On an evening with so many pathetic moments, it's hard to isolate exactly which Dodgers moment tonight most disgraced the legacy of Jackie Robinson, whom we honored across baseball on this fine day. Was it:
- Opposing pitcher and former Dodger Eric Stults knocking a three-run HR off of Chad Billingsley in the top of the second?
- Having the Dodgers claw back with a run in the third (Adrian Gonzalez ground-rule double to right center, scoring Carl Crawford), a run in the fourth (Crawford singling in Luis Cruz), and a run in the fifth (AJ Ellis singling in Matt Kemp),...but squandering further scoring opportunities by settling for fenceposts in the scorecard?
- Watching Ronald Belisario allow his three runners to reach in the seventh (two on walks), only to see Paco Rodriguez come in and walk the next batter, scoring the go-ahead run, and allowing one more to score before ending the inning (down 5-3)?
- Getting AJ Ellis and Andre Ethier on base to start the eighth, and having Cruz sacrifice them both into scoring position...only to watch PH Skip Schumacher hit back to Padres pitcher Luke Gregerson...and have Ellis try and score from third as Skip is being thrown out at first? Because the lumbering Ellis, who never should have left in the first place, was thrown out at home to end the threat AND the inning?
Yeah, it probably was Ellis, on one of the most boneheaded plays so far in this short season. Even if Ellis had scored, we still would have been down by a run with two out, requiring a single. Idiotic.
We're supposed to WIN on Jackie Robinson Day, boys. We're not going to win when we're all competing for the most hair-brained move of the night.
Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 including a key strikeout in the seventh and the game-ending fly out to right. Kemp is batting .200. I know it will turn around for Kemp, but I'm really thinking he may need a day off here. There's just too much weight on his shoulders, certainly to carry this team of lunatics, not to mention turn around his slump. We're only 13 games in, a game above .500, and I'm not sure if I can take it, either.
Oh, and Dusty Baker's Toothpick? This is for you (if not the rest of us):
photo: Mark J. Terrill / AP