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Bud Norris gave up a single and hit a batter, but he struck out the side.
Norris with two more K’s, making it five strikeouts over three innings.
Crickets- nothin’ but crickets.
7 K’s across 4 innings for Norris. Vin Scully: “Wow!”
The Dodgers put together their first real rally of the game. Adrian Gonzalez came up with men on the corners and one out. Base hit! 1-0
5th inning Dodgers 1-0
1,2,3 inning (but don’t look, Brandon Barnes just missed hitting one out)
6th inning Dodgers 1-0
Norris out. Adam Liberatore in. I didn’t like it, but job done.
Rockies pitcher DeLaRosa balked in Kendrick from third. 2-0
8th inning Dodgers 2-0
Joe Blanton in. Job done.
Corey Seager singled. Justin Turner doubled. Adrian Gonzalez came up with his second hit of the night, a single to right field. It was also his second RBI of the night. Dodgers 3-0
Howie Kendrick with a big time double to make it 4-0.
Scott Van Slyke came up with a monster blast that died just short of the wall. The fly out was deep enough to advance the runners and pick up another run. 5-0
9th inning 5-0
Pedro Baez in. Job done.
Dodgers win! 5-0
Newest Dodger Bud Norris surprised almost everyone by marching to the mound in Chavez Ravine and delivering an absolutely Kershaw-esque outing. My partner Scott mentioned in the pre-game that “We should close our eyes and imagine Norris is Clayton Kershaw.” Who knew just how prophetic that was going to be? Norris surrendered just two hits and didn’t give up a single run. The man was ON!
Which brings me to my lone gripe on a night that should be all about jumping for joy with a Dodger Blue Win.
What could I possible have a problem with on a night like this? It was that questionable call by manager Dave Roberts to pull Norris after just six innings.
What? Norris is on a pitch count too? Why pull your pitcher on less than 90 pitches – when he’s cruising, his pitch count was under 90, and the bullpen was heavily taxed the entire month of June?
Doesn’t Roberts know Scott Kazmir is going tomorrow night? That means one of two possibilities is going to occur: Kazmir will flame out early, causing Roberts to burn through the entire bullpen on just the second game of the homestand, or Kazmir will have a good outing, which means he’ll be pulled after six, and the Dodgers get to use three or four pitchers (again) just to finish a probable nail-biter. If I’m the manager, I stick with Norris until he shows he’s not getting the job done. It’s called riding the horse that’s winning.
The bullpen did well, and preserved the shutout – but that’s beside the point.
Besides Norris, the other bright spot of the night was Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers were 3 for 8 with RISP tonight, and the Butter and Eggs Man came up big with two of those three hits.
Scott Van Slyke also came up big with a deep fly ball for another RBI. What stood out for me was how close he came to almost hitting that ball out, and just missing a three-run bomb. Here’s wishing better luck next time for the bearded one.
All in all, a great game that was a pleasure to watch – and a real team win to boot.
Bud Norris went 6 innings with 2 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 8 K’s. ERA 3.89
Doubles: Turner, Kendrick
Team with RISP: 3 for 8 Not bad