Dodgers Narrowly Escape With 3-2 Win

Maybe it’s just the residue of the last week or so, but even when today’s game was tied at 2 after eight innings, it still felt like “same old, same old”. Adrian Gonzalez & Andre Ethier were hitless again, and even the two runs the Dodgers had scored hardly felt like signs of offensive dominance, coming as they did on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch. While Chris Capuano had been far from overwhelming, he’d been good enough, and so the Dodgers entered the ninth even.

Still, I’m having a hard time saying there was a lot of optimism around. Ronald Belisario looked shaky in the eighth and hadn’t escaped easily, and with the way the Giants have been pulling magic out of every orifice lately, how easily was it to forecast a San Francisco walkoff win? They’d take the series, put something close to a dagger into the divisional hopes of the Dodgers, and the angry mobs would start burning Gonzalez in effigy.

How else could it end?

For once… in happiness. Gonzalez led off the ninth with a triple (!) to deep right, his first of the year. Well, okay, even blind squirrels find that nut, but as we learned yesterday against Tim Lincecum, even when the Dodgers do get men in scoring position, they’ve had difficulty stringing anything together. But not today: Hanley Ramirez followed with a double, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead that they’d turn into a 3-2 win.

That’s not to say it ended easily, because Ramirez & Andre Ethier each ran into outs on the bases following the run, and Alex Castellanos nearly turned a deep fly to left into an inside-the-park homer for Gregor Blanco in the bottom of the ninth. (It ended up as a double.) But Brandon League, wonderful Brandon League, continued his excellent run in filling in for Kenley Jansen to hold it down in the ninth.

I don’t know if winning two out of three in this series will be enough. I do know that Clayton Kershaw on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball tomorrow night makes for appointment television.

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Crow T Robot
Crow T Robot

It's unbelievably perfect that Pablo Sandoval anagrams to Oval Panda Slob! I also really like Slow in Brain/Brian Wilson and Desirably Changed/Chad Beardingsley. Great work, all!

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

And since I'm the only one here, I can say whatever the fuck I want!

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

Ugh...even after a few good games, SV is still not doing as well as a Dodger as he was in Philly this season.

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

Anyway, so Buster Posey got admiration for throwing out Hanley and Ethier in the 9th?  Did they watch the same game I did?  First of all, each pitch was perfectly tailor-made for throwing out a baserunner - fb high and towards the 3b in Hanley's case.  Second, Hanley had no lead.  No lead at all.  And he was going to 3rd.  Still, the throw was high and he was barely out.

 

Third, Ethier is slow.  He's a slug on the basepaths.  And again, the throw was high and he was barely out.  Two close plays that really shouldn't have been.  Mike Piazza would have thrown them out.  So I don't see what makes Oyster Pubes so great there.

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

Great, so someone on twitter saying he's at a club with Kemp and half the Dodger team.  Of anyone can say anything on the net but...they better play well is all I have to say

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So the religion talk oveR?

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

too much sticky toffee pudding make kewldood go....

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Kertan Clayshaw CG Shutout begins in 16 hours.

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

Alright, i'm out. glad I checked in tonight. god bless. 

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

Jeez, I don't post for a while and you guys forget to check important things like this: 

http://www.examiner.com/article/pcl-playoffs-isotopes-pull-off-stunning-comeback-to-even-series

 

I have been covering sports since the 90s. This was one of the most insane and massively entertaining comebacks I have ever seen. Tony Gwynn Jr. blasted the go-ahead HR. That's about all you need to know. 

 

It's moments like this that I remember why I love writing about sports. Enjoy, Dodger fans. A win at any level for LA is a good one, right?

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

 @Frank J Lapidus This is an accurate and necessary analysis that would Gnatfans apoplexy, but the fact is that he's simply not a very good defensive catcher - witness his failure to block Gnatt Cain's wild pitch yesterday - and a huge liability on plays at the plate. Ethier's not quite a slug, but that play was clearly a missed sign by Cruz, or Ethier saw a sign that wasn't there.

 

Presuming oyster pubes continues to  hit, and doesn't injure himself again, Hector Sanchez will take over the catching. They'll move Poseur to first base, because he lacks the speed or agility to play any other position. Sanchez has a good bat, but he's even worse on defense. That leaves Brandi Belt out in the cold, or in left field where he makes Juan Rivera look like TG Jr.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @Bob Meripol PERFECT GAME... I've been waiting for one all year... (or at least a no-hitter) (that we win)

KirkDavenport
KirkDavenport

 @Chris Jackson I think we were hoping you would show up Chris - we have been chatting about the comeback 7th inning, but only had the box score to go by. It is good to get it first hand. One item brought up here tonight was the status of Jerry Sands - he is still playing for the Isotopes, but we had assumed he would have to be held out for the trade - like apparently with Rubby

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

 @Chris Jackson I was just opining below that at least some level of the Dodger organization could pull off a win like this in my lifetime!  Amazing.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

 @KirkDavenport No, Jerry is still playing, still producing. He's said that until he's told otherwise, he assumes the rumors were just rumors and he's still a Dodger. Thank goodness, b/c without him the Topes would have some serious woes at first base. He saved multiple throwing errors by a certain shortstop this series. The dude is flexible for a big man.

Frank J Lapidus
Frank J Lapidus

 @Chris Jackson  @KirkDavenport damn, that sucks for Dee.  I mean, I'm glad we have Hanley but at the same time Dee knows he's been Wally Pipp'd.  Well, the best thing he can do anyway still doesn't change...hit well and play well.  He's still young.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Chris Jackson  @LA Woman  @KirkDavenport Right. I believe in him. I just hope he makes it with the Dodgers. He is one of my favorite prospects in a long while.  He is like Kemp in that he came to baseball late and look how well that turned out for us.

KirkDavenport
KirkDavenport

 @LA Woman  @Chris Jackson  @EephusBlue Hopefully he can get some good guidance and training in the minors and be back ready in a year or so. I think he had some "big brother" type emotional help from Kemp and others when he was in L.A. but needed more help on skills. I hope he can get both in a stint in the minors now. Donnie says he needs to be playing and not on the bench, so I would presume he will be in AAA  ALB or AA as a full time SS (wherever he can get the best help)

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

 @LA Woman  @EephusBlue  @KirkDavenport Be patient, one and all. The kid is working through things. That's the key word here, "kid." He's still young, still has room to learn and grow. De Jon pulled him aside for a long and hopefully productive chat. We all have to remember Dee was not even a baseball player as a teenager. You have to reset your clock with him, drop a couple years off his age development-wise. He was rushed last season and at times it showed. The raw talent is there, the desire is there. He just needs to clear his head, refocus himself and then all can be well. I have faith that Dee Gordon can be an All-Star SS someday. Just give him time and let him get back on track. 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Chris Jackson  @KirkDavenport Uggggggghhhhhhh man I was afraid this might happen. That all the negative attention he got would go to his head. That is just no good. No wonder they arent calling him up.

KirkDavenport
KirkDavenport

 @LA Woman  @Chris Jackson to LA Woman - some of us do not tweet, so if you do get info from Chris, please share with those of us here still partially in he dark ages of social communication - thanks

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @Chris Jackson  @KirkDavenport I'm so glad you said all of this. I was just trying to find you (unsuccessfully) on the Twitters. I will follow you now. And it has been my feeling that the Dodgers bring GOOD PEOPLE into the organization, so it's nice to have that confirmed.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

 @LA Woman  @KirkDavenport Anytime, folks. You can always ask away in 140 characters to @TopesWriter. Or just wait for me to pop up here now and again. I'm happy to share. I do have a different perspective in that I know these guys as more than a name/number/statistics. I won't claim to know any of these players as a true friend of theirs would, but even in the long or short time I get to know them, I gotta say that I have yet to meet a bad apple, a guy who I loathe to talk to. The Dodgers, for all their faults, have done an amazing job of bringing some truly high-character individuals into the organization. If being a good person, not just a good player, counted from a stats perspective, then the Topes, and the Dodgers, would have winning percentages above .700 every year. Maybe higher. They have truly made my life as a reporter better and I thank the organization for it. 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @Chris Jackson  @KirkDavenport Wow, thanks so much for your insights. They really explain a lot about what I have been feeling and intuiting from afar. And thank you, Kirk, for asking the questions.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

 @KirkDavenport Oh, Dee ... I wish I could give you guys hope for the here and now. The Dee Gordon I met last year versus the one this year, different guys. Even in his worst slump moments, Jerry Sands would talk to me, be honest with me (as much as any player would, maybe more). Dee, on the other hand, has shied away from talking. Gwynn tries to interact with him, tries to keep him humble, keep him loose, but it seems like Dee is ignoring him. Same with Watson, who was all over him (but in that friendly, big-brother/older teammate sort of way) when he was here. Dee seems to be off in his own world. He has struggled this series both offensively and especially defensively. On defense he's trying hard to make the routine plays; almost too hard, and it cost him tonight. He's double-, even triple-clutching the ball before making what should be a routine throw. I hate to say it, but right now he's a bit of a mess. Harsh to say, b/c I like the kid. I think he can be a good, even great player. But he got rushed last year and now he seems to be trying too hard to make up lost time, as if his future depended on it. I think the Dodgers are going to be patient, but he's taking the approach of now-or-never. This is just my observation/impression; Dee could (and should) contradict me. I will root for him, but right now, he's got work to do, and I don't think he'll fix it this season. Next season, I hope he breaks out and meshes his physical tools with his potential and becomes an outstanding player. 

KirkDavenport
KirkDavenport

 @Chris Jackson Thanks for the "angle " on Angle. Can I ask about Dee Gordon? Some people here are looking for him to come back soon and be a savior for the big team. Others of us like him, but are of the belief he needs more work in the minors on hitting and fielding. Do you have a better perspective on what we can expect?

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

 @KirkDavenport Interesting you bring this up. De Jon Watson was in ABQ yesterday, ended up having not one but two long sitdowns with Angle. I respectfully walked away while they were talking, but I gotta admit I was curious what they were talking about. Angle has been better since his slow start, but at this point, yes, he is the obvious 1st guy to go if they have to bump somebody off the roster. Really a good guy, I hope he makes it, but strikes me as a backup on a 2nd-division team rather than a reserve for a team like the Dodgers. I gotta root for any ballplayer who's about my size (albeit in much better shape than I am) to make it. Here's hoping he gets a shot, but on a top-flight, big-market contender ... not gonna happen.

KirkDavenport
KirkDavenport

 @Chris Jackson Not a great time for this question, but what is the story on Matt Angle. He is occupying a place on the 40 man roster but does not seem to be producing like he deserves that. Should he be where he is and does he have a future?