Since early May, we have watched Matt Kemp spiral down from his otherworldly start this year toward a decidedly mortal coil. His OBP has gone from .405 on April 22 to .315 today; his batting average has sunk from .333 to .258, and his home run last night in a losing cause was his first in 17 games (giving him 12 total on the year). And yes, he had the Dodgers' only run of the night; yes, he's got prodigious power and tons of potential; yes, he's dating Rihanna.
But getting picked off second base, in the ninth inning, representing the game-tying run with one out (and a man on first), is simply inexcusable. And then, after Russell Martin walked to put men and first and second with two out, Jamey Carroll hits a single to right which would have rightfully scored Reed Johnson from second--except for the fact that Russell Martin--0-for-3 and batting .250--inexplicably turned wide on second base and was tagged out before Johnson could cross the plate. With the tying run INCHES away from home, Martin absolutely blew it. Just as Kemp had blown it minutes earlier.
We've now lost five of five games to the Angels, we slip to four games behind the Padres in a TIE for third place, and the season looks hopeless once again as we are absolutely pathetic when the game is on the line. I know we've got a young team, and that young teams are prone to errors. But Joe Torre sure as hell had better be making the team run windsprints and suicides all night long, until they're puking up rally monkeys, after this performance.
Me, I'm just getting drunk.