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Cubs cure all that ails Dodgers offense; Ethier extends streak in 5-2 win

Andre3 If only the Dodgers could play the Chicago Cubs every day. They would go from offensively inept to Murderers' Row meets Big Red Machine.

It’s not as if the Dodgers piled up the hits Monday night, but they made them count, made them add up to a 5-2 victory in front of 30,239, as Andre Ethier extended his career-high hitting streak to 28 games.

In the last 10 games, the Dodgers have played the Cubs four times. In those 10 games, they scored 32 runs. In the other six, they scored 16.

With Clayton Kershaw throwing seven effective innings, Vicente Padilla pitching a perfect eighth and Jonathan Broxton picking up a clean seventh save, the Dodgers made their little offensive outburst hold up.

Kershaw gave up a run in the first inning on three one-out hits, but the Dodgers regained the lead for good with two runs in the second against left-hander James Russell.

Matt Kemp singled and scored on a double off the right-field wall by Juan Uribe. With two outs, Ivan De Jesus Jr. picked up his first career run batted in when he singled down the right-field line, right in front of his father, Cubs coach Ivan De Jesus.

The Dodgers chased Russell with three runs in the fifth inning. With runners at first and second, rookie Jerry Sands doubled to right-center field, driving in both runners.

Sands is hitting only .196, but he’s making his hits count. Of his nine hits, six have been doubles.

Ethier, hitless in his first two at-bats, then bounced a hit into the hole between shortstop and third base. Shortstop Starlin Castro ran the ball down, but it deflected off his out-reached glove for an infield hit.

That left Ethier with the longest streak in baseball since Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman hit in 30 consecutive games April 18-May 12, 2009. The 28-game streak is the second longest in Los Angeles Dodgers history. Willie Davis holds the all-time franchise mark of 31 games set in 1969.

The Dodgers finished with only seven hits Monday. The Cubs, however, have the National League’s highest earned-run average at 4.98.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Andre Ethier hits a run-scoring single in the fifth inning during the Dodgers' 5-2 victory Monday over the Chicago Cubs. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

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Good news on a night when the other LA teams took losses. Should take a picture of this one, so to speak.

If he keeps it up I have a chance to see Ethier break the record, in person, at Citi Field. GO ANDRE'

Slappy 'e' with another fortuitous dose home cooking courtesy the 'oaf'ficial scorer who ruled a fielding error on the Cubs ss instead as a hit.

Good thing the dudgers play 81 games away from home otherwise DiMaggio's 56 game hit streak would be history barely past the 1/3 mark the season.

Heck, might even start to credit high fly balls the warning track as 3/4 of an home run for slappy 'e' just out of sympathy (I'm actually starting to believe the dudgers told slappy to ixnay the power in lieu of getting on base via 'any means can muster', since (other than kemp who bats behind him) there isn't anyone else who will drive an fellow teammate in. Hence, slappy 'e' s 3 silly hrs in 115 at bats now with almost 1/5 the season gone.

Unfortunately, 'New York - New York' official scorers beckon this weekend, locale considered second rudest in the US behind (you guessed it) #1 rudest LA, this according to a Travel & Leisure Magazine survey. Should be enough to put the kibosh on 29 straight, if 28 even becomes the former # tomorrow.


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ClaYtOn hUNG in there tonight, kershaw looking if not like the left arm of God revisited then Osteen good- enough as it were; he's once again a .500 pitcher now so fan N.P. can take the paper bag off his head for awhile.

Some imposter was out there on the diamond too wearing big bad jon's #51 jersey - the 1,2, 3 9th inning a dead giveaway... dudgers all even/back up to .500 again.

An errant Cub pitch also found the bat of the nascent jerry sands, who for one night at least found that the slipper fit & so did he acquit himself well.


Tuesday's game features hanging chad vs 9.58 dempster the cub... ought to be a real toe-tapper at the usually offensively challenged ol' boneyard.

There are some questions in this universe that are incredibly simple to answer:

How do you split an atom?

Some questions are almost impossible to answer:

Why is Dioner Navarro a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Such a wonderful post. Thanks for the updation...keep going

victory, and it didn't look like the equivalent of scaling a mountain...just hit, pitch, catch, in other words make some plays...oh, and credit where due for the final six outs.

dilbeck...last 6 outs - how rare this season for Dodgers to hold opponent scoreless in its last two at-bats? how rare this season to retire final six batters in order? (a lockdown 8th and 9th innings from the pen)

Crazy to think he is only half way to the record. What an amazing record.


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