Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Just Falling Short

What a tough game last night. First, our burgeoning ace, Clayton Kershaw, faltered a bit as he struggled with the strike zone. He gave up 6 walks over 4 painstaking innings that saw him throw 92 pitches total. The 21 year old kid continues to climb that learning curve. He labored for most of his time in the game and, fortunately, gave up only 3 runs. Jeff Weaver, our long guy out of the pen, did his best to temper the game and put it back into control, but Ryan Braun had something else in mind. He cranked a 3-run homer in the 6th inning to, seemingly, put the game out of reach. The Brewers starter was just masterful.

The Brewers lead was now 6 to 2 as the game entered into the bottom of the ninth inning. The Brewers starter, Manny Parra, tried to complete the game, but the Dodger bats finally started to figure him out. The first two batters got on base (on 2nd & 3rd) and closer Trevor Hoffman was called in to shut things down.

For a awhile it seemed like this game was now ours. Loney came up and roped a double down the right field line that landed in the seats. Hudson followed him with a single to drive in Loney. The Dodgers were just one run away from tying it up. Four batters later Manny Ramirez was up to bat with the bases loaded and two outs.

Could Manny do it again? Would we all be celebrating a walk-off hit of some kind?

Nope. He hit a lazy fly to right.

Oh well, you can't win every game. At least the Dodgers finished strong.

Of special note is that twitterer, Annabel Ly, was at the game and was lucky enough to grab Loney's double to right field. See the ball below.

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