The Dodgers had a six-run third inning, punctuated by a Hanley Ramirez two-run shot to deep center, allowing Joe Blanton to coast to his first win as a Dodger. A.J. Ellis came out in the top of the eighth and hit his first career grand slam, so with a 10-1 lead, what could possibly go wrong?
Well, this is Coors Field, where the last-place Rockies have made their home a house of horrors for our Dodgers (with the win today we won three of nine @ Coors). Blanton went 7.1 IP, scattering 10 H and 3 ER with 1 BB and 5 Ks, leaving the game with men at the corners. But then Shawn Tolleson (recently called up from single-A ball) came in an saw four batters, retiring none of them; Randy Choate relieved Tolleson and hit his only batter; and Ronald Belisario came in and barely escaped the inning (worsened a tad by Shane Victorino's inexplicable barehanding of a single to center which squirted away from him, allowing a seventh Rockies run to score in that frame).
Belisario came back out in the ninth and got a GIDP to end the game and preserve Blanton's effort, and the Dodgers narrow the Giants' lead back to three games (pending the Giants' game at Houston tonight: 10-8 Barry Zito vs. 1-6 Dallas Keuchel). Go ahead and use this as a Scoreboard Watching thread, unless I get more inspired in the next hour.
Whoa, that was close. But hey, we can't end on that sour note, going into a four-game series at home against the Diamondbacks. We need something more...soothing and uplifting...a better note! With unkempt hair.