Blue crew special: Walks by the dozen

August, 30, 2011
8/30/11
10:19
PM PT
That was a heck of a lot of walks. Matt Kemp had four by himself. And yet, after Andre Ethier's grand slam gave the Dodgers an 8 2 0 linescore in the second inning, it was a surprisingly narrow 8-5 escape over the Padres on Tuesday.

I didn't see the second inning tonight, but I gather it was about as long as Marcel Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past." Don't feel bad though, Tim Stauffer: I couldn't get out of the second inning of that book, either.

Update: I've made the following inquiry - How often in baseball history has a player had the first two hits in an inning, as Ethier did in the second inning tonight?

The Dodgers' 12 walks, by the way, were their most in a nine-inning game in more than 30 years, notes the team PR department.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
21 1.77 239 198
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .296
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239