The Dodgers had two scoring bursts tonight, and Aubrey Huff's glove, or lack thereof, played a major role in both. Huff muffed a Jamey Carroll sinking line drive in the first, allowing Rafael Furcal to score and setting the stage for a huge home run by Matt Kemp.
It was all tied 3-3 in the seventh when Marcus Thames hit a drive to deep right, causing Huff to twist to and fro like laundry hanging in a windstorm. James Loney scored on the play and the Dodgers ended up scratching out four runs in the inning.
Hiroki Kuroda was admirably solid, allowing six hits and three runs (all earned) over seven. However, Dodger fans are all atwitter about Jonathan Broxton, who got the save — but not before allowing a homer to Aaron "Squatty" Rowand. Is Brox nibbling too much? Does he have Stairs in the membrane? The unsinkable @molly_knight offers this:
Jonathan Broxton allowed just 2 homeruns in 2008, 4 HR in '09 & 4 HR in '10. He's already given up 2 this season. #slidernotfoolinganyone
All I know is the Dodgers have three wins, and Broxton has three saves. Success builds confidence. Get confident, dummy!
Lost in all this Brox-brouhaha is the fact that the Dodgers just took three of four from the Giants! A great way to start the year, no matter how you slice it. Off-day tomorrow followed by a two-game visit to Colorado. Heat up the humidor!
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