I know this is hardly the only reason the Dodgers lost. This isn’t as important as the lineup as a whole putting up only one run against Barry Zito (who has admittedly been much better this year than in the last few years), and it’s not as important as Juan Pierre inexplicably getting thrown out trying to steal third with two outs and Andre Ethier at the plate in the third. You can also look at the bottom of the sixth inning, when three of the first four men got hits and only one scored. All of these things contributed to this loss, of course.
But when you’re down two in the 8th inning, with two on, two out, and a full count, that’s what they call a “big situation”. And when you think you’ve drawn a walk to load the bases for James Loney, only to have it taken away on a pitch like this:
Well, that’s just a kick in the pants. Really, the look on Casey Blake’s face says all you need to know:
You know it’s bad when even the Giants fans over at McCovey Chronicles are counting their blessings…
A good time for the shitty ump to be shitty for us