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Friday, June 17, 2011

Dodgers Lose Duel of the Bottom Dwellers

Dodgers 3 4 1
Astros    7 11 1
WP- Myers (3-6)
LP- Lilly (5-6)
HR- Ethier (6)

Ted Lilly's 300th career start did not pan out like he would have hoped, as the Dodgers lose another game and sink further into oblivion. They haven't won a game during this homestand yet, and after this Astros series, Interleague play begins when the Tigers and Angels come to Dodger Stadium. Ted Lilly had a disastrous 6th inning, while Myers breezed along and picked up a complete game.

Lilly started off strong with a 1-2-3 inning in the first. The Dodgers get on the board first after Gordon leads off with a walk, Miles singles, and Ethier's grounder forces Miles out at 2nd but gets Gordon to 3rd. Kemp's sac fly scores Gordon giving the Dodgers the early 1-0 lead. Loney singles in the inning, but then Uribe flies out.
Gordon Scores on a Kemp Sac Fly

Lilly allows only a 2-out single to Wallace in the 2nd. The Dodgers go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

In the 3rd inning Bourgeeois reaches safely when Loney and Lilly collide in an attempt to get his little groundball. He steals second, but the Astros fail to score. The Dodgers once again go down 1-2-3.

In the 4th Lee singles and steals second. Johnson doubles Lee home making it 1-1. The Dodgers go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning once again.

Lilly has a good 1-2-3 inning in the 5th. Oeltjen and Lilly both whiff as the Dodgers go down once again in the bottom of the inning.

The 6th inning is when the wheels fall off. It seems lately that the 5th or 6th inning is when our starter loses steam and a flurry of runs are scored by the opposing team. Keppinger leads off with a double. Pence grounds out allowing Keppinger to 3rd. Lee singles in Keppinger, 2-1. Johnson singles. Lilly walks Wallace to load the bases. Honeycutt visits the mound. Barmes promptly doubles down the line scoring two runs, 4-1. Coporan is intentionally walked to once again load the bases up. Mattingly gets the hook right at Lilly's short leash 90 pitch mark. I guess Lilly implodes exactly at 90 pitches. Lindblom comes in and gets Myers to pop out. Then Bourgeois singles on a grounder to Miles who can't handle the play and draws his nightly error allowing a run to score, 6-1. Keppinger flies out to finally relieve us of this torture. The Dodgers AGAIN go down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 6th.

Lilly goes 5.1 innings, allowing 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts on 90 pitches.

Lindblom pitches a scorless 7th. Loney singles in the bottom of the 7th, but Uribe pathetically hits into a double play.

In the 8th Lindblom allows a lead off walk to Wallace. Barmes doubles for the second time of the night. Hawksworth then comes in to pitch. The nightly wild pitch scores Barmes making it 7-1. Hawk walks Myers. Bourgeois hits into a fielder's choice and Barmes is tagged out between 3rd and home. Keppinger lines out to Loney to end the inning. Oeltjen whiffs again in the bottom of the 8th, and Blake comes into pinch hit after receiving a cortisone injection in his neck before the game and proceeds to strike out as well.

Troncoso comes in to pitch the 9th inning and sends the Astros down 1-2-3. The Dodgers have a faint offensive blip in the bottom of the 9th off of Myers, but we all know it's too little too late. Gordon reaches on a Wallace error and steals second. Miles whiffs. Ethier slams a 2 run homerun making it 7-3. It's his first homerun in 19 games. Kemp whiffs which also ends his 9 game hitting streak. We end the game on a typical note as Loney hits a signature groundball.

Myers goes 9 innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts on 98 pitches.

Myers Picks up a Complete Game 

Tomorrow Rubby De La Rosa goes to the mound for the Dodgers at 7:10 pm in game two. Kenley Jansen will be activated, and Kuo might be activated by Sunday as well. Kuo admitted he had some anxiety issues that caused his yips, but he has spoke with counselors and is smiling and ready to come back. It was made official that Vicente Padilla is out for the season after having vertebrae in his neck fused. There hasn't been a pitcher who has ever come back from a surgery like that. Broxton also continues his rehab, and will be back soon as well.

Good night Dodger fans, Go Blue:)

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