Saturday, September 18, 2004

Check out the line for the Dodgers' bullpen last night:

8.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 11 K, 0 HR

After Elmer Dessens allowed a baserunner inherited from Hideo Nomo to score, the Dodgers held Colorado scoreless. 8.2 scoreless innings in Colorado is mighty impressive, but the way they did it is fairly bizarre. Thirteen Rockies got on base after Nomo left, and not a single one scored. Of the six Dodger relievers, each one gave up a hit except Gio Carrara and each one issued a walk except Elmer Dessens. The Rockies batted .212/.333/.272 against the Dodgers relievers. The eleven strikeouts look pretty impressive, but six of those come from Eric Gagne, who struck out the first two batters he faced in the ninth before giving up a double and a walk and then struck out Royce Clayton to end the inning. In the tenth, with the Dodgers ahead, he struck out Helton, Castilla, and Burnitz on just eleven pitches. So from a runs standpoint, the Dodgers had a fairly historic night because they managed to keep the baserunners they spotted the Rockies from scoring.

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