Phillies 3, Dodgers 2: Done In By Defense

ramirez_error_2013-08-18Not 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.

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Noel D
Noel D

I like checking-in at McCovey Chronicles for a dose of schadenfreude.   http://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2013/8/18/4634474/giants-marlins-recap-stupid

Lately they are on an anti-Dodger bender. 'I still refuse to believe Ryu is that good' and 'Hyun-Jin Cruz'.  My favorite; 'I wouldn't take Ramirez. His attitude may be different on a losing team'.

Running-out of dumb player comments, they move-on to complaints about Dodger Stadium 'THEY LOVE THE BEACH BALL IN LA'.  ...followed by a long discussion on their beach ball experiences at Pac Bell.  'I popped 2 beach balls at game 1 of the World Series in 2010...'

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Riveting stat:

"Dodgers have seasons in which they have 50-game stretches where they go 42-8, when Purple Drank hosts the MSTYs"

Wow.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Are either Hanley Rameriez or Puig going to see enough games/AB to get the batting title?

Noel D
Noel D

Dan Patrick 'Stat of the Day';  when Dodgers score 4+ runs for Kershaw, he is 50-0

systemguy
systemguy

All 4 games in Miami are on Kcal...great...

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

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Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

I am impressed with how the Diamondbacks have been playing as well. I thought they would continue to fade, but they have not.

When we get back into divisional games, we will see if we run away with it or if things get less comfortable.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

aight youz guyz, i gotta go zonk out now. New win streak starts tomorrow

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I found a post on Imgur dedicated to ladies flipping tires

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

they should continue to believe that Ryu isn't that good. That waywhen he beats they will be more enraged

Dang88
Dang88

legs or hot dogs?

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

@Vin_Skully Since June 21, while the Dodgers were going 42-9, the Dbacks went 24-25.  That's why we went from 9.5 games down to 7.5 games up.  If they had just gone 32-17, they would still be in first place.  The same way Detroit survived stretches in which Cleveland and KC were hot, but the Tigers were just as hot and didn't give up ground.

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

@nsxtasy  Yeah, but what I am a bit surprised by is that in the last month, when the faced tough teams, they have managed to win some games rather than fall off the map like the other NL West teams did. 

They took both from TB, 2 of three from PIT and Swept Baltimore... that is not bad considering how poorly they were doing for a while there at the beginning of our run.


Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

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