An Asian won. An Asian lost. An Asian broke the game open. An ancient got the save. Yahtzee!
A couple of things stood out in this sparsely attended day game. First was the top of the fourth, when Adrian Gonzalez led off with a single to right, followed by a Hanley Ramirez double to right that sent A-Gon to third. Andre Ethier (0-for-2 on the day with 2 BB and 3 LOB) hit a ball right back to (winning pitcher) Hiroki Kuroda, who gloved the ball and threw to third for the double play. Juan Uribe promptly grounded to short, and the threat was extinguished before you could pinch off your urine stream.
In the seventh, with the Dodgers down 3-2, Don Mattingly pulled (losing pitcher) Hyun-Jin Ryu (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR) for J.P. Howell. Howell's leash was short, however, as he was pulled after 1/3 inning after yielding two singles. Mattingly goes to Ronald Belisario, basically ceding the game to the Yankees...which played out when Belisario let Vernon Wells reach on a fielding error, and then compounded it by throwing the ball away for a second error (the Dodgers had four in the game). Beli then hits Thomas Neal to load the bases. So Mattingly pulls Belisario, and Paco Rodriguez gives up a single to Ichiro Suzuki that put the Yankees up 6-2.
Hanley Ramirez hit a 2-run HR in the eighth, but by then, did it matter? Mariano Rivera notched his 25th save with an eventless ninth.
No worries. It's not like we have to play these guys again any time soon.