The Diamondbacks had been hanging tight with the Dodgers for most of this game, even after Matt Kemp hit his third-inning, three-run HR to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. The Snakes scored one in the top of the fourth, so we scored two in the bottom to make it 5-2. They worked it back to 5-4 by the top of the sixth off of a shaky Blake Hawksworth (Lilly lasted only five innings but got the win), and the Dodgers brought it back to 6-4 by the end of the sixth. (Kemp had the Dodgers' first five RBI. His HR tonight gives him 25 HR and 27 SB on the year, making him the fifth fastest in the National League ever to go 25-25.)
And then Arizona RF Justin Upton came to the plate in the seventh, with Vin Scully remarking at how much difficulty he has had at Dodger Stadium. BOOM! Upton hits a solo HR, narrowing the lead to 6-5, and Scully has to eat some crow, right?
Except Upton couldn't escape the end of the seventh inning without two huge defensive gaffes: an error off a totally catchable Tony Gwynn fly ball that became a ground-rule double when Upton approached the catch cavalierly, with only one hand up; and then a Jamey Carroll fly ball to mid-right-field with the not-so-fleet-of-foot Dioner Navarro on third. Upton caught the Carroll sac fly flat-footed, then sailed a throw halfway between third and home (Navarro scored easily). One more run from a Rafael Furcal RBI double, and it was 9-5 and this game was over.
Scully took note to politely criticize Upton on both defensive plays, at one point qualifying one criticism with "You know, I've never played baseball, BUT...". And Vin was (of course), right; Upton deserved the heat. (Upton popped out to James Loney to end the game, as well.) Upton, grilled. You know, I'm in love with an Upton, grilled.
Alas, the days where Christie Brinkley was hot and Billy Joel was married to her.