Dodgers Limp Into Break, But Hang On To First Place

None of the Capuanos from this picture were any good today

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for four days of a break from Dodger baseball right now. Judging by the way the Dodgers played today in dropping their third in a row to Arizona, losing 7-1 as Chris Capuano & Ronald Belisario were both hit hard, I’m guessing the team feels the same way. At least Capuano got a hit, which is more than most of the rest of the roster could say; aside from him, the Dodgers had just four hits in 27 at-bats against Trevor Bauer & Patrick Corbin, three of which came in the ninth inning. If this was to be the end of Juan Uribe‘s Dodger career – a fact I’m still not convinced of – let it be known that it ended on a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing in the only run on his first RBI in well over a month.

Still, while “non-existent offense dooms Dodgers to defeat” has been the tale of far too many games in the first three months of this season, I’m not taking this one too severely. It’s too damn hot, for one thing, but the Dodgers go into the break with a half-game lead in the NL West over San Francisco, who were crushed by Pittsburgh thanks to another poor Tim Lincecum start and two Ryan Theriot errors.

Considering our expectations at the beginning of the season – don’t forget, Frank McCourt still owned this club in April – the absolutely absurd level of injuries we’ve had to live through, and the total zeroes that four of the eight positions on offense have represented, I think every single one of us would have taken “first place at the break”. And when the season resumes on Friday, we’ll probably have Matt Kemp & Andre Ethier to look forward to, so there’s hope here.

Thanks for a fun first half, and stay tuned over the next few days as we’ll have midseason grades, All-Star game chat, and potentially a guest prospect report.