Orioles 7, Dodgers 5: That’s Five Losses In a Row

belisario_baltimore_2013-04-20I’d love to tell you that I know what’s wrong with Ronald Belisario these days, but I can’t. With one out and a man on second in a tied game in the eighth inning, he entered and promptly allowed the game to get blown open on a walk, a passed ball (much more on Ramon Hernandez, of course), and then, after an intentional walk, gave up a double to Nolan Reimold, scoring two. Only five of his 16 pitches were strikes, and he’s now allowed every inherited runner to score this year. He’s almost the new Mike MacDougal, except that his pitches still have so much movement on them that I can’t imagine how anyone actually hits him.

Belisario’s failure ended an up-and-down affair that began with the Dodgers blowing a 4-0 lead that got started on Andre Ethier‘s three-run blast in the first. If you’re just going by the box score, it’s probably going to look like Hyun-jin Ryu tossed out a stinker, allowing eight hits and five earned runs — along with homers from both J.J. Hardy & Reimold – in six innings, but it never really felt that way. Ryu struck out six, and the runs all being earned is somewhat of a result of charitable hometown scoring, since Ethier clearly booted a catchable sinking liner in the sixth.

As for the rest of the offense, Matt Kemp had something of a breakout with three hits and his first stolen base — though the last two were both infield hits that may have traveled a combined 50 feet — while the 6-9 of Hernandez, Skip Schumaker, Luis Cruz, & Justin Sellers had one hit and two walks in 16 plate appearances. Hanley Ramirez can’t come back soon enough, and I’m no longer sure that Sellers is the one leaving rather than Cruz.

As you might expect, a loss like this lands a lot of blame on the manager, and in my opinion Don Mattingly‘s performance was mixed. I actually quite liked his decision to bring Kenley Jansen into a tied game in the seventh against the top of the Baltimore lineup, and also to bring Jansen back for a second frame. After all, one of the few ways we’ve been able to rationalize Brandon League being the closer is that it frees Jansen up for more important work, so credit there.

I didn’t so much mind removing Jansen for Paco Rodriguez with Chris Davis coming up — I know many disagree with me — yet I did find his inaction in the eighth inning troublesome. In a tie game, Skip Schumaker (who can’t hit lefties) was allowed to ground out against Brian Matusz (who is death on lefties) rather than call on Jerry Hairston. After Cruz was, mercifully, hit by a pitch, switch-hitter Nick Punto sat on the bench while Justin Sellers popped out weakly against righty sidearmer Darren O’Day.

Game two starts in about three hours at 4pm PT, with Josh Beckett on the hill. I cannot express enough how badly the Dodgers need to come away with a split today; they’ve won just once since Zack Greinke was injured.

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Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

Some gems from the Canseco AMA:

Q: When a girl goes down on you, does she laugh at your shrinked up roided testacles?
A: 
yes but they make my 9 inch cock look like 12 inches,opticle illusion

Q: Can you explain your theory on time travel?
A: time travel is possible but u can only go back in time through ur dreams I do it all the time.learn more about dream control I have masterd it
follow up comment: you just don't have enough jigawatts.
canseco's reply: 
your mother thinks I do.i just jigawatted in her

Q: How meaningful was it when Jim Carrey screamed "I'm Jose Canseco!" in Liar Liar?
A: 
hes a big fan of mine plus we had a threesome together

Q: 
What did it feel like when that ball bounced off your head and over the wall, physically and emotionally?
A: 
your girlfriend rubbed my head after,so physically and emotionally i was releived.lol

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

You know, we joke about Cano, but that's never happening. However, someone who makes a lot of sense and might not be *that* expensive since he's an impending free agent... Chase Utley. Obviously, that depends on A) the Phillies falling apart, which seems likely, and B) Utley staying healthy, which seems far less likely. 

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

Jose Canseco did an AMA on Reddit and it was the most ridiculous thing I've read in a while.

DodgerRob
DodgerRob

Tim McCarver makes my ears sad.

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

What's Preston Mattingly doing these days? Just chilling?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So many folk are sure that Scioscia is an upgrade over Donnie. I even got a vote for Gibby.

P_F_P
P_F_P

@Mike Petriello The acquisition of Utley would make Punto almost entirely expendable, hopefully encouraging him to quit baseball and realize his lifelong destiny of entering the political field.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Ned Stark is reminding me that there is a new sode of game of thrones tomorrow

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I hope he gets shelled just so people will avoid beating that dead horse

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@EephusBlue I hope the kid does well if he had been better at Chattanooga he would still be a Dodger! I'll betyou dollars to donuts Lee has the better career though

P_F_P
P_F_P

@EephusBlue I don't understand why people would be upset about the trade at this point. Beckett has proved to be a dependable starting pitcher for us, and even considering that he's been by far the worst of the three players we acquired. (Unless you count Punto, who of course should actually be training to become our next president.)

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

You should probably subtweet about it

plaza234 (Charter Member of Trade Kemp bandwagon)
plaza234 (Charter Member of Trade Kemp bandwagon)

@capnsparrow @EephusBlue @plaza234 nah, thats called venting because they are angry about losing or angry about dumb trades that prevent them from winning.  Its all about winning. When the team wins, fans are happy.  When they lose, fans are mad.  Now, some fans dont give a shit about winning or losing, and to each their own. But if you arent keeping score, why even play or care?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@plaza234 @EephusBlue because its done. And those that bitch about it will just be rehashing old news. just like Pedro. Move on

P_F_P
P_F_P

@EephusBlue @PuntoForPresident Fair enough. Still, what's great about angry people is that they're often (always?) so irrational that they're extremely easy to ignore. As will be the case here, given that the trade has given us our two best hitters for the 2013 season and a valuable security blanket starter for Greinke's injury.