The Dodgers had 11 hits but, 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position coupled with 4 twin-killings doomed the dodgers. We hit, but not when we needed to. Wasted opportunities was the games’ byline, and finally it was sad to see the wasted opportunity that was James McDonald. After James McDonald was re-called from AAA on June 20th, Joe Torre refused to use him but on occasion. He pitched 3 innings in June and so far has 8 innings in July. When James came up last September he was full of confidence and showed how effective he can be in relief. Personally, I don;t think he’ll be a good starter in the majors, but he has “closers’ stuff, with a 97-98 MPH fastball with “late movement.” However, he looks like a “deer-in-the-headlights” on the mound. He may as well go back to AAA along with Leach (who needs to pitch more). Recall Elbert (who was looking good in relief), Wade and Lindblom, who closed for AAA last night and got a 2 inning save. While you are at it DFA Schmidt and recall Stults who pitched 6 innings last night for the win.
Here’s the pitching box for Albuquerque:
|Stults (W, 4-1)||6.0||5||2||2||3||1||0||4.00|
|Wade (H, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.50|
|Lindblom (S, 1)||2.0||2||0||0||1||1||0||3.24|
Don’t look now, but here comes Tony Abreu. We all knew he could hit and now he’s healthy. He went 5-5 last night at AAA with 3 doubles and 3 RBI. He is hitting .348 and OPSing 1.026 and has 29 RBI in 27 games. There has to be a spot for a guy like that. I know Mark Loretta is a versatile guy who is a great teammate, but Abrue is a switch-hitter who can play all over and is a stone-cold hitter. Think about it! He’s 25 now…
It’s time for Chad Billingsley and step up to keep us from a 3-game skid for the first time this year. Last week, Clayton did it. Now it’s up to Billingsley. Step it up Chad. Get your head right! Tonight is a key game for Chad and the Dodgers.
Hey, have you seen how Delwyn Young has been doing lately? He’s playing 2B and OF and hitting .319 with a .383 OB%. Good for him – he was a good guy!