Finally Some Light and Then an Injury

I have never played baseball or softball so I can only imagine what it must be like to be in a slump and never know when you will finally break through it.  Andre has been in one of those slumps,and tonight it looks like he may have swung himself out of it.  His first at-bat was a opposite field double in which he ended up scoring on a James Loney hit and getting the first run of the game against our freeway rivals, the Angels.  His second at-bat was an opposite field single, but he was left stranded.  His third at-bat was probably the most controversial of the night. He had a called strike two on a check swing in which Andre never swung the bat. I thought Andre might get ejected from the game at that point, but it was good to see him all fired up.  The next pitch was a ball, and then he was hit in the foot by a pitch, which put him to the ground.  Andre walked it off, and he seemed okay.  He scored once again and ended up scoring 2 of the 5 runs for the night. His 4th at-bat he lined out to left-field and then Jamie Hoffmann came in and replaced him in right field for the 8th and 9th innings.  He left the game with an injury to his right big toe.  It was a split toenail.  I am not sure how this will affect him, but I hope he is back out in right field tomorrow. 

I am hoping tonight was the end of Andre’s slump, but we will have to stay tuned to see if he even plays tomorrow.  Seeing how it’s a Sunday day game and his injury tonight, he may just get the day off tomorrow, or at minimum be ready to come off the bench to pinch hit.  I spend alot of time blogging on Inside the Dodgers(ITD), and one of our beloved bloggers over there, enchantedsunset, described these types of slumps as ones where Andre will probably do the most growing.  The fact that Torre has kept him in his spot in the lineup is showing Andre that he has every faith in him that he will get through this slump and come out a much better player for it. 

The Dodgers had a great game against the Angels tonight.  Wolf pitched 6 and 1/3 innings, and other than the homerun, pitched a pretty good game.  Bellisario came in and pitched the remainder of the 7th inning and the 8th inning and he was lights out fantastic.  He had 1 hit, 1 BB and 2 K’s.  Then it was time for Jonathon Broxton who’s slider was just nasty tonight.  He had 1 hit and 3 K’s in 2 innings, and he got his 5th win of the season.  In the hitting department.  Andre, Russell and James did most of the hitting in the heart of the game, but it was Matt, Casey and Juan Castro who loaded the bases and Juan Pierre got himself a walk off walk to end the game and seal the win in 10 innings.  

Another side note ~ The Dodgers are the first team to reach 30 games in the entire league. The Dodgers are currently the best team in baseball, and it’s a really good feeling.

Tomorrow we play the Angels once again in a rubber match as Dodger Stadium. Game time is 1:10 pm. 

~DODGER BLUE THRU AND THRU~

****ETHIERAHOLIC FOREVER****

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