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Matt Kemp makes the last out in the top of the ninth with two men on to save the Dodgers' bacon.

Matt Kemp about to make the last out in the top of the ninth with two men on to save the Dodgers’ bacon.

OK. It’s official: The Dodgers are hot all of a sudden.

The way this season has been going, the fact that the Dodgers won their fourth in a row (for the first time this year) and advanced one game on every other loser in the division means the team is on roll.

The 6-5 win over the Giants was a nail-biter, huh? I stopped watching when they brought Brandon League in, because it’s kind of like watching “Of Mice and Men.” You know what’s going to happen, and it’s just too sad to think about.

“Brandon, as you know,” Vin Scully so gently put it, “has been through some frustrating times this year.”

So have us fans, but we have other beautiful things to remind us why we love the Dodgers: Scully himself, for one; Mark Ellis; Matt Kemp.

I feel so very sorry for Brandon League. He really does seem to want to excel, but something is making that not happen. He cannot pitch, and it would be very depressing to be a pitcher who cannot pitch. I just hope Don Mattingly will admit what all the fans already know. There is no scenario, except — maybe — a lead of 7-10 runs, in which League should be allowed to take the mound. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy at this point, and it just makes it worse for everyone.

But on the bright side, we won! We beat the Giants! We took the series! Clayton K-K-K-Kershaw is pitching tonight! Home runs are popping out all over! It almost feels like we might be somewhat going someplace. (I don’t want to jinx it.)

Blog note
I have decided to link to the box score from my posts from now on, so if you want to see the stats, click on the link above (where the score is mentioned in the text).

The right-fielding phenom Yasiel Puig after his game-winning RBI single in the eighth.

The right-fielding phenom Yasiel Puig after his game-winning RBI single in the eighth.

Three in a row! It’s a miracle.

That was a great game, with Yasiel Puig hitting three times — including his seventh homer so far — and Kenley Jansen saving his fifth. It was great to see Nick Punto come into the game and slam a beautiful double down the line to right field and then come home with the tie-breaking run. These last three games have been baseball the way it’s meant to be played (by which I mean the Dodgers win). I don’t want to Charlie Steiner it, so I’m going to leave it at that.

First Pitch Fireworks!
What a spectacular ceremonial first pitch (video above), thrown out by the beautiful Sarah Shahi. (She played the woman in Vegas who gets Tony Soprano high on ‘shrooms, and was also Damien Lewis’ partner on the late, lamented “Life.”) She lobbed it from the mound to the plate without a bounce, did a little jumping-up-and-down dance and then rushed catcher Tim Federowicz, leaping into his arms and wrapping her legs around him. It didn’t look like he minded.

Right-hander Chad Billingsley will make his first start of 2013 today.

Right-hander Chad Billingsley will make his first start of 2013 today.

Of course, it didn’t help that our bullpen fell apart (starting with Ronald Belisario, whom I don’t believe gives a flying fart), but stranding nine runners while playing a less-than-stellar team was what killed the Dodgers yesterday. There was no need to be playing catch-up the whole game (until the 8th when the wheels came off the bus). There were opportunities galore in the early going for the Dodgers to get a commanding lead. They couldn’t do it. That has been a recurring theme this season so far.

Now about Belisario. In my opinion, he almost always exhibits a disdainful air whenever he takes the mound. He can be very good, or he can be just awful, but I get the feeling, eh…, he doesn’t really care either way. An L is just as good as a W when you know you’re getting paid no matter what.

Today’s starter for the Dodgers, Chad Billingsley, usually cares too much. He is making his season debut on the mound, and his whole heart will be into it. “The Boy From Defiance,” as Vin Scully likes to call him (referring to Bills’ Ohio hometown), hurt his elbow in August after the best stretch of his career: a 6-0 run with a 1.80 ERA. After missing the end of the season, he opted for physical therapy instead of surgery. Today, he will pitch as if his life depends on it. That’s just the way he is. That’s why I like him so much.