Friday, July 06, 2012

Post-Game 85 Thread: Weak In The Red Zone


The Dodgers wasted a crapload of scoring opportunities tonight (3-for-16 with RISP), especially in the late innings when they had the bases loaded with none out in the seventh (one run would score), and first-and-third with none out in the eighth (none would score).

Mark Ellis, dead to rights at home on a weak pop fly off the bat of James Loney, thanks to the arm of Jason Kubel.

But the biggest missed opportunity was failing to notch a win in a game where Adam Kennedy got a HR, his first HR since July 20, 2011 (when he was with the Mariners, against Toronto). This was a man who hit three HR in a playoff game (still the most amazing offensive performance I've witnessed live in a post-season game), but in 2012 has but a 69 OPS+. Kennedy got a birthday present, but it ended up being a tease.

Clayton Kershaw was solid until a five-run sixth inning undid him. Bobby Abreu went 3-for-5 and had a sweet sliding catch in the bottom the sixth that stopped the bleeding. James Loney, who is hitting something like .925 at Chase Field, also had a multi-hit game (2-for-5), but grounded weakly to third to end the game (with a RISP).

Dodgers slip back to a half-game lead over the Giants. Two more to play before the All-Star break.

photo: Ross Franklin / AP


Paul said...


Steve Sax said...

@Paul, how do you really feel about tonight's game?

spank said...

Me guess Kershaw was not solid. 5th inning. lol.


spank said...


Steve Sax said...

Kershaw had 0s on the board until the 6th inning.

Steve Sax said...

Spank, what the hell happened to your avatar, anyway?

spank said...

@ Saxy

My avatar went out of commission like the Dodgers offense in June and perhaps July. ?

Steve Sax said...

Wow, already fading to black. Brutal!