Joe Gutierrez. 19th April, 2006 - 4:34 am
Derek Lowe tossed another decent game tonight, but was unable to lock up his second win of the year. Instead, RF J.D. Drew broke a tie ball game in the 9th with a base hit to right, scoring CF Kenny Lofton for the win.
Lowe went seven innings, using his groundball to allow only five hits and giving up one run. He was able to lower his ERA again, this time to 4.50. This is a major improvement for Lowe, whose earned run average this season was once at a depressing 12.60.
Carlos Zambrano was just himself tonight, going six innings and giving up a run while striking out three. The recent weary Dodgers offense was able to scramble out four hits, however they?re still having trouble scoring runs.
The Dodgers scored in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Drew, which scored SS Rafael Furcal. Their one-run lead wouldn?t last long as Lowe was able to come out of the seventh inning, allowing only a run. SS Neifi Perez grounded into a fielder?s choice, but not before scoring pinch runner Freddie Bynum.
Reliever Takashi Saito is beginning to make a name for himself in Los Angeles, after he struck out four Cubs in two innings. It?s most likely safe to say that manager Grady Little has found Danys Baez? setup man in the bullpen.
The ninth inning saw Lofton battle an at-bat with RP Will Ohman, but would finally walk. Lofton stole second, setting up Drew for the victory.
Final Score: Dodgers 2, Cubs 1
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