HOUSTON -- Dodgers closer Javy Guerra closed Thursday's win over Milwaukee in perfect fashion -- three up, three down -- in the bottom of the ninth to preserve LA's 4-3 victory. It proved to be a bounce-back performance for Guerra, who blew the save in Tuesday's 5-4 loss at Milwaukee. It was his first blown save of the season. "Just go right out there and get the job done," Guerra said of Thursday's game. "The other night [Tuesday] happened, and you just shake it off like anybody in the clubhouse would."
Relief pitchers in general, and closers in particular, must learn to turn the page, put a bad outing behind them and treat every appearance like a new day. "It's definitely not easy," Guerra said. "It's something you have to go through. You bump your head along the way and try to get better at it. It's basically getting back out and getting it done right away so you remove all doubt." After Tuesday's loss, Guerra couldn't wait to get back to the mound. "I'm always anxious, no matter what inning," he said. "You just want to be out there. It's a fun part of the game. You should always want to be out there." "It's important always for a guy to bounce back," manager Don Mattingly said. "Javy's pretty good at it. He had one last year that he bounced back from. He handled it fine, the way he walked around the next day. He just got beat. He had the right thinking, he just didn't execute his pitch. He has the mentality that makes him a closer. He turns the page pretty good. His stuff is electric." Except for Tuesday's blip, Guerra has been doing his job extremely well this season. He has six saves in eight appearances and a 2.45 ERA. Guerra, 26, grew up in Denton, Texas, just north of Dallas. He is not the type of reliever who wants days off. "I try to get out there as much as possible," he said. "You never know when your number is called and they take the jersey away from you."