1-for-4). And when I say "jack", I mean "ball becomes lodged in the centerfield scoreboard of Miller Park":
UPDATE: Josh S. tells us that isn't a Matt Kemp HR ball, either! (see the comments)
Ted Lilly went a servicable 6.1 IP (7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks), and Hong-Chih Kuo survived a shaky ninth inning that involved a single and a comebacker which Kuo airmailed to Kemp (failing to account for the diminutive Jamey Carroll--it's a trap!) to put two on with one out.
Whatever; with Barajas providing production from the catcher's spot, things suddenly look rosier with only 36 left to play (7 GB in the WC, pending outcome of the Philly-Houston game). And, his output saves me from going to some sophomoric "Dodgers Trim Bush" headline. Whoops, I just did!
Kemp HR ball photo: Morry Gash / AP