It seems like it's been a long time since we've seen a Dodger team with resiliency, one that could come back in the late innings to win a tough game--in this case, a great pitchers' duel between Ubaldo Jimenez (who takes the loss to go to 17-5) and Clayton Kershaw (ND; six innings of five-hit, 6 K ball with only 1 ER given up to a solo Todd Helton HR). But the Dodgers, after being frustrated by scattered hits and GIDPs through seven, came out in the eighth with a Scott Podsednik single, a Ryan Theriot walk, and a Andre Ethier game-tying double to chase Jimenez.
Matt Belisle came in and got Matt Kemp to ground to short but then IBBd James Loney, setting Casey Blake up for a magnificent grand slam, the fifth of his career, which put the Dodgers up 5-1. Kemp added an RBI single in the ninth, and Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless seventh and got two out in the eighth before Hong-Chih Kuo entered to shut down Helton with a K, and then pitched a solid 1-2-3 ninth for the save.
So why is this a trap? With the win, the Dodgers move into a tie for fourth place in the Wild Card (along with the Rockies). And the Giants are losing 6-0 to the Diamondbacks in the ninth, so the Dodgers could be only four games off the pace when the dust settles. Which means Ned Colletti is probably popping Xanax like mentos, wondering if he should push the self-destruct button and dish Manny Ramirez, Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly, and even tonight's hero Casey Blake in the hopes of getting something upon which we can build for the future. But this win and the narrowing gap means we're stuck--unfortunately.
I still think we're too far back for this to be reasonable. So onward, toward the supposedly shieldless and half-constructed Death Star, we proceed...