Dodgers-Diamondbacks: Andre Ethier Saves the Day in 4-3 Win

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Dodgers-Diamondbacks: Andre Ethier Saves the Day in 4-3 Win

Andre Ethier made a spectacular catch in the eighth inning to save the tying run from scoring and to secure a 4-3 win for the Los Angeles Dodgers over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

With a runner on first base and two outs, Ethier smashed into the right-centerfield wall to take away an extra-base hit from Brandon Allen, preserving a 4-3 lead the Dodgers (79-54) had taken over the D-Backs (60-73) the previous inning on a bases-loaded walk to Ethier.

The run was set up by a Juan Pierre pinch-hit walk, followed by a double from Rafael Furcal and an intentional walk to Matt Kemp before Leo Rosales issued the free pass to Ethier for the go-ahead run.

Although Ethier stole the headlines with his jaw-dropping catch, Kemp went 2-for-3 and put the club in a position to win the game by showcasing his diverse offensive game early in the contest.

The Dodgers’ center fielder hit a long homer in his first at-bat and did things the hard way his second time up to the plate.

The 24-year old launched a first-inning home run to stake the Boys in Blue to a 1-0 lead and has now homered in four consecutive games.

The youngster also has six homers in his past 12 games, displaying a huge power surge to build on a career-high 23 homers.

In his second at-bat, Kemp changed things up and dropped down a bunt single to reach base.

Kemp stole second base and Ethier lifted a fly ball into right field; with the speedy Kemp on second and possibly tagging, Arizona’s Justin Upton rushed his throw back to the infield.

The toss bounced errantly off Kemp, who was heading back into second base, and ricocheted towards the left field foul line far enough for him to score on the play and extend the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1.

Although he earned a no decision, Vicente Padilla made his second start as a Dodger and had a solid outing in five-and-one-third innings.

Padilla also did his best Randy Wolf impression at the plate, singling home a run in the second.

He allowed only one run on four hits but was taken out in the sixth inning with Los Angeles in front 3-1 and the bases empty, giving way to Scott Elbert.

Elbert proceeded to put runners on first and second, leading to a pinch-hit RBI single by Rusty Ryal, which ushered Elbert into the clubhouse showers.

Ronald Belisario took over and saw another pinch-hitter, this time John Hester, bounce an RBI single to knot the game at 3-3.

But the bullpen held up over the final three innings,with Ramon Troncoso being bailed out by the other-worldly catch in right field to save the game. 

Jonathan Broxton tossed a scoreless ninth inning to hold onto the 4-3 victory and notch his 30th save of the season.

Tomorrow night, the Dodgers will send Chad Billingsley (12-8, 3.83) to the mound against Max Scherzer (8-8, 4.26) of Arizona. 

 

 

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WP: Belisario (3-3)

LP: Rosales (1-1)

SV: Broxton (30)

 

 

Notes from Tuesday night

 

Loyal Fans Year After Year

Yesterday, the Dodgers drew 45,526 fans to become the first team in the Majors to reach 3 million fans this season. This is the 14th consecutive season the team has surpassed the 3 million-fan mark.

 

September Call-Ups

In addition to Scoot Elbert, A.J. Ellis, and Jason Repko were brought up to the big league club today.

 

Thome Arrives Tomorrow, Garland Throws Thursday

Recently acquired Jim Thome will join the club tomorrow night in Los Angeles, and Jon Garland will throw on Thursday against his former club, the Diamondbacks, in the series finale.

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers 

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