Friday, June 22, 2012

Back To That Bunting Thing

The Dodgers' collective bunt fails, mostly at the hands of Dee Gordon, are gnawing at me like a flesh-eating bacteria. So reading Jim Peltz's game recap piece today in the LAT was more salt on the open wound:

But it was the Dodgers' batters who slumped badly again Thursday afternoon as the team suffered its fifth loss in seven games. Key lapses on bunt plays in the ninth inning also hurt.

"We didn't do enough to win any of these games," Manager Don Mattingly said of the Oakland trip. "We didn't put them in danger at any point in the series."

After Ryan Cook took over for [Oakland pitcher Travis] Blackley in the ninth inning, Dodgers catcher Matt Treanor drew a leadoff walk. Dee Gordon, looking to sacrifice Treanor to second base, fouled off two bunt attempts and then bunted in fair ground to third baseman Brandon Inge.

The bunt was hard enough that Inge was able to force Treanor out at second base. Then Gordon was caught trying to steal second base by catcher Derek Norris, who was making his big league debut, and Elian Herrera struck out.

Mattingly said the bunt was taken off after Gordon had two strikes on him. "I don't know if he didn't see it or ... I'll talk to him later," Mattingly said.

Told that the bunt sign had been waved off, Gordon said, "I actually didn't know that. But I put down a good bunt and they made a good play."

Dee, in what universe is a bunt to the third baseman that gets the lead runner out at second a "good bunt"? What are you talking about? Are we even talking about the same game here?

Can someone on the Dodgers staff make Dee Gordon do laps every time he bunts? Or maybe make him eat a box of Krispy Kreme donuts? I can't believe he's in denial.


Dusty Baker said...

I don't even like bundt cake any more.

Hideo Nomo said...

It was a good bundt, but Juan Uribe ate it. What can I say?