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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dodgers Can't Beat Hamels

Dodgers 0 7 0
Phillies   2 5 1
WP-Hamels (8-2)
LP-Kuroda (5-7)
S-Madsen (13)
HR- Big Nose (13)

The Dodgers just can't seem to figure Cole Hamels out, as they drop game 3 and lose the series in Philly. Hamels is now 6-0 against the Dodgers in his career, and Kuroda once again can't seem to get the offense behind him and unfortunately picks up the loss. Ethier and Kemp both contribute what they can, but it seems like the rest of the lineup throw up ohfers like they're going out of style to erase whatever the dynamic duo do to reach base. The Phillies have Hamels, Lee, Oswalt, and Halladay?! Geez.

There was many whiffs tonight, and Hamels started off the first by whiffing both Blake and Kemp and only allowing an infield single to Ethier. In the bottom of the 1st Ethier would make all three outs in right field when the entire side flew out to him.

In the second Big Rod whiffs and the Dodgers go down 1-2-3. Kuroda comes back to nicely strike out Big Nose and Valdez.

Carroll strikes out in the 3rd and the Dodgers go down 1-2-3. Sound familiar? Kuroda, the ninja, strikes out the side in the bottom of the 3rd which included Martinez, Hamels, and Rat Face Victorino.

The 4th would look very much like the 2nd & 3rd innings. Blake strikes out and the Dodgers go down 1-2-3. In the bottom of the 4th, Polanco singles, Big Nose strikes out and Polanco takes 2nd when the ball gets away from Big Rod. Ibanez flies out to end the inning.

In the 5th there would only be a Big Rod single with 2 outs. Martinez gets a 2-out triple in the bottom of the 5th. Kuroda walks Hamels. Then on a wild pitch, Hamels takes 2nd. Big Rod throws the ball, hitting Rat in the rat tail as he stands close to the plate. Big Rod is just really really bad at catching. They then decide to intentionally walk Victorino to load the bases. Luckily Kuroda gets Brown to fly out to end the threat.

Kuroda and Gordon both strikeout in the 6th and the Dodgers go down 1-2-3. Nope, we're not scoring on Hamels tonight folks. In the bottom of the 6th Kuroda strikes out Polanco, but then Big Nose hits a solo homerun and giving the Phillies the first run of the game, 1-0. Ibanez then promptly doubles, and we see Donnie coming out to the mound which we all think is to take out the tiring Kuroda. Kuroda hands Donnie the ball and begins to walk away, but for some reason Donnie calls him back to the mound. The umpire comes over, and it seems as though Donnie is going to have another mound meltdown like last season when he took two trips to the mound by accident. At this point Kuroda finally retreats, and Dougie comes in to pitch. Dougie prompty walks Ruiz of course. He then strikes out Valdez and gets Martinez to ground out to end the inning.

Kuroda Beats the Heat, but Dodgers Fizzle
Kuroda goes 5.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, and strikes out 7 on 93 pitches.

Kuroda pitched well, but we all know he gets absolutely no run support whatsoever by his teammates and his record reflects this misfortune.

In the 7th Ethier leads off with a double, and Bison singles sending Dre to third. Ok, Dodger fans we have runners on 1st & 3rd with nobody out. We're only down by 2 runs...well we can all guess what happens next. Uribe pops up. Out #1. Thames strikes out. Out #2. Big Rod pops up. Out #3. Ughhhh.

Guerrier comes in to pitch the bottom of the 7th, and we all know he will at least allow 1 run. He strikes out Hamels. Then Rat Face triples, so we know he's coming home somehow. Brown reaches on a fielder's choice and Rat Face scores, 2-0. Brown steals 2nd, Polanco grounds out, and Big Nose flies out.

In the 8th the Dodgers would get a couple singles from a pinch-hitting Miles and Blake. Miles reaches 3rd on an error by Valdez.  After Miles singles, Loney is brought in to pinch-hit for Gordon and swings on a 3-0 pitch to fly out and make the second out of the inning. Ethier grounds out to end the inning.

Lindblom pitches the bottom of the 8th and strikes out Ibanez and has a nice 1-2-3 inning.

Hamels goes 8 innings, allowing 6 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, and striking out 9 on 113 pitches.

Hamels Always Hammers the Dodgers
Madsen comes in to close up shop in the 9th, and although Bison contributes a single, Uribe erases him by hitting into a double play and then Navarro flies out to end the misery.

The Dodgers had two more hits than the Phillies tonight, but once again choked with runners in scoring position. Big Rod's horrible plate-blocking, lack of being able to throw out runners, not being able to work with pitchers to call a good game, and increase in wild pitches which to me should be passed balls is getting frustrating. Time to call up Ellis. We're already going with the youth movement, and Big Rod ain't cuttin' it. And Thames, a.k.a Auto Out Reincarnate, is now down to .143.

The Dodgers now head off to Denver to play a four game series with the Rockies. The Dodgers are now back in 4th place, since the Rockies have lost 2 fewer games. Kershaw will be going to the mound at 5:40pm. Go Blue:)

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