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Friday, July 22, 2011

Hairston & Nationals Slam It in Our Face

Dodgers  2 3 0
Nationals 7 9 2
WP- Lannan (7-6)
LP- Kuroda (6-12)
HR- Lannan (1), Hairston (4)

It's really quite amazing how a team like the Nationals who are now 3 games under .500 seem like a far superior team to the Dodgers. Even with two bumbling errors in one inning from their shortstop Ian Desmond, the Dodgers can't manage to score more than 2 runs which is their average offensive output for this month. Kuroda loses his 12th game, and you can't keep but think that all these trade rumors are getting into his head and stressing him out.

The Nationals score right away in the first inning. With 2 outs, Zimmerman singles and steals 2nd. Morse promptly doubles him home making it 1-0. Ethier singles in the bottom half of the inning but both Gwynn and Kemp whiff.

Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman, right, steals second base as Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Jamey Carroll applies the late tag during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, July 22, 2011. Photo: Chris Pizzello / AP
The League Knows They Can Steal On Our Catchers

In the 2nd, Desmond singles, and Lannan the pitcher, hits his first career homerun making it 3-0 Nationals. The Dodgers waste an opportunity when Rivera walks, Uribe hits into a force, Big Rod walks, but Carroll hits into a double play to end the inning.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, July 22, 2011. Photo: Chris Pizzello / AP
Lannan Gets a W and a HR
In the 4th, Werthless ugly as ever with some sasquatch looking beard, singles. Nix walks. Ramos flies out allowing Werth to 3rd, but Nix is then caught stealing 2nd. Desmond draws a walk, and Lannan strikes out to end the threat. The Dodgers get some lucky breaks in the bottom of the 4th when Kemp walks, Rivera doubles, and Uribe's chopper draws an error on Desmond allowing both Kemp and Rivera to score, 3-2. Carroll hits a grounder to Desmond who hilariously tries to roll the ball to second base. I kid not, I've never seen that. Kuroda sac bunts Uribe to 3rd and Carroll to 2nd, but Gwynn grounds out to end the inning.

Both pitchers strike out 2 batters in the 5th and have 1-2-3 innings in the 5th and 6th.

In the 7th Kuroda walks Desmond and Lannan singles. He is pulled out and Elbert brought into pitch to Hairston who he gets to pop out on 6 pitches. Then Jansen comes in and strikes out Espinosa. Miles doubles to lead off the inning, and we ask ourselves why isn't he playing everyday instead of the useless Uribe? Burnett comes into relieve Lannan and Gwynn grounds out and Hit Machine strikes out.

Kuroda goes 6.1 innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts on 116 pitches.

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Washington Nationals' John Lannan during the second inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, July 22, 2011. Photo: Chris Pizzello / AP
Poor Hiro, Another Loss
Lannan goes 6.1 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts on 101 pitches.

Jansen continues his fire strike and blows away the side in the 8th getting Zimmerman, Morse, and Werth. Clippard sends the Dodgers down in order in the 8th.

In the 9th, Dougie is awful and promply serves up a meatball to Ankiel who doubles over Kemp's head. Ramos grounds Ankiel to 3rd, and then Desmond walks. Next pitcher is Kuo who walks Flores. Then Alpha Bum Guerrier comes in and does what he does best. Hairston grand slam. 7-2 Nationals. Storen strikes out Loney and Carroll and shuts the door on the Dodgers.

Things are really bad right now Dodger fans, there's no doubt about that. They can't hit. They can't pitch. Mattingly can't manage. Tomorrow, game #100 on the season, is a Lilly game at 7:10, and I'm not sure I can even stomach watching.

Go Blue:)

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