Monday, July 07, 2008

Kuroda Near-Perfect Game

Hiroki Kuroda pitched another fantastic game at Dodger Studium tonight, taking a perfect game into the 8th inning. Except for a lead-off double in that inning, Kuroda would have had a perfect game, striking out 6 along the way. Had he achieved perfection, he would have joined a lofty club. Only one other Dodger has ever pitched a perfect game, and that was Sandy Koufax in 1965.

Nomar hit a 2-run homer to give the Dodgers the lead in the 5th. Blake DeWitt had 3 hits, and Kemp had a hit and an RBI.

But the night belonged to Kuroda, who has turned into the pitcher that Dodger fans had hoped for. With the victory, the Dodgers are now tied for the division lead with Arizona.
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