Not that I’m really going to complain a lot about a getaway day loss after winning 42 of 50, but I do feel the need to at least stand up for Brandon League here, since he’s going to get dumped on for this one. After entering a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth after Paco Rodriguez got the first out, League got Casper Wells to ground out to shortstop for the second out.
…or it would have been, had Hanley Ramirez not made a poor throw that backup first baseman Jerry Hairston couldn’t dig out. League then allowed a hit to Dodger-killer Carlos Ruiz, his fourth hit of the day, but a very nice Yasiel Puig defensive play (attempting, perhaps, to make up for yet another baserunning miscue) prevented Wells from scoring.
League intentionally walked pinch-hitter Jimmy Rollins to load the bases for pinch-hitter Michael Young, who heroically grounded into what should have been an inning-ending double play… except Ramirez bobbled that one too, and Wells scored easily. League is still pretty bad, but he more or less did his job, except his defense failed him.
Anyway, I really can’t get all that aggravated about the team losing their fourth game since the All-Star break, so I won’t. Andre Ethier hit a homer off lefty Cole Hamels, which was nice, and Ricky Nolasco extended the team’s scoreless inning streak to 30 innings before Darin Ruf took him deep to left in the fourth.
Hamels was really very good, and the Dodgers couldn’t generate… well, look. 42 wins in the last 51 games. No one wins every game, as much as this team likes to prove otherwise. They’ll head to Miami tomorrow, and pick it up there. Not much else to say, really.