Reds 3, Dodgers 2: Swept Right On Out of Town

ramirez_homer_2013-09-08So here’s the good news: Clayton Kershaw went seven innings against the Reds tonight, and he allowed just three hits and only two runs. I’m pretty sure that if we’d been given that option prior to the game, most of us would have taken it; it’s difficult to look at that outcome and think “man, Kershaw wasn’t great.”

But man… Kershaw wasn’t great, except that perhaps the simple fact that he was able to hold the Reds to such little run production on a night where he looked so off is the true indicator of his greatness. Two of those three hits were home runs by Jay Bruce, and his command was really a mess all night long, particularly with the curve.

Kershaw hit two Reds, walked three more, and tossed in a balk (a more than questionable one, but still) for good measure. Kershaw had just one clean inning, and even walked opposing pitcher Homer Bailey during a mess of a third inning that briefly had the bases loaded with one out, avoiding disaster only when Joey Votto‘s smoked line drive found Adrian Gonzalez‘ glove. It’s another in a run of somewhat disappointing Kershaw starts — still fantastic for any other human being, but less so for the best pitcher alive — and it’s starting to get a little concerning.

Also concerning? A fourth loss in a row (for the first time in four months, to be fair), and a three-game sweep at the hands of what might be a playoff opponent. Chris Withrow followed Kershaw by blowing away three Cincinnati hitters, making eight strikeouts in 10 hitters faced by the rookie since the team left for Colorado. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Withrow who stayed in for the ninth, nor was it Kenley Jansen, who hasn’t been seen since Monday.

It was Ronald Belisario, and while I like Belisario more than most… you don’t lose games with your best watching from the sideline, and you never wait for “a save situation” on the road. I mean, if you’re a major league manager, you do, but you shouldn’t. A single and a double (and a lousy relay throw) later, the Reds were coming home with the winning run and the Dodgers limp back west.

It should be noted, of course, that Bailey was outstanding and the umpire’s strike zone was generous, yet Hanley Ramirez still plated both runs with a double and a homer. But other than a sorely needed two-hit night by A.J. Ellis, that’s all the offense could muster, and a resurgence from the bats back home would be welcome just about any day now.

Once again, the Dodgers head back home from the Eastern time zone without a day’s rest — and in this case, without a day game — and immediately welcome the Diamondbacks, who are still 11 games out after losing to San Francisco in extra innings.

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capnsparrow
capnsparrow

well Riddick was pretty much more of the same thing

TaylorAllender
TaylorAllender

This should be fun!

 Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero has been cleared to sign with Major League Teams by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reported over the weekend (Twitter link). Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes agrees, adding that an official signing could come at any minute (also via Twitter).

Lobo
Lobo

Well, I may have just failed a test for the first time in my life.  That was pretty goddam ridiculous

West Coast Ram
West Coast Ram

I don't know that any manager should have used his best bullpen pitcher in the 10th inning last night.  Based on where the Reds were in their lineup it should have been manageable for Belly.  Maybe Donnie was waiting for a save situation but I'm hoping he was just waiting for a more dangerous part of the lineup. 

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Anybody else hoping the Giants sweep the Rox?

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

THIS COMMENT HAD A BREAKING BAD SPOILER AND DBRIM CAN'T DELETE FROM HIS PHONE BUT HE CAN EDIT INSTEAD HAHAHA

P_F_P
P_F_P

I am drunk.

Please snap out of this soon Dodgers.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

I hate anyone that uses the word "nigga"


Sorry, random observation of the night..

BIah
BIah

This is a photo from when I was on my cross-country trip without a laptop and tried to browse MSTI on a flip phone.

It's basically impossible.

http://i.imgur.com/e4bv8wZ.jpg

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Once played baseball and basketball with the guy who wrote/directed those. He's a high school friend of my uncle.

Tycho Blue
Tycho Blue

@TaylorAllenderDionisio Soldevila also writes that the Dodgers are the #1 choice.


*I'm not linking, as LF is being LF.

BIah
BIah

@Lobo my sympathies.  Is it graded on a ridiculous curve like my ap calculus classes?  the test problems were almost impossible but 50% was a C- 

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

It happens, you should be able to salvage your grade in the class.  As the prof for some extra credit assignment

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@DBrim Pitch Black was good and chronicles too this one shows how hard it is to keep coming up with new stuff but it still worked as entertainment

Lobo
Lobo

@BIah @Lobo Nope.  20 multiple choice questions.  40 minutes.  Straight grade.

Lobo
Lobo

@steelmohawk There is zero chance of extra credit from this teacher.  Our only grades in the class are our four tests and the final.  This test was worth 20% of my grade.  I don't think I got like a 30 or anything, but I doubt I got anything higher than maybe a 75.

West Coast Ram
West Coast Ram

@DKDodgers Yes, but there appeared to be a criticism of not using Jansen in the bottom of the 9th when they were at one of the weaker spots in the lineup. 

Lobo
Lobo

@BIah @Lobo He told us to arrive 15 minutes early so we could fill out our scantrons and have the full 50 minutes of class time to do the test.  He wasn't here today, our sub came in at 8:05 so by the time we actually started the test, we'd lost 10 full minutes

BIah
BIah

@Lobo @BIah yeah that really sucks.  if you do every step right except for one, you're lost and just have to guess, and sounds like there was a big time crunch too

Lobo
Lobo

@BIah @Lobo Electromagnetics.  This test was just on the vector calculus that we need for the rest of the class.  The fact that the test was multiple choice is just unfair because we can't get any partial credit for anything.  In a course like E-mag, partial credit is the fucking saving grace

Lobo
Lobo

@steelmohawk No, this teacher does not give extra credit.  He straight up told us on the first day that the only grades he will be giving in this class are our tests.  He does not give extra credit

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

you should ask, I have known too many people who got extra credit, from teachers that don't give it out, and who handed in papers weeks late, without penalty.  The worst that happens is he says no.  That is if you are really going to need those extra points.  You could also wait, and after two good tests, go to him and ask, showing that you improved and take his/her class seriously

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

yeah, you're right, didn't cross my mind that they would still be 20 games back, with 17 to play.  Oh well, I so wanted the Dodgers to eliminate the Giants themselves

KMT59
KMT59

@steelmohawk that would mean we would have to lose the next 3 games to the roxs also...Do you want to go through that with this site?