So many frustrating things about tonight's game. Dee Gordon going 0-for-4 in the leadoff spot, albeit getting the team's only RBI on a sacrifice fly. Andre Ethier in the two-hole going 0-for-5. Hanley Ramirez batting cleanup, 0-for-3. Adrian Gonzalez in the five-hole, protecting Hanley with an 0-for-4 outing. Four of our top five lineup slots produced 0-fers, an aggregate 0-for-16. Talk about a black hole. The Dodgers were 0-for-7 with RISP and had 12 LOB. And without the White Sox making three errors, the Dodgers had nowhere near enough to win (let alone score a second run).
Dan Haren's 4-0 start is a distant memory, going 6.0 IP but yielding 4 ER with 2 ER. Haren was thoroughly outpitched by the woeful Hector Noesi, who also went 6.0 IP but gave up 1 ER and got 6 Ks (Haren got only 2 Ks). The Giants got blown out in Cincinnati, but couldn't make up any ground because of the pure unadulterated suckitude. The only upside, I suppose, is that WGN's broadcast of the Chicago road game allowed crafty Los Angelenos to actually pick up the Dodgers on television. Not that you'd want to see this.