Dodgers Survive Colorado Scare, But May Be Without Kenley Jansen

If the Dodgers wanted to reverse their recent slide and avoid a sweep this afternoon, they needed at least one of the following two things to happen, and preferably both:

1) For Joe Blanton to stop pitching like the Triple-A mess he’d been in his first four Dodger starts, and
2) For someone, anyone, on offense to start producing, especially with Matt Kemp out

I’m guessing that “nearly blow a 10-1 eighth inning lead” wasn’t on the list, but what fun would it be if it weren’t interesting?

Blanton, nothing short of a disaster in his first month as a Dodger, was finally effective in getting into the eighth inning having avoided any major damage. With everything that’s happened to the rotation recently, Blanton’s performance can’t be understated, and there was just no way he was going to continue being as poor as he’s been. Blanton left with two on in the eighth up 10-1, and that’s where things got ugly.

Shawn Tolleson, just recalled back to the club today when Scott Elbert went on the disabled list, faced four batters and allowed four to reach, adding two runs to Blanton’s ledger. Randy Choate entered to hit Tyler Colvin to force in another run, and Ronald Belisario followed to allow two more (all of which were charged to Tolleson). With Kenley Jansen unavailable – and more on that in a second – Belisario was forced to pitch the ninth as well, which he fortunately was able to get through without allowing the Rockies to complete what would have been a soul-crushing comeback.

While the pitching staff made things interesting, the offense provided fireworks of their own. Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, Juan Rivera, & A.J. Ellis all had two hits against Colorado starter Drew Pomeranz and friends, with Hanley Ramirez hitting his eighth Dodger homer and A.J. Ellis hitting his first grand slam. You just can’t say enough about Ellis at this point, can you? His 11th homer of the year is more than half as many as the 19 he had in parts of nine minor league seasons. His OBP is .386. He is, as they say, the greatest man in the world.

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Unfortunately, today’s win came with some very bad news about Jansen, whose unexplained absence in the ninth left many wailing at Don Mattingly. Well, here’s why we didn’t see him:

This is now the third time, I believe, that Jansen has had heart issues which have cost him time, and it’s beginning to become a serious concern. Oh, sure, it’s a big problem that a team in the playoff hunt may have just lost their dominating closer, but beyond baseball, Jansen’s health is the priority here. Assuming Jansen checks out and doesn’t have more pressing worries about this, the Dodgers have worries of their own. Brandon League, closer? Terrifying to think about, but it’s what Mattingly hinted at after the game because of League’s “experience”. No. Thanks.

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Finally this afternoon, the Dodgers announced who they’d be sending to the Arizona Fall League, which is annually one of the best places to see the collected top talent in the minor leagues. Pitchers Red Patterson, Eric Eadington, & Steven Rodriguez, catcher Gorman Erickson, infielder Rafael Ynoa, and outfielders Yasiel Puig & Joc Pederson will be joining the Salt River Rafters, which is comprised of players from Houston, Colorado, Detroit, and the Dodgers. Before anyone asks, no, Zach Lee & Chris Reed did not need their seasons extended with even more innings. Only players who have not appeared in the majors are eligible, so if there was any thought of Alex Castellanos or someone like him, that’s why he’s not here.

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Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

1287 comments for a non-game thread? I'm terrified to look.

Dang88
Dang88

Sex, herpes, blowjobs.......I missed it

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Corey Seager missed his 3rd straight game for unknown reasons.... maybe thats why hes not playing fall ball?

The Monocle
The Monocle

Sonofabitch. Manage to go to sleep early for once and then I wake up at 2:00 AM and my body's like "all done."

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

AIght im out. Need to sleep at least 6hrs. Peace

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

well thanks for your help guys, Im now a master of the sexual repetoir or something like that. hopefully ill get this over with soon so I can stop worrying so much. tomorrow i will continue my quest towards blow job. Ill see u later

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

But damn you all, had me googling Hapa girls and the wife walked in

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Jake is going to turn out to be some old dude fucking with us

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

Seeing this convo below reminds me of the anecdotal stories I'd use to hear from the pharmaceutical reps about how much they were raking in off VD meds, Herpes in particular. It was like half of LA was on some sort of med. Made me glad I was married.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

aaaand it appears I need to make a post even though I don't have anything really pertinent to say.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @WestonTaylor I'm thinking that I probably shouldn't open this back up when I get to work.

The Monocle
The Monocle

Also my phone gives me "matchstick" when I try to spell motherfuck.  Fuck you  phone.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @DodgersKingsoftheGalaxy Makes me wish I could actually be up late enough to be involved.

 

But looks like the bulk of that happened at ~4AM my time.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Frank J Lapidus but more importantly what did u think of the hapa girls and what lame excuse did u give the missus?

TrueBlueSince82
TrueBlueSince82

@Mike Petriello how about some starting pitching options?

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

@EephusBlue Ihad heard the term before but didnt put the exact meaning to it, but yeah those were the girls I was attracted to growing up, just wasnt as many of them 20 years ago as there are now. I guess you guys like me to thank for that

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

@EephusBlue Coulda been BS for all I know, but it does give one pause

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @DBrim  @Cadtalfryn  @Mike it was not as bad as i expected, but definitely fell under the category of a 'frank' discussion. good intentions pave the road to someplace, i forget where..

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Cadtalfryn @Mike Petriello Yeah. I'm no prude, but... it was a little much. Ultimately up to Mike to say what is and is not okay here, though.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@TrueBlueSince82 #FREELY

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

@LA Woman @LA @EephusBlue Im biased but i believe they are

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

@LA Woman @EephusBlue me and the misses made one of each