A.J. Ellis drives the point home

His game-winning hit in the 11th for Dodgers was a product of hard work

Updated: September 20, 2010, 2:38 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Perhaps nothing that was said in the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse following Sunday's game, a 7-6, 11-inning spoiler over the playoff-contending Colorado Rockies before 37,402 at Dodger Stadium, encapsulated the growth of longtime catching prospect A.J. Ellis this season better than these words from manager Joe Torre:

"He certainly isn't someone you're going to pinch hit for."

Not that Torre could have even if he had wanted to when Ellis came to the plate with the bases ...

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