Dodgers 7, Rockies 5: No Really, Brandon League Gets the Win

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Reason #10,292,982 why pitcher wins are mind-blowingly stupid: Clayton Kershaw pitched into the eighth inning, left with a lead that Brandon League all-too-inevitably blew… and then League gets the win thanks to some heroics that he had absolutely nothing to do with in the tenth inning. Heart you, pitcher wins!

Thanks to League extending the game, tonight’s heroes are, as always: Ronald Belisario, Juan Uribe, and offense from pitchers. I know. Baseball is just the best sometimes.

You might argue that it was actually Luis Cruz who knocked in the go-ahead run in the tenth on a fielder’s choice, but he also failed to get a hit or a walk tonight. (He did get hit by a pitch and come around to score.) Instead, we point to Uribe, who singled, doubled, and walked, driving in two, including the final run of the game. He is now hitting .287/.394/.414 with solid defense. He unquestionably deserves to be the starting third baseman right now. I’m not sure I want to live on this planet either, yet here we are.

For all the hand-wringing about League — who is, of course, terrible right now, though I will always reply to the “Kenley Jansen should close!!” business with “there would be nothing for Jansen to save if League had just blown the lead in the eighth” — it’s worth noting that Belisario had a very simple 1-2-3 inning in the tenth on seven pitches. Earlier today, Eric Stephen at TrueBlueLA had a good look at some of Belisario’s troubles this season, and it wouldn’t at all have been surprising to see him struggle through the tenth. If he had, after the Dodgers had managed to overcome League’s trouble so quickly, it arguably might have been more damaging than blowing the lead in the first place, so credit is due him for nailing that down.

Finally, there’s Kershaw, who was effective if less than dominating over seven-plus innings. He drove in two runs on his own with two hits, including a double, and he’s now hitting .241/.290/.414. For a pitcher, that’s phenomenal. Hell, on this team, it’s better than half the bench.

Don’t look now, but the Dodgers are only six games out in the loss column behind the first place Diamondbacks, who lost to the Cubs today. This is still a club with a lot of problems — a lot — but to say on the last day of May that the season is over… well, that’s just not true. At 23-30, tomorrow’s game represents the one-third mark of the season. There remains an enormous amount of baseball to be played.

Now, who will be seen should the Dodgers have a lead in the ninth inning of Game 54? I do not know, but I can’t imagine it will be League.

 

380 comments
baeksu
baeksu

Great job by Paco.  Unfortunately, I have very little faith that our bullpen will pitch a shutout for the rest of the way.

theJUICE
theJUICE

Did you know: James loney is hitting .326 7HRs n 26 RBI? Why couldn't the douche do that here?

The Monocle
The Monocle

I bet Mike is hanging out at the ESPN insider lounge, giving pregame updates and likes all around.

deBlueSubiculums
deBlueSubiculums

I know what Drank thinks, but for FB, should I bench Grienke, or play him>

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Zach Greinke has never allowed an earned run in Coors field. Lets us hope that holds true for his next visit!

systemguy
systemguy

Hope we get a good Greinke today #FYCQ

The Monocle
The Monocle

Lunch date at an Indian joint in a few.  I'm going to order the stinkiest curry on the menu. 

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

every press box has a rule that says no cheering.

So why are baseball broadcasts different? Is it because the team has some sort of deal with the network, which allows them to run promotions, All-Star campaigns, etc and thus, allow broadcasters to be total homers?

*VND*
*VND*

no game threat i guess. game in an hour, michael probably having martinis and arugula with his wife somewhere in the upper east side

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

@deblue If you start Greinke and he does badly, you'll be doubly depressed. If you start Greinke and he does great, you'll be doubly happy. If you don't start Greinke and he does badly, you'll be sad but there will be a silver lining. If you don't start Greinke and he does great, you'll be happy but with a sense of loss as well.

The Monocle
The Monocle

You should definitely start Cruz though. I have a feeling he's going to hit for the cycle today.

The Monocle
The Monocle

He had never lost in Milwaukee and had some splendid record in Anaheim of Los Angeles and look how that turned out.

The Monocle
The Monocle

Indian people consider it impolite if you don't eat with your mouth open and make smacking sounds, right?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@The Monocle "More common (and much less severe) side effects of codeine may include dizziness, headache, light-headedness/feeling faint, and nausea or vomiting. However, if anyone taking codeine begins having seizures/convulsions, severe dizziness or drowsiness, low blood pressure/slow heartbeat, severe weakness, difficulty breathing, severe mood changes, or any other alarming symptoms, s/he will want to contact a health care provider immediately."

*VND*
*VND*

@Drank CF not Vin tho. he predates selling souls to corporations. 

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

@The Monocle you have to eat with your hands, but avoid using the left hand because that's reserved for wiping your ass

KMT59
KMT59

@Drank CF @The Monocle I'm surprised that I like you Drank...I'm allergic to Codiene...my last take home drug of choice from the hospital is liquid Morphine

*VND*
*VND*

@Drank CF I NEED SOME GREEN WIT MAH HENNESSY 

-Master P, sometime in the early 2000's