After hearing of the lowly Devil Rays 11-4 drubbing of San Diego, the Dodger faithful elevated Hong-Chih Kuo to a brilliant 89 pitch performance. Kuo allowed only one run over seven innings after capping off a 3-pitch, 3-home run inning that allowed Dodger fan to never look back. Saito returned for a flawless ninth and setup a weird 3-way tie in the NL West. But, this was not the only good news.
The Dodgers benched Nomar two days in a row on Monday for recently called up James Loney. Apparently, Nomar was hobknobbing with Victoria Beckham on Sunday rather than actually hitting baseballs anywhere.
This would be a great spy technique for the Padres, for instance, if it was actually helping them. Fortunately, James Loney is ridiculous and Nomar is only 5 for his last 30, so it works out. I predict the outcome of this series and the weekend tilt with the Angels will dictate their confidence for the rest of the season.