The Dodgers took to a damp field tonight, and were kind enough to finish the game before the rain picked up late this evening. However they let the Diamondbacks come into town and rain all over any sense of sunshine signaling the return of Chris Capuano and Adrian Gonzalez.
Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with 2 Ks, which helped the cause; Capuano was less sharp, yielding eight hits and six runs (five earned) before yielding with none out and back-to-back HR in the fifth.
Carl Crawford banged a solo HR in the third, which was nice and all. But his brutal misplay of a Trevor Cahill fly ball to left led to a two-run triple (from the pitcher, no less); on top of that, his dropped fly ball of a Didi Gregorious can of corn in the fifth led to Capuano's undoing.
What was worse was seeing Don Mattingly's feeble and unemotive attempt to "argue" the Crawford catching error. Mattingly talked with the umps, who conferred and then upheld their call. Mattingly just shrugged his shoulders and walked back to the dugout, without much of a fight. And say what you will--that action set the tone. If Donnie baseball isn't going to get pissed about careening toward a fifth straight loss, then why the hell should we aspire for more? Why shouldn't the team just shrug its shoulders and move on?
I don't know what's going in with the Dodgers, but injuries alone can't justify the apparent lack of fire. One 9-2 pounding later, and it's not even clear that the Dodgers, or management, know what to do to fix it.
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