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Sunday, September 12, 2010

monasterios, and bullpen horrendous in predictable 7-4 loss to astros

Dodgers 4  7  1
Astros    7 14 0
Pence-24 Lee-21

The Dodgers lost to the Astros 7-4 sunday as the Astros split the four game series with the Dodgers in the final meeting between the two teams at the juice box.
Monasterios was again horrible in another spot start filling in for the injured Padilla. as I said before it was likly he would not get past the fourth inning, and he was even worse not making it out of the second inning.

Monasterios lasted just 1.1 innings allowing 4 runs off 5 hits, three earned, walking two and striking out two. Monasterios is now 2-6 as a starter and is clearly a better pitcher out of the bullpen. Have you finally seen enough Joe? the Dodgers shot themselves in the foot as they pushed Kershaw back to tuesday so Ely could start on saturday, and then when Padilla went down again they had no one else to start except Monasterios.

Monasterios in the first with 1 out allowed a single then a two run home run to Hunter Pence, then single, throwing error by Hu, then a two run single by Wallace, and the astros were up 4-0.

Monasterios was taken out in the second inning and the Dodgers used four relief pitchers the rest of the game, and as I predicted earlier I knew one of them would give up some runs.

astros starter Nelson Figueroa shut out the dodgers for the first three innings, but allowed them to tie the game in the 4th.
Oeltjen singles, and then after a walk to Theriot Gibbons slams another monster home run to right, his 5th with the dodgers the score was 4-3. then Loney triples into the gap, and scores on a Russ Mitchell fly ball. tie game 4-4.

as usual the dodger bullpen would fail again. troncoso who was lucky enough to get through 1 inning, was allowed to pitch a second inning of relief for some reason. in the 5th he allowed three doubles as the Astros retook the lead 6-4. doubles to Wallace Castro and Blum score two.

John Lindsey finally picked up his first major league hit in the 5th inning with a bloop single to left. but he was left stranded along with the bases loaded as Gibbons flied out to left.

Carlos lee hit a solo home run off of the worst relief pitcher in Baseball, Octavio Dotel in the 8th to extend the Astros lead to 7-4.

houston would use 6 relief pitchers to shut down the Dodgers as Brandon Lyon came in to pitch a scoreless 9th picking up his 15th save of the season.

The Dodgers now head to San Francisco for a three game series in their final meeting with the hated Giants. the pitching matchup will be Kershaw vs. Zito

the Rockies beat Arizona today 4-2 winning their 10th straight game, and moving to within 1 and a half games of first. the giants are on their way to beat the Padres in SD. so the Pads and Giants will be tied for first with the Rockies a game and a half back, and the Dodgers looking to play spoiler and knock the Giants out of the playoffs. off day tomorrow, see everyone on wed!  Go Blue!

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