By Mark Timmons
Maybe I am just “old school,” but I have heard plenty of Dodger fans rag on Barry Bonds for cheating, and I am not going to belabor this point, but we just found out that we have a cheater on our team (actually we have two, because Mota was suspended for 50 games a couple of years ago). This cheater is different, however in that he has cheated before and we knew about it. He left his beloved Cleveland for a huge contract in Boston. It was all about the money! He told his teammates in Boston that he would “do anything” to get out of Boston because he could get a $150 million deal on the open market, and then he faked injuries and quit on the team – everyone knows it, so that they HAD to get rid of him. It was all about the money! Then, he held out for that big contract and in Ned Colletti’s finest hour, he beat down the great Scott Boras and the Cheater had to sign for less. It was still all about the money! Now, we find that he was taking a women’s fertility drug of the variety used to cause his body to produce testosterone. It was all about making more money! This is a drug commonly used by steroid users at the end of their steroid cycle. I doubt that there is a doctor who really prescribed this drug for him for the purpose he proclaims. But, if he were to sue that doctor like JC Romero did, then I might change my mind. If a doctor prescribed a medication for me that would cost me about $8 million, I would be inclined to sue, wouldn’t you? If the Cheater were a really stand up guy, he would address his teammates and be there to root them on during his suspension, but he’s too “scrambled” or is it still just all about the money? So, the way I see it, is that if his story is true, he will sue the doctor and then I might welcome him back, but if there is no lawsuit, I would rather lose without a cheater than win with one. You can spin it all you want, but if there is no suit, he’s a cheater! End of story! Am I happy about this? Not at all! The Cheater brought excitement and hope to this team, and an energy that is currently depleted. He was one of the best in the game and I hate the feeling I have right now, but not as much as I would hate winning with a Cheater!
Last night, the Dodgers looked like a team that had lost their best player. The Dodgrs looked like a bunch of youngsters who just found out that their Idol was a Cheater. Oh wait, they are! Billingsley didn’t pitch badly, but we all know he’s better. Zito pitched very well, andwhile we know that good pitching stops good hitting, the Dodgers let some very good scoring opportunities slip through their hands. Raffy and Andre left 9 runners on base between them. They looked a little “deflated” to me and I guess that is to be expected. Someone needs to step up and take over this team’s leadership position Who will it be? O-Dog? Raffy? Matt? Somebody please step up. Also, we have to consider that something additional may come out and the Cheater my never play again. You never know. As Ned Colletti said about another player, “if he’s not here, I don’t count on him playing again.” We will see.
|IBB: Lewis (by Billingsley).
HBP: Pierre (by Zito), Ishikawa (by Billingsley).
Pitches-strikes: Zito 126-83, Affeldt 20-9, Valdez, M 15-4, Wilson 28-20, Billingsley 115-66, Belisario 17-11, Troncoso 9-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Zito 4-7, Affeldt 3-0, Valdez, M 0-0, Wilson 3-0, Billingsley 8-7, Belisario 1-1, Troncoso 0-1.
Batters faced: Zito 26, Affeldt 4, Valdez, M 3, Wilson 4, Billingsley 32, Belisario 4, Troncoso 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Wilson 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Sam Holbrook. 1B: Dan Iassogna. 2B: Charlie Reliford. 3B: Larry Vanover.
Weather: 72 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to CF.
May 8, 2009Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
The Great Lakes Loons lost 6-3 as Ethan Martin lost his first game. He gave up 6 Hits, 3 ER and 3 BB in 4 innings. His ERA now sits at 2.16.
The Inland Empire 66′ers lost 7-4 as Chris Withrow got hit fairly hard. His era is now 5.58. Robinson, Van Slyke, Giles and Garabedian all got two hits, but stranded too many runners, just like the big club.
The Chatanooga Lookouts won 4-2 behind six strong innings by Scott Elbert who pitched 6 innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out 9. His ERA is now at 1.42. Josh Bell (.290) and Lucas May (now up to .240) both had 2 hits.
The Albuquerque Isotopes won 16-8 on a season-high 19 hits, five home runs and a 16 runs en route to a 16-8 series-opening victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs (12-16) Friday night at Isotopes Park. Four ‘Topes fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, including Dee Brown and Mitch Jones who each went 4-for-5 with a combined 11 RBI. Albuquerque tied a record-high 10 extra-base hits to back a strong outing by Miguel Pinanago. Down 1-0, Albuquerque got the bats going in the bottom of the third, plating two on an RBI groundout from Chin-Lung Hu and a solo shot from Blake DeWitt to claim a 2-1 lead. The ‘Topes extended their advantage witha run-scoring single up the middle from Jones before exploding for four runs in the fifth and sixth. Albuquerque batted around in the fifth, using a Jason Repko solo shot to get things going. After a single from Hu and a walk to Valentino Pascucci, Brown and Jones laced back-to-back doubles to deliver three more runs and a 7-1 edge. DeWitt followed suit in the bottom of the sixth, shooting a double to center field before Brown and Jones teed up for another back-to-back performance. The pair blasted consecutive home runs extending the Isotopes lead to a comfortable 11-1. The lead slowly dissipated as the Zephyrs scathed the ‘Topes bullpen for four runs in the seventh andtwo in the eighth, trimming their deficit to 11-7, but the Albuquerque offense didn’t miss a beat, putting up five runs in the eighth. The ‘Topessent five straight batters, all of whom would score, to the plate before the Z’s were able to record an out. After Hu singled and DeWitt walked, Pascucci and Brown delivered consecutive singles to plate two more ‘Topes runs. Jones capped the scoring withhis second home run of the night, a three-run shot to right field to add three for a 16-7 Isotopes lead. Repko, DeWitt, Brown and Jones, who combined for 14 of Albuquerque’s 19 hits, came just a three-bagger away from hitting for the cycle. Jones finished with a season-high six RBI, while Brown knocked in five. The hitting barrage was complemented by a solid outing by Pinango(2-3), who, despite putting two runnersaboard at one point in each of the first three innings, notched his second win and first since Opening Day. Pinango snapped a three-game losing streak, scattering five hits for just one run over six innings with four strikeouts. The righty sat down the last six batters he faced. The Isotopes look to continue their winning ways, sending southpaw Shawn Estes (1-1, 1.80) to the mound tomorrow to take on Mike Wood (0-1, 6.28) in a 7:05 p.m. start from The Lab.