“A game recap? Already? But MSTI, the game is only through six and a half innings.” That it is. And through five innings, things were fine, as Chad Billingsley was generally cruising along, having only been hurt on a solo homer by Pablo Sandoval. Not that it mattered, of course, since the Dodgers were completely unable to touch the reanimated corpse of Ryan Vogelsong, who had allowed just five harmless singles through five, punctuated by James Loney wasting a two-on, one-out situation by ending the 4th with a 1-6-3 DP.
I’m tempted to make more fun of the Dodgers not being able to get to Vogelsong, but we all know the team can’t hit, and he is one of the year’s better success stories. So, fine. Fun fact, though: the lineup from the first time Vogelsong faced the Dodgers, way back in 2001, the Los Angeles lineup included such luminaries as Hiram Bocachica, Jeff Reboulet, Chad Kreuter, and Dave Hansen. Ah, the good old days.
Anyway, that was the situation through five. Then the sixth inning came around, and that’s where the roof caved in. Mike Fontenot led off with an infield single that arguably could have been had by a second baseman with more range than Aaron Miles. Sandoval and Nate Schierholtz each singled, and after an Aubrey Huff strikeout, Cody Ross and Brandon Crawford each contributed run-scoring hits.
With five runs on the board, that was it for Billingsley and the Dodgers. Getting back to the opening line of this post, yes, I know there’s still six outs left for the Dodgers. I know this could be my “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. I also know that 1-0, or even 0-0 is a nearly insurmountable deficit for this team. I know that KABC’s Joe Block pointed out that of the last 18 games in which the Dodgers have allowed even two runs, they’re just 2-16. Coming back from a five-run deficit? I don’t mean to sound fatalistic, but, please. After a long day of work, staying up even later just to watch the end of this isn’t as appealing as it once was, certainly not as appealing as bed and less time straining my eyes on a computer monitor. And if I’m wrong? If they show up with a miracle comeback? Well, I’ll gladly take the heat on that for some positivity out of this club.