Ohman knocks in run with Manny's lumber
LA reliever delivers with slugger's bat in rare plate appearance
LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez's bat saw plenty of action during Saturday's game, as the slugger hit his first two home runs of the season against the Rockies.But it also saw some action when Ramirez let reliever Will Ohman use his bat during a surprising at-bat in the eighth inning with the Dodgers leading, 8-3, with two runners on base and two outs. The bat's magic apparently rubbed off on Ohman, who hit a ground ball in the hole between first and second for his first career RBI. "There was a lot of hits in that bat," said Ohman, who improved to 2-for-4 at the plate in his career. Ohman said his approach at the plate wasn't too complicated. He just didn't want to hurt himself while swinging the bat. "I trying not to pull an oblique and not fall down," Ohman said with a laugh. "I was 2-for-2 actually if you consider it that way. I didn't get hurt and I got a hit." Ohman only batted because the Dodgers were up by five runs and manager Joe Torre wanted to keep Ohman on the mound, where he allowed one run over 1 2/3 innings. The decision paid off with his single and Ohman receiving the ball as a keepsake commemorating his first and possibly his last RBI of his career. "It happens once a decade, so I'll have that as a memory," Ohman said. "I'll take a mental picture. It makes it easier to remember your successes when you're in single digits in at-bats."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.