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.