Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Post-Game 131 Thread: Whoa, That Was Close


The Dodgers had a six-run third inning, punctuated by a Hanley Ramirez two-run shot to deep center, allowing Joe Blanton to coast to his first win as a Dodger. A.J. Ellis came out in the top of the eighth and hit his first career grand slam, so with a 10-1 lead, what could possibly go wrong?

Well, this is Coors Field, where the last-place Rockies have made their home a house of horrors for our Dodgers (with the win today we won three of nine @ Coors). Blanton went 7.1 IP, scattering 10 H and 3 ER with 1 BB and 5 Ks, leaving the game with men at the corners. But then Shawn Tolleson (recently called up from single-A ball) came in an saw four batters, retiring none of them; Randy Choate relieved Tolleson and hit his only batter; and Ronald Belisario came in and barely escaped the inning (worsened a tad by Shane Victorino's inexplicable barehanding of a single to center which squirted away from him, allowing a seventh Rockies run to score in that frame).

Belisario came back out in the ninth and got a GIDP to end the game and preserve Blanton's effort, and the Dodgers narrow the Giants' lead back to three games (pending the Giants' game at Houston tonight: 10-8 Barry Zito vs. 1-6 Dallas Keuchel). Go ahead and use this as a Scoreboard Watching thread, unless I get more inspired in the next hour.

Whoa, that was close. But hey, we can't end on that sour note, going into a four-game series at home against the Diamondbacks. We need something more...soothing and uplifting...a better note! With unkempt hair.


Orel said...

According to DodgerTalk, Kenley Jansen was in the hospital with the same heart issue that put him on the DL before.

Steve Sax said...

Was that from watching the end of this game?

In all seriousness, I hope he feels better soon.

Orel said...

He's flying home with the team.

Steve Sax said...

Hey, I *did* get inspired, after all!

NPUT for Scoreboard Watching.