In the Dodgers first home-game under new ownership, Ted Lilly continued his dominance and the offense behind him had no trouble scoring runs tonight, beating their arch-rivals in their first matchup of the season, 9-1.
Lilly, now 4-0 is having a Kershaw-like season. He has a 1.41 ERA and just tied Chris Capuano for the most wins for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers jumped to a 1 run lead in the 3rd, then scored 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th. But they really took off in the 8th inning after James Loney, made a 2-run saving dazzling diving catch to maintain the lead and end the innig. This seemed to propel them to a 5 run 8th. The Dodgers loaded the bases and ended up scoring 5 in a flurry of hits.
Keys to Win:
- Lilly went 6 very strong innings, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits, 6 K’s, and 2 walks
- Team hitting for the Dodgers, totaling 13. 8 different Dodgers had hits and Ethier, Abreu, and AJ Ellis all had 2 hits. Matt Kemp went 3 for 3 and raised his average above .400 again. He’s at .406
- Dee recorded 2 errors on the same sequence of plays as Angel Pagan grounded to shortstop and ended up at second on a routine ground-ball to short. Dee misplayed the ball and then tried to recuperate and threw it away. Luckily that run did not come in to score. At the time, the Dodgers were only up 1-0.
- Matt Kemp had to leave the game to give his hamstring a rest in the top of the 8th inning.
- Magic and the gang were in the house signing some autographs.
- James Loney turned 28 today and didn’t start, but came up big witha diving catch in the 8th inning to save 2 runs.
- Lilly has 7 game winning streak since September of last year.
- Each team had 3 errors. 2 by Dee and 1 by Kemp for the Dodgers and 1 one each by Gillaspie, Edlefsen, and Posey for the Giants.