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Dodgers get another well-pitched game and another loss, falling 2-1 to Padres

Pitching is what it’s about. It’s the manager’s favorite refrain. The key to winning baseball. The difference between a good and great team.

Or maybe not.

Since the All-Star break, the Dodgers’ rotation has been the best in the National League. The stuff of every manager’s dream.

And the Dodgers have gone 20-31.

It was more of the same Tuesday night, Clayton Kershaw pitching very well but the Dodgers once again unable to scratch any offense together, falling to Mat Latos and the Padres, 2-1.

Since the All-Star break, the Dodgers’ starters have an impressive 3.22 ERA. Have held opponents to a .228 batting average.

All while stumbling out of playoff contention. Tuesday’s loss left the Dodgers 10 games back of the Padres in the National League West and 10 back of the Braves for the wild-card berth.

Latos had the stomach flu Monday and had to skip his scheduled start. The Padres won anyway, and then he came back to make the Dodgers look ill Tuesday.

Latos (14-5) matched his career high with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. He gave up the one run and four hits and did not walk a batter.

Kershaw (11-10) nearly matched him, but he gave up a pair of runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out six.

The Padres scored their first run off Kershaw after Adrian Gonzalez, Miguel Tejada and Nick Hundley all singled to load the bases with one out in the second. Aaron Cunningham’s fly to right was deep enough to sacrifice Gonzalez home.

San Diego went up 2-0 in third on a single by Chris Denorfia, a sacrifice bunt by David Eckstein and Gonzalez double.

The Dodgers picked up one back in the sixth when Scott Podsednik doubled with two out and scored on a Rafael Furcal single up the middle.

The Dodgers got a Jamey Carroll double to lead off the eighth, but couldn’t bring him home to tie it. After pinch-hitter Jay Gibbons lined out to a diving Denorfia in left-center Padres manager Bud Black called on closer Heath Bell to earn a five-out save.

His 31-pitch save was his 42nd of the season.

The Dodgers finished with five hits.

-- Steve Dilbeck
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Dodgers hitters = quitters

The position players have given up.

Another stellar performance by the Dodgers batters. Don Drysdale used to get more hits in a season than some of these clowns. This team should be sponsored by Kleenex, as they pop up one at a time also.

This has to be one of the most boring, inept teams in Dodger history. The 1977 Dodgers team could outhit this edition of Dodger blue, even at the present age of the players from the '77 sqaud. I bet Garvey, Lopes and Cey could suit up now and do better than this.

I told Uncle Neddy not to get rid of me so fast.

This is getting too painful to watch. Loney, Blake, Ethier and Kemp. Our supposed run producers were 2 for 16 with 9 K's. Not going to win many, if any, games with the middle of the order producing like that.

Just under 3 hours since this blog was written, and no comments? Season's over here, too. And what is there to share, anyways? Nada. Por nada.

Lack of hearts, guts, have marked this team all season.

It has shown over and over when it mattered most, when the team needed to have a bounce back inning, game, or series. They don't have it. They didn't have it starting the season.

McCourts and Ned tried to slide by most of the season on payroll, figuring to be in position and then swing a deal or two on the cheap to crawl into the playoffs. Didn't work. Too many questions starting the season, too many during, lack of good front office moves from last winter all the way to now, and the crew on deck knew what was all around them. The players aren't stupid, they can see. They can't play very well, but they're not stupid.

I hope we win between now and the finish, as I always do. But its been a most disappointing year. And in so many regards.

I hope the kid who waited 16 years to get to the bigs gets to play every day from now through the end of the season. Every day, as many at-bats and innings as he can get. There's something about being a Major Leaguer, and perhaps he can show the rest of them just that.

The recent woes of Kemp and Ethier are a continuation of the problems they've had in the second half of the year. Since the break, Kemp's OPS is .667 (down from .788 in the first half. A .667 OPS makes Kemp about as productive as Juan Pierre circa 2008 (.655 OPS), Marquis Grissom in 2001 (.654) or Todd Hollandsworth in 2000 (.686). For Ethier, the drop has been from an all-star level .932 in the first half to a pedestrian .709 after the break. Perhaps he never fully recovered from his hand injury but whatever the cause, Ethier has been subpar in the second half of the year. Until the two outfielders get back on track, chances are the Dodgers offense will be stuck in the mud like it has been of late.

Let's get some comments from other posters.
Was Jeff Kent right on his evaluation of the core young guys a few years ago?
They apparently didn't like him and his clubhouse attitude. Maybe Kent was a grouch but I don't think he was a quitter no matter what the situation. Carroll, Posidnik and Theriot haven't been with the Dodgers long enough to catch this malaise and they play every game like it means something. Furcal and Blake also. This team now looks like the team during the first half of the 2008 season before Manny arrived. Previously when a third strike on Ethier, Kemp or Loney was called they showed some emotion or disgust with the ump. Now, it's just ok I'll go sit down. These three definately need a leader and someone to hold their hand.

This team is weighed down by the ownership and managing issues. Torre can't win unless he has better talent than the opponent, his in game management is all on a simple formula and he never varies. PODs should only play when Furcal is out of the line up and Carroll should play in front of Theriot. Next year you cannot start the season without a significant improvement in one of the corner infield positions and move Andre to left, Kemp to right and get a new CF. The only thing that this disappointing season has proved is that Andre, Matt or James are not leaders and one will need to be brought in for the team to be successful again.

Eighth inning. Leadoff double by Carroll. One run game. Just bunt him over to third with Reed Johnson. Fly ball ties it with Posednik and Furcal due up. Torre opts for long ball, free swinger, Jay Gibbons. Torre's baseball philosophy in a nutshell. No mgr. in NL would have done that. End of that story. But my question is - how does Don Mattingly keep his job. We clearly have the worst 3-4-5 hitters in the league and one of the most inept, embarrassing offenses in baseball - an yet he sits there chewing tobacco like he's at a Sunday beer game.

Good point about Jeff Kent. I had the exact same epiphany last night. I wasn't a fan of Kent's back then, but now I can see his point. He was right about these spoiled entitled jerks.
But let's not worry, the Dodgers won't have money to re-sign any of them. Many sub-.500 seasons to come.

Maybe Jeff Kent wasn't a quitter, but he was human just like these Dodgers. He once remarked that it was nice to have the front office behind the players because it gave the guys in the clubhouse a real morale boost to know they weren't working by themselves. Colletti had just acquired Greg Maddux at the trade deadline. But the 2010 Dodgers know that the front office has officially quit on them -- and they quit on them in August when they dumped the team's best hitter while the team was still in contention. It has to be really hard to take meaningful at bats when you know you have no backing from the organization. And even the manager is making up stories to cover for the front office and owner. It's a joke. I wouldn't put too much on the guys who are playing out the string this month. It's not their fault.

The front office did not quit on this team in August. The front office, due to lack of funds and support from the "owner," quit on the team in the off season of 2009. The team was already dead when Ramirez was sent away. I doubt that he was our best hitter at the time. Please try to be more accurate.

Front office definitely quit on them some time ago.

It was at least during last off season, and probably before that. I think it could be traced to the marital problems that started the trial.

(And they said the divorce wouldn't impact the baseball team. That's analogous to management standing behind coaches/managers who are in the midst of a downward spiraling season. Kiss of death - and it was to our baseball team.)

By the way, all those pointing to Jeff Kent's position and the spoiled up-and-comers. You are exactly right. And the mention that these guys will have to have someone else lead them? Right-o again.

But nothing changes until the players believe in management as well as coaching staff. That ain't happening for a while.


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