Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Post-Game 76 Thread: League, Minimum

DODGERS 6, GIANTS 5

Brandon League has pictures of Don Mattingly and the phone number for TMZ. That's the only way I can justify why Don would insert Brandon League in a ninth-inning save situation, Dodgers up 6-3, on the verge of winning our fourth game in a row for the first time this season. Why not laugh right in the faces of the baseball gods? Why use logic to guide reliever selection? Why the fuck would we put in Brandon League?

League surrenders (and I use that lightly; more like rolls-over-and-plays-dead) a Hunter Pence single, a Brandon Belt RBI double, and an Andres Torres RBI single. 6-5. Mattingly finally goes to Paco Rodriguez.

And Rodriguez saves Mattingly's bacon, yielding a Brandon Crawford single but getting the next three batters out, including a deep fly ball from Marco Scutaro to center field, which Matt Kemp tracked down on the track with his back to the plate. Dodgers win. Barely.

Stephen Fife did great: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB and 3 Ks. Fife yielded solo HR to Oyster Pubes and Belt. But Fife got four runs of support from two two-run shots (Mark Ellis and Hanley Ramirez, the latter of which hit the left foul pole), as well as a RBI single from Tim Federowicz and a throwing error from Giants reliever Jake Dunning which scored Nick Punto from third. The Dodgers vault to seven games back of Arizona.

And if Donnie can keep League off the mound, we may even have a shot at continuing this winning streak!

Four in a row, baby! PLAYOFFS!

14 comments:

Paul said...

This lineup is looking fucking scary but not as scary Mattingly's decision making.

Feels good to have our first proper streak of the season and my first proper drink of the week.

Steve Sax said...

After watching that ninth inning, I think I've got a streak in my boxers

Steve Sax said...

Evelyn Taft!

Paul said...

Talkin about Neeebs generation!

Paul said...

^'

Steve Sax said...

Mattingly should be washing Kemp's car for a week

Steve Sax said...

League's ERA: 5.72

Steve Sax said...

Don Mattingly gets no beach towel tonight.

Spank said...

They need to release League and just write off his contract as a loss.The dude is worse than suck.

Paul said...

Why was he in the 9th? After the first two batters why was he still in? Is there any doubt he losses the game if he would have stayed in. He isn't even worthy of mop up work and any faith I had in Donnie being able to think outside his preconditioned baseball players' manager bs is gone.

Neeebs said...

At PJ: It's Tuesday. What took you so long?

Hideo Nomo said...

SOSG CONNECT FOUR IS BACK??!!

BJ Killeen said...

Loser
Erasable
Asinine
Ghastly
Useless
Egregious

Steve Sax said...

League needs to get his head screwed on straight. Give him a stint in the minors so he can see if there's any groove he can find again.