There were a lot of things about which to be angry during yesterday's game. For starters:
- That the Dodgers had a 4-1 lead in the top of the fifth, only to give up four runs in the bottom of the same inning.
- That Mark Hendrickson grooved fastball after fastball to Miguel Cabrera, who eventually connected on one for a 447-foot home run that tied the game at four. Given the Marlins' free-swinging ways and league-leading runs scored, one would think he would mix it up a bit against arguably the Marlins' best hitter.
- That the only reason we were in that situation to begin with was Rafael Furcal's error in the infield, following Jeff Kent's error which helped score the Marlins' second run.
- That Andre Ethier's game-tying run (5-5) in the eighth came with Olmedo Saenz at bat--and when Saenz struck out, the mlb.com's "scoring plays" link lists the vague terms that "Saenz strikes out. Ethier scores from third." (Huh?).
- That Garciaparra's 0-for-4 outing makes the third straight 0-fer game (and is now on an 0-for-15 streak).
- That Luis Gonzalez is developing a nice 0-fer streak of his own, with two straight 0-fer games (now 0-for-7). Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
- That Jonathan Broxton could only get one of four batters out in the ninth inning, losing the game with Cabrera's walkoff single.
But no, we're going to take this opportunity to lament Rick Monday, who had no idea what was going on in the booth yesterday during the fateful bottom of the fifth inning. With the score tied at four, Aaron Boone on second and Miguel Olivo on first, two out, and Chin-Hui Tsao in to relieve Mark Hendrickson, Rick Monday decided to absolutely lose it. Joe Borchard raps a double, Boone scores from second, and Olivo gets tagged out by Martin to end the inning. Easy enough play to call, right?
Monday was all over the board on his call, which went something like this (and I'm paraphrasing): Here comes Boone to score the first run. Here comes Olivo to score the second run. And Martin takes the throw to tag out the runner...and the inning is over, and the Marlins have a 5-4 lead."
Which runner was tagged out to end the inning? How can two runs score in a 4-4 game and it only be 5-4? What the hell is going on here? Why am I listening to a Panda Express commercial?
Monday, who spent an entire half-inning explaining Florida state politics and how remote the Marlins' stadium is from the Dodgers' hotel (Dolphin Stadium is a twenty-minute drive from Miami Airport. Get a closer hotel, Rick.), had no idea how to call the play, leaving the radio listener completely confused. When a broadcaster is more comfortable waxing philosophically about Florida zip codes (no joke), it seems to me that that is NOT the person you want on play-by-play. Please, someone give the man some lessons, or tell Jerry Reuss to switch seats with Monday in the booth.
In the meantime, I guess I've gotta buy me one of those television things. Please, click on the google ads, people.