Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Dodgers 7 Cubs 3

Hello Kari:

Parking, $10 parking. Tickets, $10. Hot dog, diet cola and bag of peanuts, $16.50. Dodger victory, priceless.

As much as LA fans like to see Gagne pitch, it was nice to see them win a game where he doesn't have to make an appearance.

Jeff Weaver showed good stuff with 8 solid innings mixing a low 90s fastball with his breaking pitches. In his early outings, he would have one bad inning which put the Dodgers in the hole. In his more recent starts, he has pitched well but the Dodger bats were asleep. But this time, it was the Dodgers who jumped to an early lead.

Chicago fireballer Kerry Wood's stuff was uncharacteristically in the low 90s and the Dodgers did the damage as Woods gave up a solo shot to Beltre and then a two-run homer to Jason Grabowski in the bottom of the second. Wood didn't return for the bottom of the third as he had a muscle strain.

The Dodgers added two more in the fourth and one more in the fifth.

Weaver passed the 100 pitch mark in the eighth inning so Sanchez was called into mop up the top of the ninth. The Cubs jumped on his first two pitches; one for a single and then a double to drive in one run. Then Sanchez struck out the next two and fouled out the final batter preserving the win. For the full box score, go here.

Can the Dodgers keep this up through the dog days of summer and into the fall? GO Dodgers!!


P.S. Meanwhile, down the freeway, the Angels are doing pretty good too! I'll be sure to blog about an Angel game I'll attend at some point!


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