Who Had a Better Night?

Rubby De La Rosa, who not only was recalled to make his major league debut, but held a one run lead in the 8th by blowing away the heart of the Houston order in Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee, and Brett Wallace?

Jay Gibbons, who finally showed a pulse by hitting his first homer since 1972?

Javy Guerra, who notched his first major league save (the sixth Dodger this year with one) and helped avoid the total catastrophe that would have occurred had he blown another 9th inning lead the night after Kenley Jansen did?

Jerry Sands, who continued his ascent to stardom by hitting his first career grand slam, runs which were vital in a one run victory?

Chad Billingsley, who struck out nine and worked out of a bases loaded jam with only minor damage, and actually had the bullpen hang on to a lead for once?

Clearly, the answer is “none of the above”, and the winner of the night is actually us, for not having to suffer through Lance Cormier any more.

I’m joking (okay, only mostly), because after the events of this weekend and last night, this was a game the Dodgers absolutely had to have. I can’t remember ever feeling that a season was at a lower point than after Jansen coughed up the lead last night. The fact that tonight’s victory largely came on the back of the new wave of prospects – Sands, de la Rosa, and Guerra – only serves to make it sweeter, and though it’s just one game in a long season, it’s at least a positive step in the right direction.



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