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Dodgers Falter Again, Blow Chance To Gain Ground

Posted By Simran Reyatt On Sep 6 2012 @ 2:06 am In Los Angeles Dodgers,MLB | No Comments

It’s becoming a quite unsettling trend for the Dodgers, losing again to an inferior team. They also failed to gain any ground in both the wild card and division chase. It’s getting quite frustrating to watch them flounder game after game, as they did in their 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. Nick Vincent (2-0) picked up the victory while Shawn Tolleson (1-1) took the loss. Aaron Harang was the goat of last night’s game. He gave up three first inning runs before the seats were warm. Just like Clayton Kershaw did the night before, the Dodgers were behind early. For a team that is having trouble scoring runs, they sure love to give up first inning runs.

They got one run back in the bottom half of the second inning, although it could have been more. Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier led off the inning with consecutive singles. Luis Cruz continued his torrid play, singling to center and driving in Ramirez. A.J. Ellis hit a fly ball to right that advanced Ethier to third, bringing up Harang. However, he failed to get a good sacrifice bunt down, bunting it straight to the charging Chase Headley, who easily threw to second to get Cruz and then to first to get Harang.

The Dodgers failure to score runs continued in the third inning. Mark Ellis, Shane Victorino and Adrian Gonzales led off with singles, Gonzales single driving in Ellis and sending Victorino to third and cutting the lead to 3-2. Matt Kemp followed and hit a weak grounder to first baseman Yonder Alonso who got Victorino in a run down at third. The rundown allowed Gonzales and Kemp to advance to third and second, respectively. But Ethier popped out to shallow left and Cruz hit a bullet that was smothered by shortstop Evereth Cabrera who threw out Cruz at first.

The Dodgers got even in the fifth inning. Victorino and Gonzales led off with singles. Kemp reached first on a grounder that forced Gonzales out at second. Ramirez followed with a single to left, scoring Victorino and tying the score 3-3. But then both Ethier and Cruz both swung at the first pitches they saw and they both popped out, ending the inning and, yet again, leaving the Dodgers with only one run scored in the inning.

Tolleson walked Will Venables to begin the seventh inning. Of course that walked ended up coming back to bite the Dodgers in the rear. Venables stole second and advanced to third on a single by Headley. Carlos Quentin followed with a sacrifice fly to center, easily scoring Venables and putting the Dodgers behind again.

The Dodgers thought they’d retaken the lead in their half of the seventh. With Gonzales on first after drawing a one-out walk, Kemp hit what looked to be a home run to straight-away center. But Cameron Maybin had other ideas, timing it perfectly, and robbing Kemp of a home run, and the Dodgers of a potential win.

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