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Dodgers let it get away in 6-4 loss to Reds


Things seemed to be going well enough for the Dodgers.

Rookie shortstop Dee Gordon had made a couple of terrific plays. Hiroki Kuroda was keeping the Reds in check. And the Dodgers had manufactured a pair of runs to carry a 2-1 lead through five innings.

But this is the season when there is precious little the Dodgers can rely upon. And after Chris Heisey hit a solo home run to tie the score in the sixth inning, it all came undone in an ugly seventh.

By the time the inning was over Monday, the Dodgers had committed two errors, Andre Ethier threw well wide of home on a play at the plate, Joey Votto had a three-run homer and the Reds were on their way to a 6-4 victory before an announced crowd of 31,372.

The Dodgers have been a reliable defensive team all season, but after several strong  plays, Gordon simply dropped a routine Ryan Hanigan grounder to open the seventh.

And the floodgates were open.

Third baseman Juan Uribe nabbed a Paul Janish bouncer and threw to second baseman Aaron Miles to start a double play. Only Miles’ relay throw sailed into a photo well for an error, allowing Janish to take second.

Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo helped his cause with a slicing single to shallow right. Janish rounded third and headed home with the go-ahead run. A strong throw by Ethier maybe gets Janish, but instead he threw about 30 feet short and off line.

That was it for Kuroda, Manager Don Mattingly calling on reliever Matt Guerrier, who proceeded to struggle. Guerrier got the second out, but then walked Brandon Phillips and worked Votto to a full count. His 3-2 pitch was crushed by Votto as it landed several rows up the right-field pavilion to give Cincinnati a 6-2 lead.

The Dodgers cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the eighth inning that featured their two fastest players, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Gordon.

Gwynn beat out an infield single, Gordon lined a drive just over the glove of Votto at first base and the ball rolled into the corner. Gwynn and Gordon went flying around the bases, sprinters on the diamond.

Gwynn scored and Gordon took third with a stand-up triple. Miles then sent a fly to Heisey in medium-shallow left. Third base coach Tim Wallach threw up his arms telling Gordon to hold, but the rookie tagged and went anyway, beating the throw.

Which completed the comeback, and the night for Arroyo.

The right-hander beat the Dodgers, 2-1, in Cincinnati 10 days earlier, and picked up the victory again Monday. Arroyo (5-6) gave up the four runs on six hits, without walking a batter.

Kuroda fell to 5-8 with the loss, his fifth consecutive, and the Dodgers are now 31-37.


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Photo: Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon slides safely into home plate on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Miles against catcher Ryan Hanigan and the Reds in the eighth inning Monday night at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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carroll should have started at second base. barajas at catcher. navarro is absolutely useless. he's only here because ned, only God knows why, gave him a major league contract for $1M. idiotic.

'On the road again, I can't wait to get on the road again'. Or, as Al Bundy would say (and did several times), "ahh... home sweet h*ll".

Welcome back to reality: 7 games back the 'World Champion' Giants and 6 games south head above water... like a man clinging to shipwreck imagines rescue, just 94 more chances sink or swim.


Now, a review the lowlights as transcribed by 16blows

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"Andre Ethier threw well wide of home on a play at the plate"

- I refuse to believe that... no way. And another thing: why do they list him as having hit only 5 hrs this year? It's a conspiracy I tells ya - a conspiracy!

"His (guerrier's) 3-2 pitch was crushed by Votto as it landed several rows up the right-field pavilion to give Cincinnati a 6-2 lead."

- so much for that rumor the Reds power is solely a product Great American 'Homer' Ballpark... very nice imitation of Willie Stargell by Joey V.

"Third base coach Tim Wallach threw up his arms telling Gordon to hold, but the rookie tagged and went anyway"

- I had no idea Tim was a pantomime... or that gordon was amaurotic. The skinny? Not saying that dee is emaciated but he makes Olive Oyl look like Popeye...

"Kuroda fell to 5-8 with the loss, his fifth consecutive, and the Dodgers are now 31-37."

- talk about a beat down, he was 6-1 when the game began [ m- m- m- m - m- m- m- my kuroda ]

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Go dudgers!

Arroyo is awful, but has success against L.A. Common for scrub pitchers to look their best when they play the Dodgers-that's been a recurring theme for a long time.

Oh well. Whatever. I just want a new owner, new G.M., new manager, new philosophy for this franchise.

Going into a new series, it's the manager's job to decide what opposing player you don't want to beat you, and you stick to the game plan! In this case with the Reds, Votto is the man you avoid, and you give him nothing to hit! Even if you walk him to load the bases, you go after Jay Bruce who was 0 for 3 tonight!

no surprise that "Dee"fense finally start to rear its ugly head & also begin to plague this "duds" group (refuse to use term "team")........

butt Dee will learn & improve, as when Maury first began to play SS @ Major League level, he accumulated a number of errors, too.......

butt Miles is not known for his glove, & Andre-the-Ant's throw just more evidence as to why he is NOT deserving of any All-Star berth, as he IS THE most over-rated player in the game today......

& more evidence too of very poor mgt. (i.e., Confetti-4-brains) decisions, as "duds" overpaid mightily for 2 free agents who ought to both be dumped, yesterday!!! (i.e., reliver "Gay-rear" & IF Uribe)

Who ever lauded Guerrier? This guy is rubbish. Another non-performer wearing Dodger blue.

As much i like Wallach, i am fine with Dee scoring thru the stop sign. He knows his ability more than Wallach does, and he proved it. Gordon knows better than we do his job is to score on a team that doesn't do much of it. His run last night could have made the difference. Had they lost by one run and he hadn't scored then, he would have blamed himself for not running thru Wallach.

Which he might do for his skittish defense, which we knew, or should have known, he would exhibit when he came up. That he's also exhibiting flash at SS is a huge bonus. Bottom line: The Dodgers are much better, bigtime, with him on the field, and getting 4-5 ABs, than without him. Considering this team will NOT be playing in October, somebody please inform Mattingly to STOP PLATOONING AT SS, YOU VERY STUPID MANAGER. Put the friggin porcelain doll Furcal, who's done as a Dodger and probably as a player on Sept 28, in left when he comes back, where he sure as hell wouldn't hurt the power numbers, and would at least hit for average. Until he's injured again. Let's let the damn future develop at SS, Donnie Baseballs-for-brains, the WORST rookie manager in the NL West let alone the MLB.


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