Sunday, August 24, 2014

Post-Game 132 Thread: Overpowering Colon


Two short days after LOLMets, it was LOLDodgers. Down 7-2 in the sixth inning, the Dodgers had just scored a run (Dee Gordon) off a leadoff single, Yasiel Puig walk (Puig had lost track of the count in that AB, btw; more on Puig's spaciness later), and Adrian Gonzalez RBI single. We were poised for a comeback: David Wright had already left the game due to neck spasms*; Mets starter Bartolo Colon had been effective through five but was laboring at the end of his audition for other teams; and Dodgers reliever Carlos Frias (who had entered the game relieving the ineffective Kevin Correia: 7 R in 3.0 IP, with 1 K and 3 HR) had just retired nine Mets in a row.

And then the bottom fell out (not that there was much bottom left in a 7-2 deficit, but hang with me). Matt Kemp hit into a 5-4-3 double play, which then became a TRIPLE play when Puig ran right through Dodgers third base coach Lorenzo Bundy's stop sign, and was thrown out at home by about 25 miles. The Dodgers should make Puig drink all the liquid in the dugout bubble machine, because that was a piece of shit baserunning exhibition by Puigster. If Bundy needs to wield a Jeff Gillooly crowbar at third base when Puig is rounding third (to be fair, Kemp ran through a stop sign recently but made it home safely; what happened to respect for authority here?!), then so be it. Inexcusable.

Frias then came out the next inning and melted down, allowing three more runs, and the Dodgers were pummeled 11-3 (Dee Gordon added a run in the eighth on an RBI triple). In good news, Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with and a run scored; Andre Ethier, with a rare start in the six-hole, went 2-for-4. In bad news, the reactivated Hanley Ramirez, along with Justin Turner and offensive abyss A.J. Ellis, all 0-fered. And then there's that Correia guy, who falls to 2-1 as a Dodger.

But this wasn't the only pummeling in the National League today: the Giants lost 14-6 to the Nationals, who scored 12 unanswered runs in their last three frames to take the lead and squish the Giants. All five Giants pitchers ceded at least one ER today. So there's that.

On the other hand, we host Washington in a week's time, and face Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister, and Jordan Zimmerman. Hoo, boy.

Note: (*) Quote of the GT from Fred's Brim: "Wright is out for some reason. I am out because we are playing like assholes today"


Fred's Brim said...

Fantastic second paragraph

Steve Sax said...

@FB: Thanks. I think I had written it after reading some of Grant Brisbee's pieces on McCovey Chronicles; he does a good job making the pieces less "journalismy" and more "from the fan's perspective"--so I think it inspired me a bit.

Plus I was listening to that play while driving, and when I heard Puig was tagged out standing up, I almost ran over some pedestrians in a fit of anger.

Steve Sax said...

Angels killing the A's 9-0 mid-sixth

Steve Sax said...

Angels 9, A's 4, Final. Angels retake first place.

Fred's Brim said...

this hunk of dogshit still has steam coming off it