Sunday, May 15, 2011

Post-Game 41 Thread: The Abyss At The Bottom Of The Dodgers' Lineup Rises, Swallowing Kemp and Ethier

D'BACKS 4, DODGERS 1

It's common knowledge that the bottom of the Dodgers' order--with Rod Barajas (batting .235), James Loney (.230), Juan Uribe (.200), and whoever is in left field--sucks. It basically renders the second half of our lineup useless, such that if Ethier and Kemp can't tally RBIs, we are through.

So Don Mattingly decided to go absolutely wild today and bat five through eight as follows: Loney (who went 1-for-4, 4 LOB), Dioner Navarro (0-for-4 with 3Ks and 4 LOB; now at .176), Juan Castro (0-for-2 before being replaced by Uribe, who walked twice), and Tony Gwynn Jr (0-for-2). Total and complete impotence.

And it didn't stop there. In fact, the tar pit actually rose a bit, engulfing #3 Andre Ethier (0-for-4 with 4 LOB, breaking his on-base-streak at 37 games, fifth-longest in Dodgers history) and #4 Matt Kemp (0-for-3 with 2 Ks; Kemp 0-fered last night as well). That left only Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles to get hits, and though they tallied five of the team's six hits, that wasn't enough to scratch out more than one run in the loss.

Ted Lilly must have been deflated after seeing a bottom of the first that started with two leadoff singles, and then continued with an Ethier K, Kemp BB, Loney one-pitch fly out, and Navarro K. Lilly was so flustered, he came back out and gave up four runs, his only bad inning (6.0 IP). The bullpen pitched a scoreless three, but with offense this impotent, they could have been out there for 18 innings and we wouldn't have tied the game. Dodgers fall to three below .500 and four back of the division lead.

37 comments:

Dusty Baker said...

Yankees have only won one more game than we have.

That's two positive comments, Karina!

Dusty Baker said...

I just looked up James Loney's slugging percentage on Baseball Reference. It said "No."

Dusty Baker said...

Watching BOS vs NY. Bleacher Creatures just included Posada in their roll call even though he's benched again today. Great production for ESPN to have caught that.

karina said...

but Dusty, they have my son! :(

you know, I'm tired about our pessimism. This is a sport of miracles and we shouldn't give up on the Dodgers 'till they really out of the race.

Just sayin'

Dusty Baker said...

Your son just threw the ball away on a throw to first. Charged with a passed ball. Started a rally for Red Sox.

Dusty Baker said...

Andruw Jones DHing for Yankmes in Posada's absence. just went Yard.

(cries)

karina said...

Now, Andruw Jones just hit his 2nd HR of the season :(

karina said...

@Dusty my son is still human

*cries*

karina said...

one of the badges for this game is a Posada HR

Dusty Baker said...

Posada will pinch hit for a HR late in the game. Book it.

Dusty Baker said...

Brandy just yanked the fuck out of a ball to deep center-right field.that ball was smoked. I had forgotten what those look like.

(cries)

karina said...

"I had forgotten what those look like"

I thought the very same thing.

*cries*

Dusty Baker said...

^ Grandy

Josh S. said...

It's cool, man. You can stop mentioning the division lead. It ain't happening.

rbnlaw said...

I still have no love for Russell J.Martin.

The J stands for jack-ass.

rbnlaw said...

And Juan Uribe replaced Juan Castro in the game; Don Mattingly said he couldn't tell the difference.


I love Emo Juan Uribe.

Steve Sax said...

@rbnlaw: Sounds like we've got Juan too many.

Steve Sax said...

@Josh S: It may not happen, but it keeps adding salt to my open festering wound.

I'm going tomorrow, btw.

And Tuesday.

Steve Sax said...

did i miss any badges in this yanks-bosox game?

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

To answer Sax's question from the GT: I will not be in town during the Fourth of July weekend. I will be in New York.

Steve Sax said...

fuck, this is bad timing for a mini-fest...ok

Steve Sax said...

picked the wrong time to stop sniffing glue, too

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Joe West will fly in on his pterodactyl to destroy these two teams, they're taking so long. Hopefully.

Steve Sax said...

Joe West tried but the pterodactyl couldn't bear his weight and crashed into a volcano

Josh S. said...

I am available to drink Dusty and Marla's drinks.

Dusty Baker said...

At Saxy

What level are you on Tuesday? I still need to get my ticket so I'll just get o e on whatever level you will be lording over.

Dusty Baker said...

I'll again put out the Bat signal that my patio is available to host some homies on any given afternoon to quaff some lager, devour some dogs, and catch a game.

Josh S. said...

I want a Kershaw bobblehead, but I don't want to suffer through terrible baseball to get it.

Maybe I'll buy one on eBay while someone punches me in the balls. Same thing.

Josh S. said...

Oh hey, the Red Sox won three games over the Yankees to get to .500! That means we get tomorrow off from work, right?

Dusty Baker said...

Josh you gave me my going to sleep thought for the night. All I can picture is your scrolling around on EBay while some midget punches you in the balls.

I realize that you didn't actually mention a midget but I just thought it was appropriate to consider as part of this imagery.

Neeebs said...

@DB: I was imaging a 7year old bully.

Spank said...

*slaps Neeebs on the buttocks*

Steve Sax said...

*tries to remove Spank's hand from Neeeebs' buttocks*

Paul said...

I am starting to worry about the Dodgers chances...

Steve Sax said...

I am starting to worry about my own hand.

Paul said...

Fuck when did Neeeebs have another e?

Paul said...

At least reform laws make this fourth e not eligible to governmental entitlements.