The Dodgers had eleven hits tonight, and ten of them were singles. For efficiency's sake, we will list only those in the starting lineup who did not have a hit:
- Rafael Furcal
- Marcus Thames
The non-single? A solo home run by Rod Barajas.
It was a pleasure to watch Clayton Kershaw work tonight; his progression as a pitcher is evident in how he worked out of jams. Kershaw went 6 2/3 innings and threw 117 pitches, yet only issued two walks. The 2010 Kershaw's K/BB ratio was 2.62; so far, the 2011 Kershaw's is 6.00.
And where are those walks going? To Matt Kemp, of course. The 2010 Kemp had about three K's for every walk; the 2011 Kemp has four K's and seven BB's. And he's still perfect on the basepaths, dodging another pickoff bullet when Miguel Tejada dropped the ball on the tag at second.
Special props to Jamey Carroll, who, with Jeremy Affeldt, addressed the crowd before the game (above), then went 3-for-5.
The only bad news: Furcal injured his right thumb sliding into third base. This coming after hurting his wrist on a checked swing in Colorado. Get that man some duct tape!
UPDATE: @kengurnick reports that Furcal broke his thumb. DAMMIT
UPDATE: Raffy pulling a Manny? From @dylanohernandez:
Furcal has a broken finger. Said he's pondering retirement.
UPDATE: From @dylanohernandez:
Furcal sounded like he was speaking out of frustration.
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