Well, that was what the doctor ordered. Following a depressing 2-4 road trip, the Dodgers rolled back into Dodger Stadium facing the arch-rival Giants, and take the game, 9-1.
Not that it was that close at the beginning. The Dodgers had a 1-0 lead until the sixth inning; a Matt Kemp error led to a Giants run and a tie game (Dee Gordon also had a pair of errors in the game). The Dodgers got two more in the bottom of the sixth off an A.J. Ellis double to the right field corner, followed by a Tony Gwynn single and error on a squeeze play which scored Juan Uribe (who walked to reach base; Uribe was 0-for-4 so don't get excited).
But what really opened the floodgates was the eighth inning, when the Dodgers, leading 4-1 (and having walked into the bottom of the eighth off a sweet defensive play by birthday boy James Loney), batted around on Steve Edlefsen and Travis Blackley, allowing the first six batters to reach before the first out was registered (Juan Rivera, who grounded to short but scored a run). When Adam Kennedy, who singled to right (scoring one) and came around to score, gets a hit off you (Kennedy raised his average to .148 with his PH performance tonight), you know the beatdown was on.
Oh yeah, and the pitching. Ted Lilly improved to 4-0 and went six innings, keeping the Giants in check (1 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks); Ronald Belisario, Josh Lindblom, and even Scott Elbert had scoreless innings of relief. Consider the Giants stir-fried in our wok; Sons stretch our undefeated streak to