It’s tempting to only write about Chad Billingsley’s meltdown in the 5th inning, but really, what lost the game for us was again a lack of hitting. Andre Ethier had 3 hits and the rest of the team didn’t show up. We do have a new LH pinch hitter: Doug Mientkiewicz. With Jim Thome on the roster is it possible that we will keep both for postseason play? I doubt it! The Dodgers have been in a malaise for a while, except for and occasional outburst. I am not panicking at this point because I would rather get hot LATE! The Cards are white hot -it’s doubtful they can stay that way. The same thing happened to the Rox. Hopefully we will get HOT at the right time.
Which brings me back to C-Bill. He was pitching a perfect game through four innings, then a one-out double (it broke up his perfect game), and then he pitches out of the stretch – BANG first pitch HR! Is that the inside book on C-Bill? When he goes to the stretch does he automatically come in with a fastball strike? Maybe he shouldn’t pitch out of the stretch and maybe he shouldn’t throw a fastball strike on the first pitch after a base-runner gets on. Of the first 12 batters he faced, he had 9 first pitch strikes (8 were fastballs). They were sitting on that pitch and that was the game. The other two runs were of the ticky-tack variety. If Blake were at 3B, both might not have scored. Belliard is not a third-baseman!
Chad Bilingsley is an elite pitcher who is in a bad rut. I think that when he gets to the 5th or 6th inning he starts thinking about making sure nothing goes wrong, which is negative thinking (you get what you believe). He needs to change Three things:
- Focus on what is going right and BELIEVE he is going to get the next 3 batters out!
- Change up that pitching pattern (of his 9 first-ball strikes, 8 were fastballs-they were waiting on that after the 4th inning) and either don’t throw a first-ball strike or throw a different pitch; and
- Stay in the windup if he is more comfortable.
I think his problems are THAT simple and THAT fixable! I look for him to be in “beast-mode” in the playoffs.
RANTS & RAVES
- Where are Don Mattingly and Jeff Pentland? They need to fix this offense RIGHT ABOUT NOW! Come on geniuses, do your thing!
- Bad Penny openly says that he is now a Dodger Hater - RIGHT BACK AT YOU BRAD! Maybe Padilla will put a ball in your ear and then pound that empty head of yours on the mound! Good riddance to bad rubbish!
- X. Paul is back and was 3-3 last night at AAA – I guess Paul is part of the reason Hoffman was let go.
- Josh Lindblom has been stellar in relief at ALBQ – last night he had 2 IP/0 H/0 BB and 4 K’s!
- A 9 inning shutout by Jon Garland would be just what the doctor ordered tonight. I am confident we can score at least 1 run!
Minor League Recap – 9/02/09 by Jared of http://thinkbluela.blogspot.com/
Albuquerque lost 4-2
Xavier Paul – 3 for 3, OF Assist (.360 BA)
Chin Lung Hu – 0 for 4, 2 K’s (.292 BA)
Blake DeWitt – 1 for 4, K (.258 BA)
Josh Lindblom – 2 IP, 0 Hits, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K’s (2.61 ERA)
Chattanooga did not play
Inland Empire lost 10-4
Scott Van Slyke – 2 for 4, HR (23), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 K’s (.297 BA)
Steven Caseres – 1 for 3, 2 K’s, HBP (.262 BA)
Preston Mattingly – 0 for 4, 2 K’s, CS (.230 BA)
Justin Miller – 5.1 IP, 7 Hits, 5 ER, 2 BB, K (7.42 ERA)
Great Lakes lost 5-4
Dee Gordon – 1 for 4, R, BB, 2 SB (.303 BA)
Kyle Russell – 1 for 2, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, K, E (.275 BA)
Jerry Sands – 0 for 2, RBI, BB, K (.211 BA)
Alfredo Silverio – 2 for 4 (.276 BA)
Aaron Miller – 3 IP, 7 Hits, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K’s (2.08 ERA)
Ogden won 7-1
BCG – 1 for 4, HR (15), 3 RBI, R (.325 BA)
Angelo Songco – 0 for 4, 2 K’s (.322 BA)
Clay Calfee – 1 for 3, 2B, 2 R, BB, 2 K’s (.372 BA)
JT Wise – 3 for 4, HR (6), 2 RBI, R (.320 BA)
Nick Akins – 1 for 3, RBI (.269 BA)
Allen Webster – 6 IP, 5 Hits, R (0 ER), BB, 4 K’s (0.96 ERA)
Player of the day – Allen Webster, RHP
Allen Webster has been the biggest surprise in the Dodgers’ system this season. A relatively unknown 18th round pick out of a North Carolina last year, Webster showed potential to miss bats but also spent a lot of time missing the strike zone altogether. Allen’s weakness seems to have become a strength; after walking 17 batters in 18.1 innings in 2008, he’s walked just 16 in 66.1 innings this year, including only 2 free passes in Ogden. He’s also struck out more than a batter an inning, induced 1.75 groundballs for every flyout and allowed 0 home runs. He should join a very promising Great Lakes rotation next spring.