Hiroki Kuroda went out there on the mound tonight and took all of the voluminous MSM coverage of Manny Ramirez' departure and the Dodgers' 2010 season hara-kiri, and kicked all of it squarely in the nuts. Seven and a third innings of magnificent no-hit ball, and 7.2 IP of one-hit, 7 K ball, bested Philly ace Roy Halladay and sent the Phillies back to their Best Western hotel scoreless and wanting.
And how about that Rod Barajas? In his first game in his hometown park in a Dodgers uniform, he calls a great game for Kuroda (but should have called for the beanball against Shane Victorino, who broke up the no-no), hits a run-scoring double play ball for the second run of the game, and then hits a home run off of Halladay to put the Dodgers up 3-0. We never looked back.
Way to go, Hiroki. And for all you MSM who are going to keep saying Manny was/is a cancer and the Dodgers will be unfertile into 2030: let me join our gun, Hiroki Kuroda by saying: GO TO HELL.
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