Kuroda looked good velocity and movement wise, hitting 93 consistently with an 83 mph change. However, he struggled with control a bit while trying to knock the rust off. Or, as Badger would put it, “he’s serving belt high lollipops.” He ran his pitch count pretty high early with 45 pitches in two innings, 32 of those in the second inning. It’s that second inning wildness that killed him. The two walks that inning came in to score on the double by rookie Josh Whitesell.
Overall a good start for his first game back since opening day. He exceeded Torre’s pitch count mandate by one, going 86 pitches in 5 innings with 2ER/3Hits/3Walks/6Ks.
It just seemed like this was a tough luck game, many balls were hit hard but every time we got something going we lost it. I feel like the team looked a bit fatigued after the late night traveling that went on. Kemp took a seat in the dugout between his outfield warm-ups and his turn in the cage before the game. The other media members in the booth were tired, so you know the players were too. But neither Torre or anyone else would admit that is what was wrong tonight.
Buckner had a career game tonight and was locating well with all of his pitches. It didn’t hurt that our offense has been stuttering as of late, with the exception being last night.
We outhit the Diamondbacks 9-5 but lost 3-3 as the Diamondbacks did a good job taking advantage of situations. It’s what good teams do; problem is that the Diamondbacks are not a good team this year. The Diamondbacks also walked only two which is not easy against this Dodgers team. We left 9 on base while the Diamondbacks stranded 7.
We Would Not Go Quietly Into The Night
Tony Pena came on in the 9th bringing the gas at 96-97, and he looked really jacked up tonight. Fortunately we were able to sit on the heat and put the wood on the ball.
With an Ethier single, error on Kemp’s grounder, and Furcal’s RBI single we manufactured a run. Furcal went 2 for 2 on the night, a good sign. And with Pierre’s RBI single following a long out by rookie Jamie Hoffman we pulled within a run with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth. But Loretta lined out to left to end the game and saving Pena’s face for his first save.
Casey Blake looked good before the game taking ground balls and going through running drills with the trainer. He was taking grounders at about half speed and was careful when running but I imagine he will be ready to start for the weekend series. He may even start before then judging by the fact that Torre used him to pinch hit tonight. The good thing is that the Dodgers can afford to take their time with injured starters because of the great backups available!
You know, I have heard many managers note that depth on the bench and good pitching are what helps make a championship caliber team. Dodgers fans are learning this old lesson in a major way this season.
Torre noted the added speed and talent on this year’s team as one of the reasons that they are/were running with Manny up this season as opposed to the red light that runners got when Manny was up last season. Our depth and speed are what keep us afloat and away from losing streaks. They, along with pitching, are good strengths to have.
- Well, we did not see Kershaw tonight, despite my best guesses.
- Wade had 3 wild pitches in two scoreless innings tonight.
- Leach had 2 wild pitches in the 8th, Wild Thing…..
- 5 wild pitches in a game is rare, Martin was beat up and frustrated!
- Juan Pierre is BEAST MODE going 3 for 5 tonight to raise his average to .382, stealing his 11th bag on the season, and 11 multi-hit efforts in his last 17!!!
- I’ll leave you all with this…. Trolley Dodger finds explanations.