Brewers 6, Dodgers 4: Matt Guerrier Makes Everything Worse

magill_trees_2013-04-27As Matt Magill‘s first major league inning grew interminably to 30 pitches, I think we just hoped that the night wouldn’t turn ugly. I know I did. There was clearly talent there — blowing away Carlos Gomez on a high fastball was nice — but a leadoff walk, a deep flyout to center, an infield single, a stolen base… it just felt like the night was going to be a struggle.

Six innings later, Magill’s night ended with one of the more impressive debuts by a Dodger starter in decades, and it’s not unfair to wonder if Stephen Fife ought to invest in an autobiography of Wally Pipp. (Look it up, kids.) Over 6.2 innings, Magill struck out seven and walked just two — Norichika Aoki twice — becoming the first non-import Dodger starter to go that long in his major league debut since Pedro Astacio tossed a complete game shutout in 1992. (Hiroki Kuroda went seven in 2008, but he of course was not a traditional rookie.)

Magill’s only real trouble came in the third when he allowed two runs, and even then it was due to some extenuating circumstances. With two on and one out, Magill’s own fielding difficulty while attempting to throw to second allowed the bases to be loaded; after a run-scoring hit, a second run came in when Juan Uribe went for the fielder’s choice instead of an arguably simple play at the plate.

All in all, an immensely successful night for the newest Dodger starter, even if he’s likely heading back to Albuquerque sooner than later — perhaps as soon as later tonight or tomorrow morning, if the Dodgers want to reclaim the roster spot he clearly won’t be using for the next few days. (We heard Alex Castellanos did not play in ABQ tonight, though no word on any possible move there.)

You’ll notice the post doesn’t end here with a happy celebration of Magill’s first major league victory. That’s because Matt Guerrier exists. For now, anyway.

After two quick outs in the top of the seventh with the game knotted at two, Don Mattingly came out to lift Magill in favor of Paco Rodriguez with Aoki coming to the plate. I know many would have preferred that Mattingly just left Magill in there, but I didn’t have a huge problem with that; Magill had allowed Aoki to reach twice and was over 100 pitches by that point, so no reason to push your luck with the rookie when you lift him while he can leave with a positive feeling. Besides, Rodriguez is an effective reliever, so, fine.

Aoki dragged a bunt to second, which Skip Schumaker promptly threw away. I’m not sure if even a great throw would have had the speedy Aoki, but the error allowed him to take second base. Mattingly immediately came out to replace Rodriguez with Matt Guerrier, and here’s where the problems began. Rodriguez isn’t your typical LOOGY; he’s effective against hitters from either side of the plate. Guerrier, on the other hand… is Matt Guerrier. He’s the guy we’ve been complaining about since the day he was signed. No, really.

So of course, Guerrier goes out and gives up a two-run blast to Carlos Gomez, giving Milwaukee a 4-2 lead. That was only compounded when Guerrier returned in the eighth and gave up another two-run dinger, this time to Martin Maldonado — and neither was ever in question, because they were crushed. I’ll give Mattingly some amount of understanding for having Guerrier back out in the eighth, because with Ronald Belisario & Brandon League both unavailable and Kenley Jansen serving as the evening’s fill-in closer, his usual eighth inning options were gone. But having him out there in the first place in a close game was a sizable mistake, one that ultimately cost the Dodgers the game.

On offense, the highlights were few and far between for a game that actually had four runs come across. Andre Ethier‘s no-doubt blast in the eighth off John Axford was nice, Matt Kemp had two more hits to get his line up to .271/.326/.365, and even Juan Uribe got on base twice more. (His line of .200/.429/.440 is just perfect in every way.) But Adrian Gonzalez flew out with the tying run on in the ninth, and A.J. Ellis grounded out to shortstop to end the game with the tying and winning runs on — though he did drive in the first run of the game with a single to right.

It’s also worth nothing that Luis Cruz went 0-4 with more pop-outs to bring his line down to an unfathomable .098/.130/.098, along with a booted grounder that charitably was not marked as an error. I imagine we won’t be seeing him again the lineup soon, especially with Hanley Ramirez‘ rehab stint kicking off tonight. One would hope, anyway.

293 comments
Dang88
Dang88

Hanley A Gon Kemp Ethier together at last Fap Fap Fap........and Uribe

The Monocle
The Monocle

Casper Wells is up for grabs again. That guy must be an asshole, or a douche or something.

JackedNate
JackedNate

Magill was a happy last night. Gurrier is stupid. TLR foreva

baeksu
baeksu

Is it possible to have a negative WAR?  Guerrier would qualify, right?  As in, "The Dodgers would win more games with any average replacement player."

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

this is from a very nice girls twitter account! Mrs. Ethier!

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

When it rains, it pours. I have some lesbian friends who want me to marry into their family.. I LIKE when women want more of me in their lives.

Hanley will save from Booooooooze(cruz)

FedEx for Ramon(he isn't very good)

Castle for Schu(yeah right, Magill is getting optioned.)

Guerra/Withrow for Guerrier(cut your losses Ned)

If they need an emergency CF, Herrera for Ellis if he needs the DL. A Cruz DFA or Bill/Tolleson 60 Day DL can open up room for trades(yeah right), or reinforcements like Amenzaga, SVS, or yikes even younger prospects like Reed or Lee.

Lobo
Lobo

I really want us to beat the shit out of Lohse today

*VND*
*VND*

That is douche hair, level 10

Lobo
Lobo

Thanks for retweeting this one Mike

*VND*
*VND*

Didnt rule out not Monday, either.

baeksu
baeksu

@The Monocle A douche-hole is another possibility.

Is he that big of an upgrade over Uribe/Punto?  Hanley gets back soon.

Dang88
Dang88

No! Mike said 30 days damnit

Lobo
Lobo

@IBBFTW ...I feel like that first part needs some elaboration

Dang88
Dang88

Lohse will troll us and shut them out

West Coast Ram
West Coast Ram

@super mature That may be, but I wish he was douching in Dodger blue.  20 years old and raking like a five year allstar.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

I'm an eligible bachelor apparently. My lesbian friends are hoping that I could sweep someone off their feet over a group dinner in the near future. This someone is bisexual and living with a horrible woman. Soooo yeah...

I am not entirely single but hey, all's fair in love and war(not the sabr kind)

PF Flyers
PF Flyers

@WBBsAs @Mike Petriello  I saw James hit a home run last year (here in Arizona) and if i hadn't of seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't have believed it.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@baeksu @Capnsparrow I was thrownig HE Frags while bleeding from both ears and my right leg all while laying down supressive fire one afternoon in 1977 big whoop!

baeksu
baeksu

@Capnsparrow @baeksu I was throwing a softball 85mph with two bruised ribs and a mild concussion/hangover, just hours after I learned that my dog had died.  Don't talk to me about tough, son.