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The Dodgers ARE RICH! (Offensively Speaking)

A spot of sunshine in the midst of a never-ending shit storm

On the same day in which their owner filed for bankruptcy and secured a $150 million loan to ensure that he would meet Thursday’s payroll deadline — please, sir … just go away. I beg you — the Los Angeles Dodgers showed that they are replete on the field. That is, at least for one night.

The Dodgers entered Monday with 297 runs this season, the fifth-lowest total in the National League. But trends be dammed! The Dodgers busted out for 15 against the Twins on the road in a shutout effort.

It was the second time in franchise history that the Dodgers scored at least 15 runs on the road while shutting out the other side. Tuesday is the 42-year anniversary of the only other time it happened. The Dodgers beat the Padres, 19-0 with Don Drysdale on the hill that day. Talk about overkill.

Los Angeles’ 25 hits tied a franchise record that it had reached five times prior, most recently in 2006 against the Angels. All nine
Dodgers starters notched at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored for the first time since the team moved from Brooklyn to L.A. in 1958.

That fearsome triumvirate of Casey Blake, Trent Oeltjen and Tony Gwynn Jr. accounted for 11 of those hits. They were a collective 7-for-46 at the plate since June 14 heading into this game.

Of course, the Twins’ side of history in this game is something they want to make history. The 25 hits allowed are both a franchise record and an MLB season-high. It was Minnesota’s most lopsided shutout loss at home since a 17-0 defeat to the Angels on April 23, 1980. Forgotten in that one is the fact that Angels pitcher Bruce Kison was two outs away from a no-hitter, then he gave up a double to Ken Landreaux.

Outside of a Dee Gordon error in the ninth, it was pretty much a perfect game for the Dodgers. Fifteen runs on 25 hits. The Dodgers entered with the game’s fourth-fewest extra-base hits, 179. They had six such hits today.

Starting pitcher Chad Billingsley (or is it Billingsly all of a sudden?) permitted just four hits in six innings, and a trio of relievers retired each of the nine batters they faced, striking out seven.

All while the franchise continues to fall apart. Actually, I’m sure you realize that it’s been broken for a while. Today’s bankruptcy filing is actually good news in that aspect; it moves us one day closer to finding someone who can actually lead this team in a positive direction financially.

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