"A bitter night for young Clayton Kershaw, but it's all part of the growing process." --Vin Scully
Clayton Kershaw has a disastrous second inning, getting only one out while giving up seven runs across eight batters, upon which our remaining Ortiz (Ramon) promptly tacks two more runs to make it a 12-batter, nine-run frame. The Dodgers eke out a couple of meager runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, all off of sacrifices. And James Loney made it a little more interesting with a two-out, three-run homer in the eighth. But the fact remains, we are behind the eight-ball if we want to keep our streak of home-series wins alive.
But watching those first seven innings tonight, with the Dodgers going down with whimpers, it was almost like yesterday's off-day put the entire team to sleep. Especially Reed Johnson and his .271 average at leadoff doesn't exactly provide a spark (Johnson went 0-for-4; to be fair, Xavier Paul came in to PH and promptly struck out). Also sleeping in the two-hole is Russell Martin, who started the year quickly but hasn't had a multi-hit game in his last 10 outings (watching his average plummet from .333 to .244; now with five hits in his last 38 at-bats).
Watching the Dodgers play so lethargically tonight almost made it seem like watching an underwater fight scene...