Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Post-Game 141 Thread: Tron Derezzes, Game Over

DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 3

Despite knowing that the Rockies had pulled off a win over the Reds, the Dodgers seemed to play rather cavalierly late in this game. George Sherrill escaped a jam in the eighth with men at first and second, and a ball hit to third baseman Ronnie Belliard, who calmly picked it up and walked over to get the force at third by a hair.

Somehow, Ramon Troncoso picked up this lackadaisical vibe, and entered in the ninth to promptly airmail an easy comebacker wide right to James Loney, allowing Gerardo Parra to reach second with none out. Sacrifice bunt over to third forced the Dodgers to load 'em up with one out, but the gambit failed when Troncoso walked in the winning run, in pathetic fashion, to give the Snakes that ever-exciting walk-off walk win. After considering how bulletproof our bullpen has been, it was disturbing to see Troncoso shatter so easily, but hopefully this is just an aberration. A blip, if you will.

Overlooked in this game will be Manny Ramirez' and James Loney's back-to-back jacks in the fourth to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead; less overlooked however will be the fact that those same two batters had back-to-back Ks in the eighth to strand two on with one out (had we scored, Troncoso probably wouldn't have had to pitch tonight at all). The Dodgers take two of three from the Diamondbacks, but with the Rockies on a six-game win streak, we've actually lost ground in the division.

NL West lead erodes to 2.5 games as the Dodgers take a day off to stew on this one, as well as the fact that Randy Wolf is probably scratched from the weekend series in San Francisco. Magic number, of course, goes nowhere. Rockies get a chance to pick off another half-game tomorrow vs. the Reds while we idle. I need a beer.

27 comments:

JuanLove said...

wtf Wolf is missing his next start?

Dusty Baker said...

Sax, did you bring me back any good beer?

Steve Sax said...

Yep. Kuroda to get the nod on Friday.

Paul said...

Another one run loss. Another game where our pitching holds then below 5 runs and we lose.

Steve Sax said...

@Dusty, yes, but I'm expecting some nachos from that cantina you visited.

Steve Sax said...

I couldn't find any Sammy variants, so I went with some Asahi large bottles. Stop on by!

Dusty Baker said...

STRONG move on the large Asahi jugs.

My local cantina for the first time served me some of their "we only make it in the back for staff" salsa. It was mighty fine; I might have to write home to my mother about it.

Josh S. said...

Dodgers, schmodgers!

Bring on the PUZZLE, Ubragg!

Nic j said...

Isn't the lead really 3 1/2 because we hold the tie-breaker over the rox?

Anyways, who really cares if we win the division? The playoffs are all that matters and we have a 7 game playoff cushion. Furcal, loney and manny are starting to look better at the plate. What is really going to be interesting is that when we get pushed and we are in must win situations we always respond. I would consider this weekend one of those so I expect 2-3 in halloween town. The only thing that worries me is that the giants are pretty much out of the race and they do tend to fuck us over In Those situations.

Oh well.

Nic j said...

Hopefully the pads can continue their recent dominance of the NL west and beat the rox this weekend.

JuanLove said...

if we win the WC, we get Hell.

if we win the Division, we get Philly

pick your poison.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Hopefully Tony Shalhoub can solve our woes.

rbnlaw said...

If we keep on depending on the dinger to get us over, the post-season will be short.
I'd much rather see Philly in the NLDS. That red team seems to own the Dodgers.

Nic j said...

If we continue to play this bad its not going to matter who we play in the post season.

unless we switch divisions so we can play the rockies, we have their number.

Steve Sax said...

@NicJ, which isn't out of the question, should we draw the Phils first and see the Rocks in the second round.

rbnlaw said...

In better news, Rosicky to be on the squad to face Man City this Saturday.

I can finally break out my #7 Gunner jersey.

rbnlaw said...

Sax has adopted karina's eternal optimism.
I, on the other hand, have adopted Nic's realistic view of Kemp, who is mired in a bit of a slump.

Dusty Baker said...

@RB

How long will Rosicky stay healthy you reckon?

Sticking with Diaby on my fantasy team, but no more of that brilliant (own) goal stuff again.

Nic j said...

Yeah that sucks, just when a few slumping players start to come out of it, kemp takes a nose dive. And Martin, well ive already given up on him as far as offense goes. I try to just look at the positives that he is an excellent defensive catcher.

Bayareadfan said...

I'm gonna make a crazy comment and say bring on the Cards.

I think this team has showed they can dominate or get run in 3 to just about anybody. So why not the Cards?

Three of their 5 wins against us could have just as easily been losses, so I want another piece of them.

Nic j said...

You crazy BADF.

Nic j said...

the Rox still have an upcoming nine game roadie and they are about a break even team on the road so, everything will be ok.

Nic j said...

we still play the pirates and nats 10 times and they are both 1-9 in their last ten, hopefully both teams have just packed up for the rest of the year and we should win alot of those. Also, the rockies still have a losing record against the division so lets hope that continues.

Fred's Brim said...

glad I missed the end of this one

Fred's Brim said...

gonna try to get to the Bucs weekend, if i can conjure the mental strength for the drive

Fred's Brim said...

if somebody has access to the Elias database, I would like to see if a hunch of mine is a good one

It seems like when we have the day off and the team(s) chasing us are playing, they win more than they lose and gain ground on us. If we are playing and they have off, we lose more often than we win and lose the half game. We don't seem to catch a break or take advantage of the opportunity. It's just a feeling and probably not a very good one

Dusty Baker said...

If I had access to Elias, I'd never leave the house.