vPad slogged through six innings, givin up four runs (three earned) and notching 8 Ks with 0 walks. With this hot-hitting team, that should be enough to finally get us over .500, right? Not if Hong-Chih Kuo celebrates his 2010 debut by registering only one out and giving up two ER, and Ronald Belisario (the Dodger bullpen's other new addition), watches a botched double play turn into two more runs before escaping the seventh. A 5-4 lead morphs into a 8-5 deficit in a flash, and when the Dodgers decide to cool it now and waste their last six outs without crossing home again, we lose the game and the series. To the Reds, a 7-9 team.
(Oh, and George Sherrill having to be rescued by Ramon Troncoso in the eighth, after letting two on while getting only one out, is another ominous sign.) The Dodgers now have three pitchers with ERAs over 10. Mr. Telephone Man, there's something wrong with my bullpen.
On the positive side, the Dodgers have six starters batting over .300 (and Andre Ethier knocked his fifth HR of the year in the first). But if we don't solve this pitching problem (and stop making defensive errors, to boot), the offensive firepower will be for naught. The Dodgers get to .500 for the fourth time this year, and can't get over the hump. Heart break, indeed.