The Dodgers don't look like they can field a team that can play six innings, let alone nine. But take the Dodgers to extra innings at your peril. LA is 5-0 in extra-inning games, following today's victory (the Cubs are the only other undefeated team in extras, with a 2-0 record). The Dodgers got to Carlos Fisher for four runs in the eleventh, abetted by a Ethier comebacker that Fisher launched into centerfield instead of an inning-ending double play. Javy Guerra gets his first major league victory, preserved--and I use that very loosely--by Ramon Troncoso for the final two outs.
Also remarkable was how the Dodgers got there: down 7-2 through seven, they erupted for five runs in the eighth, anchored by a Matt Kemp grand slam, his second HR of the game (Kemp had 6 RBI, a career high). This marked only the fourth time since moving to LA in 1958 that the Dodgers have come back from 5+ runs down after seven innings (according to Fox). As color commentator Eric Karros noted on the broadcast, that's remarkable given the team's offensive challenges this year. Given the last five games, however, feast or famine seems to be the team's M.O. of late.
SoSG Orel just came over for dinner, so I gotta hop.