Let's count the ways that Dodger fans, on Fan Appreciation Day, must not have felt very appreciated:
- The Dodgers dropped the series finale 2-1, despite having the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth...only to see Tim Federowicz flail (swinging K) and Skip Schumaker follow in kind (fooled on a bad breaking ball away).
- Schumaker, who will likely start in center field now that Matt Kemp has been shut down for the entire postseason, went 1-for-4 to lower his intimidating .263 batting average.
- Speaking of injured center fielders, Andre Ethier is only going to be available as a PH for the NLDS. Great.
- Hyun-Jin Ryu took the loss after pitching four innings of 8 H, 2 ER ball. Ryu got in trouble early in the first and escaped with only one run, but opened up the fourth in kind for another station-to-station run by the Rox.
- Chris Capuano made an appearance in the sixth, and gave up two hits. Yeah, that feels pretty reassuring.
- Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth and struck out two but gave up two walks. Hmm.
- The USC marching band, apparently, led off the post-game rally.
The Dodgers are limping into the postseason with a bunch of bad ankles and a lot of rainclouds. I'm not feeling very appreciated here. The Braves must be salivating.