Including pitcher Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers started 6 rookies tonight. Throw in Broxton's scoreless inning of relief, and the 7 rookies made outstanding contributions to a 6-1 win over the Padres, pushing the Dodgers into a 3-way tie for 2nd place on the Wild Card list.
James Loney was the star of the game. He got 3 hits, including a home run. Billingsley pitched 6 innings and gave up only 1 run. This after Lowe was scratched when he injured his pitching hand yesterday "playing catch" with hard-throwing Broxton. Hopefully he'll be ready to return this weekend against#1 Arizona.
It's been one day shy of a month since the last Dodger game I attended. I have to admit that a big part of the off time was my disgust with the team's play and Little's inept management of the team. I think playing the rookies is a very good idea against the Padres and I hope they do it tomorrow night was well, even though it's geriatric pitcher night. 44 year-old David Wells will be pitching against 42 year-old Greg Maddux, two amazing career pitchers. It should be a night to remember.