Monday, August 03, 2009

Post-Game 106 Thread: Parra-Shoots, Parra-Scores

BREWERS 6, DODGERS 5

On a night where the Dodgers made Manny Parra look like a Cy Young winner, one can't help but wonder where all those runs from yesterday's nationally-televised contest went. Here at home, where Clayton Kershaw usually performs, Kershaw lasted only four innings and left with the bases loaded and none out in the fifth, having given up three ER and six walks.

Ryan Braun, whom the Dodgers shut down in Milwuakee, went 4-for-5 and hit the dagger three-run HR off of Jeff Weaver to put the game seemingly out of reach in the sixth. The Dodgers made a game of it in the ninth inning, scoring three runs before recording their first out, and then loading 'em up for Manny Ramirez, with two away, against a visibly shaky Trevor Hoffman.

But Ramirez flied to right, going 1-for-5 with 2 Ks, both of which were on changeups that Manny used to be able to hammer, oh about ten games ago. Ramirez hasn't had a RBI in 10 games. O Ramirez, where art thou?

22 comments:

Steve Sax said...

Looking back on the highlights, Hudson totally should have run home on the Furcal bunt.

He who hesitates is lost.

Dusty Baker said...

Shit...just, shit...

I can't find my usual elegant prose after this one.

Other than a small rally in the bottom of 9th, not much to take away from this one (Clay lost control, Manny slump). Except maybe the return of the MSB spot.

Orel said...

Yeah, I don't know what O-Dog was thinking there.

Josh S. said...

Clever strategy by the Brewers, hitting Ethier with a pitch so he couldn't get the walkoff.

Everyone's bagging on O-Dog, but I don't think he could have imagined Raffy would bunt there. And then when he made contact, the ball was fielded RIGHT in front of the plate. There's a pretty good chance he'd have been out even if he had been running.

Dusty Baker said...

Agree, Josh. I think O was just as surprised as we were at the play.

Nic j said...

looking at the play again O probably should of been going on contact, on a play like that they are usually going to try and get the easy force out rather than a play at the plate. Its easy to say that kind of stuff when it is in hindsight though.

The guys made a beatdown close in the last inning and while that still counts as a loss it makes it a little easier to take. We will get them tomorrow.

Orel said...

What Nic said.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

It was a great game, though the ending left a lot to be desired.

Ken said...

With 2 outs O dog should have went on contact. What the heck was going on? You play to tie!!!

Alex said...

If he goes on contact, Hoffman lobs it to the catcher and he's dead to rights, game over. Raffy should have been out at first but it looked like Hoffman decided to take a peak at Hudson, even though there were 2 outs. Bad bunt by Raffy, even worse fielding by Hoffman to give the Dodgers an extra out.

Ken said...

Seriously, even a delayed run home would have been sufficient. Right when Hoffman committed to first, Orlando should have been 1/3 down the line and a return throw from first wouldn't have gotten him.

Fred's Brim said...

Manny's hand has to still be hurt. You could see him take it out of his glove and flex it after fielding a one of the hits before Braun's HR. And those weren't hard hits

Dusty Baker said...

@Fred's Brim

Are we sure, though, that wasn't due to the fact that Manny just isn't used to fielding as many balls cleanly in LF?

Josh S. said...

Did Manny just get under that fly-out or was it hit weakly? I couldn't tell.

And while his performance is worrisome, it has only been 10 games. Ethier's slump lasted most of May. He just needs a head-clearing home run.

J. Steve said...

I friend of mine watching the Milwaukee broadcast sent me a text about some weirdo in a green suit getting thrown out of the game and didn't know why.

I didn't watch the game... Did anyone know what he's talking about?

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

At the game, there was a guy in a full green body-suit dancing in the right-field pavilion. He was then removed because he was wearing a mask, which is a security violation. Another guy was doing the same thing, dancing in a green body-suit, at the Buick Open.

Steve Sax said...

Apparently it's a reference to the little-watched TV show, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

Details here.

Steve Sax said...

@ Josh, Manny's game-ending fly out was in the middle of right field, right to Bill Hall, who barely had to move to catch it. It was like Juan-Pierre-of-old power levels.

Steve Sax said...

Link to a video on Green Man's origins here (***and really unfortunate random youtube address assignment, by the way***).

J. Steve said...

Thanks for the help, guys!

Josh S. said...

@Sax: Oh, I saw where it ended up. I was just wondering if he got the bat on it squarely or just got a piece of it. If it was the same kind of contact he makes on his homers and it only went that far, then I'm worried.

Lyons was saying Manny has a noticeably slower swing.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh: Oh, I get what you're saying. My bad. I didn't check out Manny's swing that closely. I'll watch more closely tonight...