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Dodgers win long game full of dubious decisions

“The Giants have nothing to lose here, except the game.”

— Vin Scully in the 10th inning

In the 10th inning of a 2-2 game, the Dodgers had Carl Crawford on second with one out. The Giants had lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt pitching to Adrian Gonzalez. On deck was Andre Ethier, who hits lefties only in times of national emergency.

But Affeldt went after Gonzalez, who lined a single to center to score Crawford with the winning run. The Dodgers 3-2 win dropped their magic number to 5 over the idle Diamondbacks. Brian Wilson picked up the win in relief against his former team after Kenley Jansen failed to hold a ninth inning lead.

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke gave up a 2nd inning home run to Hunter Pence and the Dodgers parlayed a Matt Cain error into a run in the bottom half.

The Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the 7th on a Yasiel Puig double and that looked like it would be enough, especially after a puzzling 8th inning by the Giants.

Angel Pagan led off the 8th with a single off of Chris Withrow. Pagan stole second and Marco Scutaro walked. That put two on and none out for the Giants #3 hitter, Brandon Belt.

Enter Paco Rodriguez (or re-enter, as he mistakenly entered the game in the 7th inning when Don Mattingly called for the wrong lefty to enter the game. He tabbed it a “Freudian slip” in his postgame press conference. This leads me to believe that Don Mattingly has not studied the work of Sigmund Freud very closely. A Freudian slip would mean that Mattingly would have asked for the pitcher he subconsciously wanted [Rodriguez] instead of the one he actually asked for [Howell]. But he did the opposite. Don’t believe me. Read all about it here!) to face Belt. Belt sacrificed the runners over. Buster Posey received an expected intentional walk. This loaded the bases for Pence.

Enter Ronald Belisario, who threw one pitch to Pence, who hit a two-hopper to Juan Uribe that was converted into a 5-3 double play to get out of the inning.

The Giants tied the game in the ninth when they got three singles (along with a stolen base and a bad passed ball from Ted Federowicz) to score a run.

Hanley Ramirez left the game early with a tight left hamstring, which Mattingly downplayed the severity of after the game, but don’t be surprised to see some high quality Nick Punto action the next few days.

The Dodgers lead Arizona by 12 1/2 games with 16 left to play. Which is considered good by most people. Kerhsaw vs Bumgarner on Friday night. Arizona hosts Colorado Friday.

The Braves beat the Marlins a long time ago to keep a 2-game lead over the Dodgers for best record. The Dodgers lead the two NL Central leaders, St. Louis and Pittsburgh, by one game now.



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  1. KT

    Los Angeles Dodgers ‏@Dodgers2m
    Tonight’s crowd of 53,393 represented the largest paid attendance in @MLB this season and was the #Dodgers 24th sellout of 2013. Thank you.

  2. scooplew

    Love your Freudian analysis of Donnie…But why did he use Michael Jung tonight?

  3. Bob_Hendley

    86 was my waffle, so the rest is syrup.

  4. berkowit28

    Mattingly calling it a “Freudian slip” annoyed me no end as well. There was nothing remotely Freudian about it, unless perhaps he has a secret crush on JP Howell (or some other JP we know nothing about). It was just a slip. A plain old slip.

  5. foul tip

    Link to piece saying MLB defense is better than ever and looking at why. Includes a Dodger joke, which some may have heard but I hadn’t.

    “Teams no longer have to fill the shortstop spot with compromised defenders the way the Dodgers did with Jose Offerman, the last player to make 40 errors in a season (42 in 1992), and the inspiration for the joke, How do you spell Offerman? Two Fs and 40 Es.”

  6. foul tip

    And, while roaming the ranch, 2 other links. First to why Boston has the best offense.

    And to video of Chris Davis fouling a ball off the ground and into his jersey, which may not have been done before. Also some clips of the ball going into fielders’ jerseys, the video gods willing. I say that because at first there was trouble loading for some reason. If it goofs up, I think yahoo has at least the one of Davis.

  7. btimmer

    In addition to the shenanigans last night with the wrong pitcher coming in for the Dodgers, in the Yankees-Orioles game last night, Chris Stewart struck out on a 1-1 pitch and the official scorer went against long-standing precedent and gave a win to Mariano Rivera instead of a save after Dave Robertson blew a save.

    Looking at the rule book, the umpires handled the situation with Rodriguez and Howell correctly. Since Mattingly said who was going to pitch, i.e. Howell, that was who had to come in. If he hadn’t said anything and Rodriguez had just run in from the bullpen and started warming up, then Rodriguez would have been in the game.

    The rules aren’t clear about Stewart’s situation. Batters can be called out for abandoning an attempt to run out a dropped third strike. Perhaps this was an extension of that.

    • WBBsAs

      My understanding is that the official scorer can award the win to another pitcher if, in his judgment, the pitcher of record pitched “briefly and ineffectively.”

  8. Casey Barker

    And what an exciting double play!

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