Reds 3, Dodgers 2: Thus Ends Chris Capuano?

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For what feels like the 40th time this year, Chris Capuano comes down with a poorly-timed injury, this time a strained left groin that forced him out of the game after just 1.2 innings. Thanks to that, this quickly turned into a bullpen game, with six Dodger relievers combining to pick up the slack.

While this ended up being a 3-2 loss, it actually wasn’t because of the unexpected pitching mess, because only J.P. Howell, who allowed a Joey Votto dinger that provided the winning runs, really got hurt badly. (He says, trying not to acknowledge that Paco Rodriguez faced three hitters and retired none.) Stephen Fife made his first appearance in more than a month, and while he wasn’t particularly impressive, he at least showed enough that you wonder if he’ll be taking this start the next time Capuano’s spot comes up, or at least Edison Volquez otherwise. Chris Withrow was extremely impressive in striking out five of six.

Unfortunately, the Dodgers managed only five hits off Mike Leake and friends, and one of those was a Dee Gordon bunt that hit him in the back of the neck on the throw to first. Hanley Ramirez hit a second-deck blast in the first inning, but that was all they could manage. Other than Ramirez’ two hits, Yasiel Puig‘s infield single represented all the damage from the starting lineup. With the meat of the order up in the ninth inning looking to tie, Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman absolutely blew away Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, and Ramirez.

At least Atlanta lost to the Phillies, so the Dodgers don’t lose ground in the battle for the top seed, and it’s hard to get too upset over a game where your starter managed just five outs. Still, Leake’s good but he’s not that good, and the offense hasn’t exactly been on fire lately. Fortunately, top hitters Clayton Kershaw & Zack Greinke are lined up for the weekend. And, best of all: no more Eric Collins & Steve Lyons in 2013! If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is.

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EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Hey what is the best Vin Scully quote of all time?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Woah. Mike cutting it close. Could this be the day?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

"Some of these guys wear beards to make them look intimidating, but they don't look so tough when they have to deliver the ball. Their abilities and their attitudes don't back up their beards." - Don Drysdale


hah

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

"Don Drysdalewould consider an intentional walk a waste of three pitches. If he wants to put you on base, he can hit you with one pitch." -Mike Shannon

KMT59
KMT59

Fox talking about the red sox closer because he's retire 27 straight batters...Did they talk about Kenley when he did the same?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Wait....is the game over already?

KMT59
KMT59

EGGPLANT THREAT LEVEL!!

Tycho Blue
Tycho Blue

There are times I wish Goat was a neighbor, off to cut the lawn.  Fingers crossed that Ryu and Kemp feel better today.


*Level Purple

JoeyE
JoeyE

Yay I get to see volquez and im sure michael young on tuesday

Hoze
Hoze

https://twitter.com/THEREAL_DV/status/376365910736384000

Part of me wants Kemp to wait a few days and then give it another go, but I cant help but think he would just risk worsening his hamstring, or the ankle by running. The team has so well without him around. Having him skip wouldnt be a bad idea, for the sake of his health 

KMT59
KMT59

not located under home page but under game threats

Lobo
Lobo

@EephusBlue Unless the guy at the plate is Carlos Quentin, because that guy's an asshole

Lobo
Lobo

@PagansOedipalComplex I would be SOOOOOOO happy if he came back as a knuckleballer at like age 51 and somehow managed to get the 31 remaining wins he needs to get to 300.  He would be probably the most unique HOF pitcher of all time.

KMT59
KMT59

@Catfishin Haven't seen it...my guide in SD is showing LA vs Cin but you know that goes

Tycho Blue
Tycho Blue

@Hoze There goes the reinforcements for the playoff push.  I still hold out hope for Matt, but a healthy Kemp in the long run is better.