Yankees 6, Dodgers 4: The Most Dodger Game Ever

belisario_error_yankees_2013-06-19Well, okay, I suppose the true “most Dodger game ever” is Clayton Kershaw giving up one unearned run in nine innings, but losing 1-0 because the offense couldn’t get anything on the board. But this feels pretty close, doesn’t it? Down 3-0 after six innings, they clawed their way back to relevancy by making it 3-2 on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Ellis and a single from Jerry Hairston.

That’s important, because if they hadn’t, whatever the hell this was from Ronald Belisario in the seventh might not have mattered so much:

Belisario proceeded to hit Thomas Neal in the helmet, at which point Don Mattingly mercifully lifted him in favor of Paco Rodriguez. Ichiro Suzuki lifted a bloop single down the left field line to score two, giving the Yankees a 6-2 lead.

So what made it the most Dodger game ever, other than that Belisario disaster? They made four errors on the day — the other two both from Skip Schumaker — and wasted a superlative offensive performance from Hanley Ramirez, who had four hits, including a laser beam homer in the eighth to make the final score look a whole lot closer than it was. That makes Belisario’s mess something of the margin of victory and… well, I don’t really want to talk about it any more.

We did at least see Yasiel Puig turn a routine single up the middle into a double — that’s a real thing — and face off against the immortal Mariano Rivera in the ninth, striking out. But still, an ugly game on an otherwise beautiful day.

Oh, and they play again in 2.5 hours. Wonderful?

287 comments
moneynow27
moneynow27

Capuano's off the DL to pitch tonight, and Lilly is close to returning, according to reports.  With Capuano's injury, he'll probably be on a short leash and pitch count.  Of course there's no telling which Capuano will show up tonight anyway, but that's ok, because we've got a solid bullpen like the Pirates and Cardinals.........NOT

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

gas here is is less than 50 cents a litre. whatever the hell a litre is. 

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

I am so glad that Guerrier, Uribe's awful contract, Lilly, Harang's corpse, Capuano, Punto, and Skip are gone after this year, so much cap space created in the offseason

FreeDK
FreeDK

LOL at the end of the Brazil - Mexico game there was a guy with a big mustache making like he was wiping away tears

BIah
BIah

Something that would be really cool...on the last day of the season, for a team that's already eliminated, do a promotion where the fans get to vote on managing decisions.  let them decide the lineup, call the game, manage the bullpen, and see how they would do if they were actually in control.

Wouldn't necessarily expect their decisions to be good, but it would be interesting.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

To Conman's point, when's the last time the dodgers did a hit-and-run?

We have a bunch of low-K, high contact grit hitters on our team. A hit and run would seemingly make sense.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Meanwhile, Paco has allowed only 12 of 50 right handers to reach base this year. He's even better against left-handed hitters.

Just made all the worldly sense to bring in Paco for the start of the 7th, when Gardner, Nix, and Cano were hitting. The game was winnable at that point.

BIah
BIah

I can kind of see Don's logic for batting Puig second and Schumaker leadoff.  He wants baserunners for Puig when he's at bat, but the other best hitters in the lineup (Adrian, Hanley) belong in the 3-4 slot.  Out of the remaining pool (Schumaker, Ethier, Hairston, Federowicz, Cruz, M. Ellis), Schumaker is the best guy for the job.

MFYG
MFYG

ethier + pitching for moustakas?

Lobo
Lobo

@An Actual Goat  A little more than a quart.  The big soda bottles you can buy are generally 2 litres

TheConman
TheConman

@Purple Drank (Pric) the fact that we can't remember a hit and run ever occuring should be an issue, no? Does anybody remember one?

BIah
BIah

@Purple Drank (Pric) we had this exact same bullpen management miscue a few games ago vs Arizona, didn't we

Lobo
Lobo

@MFYG Not really.  Moustakas has an awful walk rate and believe it or not, his .202 BABIP this year isn't THAT far off his career average (majors and minors combined he has an average of .267)

BIah
BIah

@MFYG @Blahn Mattingly There was a manager who tried a similar stunt several decades ago with fans in the stands holding up yes or no signs in response to questions on the board.  no reason it couldn't be done more easily with the internet now

Jobu
Jobu

I also blame Don for not making "No Hit" Ethier bunt in AGon; instead we got that turd of hit to the pitcher that turned into a double play.  Well done Dre.

Professor Towel
Professor Towel

@An Actual Goat  @Lobo @LA_Woman i've been to a few countries where diesel was heavily subsidized and gasoline was crazy expensive. weird stuff. obviously lots of diesel cars/trucks in those countries.

Jobu
Jobu

I blame Honeycutt