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.
Clayton 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.