Another game, another colossal disappointment. Facing the team that they find themselves chasing for the final wild-card spot, the Dodgers, once again, laid a big, fat egg, falling to the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, in game one of a crucial four game series at Chavez Ravine. They now find themselves two full games behind the Cardinals and don’t look now, but the Phillies and the Brewers are not too far behind them.
The Dodgers actually got hits in the game, a slight improvement over their past few games where they were pathetically getting two or three hits. The problem is, that none of them were ever timely. Lead off hits ended up in stranded runners, attempted steals gone wrong and rally-killing double plays.
For the second game in a row, the Dodgers jumped out to a first-inning lead. Mark Ellis lead off the game with a single to right and Andre Ethier, moved up to number two in the batter order walked. But Matt Kemp, the Dodgers best slugger, killed a potential rally by grounding into a 5-4-3 double play. The Dodgers managed to salvage something after an Adrian Gonzales double drove in Ellis from third, putting them up 1-0. Any chance of Gonzales scoring was nullified as Hanley Ramirez struck out looking on, yet, another fastball right down the plate.
And in true Dodger fashion of late, they gave the run right back to the Cardinals, thanks to some extreme laziness on the account of Ramirez. With one out, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a slow dribbler up the middle. Hardly a tough play. Ramirez made just about as little effort possible going to his to left to retrieve the ball and, alas, the ball snuck under his glove for a hit. With effort like this, it’s no wonder the Dodgers have been in the toilet as of late. Carlos Beltran then hit a single to right and then Skip Schumaker then singled to left, scoring Molina and tying the game.
And if there wasn’t enough proof that the baseball Gods aren’t on the Dodgers side, look no further than the bottom of the sixth and then the top of the seventh. With two on and two out, Ramirez drilled a shot to left-center that looked to have enough to get out. It didn’t as John Jay raced it down just before crashing into the wall. Fast-forward to the top of the seventh and with runners on first and third and two out, Allen Craig hit the softest dribbler that somehow found it’s way into right field, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.
Anybody with a pulse who has watched the Dodgers of late knew the game was over after that. It is absolutely embarrassing for a team with so much talent and power to not be able to overcome a measly one-run lead, but, for the second day in a row, they can’t.
This team doesn’t even deserve the playoffs after yet another gutless, heartless performance.
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.