Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Sports: Maddux goes 1-2, 1 hit, 1 sac and 2 RBI

Maddux led the way in a 7-3 win over the Reds. He did a little bit of everything from pitching to hitting to fielding.

On the pitching dimension, he put in 7 strong innings giving up only 2 runs. Of 77 pitches, 54 were strikes.

On the hitting front, he singled in a run in his first at bat to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. In the bottom of the sixth, with Betemit at third, Manager Grady Little called for Maddux to put down the squeeze bunt. It was text book, Betemit broke for home as the pitcher delivered and Maddux laid down the bunt toward the first base as the run scored all the Reds could do was go to first for the out. This gave the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.

Additionally, we got to see Maddux the Gold Glove fielder in action. On two occasions he initiated double plays by snagging grounders and throwing to second where the DP was then completed at first. In the top of the 7th, the Reds were threatening and Valentin hit a smash to the right of Garciaparra. Nomar managed to get a glove on it to knock it down. All the while, Maddux moved swiftly to first and once Nomar recovered, Nomar underhanded the ball to Maddux and the out was recorded and the Dodgers escaped the inning.

Go Dodgers!

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