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Score runs much?

Score runs much?

June 5, 2009 -Tony Jackson’s Blog – The boys got taken to school tonight by Cole Hamels, a complete-game shutout in 97 pitches. Ordinarily, I might say shake it off, it’s a complete-game shutout by Cole Hamels, it happens. But has anyone noticed that on this homestand, the Dodgers have scored runs in four of the 34 innings in which they have batted? They have scored a TOTAL of nine runs in the four games, with five of those coming IN ONE INNING. It’s certainly not panic time, not with an 8 1/2-game lead in the division — the Giants gained a game by virtue of Randy Johnson winning his 300th tonight — but it’s a disturbing trend, to say the least. My buddy Kevin Baxter pointed out in today’s L.A. Times that the Dodgers averaged 5.6 runs a game before Manny got suspended and that they are still averaging 5.3 runs a game without him. But lately, they have really hit the skids. And don’t forget that before they exploded for eight runs in the series finale at Chicago last weekend, they scored a total of three runs in the first three games of that series. They have now been shut out twice in the past six days.

dodgersClayton Kershaw was two different pitchers tonight. He was no-hitting the Phils through three, then he got thrown out trying to stretch that single into a double to end the third. After that, he was pretty much rocked, even though he only gave up two runs. He is now 0-3 with a 6.64 ERA lifetime against the Phillies, including 0-2 with a 5.23 this year.

In case anyone was wondering, Antonio Bastardo, who will make his second major-league start for the Phillies in the series finale on Sunday, does NOT appear to be related to Dodgers pitching prospect Alberto Bastardo, who is 5-2 with a 3.08 in 11 starts for Inland Empire this season. Antonio is from the Dominican, Alberto is from Venezuela.

Dodgers fall to 37-19.

18 Responses to “Score runs much?”

  1. lawdog says:

    Bastardo is one of our better young pitchers who seemingly gets better with each outing down on the farm. He's got to change that name before he arrives. Jeez. I can imagine what he went through growing up.

    For those interested, Elbert pitched a gem last night striking out 10 in 6 innings giving up only 3 hits and 2 runs. I don't how much longer than can keep him down on the farm if he keeps pitching like that.

  2. CaptainLoose says:

    A complete game on 97 pitches. If the Dodgers had a pitcher like this………

    I wonder if Kershaw will ever be that good.

    The bats have cooled off. We could have easily had another shutout pinned on us had Parra played Loney's fly ball like a pro instead of a like a beer league player.

  3. Blue Haze says:

    Those dirty bastardos.

  4. Roger says:

    The team has player much better than expected with Manny suspended. Much better. And, have built up a big lead in the N.L. West.

    OKAY. But in games like last night with one of the leagues best pitchers facing the Dodgers, Manny is the kind of guy that hits good pitching. That game could have gone on for 15 innings, and I am not sure the Dodgers would have scored a run.

    Face it, if we play the Phillies in the post-season, Hamels will start as many games as he can against the Dodgers. It was like facing Sandy or Bob or Tom or Warren. Hamels throws so easy, and when the hitters swing at the ball, the ball is not on the same path.

    I saw the play but not the re-play, but Clayton might have been save at second on that slide.

    Games like last night, nice to be in the game, but the odds were (and the odds maker) against the Dodgers.

  5. Roger says:

    I just read the proposal and comments on paying Tony and having some kind of income IN from the site. But even if 100 folks paid $40 per year, that is only $4,000. If 500 folks paid $40, that is $20,000.

    Tony cannot live and cover travel expenses on that. If he is writing or doing something for someone else and only needs some from this group to help the other — we do not know of that.

    Maybe the question is: What is this site trying to do????? Be a fan site, or a minor ESPN site???

    Some of us are from the old L.A. Times fans board, but they shut that down; we moved on to the last place of World Crossing. All of that concept was just a place to post "our" thoughts and comments, and build a kind of family. We went to other sites for "opinon" pieces. We would cut and paste stuff there to share. Not as deep as a profession like Tony, but we accepted that.

  6. Roger says:

    (continue, too long above)

    For the past month or so, this site became a contest between Miguel and Mark as to who was the best writer with 2 or 3 or 4 open threads per day. That did and does not work. It was more about them and us.

    Now, at Spring Training this year, I met Tony, I know Tony, I like Tony, Tony is a great guy — But do not know his future. If we start a paying thing, and then later (sometime in the future) Tony gets an offer he cannot refuse and takes job that does not allow him to function on this site — that really changes the $$$ and causes confusion.

    Thus, corp. and other outside funds is the way to go.

    Mark as done a great job in moving this board to be the elite Dodger fan board out there. Because he is first and formost a fan. He loves the Dodgers and just wants to have others talking — LA Dodger Talk.

  7. BillRussell says:

    After listening to Rogers comments, it doesn't make sense to charge your readers. I would pay to stay with the site but I'm sure you would lose a lot of followers and I'm in the minority. The income needs to come from sponsor's. Tony is becoming a big part of this site and making it the elite site for Dodger fans but all the other sites are free. They may not be as good but they're free. I think one of Tony's followers was upset the other day with all our LaRoche comments off topic like we always do on a daily basis. That could become another issue for the majority of the followers from the old site and Tony's readers he's bringing over to this site.

    A lot of people are stripped for money because of the economy and not even attending the games so If I have a vote in the makings of this new site, Keep it free and find a sponsor. Make a section for our daily comments outside your postings so everyone can be happy. Fight on Dodgers

  8. Mark_Timmons says:

    Roger,

    There never was (is) a competition on posts, we were trying different formats and finally settled on this one. Generally, I try to keep only one thread open (today is an exception), but we now have a place for the Daily Minor League Report and are working on a place for "Breaking News" as well as a place where the daily schedule and lineups will be posted.

    The fact of the matter is that it does take a lot of effort to get a blog like this up and running and bringing in a guy like Tony is a huge financial committment. I am trying to sell sponsorships, but it is tough in this economy. We shall know the answer in a few days…

  9. BillRussell says:

    Mark,
    I am part of the espn insider and receive a magizine once a month as part of my fee. You could do a free membership for life to this site with every purchase of a us water system.

    I think Roger nailed it on the head with his comments about Tony leaving for a better offer at a later date and the site is left as a membership only site. Would you still want us to pay for you and Miguels dribblings? Won't Subway post some $1.00 off coupons on here for a small fee? Or Farmer John getting in on the L A Dodger talk action, or Stub Hub for your ticket needs. There has to be a sporting goods store or Baseball Apparrel website somewhere. Pizza , Papa John's or Domino's. Just a few more idea's……………….

  10. Blue Haze says:

    "You've lost the loving feeling, ohhh, that loving feeling, you've lost that loving feeling, now it's gone, gone gone"

    I miss my chats with Badger (even the confrontations), at least it felt like family. I'm not sure I am a fan of the new direction takin' so far, however, I am willing to watch and see. It just feels like another commercialized fan site, the homey-ness is missing. I miss Mark's bombastic trade proposals and personnel takes. Ah well, life goes on.

    Roger please divert your eyes:

    Hey, how about them Lakers? Kobe looks to go off and put his very personal stamp on this championship. I think he is enjoying putting on a show for LeBron to digest. It really can't be denied, Kobe is the league's MVP, year in and year out.

    Lakers in 5, I don't see the Magic taking two games from these guys (revised from Lakers in 6). David Stern and the NBA brass must be horribly depressed to not have their dream match.

  11. DRomo says:

    I love this site. It is by far the best out there for Dodger fans. BUT that being said it really isn't the same anymore. I get Roger's comments. I think it is constructive criticism. I hope no one is offended. It does seem to be a contest of who is more of a word smith than the other. But I don't really mind that. It keeps it interesting.

    For me I loved having long discussions through out the day about baseball topics. I know having more information through out the day is fun but it takes this site in too many directions. We used to interact with each other and develop a suedo friendship. We knew where each other stood on topics (like Marks love for Andy, and my dislike for the Precious one). Now there isn't much of that because there are so many directions this site goes in at once.

  12. lawdog says:

    Lakers in 6.

  13. DRomo says:

    I will continue to read topics here. I still love the site, but I hope in time it gets back to what drew us here.

    I also think paying for this site is a bad idea. I am sorry but if it is funding to keep Mr. Jackson. Sorry sir, but no way. I love his contribution and I have been a fan of his writing for a long time but this site was great before him and if he leaves for a great paying gig it will be fine with out him. Tony should pursue better options he owes that to himself and his family. Maybe he can check in with us from time to time, but this site should remain free!

    Please know that this is in no way trying to disrespect Tony or Mark. I think you guys are great I just want this site to be what it was.

  14. lawdog says:

    $100,000 is a lot of money to raise in $50 or $60 chunks. What if Tony travels with the team like Vin does–Home games and up to Frisco, down to San Diego and maybe over to Phoenix? That doesn't give us daily coverage of the Dogs, but it cuts out a lot of travel expense and would give him some time off while we're in Philly, Ny, Chicago, etc. Mark could cover Chicago. He already did once.

  15. Mark_Timmons says:

    Tony is an "all or nothing" guy. He is old school and wants to do it his way – the way he has always done it and the way he knows works.

  16. lawdog says:

    Wouldn't we need 2,000 fifty dollar fees? Seems like you'll need a combination of fees and advertisers at least in the early going. Do you think we'd get as many as one third of the fans who read but don't post to pay? You'd probably see half the posters pony up if they could pay $4 a month.

  17. Michael says:

    Mark, I believe the reason that most of us are here is because of YOU. I for myself hope that you have a blog going. We feel comfortable with you, kinda like family. We really don't need someone with an impressive resume or a degree in baseball roadie to tell us what's happening, when it is you we came to hear. Right now you are like the Ma and Pa store on the corner, don't turn into a SUPERWALMART. P.S. How about some LA Dodgertalk t-shirts. Seeing that most of us have a beer gut that makes us look like were about 7 months along, you could sell em; one size fits all.:}

  18. BillRussell says:

    After reading Rogers comments, it doesn't make sense to charge your readers. I would pay to stay with the site but I'm sure you would lose a lot of followers and I'm in the minority. The income needs to come from sponsor's. Tony is becoming a big part of this site and making it the elite site for Dodger fans but all the other sites are free. They may not be as good but they're free. I think one of Tony's followers was upset the other day with all our LaRoche comments off topic like we always do on a daily basis. That could become another issue for the majority of the followers from the old site and Tony's readers he's bringing over to this site.

    A lot of people are strapped for money because of the economy and not even attending the games so If I have a vote in the makings of this new site, Keep it free and find a sponsor. Make a section for our daily comments outside your postings so everyone can be happy. Fight on Dodgers

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