Earlier, DeWitt hit the third consecutive RBI single
the Dodgers pieced together in a three-run fifth
inning that tied the score, 5-5. Matt Kemp had one of
those RBI singles, punctuating a game in which he went
4-for-4 and had two outfield assists while playing
After the game, manager Joe Torre said that Jones, who
did not start Monday night because of a sore right
knee, had an MRI exam during the day. Torre said the
MRI showed some fluid in the knee and a soft tear in
the cartilage. He said that Jones wouldn't play at
least until Friday, at which point he will be
Penny, who gave up five runs and nine hits and didn't
have an easy inning except for the sixth, saw his ERA
climb to 5.34. He was held back a day because of a
sore right arm, but Torre wouldn't commit to saying
that he felt Penny is injured.
"My answer is I don't know," Torre said. "I hope there's
nothing wrong with him. I hope that's not the reason
[for Penny's erratic outing.]"
What the Dodgers (23-21) did have to feel good about
was the performances of Kemp and DeWitt. Kemp,
who threw out Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo at third
base to complete an 8-5 double play in the fourth
inning and nailed Ken Griffey Jr. trying to stretch a
single into a double in the fifth inning, took over
the Major League lead with seven assists.
Penny, who fell behind 4-0 in the third inning after
allowing a two-run homer to Adam Dunn, managed to
keep the Dodgers close despite clearly lacking
consistent stuff and command. The Dodgers trailed, 5-2,
entering the fifth, but got consecutive RBI singles
from James Loney, Kemp and DeWitt.
While starting pitching has been an issue for the
Dodgers, the bullpen was fine, as Joe Beimel, Jonathan
Broxton and Takashi Saito (2-1) combined to pitch
three scoreless innings, yielding only one hit.
That effort put the Dodgers in position to win.
Martin greeted Reds reliever David Weathers (1-3) in
the bottom of the ninth inning with an infield single
and advanced to second on shortstop Paul Janish's
throwing error. Jeff Kent moved Martin to third base
with a ground ball to second for the first out of
the inning. Loney was intentionally walked.
After Reds pitching coach Dick Pole visited the mound,
manager Dusty Baker elected to intentionally walk
Kemp to set up a double play or a force at any base
and also so the left-handed Weathers could face the
DeWitt beat the strategy with an at-bat better than
his years. The 22-year-old rookie third baseman dueled
the 38-year old Weathers for six pitches, fouling the
fifth pitch off his front foot before poking a 2-2 down-and-away fastball through the infield.
In a season with more questions than answers, DeWitt
has been, in Torre's words, "a godsend."
"The kid has the ability to use the whole field, and
that's his biggest advantage," Torre said. "I thought
his first swing, where he missed, was forced. But the
rest of his at-bat was very poised, which is very uncharacteristic for someone with his limited experience."
DeWitt said he was fortunate to be the player Baker
and Weathers elected to pitch to.
"You can't blame them for going around Loney or Kemp,"
he said. "Who are you going to pitch to?"
As it turns out, it was DeWitt.
"You have to visualize yourself in those situations
and be confident and stay with what you do," DeWitt
Torre said DeWitt earned it. "I doubt his front foot
hurts right now," Torre said.