Well. That ball was crushed. Cespedes destroyed that pitch. This was another game that, despite a great performance by a pitcher (in this case 2011 NL Cy Young Winner Clayton Kershaw), the Dodgers’ offense just could not be found. At this point, I’m starting to get a bit worried because it’s been a long while since we’ve seen anything all that impressive or exciting.
Part of the problem, people are quick to point out, is that Don Mattingly is quick to bunt. If a Dodger squares up to bunt, twitter and message boards light up with groans, gnashing of teeth, and choice swear words. This time, Dee Gordon laid down a fantastic bunt in the top of the ninth. The only problem is that Inge made a great play and Matt Treanor is really, very slow. No pinch runner? Well, the bench is also really, very slow (also that whole unwilling to switch out catchers thing).
The biggest problem was really Uribe’s defensive gaffe in the bottom of the 9th. He should not have come off 3rd base because now there is no one to throw to. It was the right play but the wrong move by Uribe.
Interleague play continues (joy) in Anaheim (which is, you know, not Los Angeles) against the red hot Angels.