What has been unexplainable to unbelievable to unreal has turned into just plain pathetic. The Dodgers dropped yet another game in their quest to, either, win the division or earn a wild card berth. They are 4 1/2 games behind the San Francisco Giants and 1 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card spot. It is becoming more and more frustrating for the Dodgers who failed, yet again, to gain any ground on the teams ahead of them. All teams ahead of them, the Giants, the Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, lost. Yet the Dodgers, who boast quite possibly the most intimidating offensive lineup in all of baseball, floundered all night. Brad Bergesen (1-0) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win. Matt Gurrier (0-2), fresh off the disabled list, served up a lead-off home run to Jason Kubel in the 11th inning and suffered the loss.
In what has become routine lately, the Dodgers fell behind early in the game, though not the fault of starting pitcher Aaron Harang. With two out in the second inning and Miguel Montero at first, Chris Johnson hit a routine fly ball to right fielder Andre Ethier, which should have ended the inning. However, Ethier lost the ball in the sun and was unable to make the catch, allowing Montero to score. Johnson was credited with a triple and the Dodgers were, once again, behind. They fell further behind in the fifth inning as pitcher Trevor Cahill, batting only.107, hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle for a base-hit, scoring Johnson from second. Aaron Hill then doubled to right-center giving the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead.
The Dodgers got back into the game in their half of the fifth. With two outs, Luis Cruz singled to right. A.J. Ellis was then hit by a Cahill fastball putting runners on first and second. Pinch hitter Nick Punto hit a slow roller to shortstop that he barely beat out, loading the bases. Mark Ellis followed with a single to left field, scoring Cruz and Ellis, cutting the lead to 3-2. The Dodgers got even in the sixth as Ethier hit a bloop single to left field, scoring Matt Kemp from third base. Kemp got to third via a walk, stolen base, and a sacrifice fly.
Then the Dodger bats went quiet, as they have the past week, sans Wednesday’s game against the Rockies, where they scored 10 runs. It is quite unexplainable what is going on with this team. The Dodgers held a closed-door meeting after their 2-0 loss Thursday night. With September call-ups around the corner, perhaps the benchings of a few players (Ethier, Kemp, Ramirez) is in order for a game or two. Perhaps, that would light a fire under them that could spark the team as they head into the final month of the season. Because as it stands right now, things are looking mighty bleak for the Dodgers.
About the Author
Written by Simran Reyatt
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles I became passionate about sports around 1988, watching the showtime Lakers and the miracle Dodgers. I have been hooked ever since! Lakers, Raider and Dodgers are my main passions, but really, I'm a huge sports lover as a whole.