Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Blog Kiosk: 10/7/2014 - Dodger Links - Time to Sink or Swim

It was a good game - It just didn't give us the results we wanted.

Hyun-Jin Ryu was great in his six innings of play.  He scattered five hits and made only one mistake.  Unfortunately, that mistake resulted in a third inning home run by newly minted Dodger killer Matt Carpenter.  Nevertheless, he kept us in it and gave us an opportunity to win.  Photo above of Ryu via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014Go here to see more pic from him of last nights game.

Like in life, though, it takes two to tango.  The Dodgers offense took a nap against the Cardinals last night.  They strung together seven hits, but could only muster a single run.  Furthermore, they left five runners in scoring position in five separate innings. 

Or, it takes at least three to do a conga line dance.  The Dodger relief staff disappointed again, and if not for some remarkable lucky plays (like the one in the gif below) it would have been much worse.  Scott Elbert, in his second postseason appearance this year, struggled in St. Louis.  He had struck out two in his brief appearance in Game 1, but gave up a two-run home run to Kolten Wong that proved to be the game winner.  Oy Vie!
(gif via Dodgers on tumblr)

The Dodgers lost a tough one at 3-1, but have an opportunity to right the ship this afternoon.  Game 4 starts at 2:07 PM PST and I have a feeling much of Los Angeles will be on pins and needles most of the afternoon.  I know I will be.

BTW, I'm sure you're hearing plenty of complaints about the inconsistent strike zone by the home plate umpire Dale Scott.  And believe me, I hear ya.  I ain't that happy about it either... But, ya know what.  There's no use crying over spilt milk.  It's time to put our big boy pants on.

Now, below are some links to check out.
  • Check out Don Mattingly's postgame interview here.
  • Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Kemp irked by strike zone in Dodgers' Game 3 loss."
"Terrible strike zone," Kemp said, knowing he likely will hear from the Commissioner's Office. "Never seen anything like it. It's disappointing. You've got guys battling, two good teams going at it and it's supposed to be about the teams, not about the umpire. He took the bats out of our hands."

  • Panini release some more preview pics of their upcoming 2014 Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Baseball set.  Go here to check those out.  The set officially comes out on tomorrow.  Below is a Don Sutton autographed card and a card of Brooklyn Dodger Burleigh Grimes.

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