I don’t want to undersell the biggest offensive breakout the Dodgers have had since 1982, but I’m a bit under the weather tonight, so this will have to suffice and I’ll let you all handle the rest. Briefly, we have to give credit to the top four of the lineup – Jamey Carroll, Aaron Miles, Andre Ethier, & Matt Kemp – who combined for ten hits and eleven times on base. Yes, that list of credit does include Miles, who finally pushed his OBP over .300 and therefore officially into the territory where I can actually acknowledge him without gagging. Kemp’s blast to the seats seemed like a direct rebuke to any of us who dared to remark that he may have been slumping, and Ted Lilly managed to stave off a “what’s wrong with Ted Lilly?” post by working six effective innings.
Oh, and Blake Hawksworth injured his groin. No word on the severity yet, but he seemed tender walking off. The injury rate on this team has shot past “concerning” and has settled nicely onto “hilarious”.