Well, you can’t say the Dodger offense didn’t at least have their chances:
2nd inning: Matt Kemp on second, no outs.
3rd inning: Ted Lilly on third, Tony Gwynn on second, one out.
4th inning: Bases loaded with AJ Ellis, Juan Uribe, & Trent Oeltjen, two outs.
5th inning: Kemp on second, Aaron Miles on third, no outs.
7th inning: Jamey Carroll on third, two outs.
I don’t need to tell you how many of those situations turned into runs, right? The list above doesn’t even include Kemp getting thrown out by a country mile at home in the 4th inning on a Uribe double, though it was clear that third base coach Tim Wallach wasn’t exactly ordering him to stop, either.
Lilly giving up dingers while the offense completely and utterly fails? It’s almost like we’ve played that game before. (To be fair to Lilly, he was effective otherwise, and allowing three runs over six innings is a marked improvement from his previous few outings.)
How bad have things gotten? Miles – you know, the same guy who I once referred to as one of the worst players in history, the guy who I like to point out has a totally empty .300 batting average which will surely regress as soon as his unreasonably high BABIP normalizes – was hit by a Mike Pelfrey pitch in the bottom of the 5th inning, eventually leaving the game in favor of Jamey Carroll. When it became clear that Miles may be injured, I actually thought, “uh oh”. Back before the universe went upside-down, you used to pray for guys like Miles to get injured just to get them off the active roster. (Not really, but you know what I mean.) Now? Miles has the 4th highest wOBA of any active Dodger, min. 50 PA. Yes, he’s having a nice season, but trust me, that says a whole hell of a lot more about the team than it does about him.
With the loss, the Dodgers fall to 37-50. I’d say that “they stay 11 games out of first with San Francisco’s loss tonight,” but since the Giants lost to the Padres, the more relevant number is that they now fall three full games behind San Diego for last place. Only three teams in baseball have more losses than the Dodgers: Kansas City (51), the Chicago Cubs (52), and Houston (58), and they’re one game behind the pace set by the 99-loss 1992 club, who were 38-49 through 87 games.
Other than the usual heroics of Kemp and the once-every-five-days fun from Clayton Kershaw, it’s getting harder and harder to see bright sides around here.
(Also: this is a couple of days old, but since I didn’t see it mentioned elsewhere: the Dodgers signed Justin Miller and Roy Corcoran to minor league deals recently. Miller, you may remember, was confusingly DFA’d last season despite quality performance.)