The Dodgers close out their 20-consecutive game marathon with an extra-innings victory in the sweltering heat of Miami (ending the roadtrip 3-3 and the marathon 10-10). But what was truly remarkable about this game? Was it Andre Ethier extending his all-time MLB April consecutive-game streak with his 24th straight game with a hit? Or James Loney going 1-for-4 but still raising his average to .206 (thanks in no small part to his 4-for-4 day yesterday; today, however, he actually plated a run)?
Was it the Dodgers showing some rare backbone by coming back from a 4-0 deficit in the second inning to get three back in the fourth inning (a three-run Rod Barajas HR)? Or Chad Billingsley righting himself after coming off the rails in the second inning (four straight singles, followed by a two-out double that cleared the bases)? Or even Ethier coming back to hit the game-winning homerun, leading off in the 10th?
No, the most remarkable part of today's game was after the Dodgers took the lead in the tenth, and it was not Jonathan Broxton who got the nod--it was Vicente Padilla. And Battletoad got three infield ground outs to end the game without a batter reaching base (admittedly, Ivan DeJesus made a sweet backhand play for the third out, but I'm not giving DeJesus credit after coming up with rancho ardiendo and one out in the eighth, and quickly GIDPing).
Brox out? Battletoad in? Sure, Brox pitched yesterday, but still... At least we've got another day to stew on this tomorrow, an off-day for the Dodgers. Which I'm sure will lead to even more speculation and debate!
UPDATE 7:11p: Here is the video if you want to hear Eric Collins gush over Andre Ethier: "Andre Ethier is a STUD!" is Collins' HR trot call.