A win last night would have given the Los Angeles Dodgers 10 straight wins and pushed them into a tie for first place with the San Diego Padres after starting the month off in dead last in the NL West.
Instead, the trademark pitching that had been stellar over the last two weeks fell asleep at the wheel and the Dodgers got abused by San Diego’s one-man wrecking crew: First baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzo hit his 9th homer of the season and drove him six runs in the Padres’ 10-5 curb-stomping of L.A. at Dodger Stadium. Prehistoric starter Ramon Ortiz got lit up for five runs in a little over three innings of work. Reliever Ramon Troncoso then came in for “relief” but managed to give up three more runs before he left the game without so much as recording an out. Jeff Weaver and Carlos Monasterios managed to stop some of the bleeding but then “The Brim Reaper, reliever George Sherrill came in to give up two more runs in the ninth.
While there’s no excuse for the performance, or lack their of, of the pitching staff, at least the lineup can fall back on the fact that they had to muster up runs without its two biggest bats in the order. Prior to the game, the team put MLB batting leader Andre Ethier on the DL and then had to scratch slugging left fielder Manny Ramirez prior to game time because of an injured pinkie toe on his left foot. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, in a nationwide recession, a man making nearly $19 million dollars opted to not do his job because of a boo-boo on his pinkie toe. That’s not Manny Being Manny, that’s Manny Being Wo-Manny.
Regardless, the loss drops the Dodgers back to two games behind San Diego in the West as they play the second part of their two-game set tonight. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will try to get another streak going as he’ll face Kevin Correia(4-3, 4.65 ERA). Kershaw bested Corriea the last time these two faced each other back on May 15 to the tune of 4-1. It’s not yet known whether Ramirez will decide to dust the sand out of his panties and make an appearance tonight but you can expect that the offense won’t need to work nearly as hard to tie things up with Kershaw on the mound as they tried to do last night. Another note on the injury front, shortstop Rafael Furcal is expected to come back from the DL this weekend in the first inter-league series of the season against the Detroit Tigers.
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