Thanks, Sam Holbrook

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:

blakestrike3.jpgWell, that’s just a kick in the pants. Really, the look on Casey Blake’s face says all you need to know:

blakeconfused.jpgYou 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

by Sabean’s_Folly on May 8, 2009 10:10 PM PDT 

VERY QUESTIONABLE BUT I’LL TAKE IT

by mrpata on May 8, 2009 10:10 PM PDT

Tonight’s strike zone has had more height than width. I think that may have
been ball 4.

by non sequitur on May 8, 2009 10:10 PM PDT

Again: not blaming this loss entirely on the ump, because the Dodgers had more than enough chances to take control of the game. But geez… you hate to lose an opportunity because of a call like that.

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