Dodgers Win Fifth Straight, But Can’t Gain Ground

Matt Kemp ended up taking the worst of this, which, DOES NOT WANT.

For three innings, it briefly looked like it might be one of those days against Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa, who’d allowed 12 runs (10 earned) in the first 6.2 innings of his comeback from Tommy John surgery over two starts. You know what kind of days I mean, the kind where one team clearly outmatches the opposition but just can’t get it done, and with St. Louis beating Washington today, the Dodgers are quickly running out of opportunities to waste.

Fortunately, that worry didn’t last long, thanks to another display of power from a suddenly resurgent offense. In the fourth inning, Matt Kemp his 23rd of the year and fourth in five days. After Adrian Gonzalez singled (his first of two on the day) and Hanley Ramirez flew out, Luis Cruz parked his sixth of the year, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.

Ramirez made it 5-1 by driving in Shane Victorino (who had three singles) to end the fifth – Kemp was thrown out on the play as shown above, and was slow to get up – and then A.J. Ellis continued his remarkable run in the sixth by slamming homer #12, marking his sixth straight game with an RBI. That, combined with another effective game from Josh Beckett (albeit against a Colorado lineup that might not satisfy the MLB requirements for bringing enough regulars to road spring games) proved to be more than enough to sweep the series and win the team’s fifth straight game.

Unfortunately, it’s almost certainly too little too late. The 10-4 drubbing that Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals put on the Nationals keeps them two games up with three to play, and treading water isn’t good enough at this point. When they send Aaron Harang to the mound against Matt Cain and the Giants tomorrow night, the Cardinals will be about six innings into a Bronson Arroyo/Jaime Garcia matchup with the Reds in St. Louis. Can the Dodgers sweep San Francisco while the Cardinals lose at least two of three, with Adam Wainwright & Chris Carpenter lined up for the final two? Stranger things have happened, I suppose.

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DBrim
DBrim moderator

Both of my roommates watch so much TV that this week is effectively the end of my season.

 

Unless we make the playoffs, in which case my roommates won't have a choice.

 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Let's not break the streak...

Jimmy Bramlett ‏@JimmyBramlett

Today is Matt Cain's b-day. The only other time he pitched on his b-day, he lost.

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

going to the game tonight, likely last one for the year but if we make the playoffs...

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

I think there should be an off season tribute to VODF

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

weird to think our season could be over in only three days

MFYG
MFYG

going to miss baseball so much by November.  but hey, end of season grading on MSTI!

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

Just got a fantastic email:

 

"Don't know if you were watching the postgame show on Sunday. They showed slips from 1965, including Juan Marichal hitting John Roseboro over the head. When it went back to the centerfield set, a comment was made that Marichal and Roseboro had put the incident behind them. To which, Steve Lyons said, they made public appearances together "even to this day." Must be like "Weekend at Bernies" since Roseboro died in 2002."

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

We need to jump on Cain early &often tonite. Both to take the pressure off the pitching & for the hitters' continued confidence... in the meantime, go Reds!!!

FreeDK
FreeDK

So on this episode of paranormal witness this gay dude back in the 1990s in Indiana used to lure his victims to his swimming pool, which is surrounded by mannequins for some strange reason, where they would perform auto-erotic asphyxiation and he would strangle them............i'm trying to picture it wtf lol

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

#Dodgers lineup: M Ellis 2B, Ethier RF, Kemp CF, Gonzalez 1B, Ramirez SS, Victorino LF, Cruz 3B, AJ Ellis C, Harang P. 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @DBrim Best $20 I ever spent: MLB audio. You can listen to any game all season long (including post-season), any radio feed. Also I think they have a special price for the post-season TV feeds.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @MFYG doing it different this year to create a lot more content.

TheConman
TheConman

 @JohnM I think I have the season 3 finale and then I'm on to season 4 as well. Hotdamn I love that show

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @JohnM I knew what happened at the end of that season before I started watching the show.  Knowing that was THE WORST.

 

Of course, I will spare you the same knowledge.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @LA Woman The postseason TV feeds are only for people outside of the US, otherwise they are all blacked out.  I will do radio, though, since the TV package gives you audio for free.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @DBrim Ah, okay. Pfffftttt on the lot of them. I'll stick to my radio feeds.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @LA Woman "Excluding the broadcast feed" means alternate camera angles with no announcers, basically.  Not amazingly useful, and from my experiences last year, the radio audio does not sync particularly well with the other camera angles.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @DBrim I know one year I subscribed to the post-season TV feeds, so I guess they don't offer that any more. Again: that sucks.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @Cadtalfryn I'd honestly never heard of a cool-a-coo before this season and I still barely know what it is.

TheConman
TheConman

 @DBrim  @JohnM I've been watching like 2-3 episodes a night, but I'm probably going to have to slow down through season 4 so I can stretch it out a little longer.