Kuroda, Dodgers deal costly blow to Giants
Kuroda dodged the barrel of a broken bat that flew in his direction and retired 19 straight during one stretch,
Los Angeles (84-58) maintained a two-game division lead over Colorado, which rallied to win at San Diego. The
Kuroda (6-6), making just his second start since missing three weeks after sustaining a concussion Aug. 15 when hit in the head by a line drive, quickly ducked out of the way and off the mound when
“At first I didn’t know if it was a ball or bat coming at me,” Kuroda said through an interpreter. “Since I got a ball hit at my head, I didn’t think a bat could get there that fast. If I get hit by a bat, I think I’m going to retire.”
Blake returned to the lineup following a five-game absence with a hamstring injury and hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and
Kuroda is showing the kind of form that made him so good down the stretch last year, when he also won a game in the
“This year I had to go through a lot,” he said. “I had to go on the disabled list twice and got hit in the head for the first time in 13 years. … I was able to keep a really good rhythm this game, close to what I had last year. Of course I would like to finish as strong as I did last year.”
He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter in eight efficient innings to win for the third time in his last four decisions, bouncing back from a loss to San Diego on Sept. 6. He threw 86 pitches, 55 strikes.
Kuroda retired 21 straight batters against the
Manager Joe Torre was scared when the bat headed toward Kuroda.
“You just sort of shake your head and say, ‘You’re shooting at this guy,”‘ Torre said. “In his rehab start, he had a line drive back at him and a bat fly back at him and he didn’t flinch at all. You never know how they’re going to react.”
Blake also singled in a run in the
“It was a huge mistake to Loney and a huge mistake to Blake,” Cain said. “I’m disappointed I let the guys down but it’s not a situation where we can think negatively. We just can’t think like that.”
Los Angeles entered Friday’s game without at least a share of the best record in the National League for the first time since May 2 – and the team’s two-game lead in the
San Francisco needs to get back on track in a hurry before it loses even more ground in the playoff chase. The
“We’ve fallen back and now it’s up to us to be resilient, be tough about this and bounce back,” San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy said.
NOTES: Both clubs sported red caps in memory of Sept. 11. A moment of silence was held before the national anthem, followed by a flyover. …