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Giants 3, Dodgers 1: Just can’t beat them

beckett_looks_inFor the fifth time in seven meetings the Giants, got the best of the Dodgers, downing them 3-1 on Thursday night in a frustrating game.

The ending overshadowed a great outing by Josh Beckett,who went 6 2/3 innings, gave up one run on five hits, walked three and struck out four. His only mistake was a seventh-inning home run allowed to Brandon Hicks, who was hitting less than .200 coming into the game.

The Dodgers, once again, couldn’t figure out a mediocre pitcher in Ryan Vogelsong, as they mustered just one run off him — a sacrifice fly by the offensive juggernaut known as Drew Butera. Adrian Gonzalez hit into the shift a couple times. My advice for him: stop hitting into the shift.

In the 10th inning (yes, another extra inning game on a school night — thanks guys!), J.P. Howell got the first out before walking Angel Pagan (somewhat understandable). Jamey Wright replaced him and walked Hunter Pence (not even a little understandable) and Buster Posey. Naturally, Hector Sanchez hit the go-ahead sacrifice fly and Brandon Belt followed it with an RBI single.

Andre Ethier got hit by a pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning, but that was the only threat the Dodgers put forth in extras.

This whole “not being able to beat the Giants” thing is getting rather old. The Dodgers are 3 1/2 games back (yes, it’s May) and aren’t playing up to their capabilities. It’s frustrating as all hell.

The Dodgers fall to 19-17 on the season (3-6 in extra innings) while the Giants improve to 22-13. The second game of the important 4-game series is Friday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.70) opposes Madison Bumgarner (3-3, 3.18). That should be fun.

God I hate when they lose to the Giants.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


104 comments
Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Keeping with the Talking Heads gif from last night...

Don (channeling David Byrne):

Where is my high-powered offense?

Where is my starting catcher?

This is not my bullpen.

This is not Dee Gordon.

Dang88
Dang88

Despite the pitching matchup we are gonna win today  because baseball

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

(Looks at pitching matchup) Sigh.

I am not spending my birthday weekend around either that, or any negative jack offs. TAKE HEART

Lobo
Lobo

What is the Dodgers' team TSL with RISP this year?  Not sure how to look that up

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

Hanley is actively working against Big Mac's patience 'pass the baton' strategy... I imagine him going back to the dugout after every first pitch ground out and telling Mark to go f himself.

moneynow27
moneynow27

Frustrating doesn't even begin to describe last night's loss.  Don't blame it on the Giants...We're not getting the key hits against any team (maybe AZ).   And if Uribe goes on the DL, then what, JT?   The good news is Gordon, Puig, AGon, and the entire starting rotation.  I think Hanley and Kemp will start putting some slugging numbers on the board....starting tonight....

Lobo
Lobo

Fuck this team.  Fuck this team.  Fuck this team.


It's May, I know we're going to be fine going forward, but goddam it I'm tired of these frustrating extra inning or one run losses like this.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

It's 7:47am. It's too early to be dropping the banhammer around here.

LostAgain
LostAgain

So what kind of Kool-Aid you drinking Dodgers? Mediocre Vogelsong? Well that mediocre pitcher went one more inning than yours, gave up the same amount of hits and runs, AND less walks. Nice analysis. Keep on crying, you're going to need a lot to handle the amount of concentrate to make Kool-Aid for your next round of delusion. Before you talk smack about a guy, do your homework. At least Vogey has a win under his belt, unlike Beckett. Only one bad outing accounts for their difference in ERA. So now that you know Beckett is mediocre, you can properly shake in your boots when the Giants start hitting. So Dustin Nosler, mediocre writer, next time check the stats before doing one of these. Because right now, you are doing just as good as your Dodgers, getting beat down by a Giant that doesn't have much ammo. Oh lordy, what happens when they start hitting? L.A. (Lost Again) will be S.O.L. Three more to go Douchers!

The Shocker (shooting ropes)
The Shocker (shooting ropes)

This team looked somewhat promising after the sweep in Minnesota. Now, they have lost their essence and vitality.

Like a prizefighter who has relations before his big fight only to have nothing left when it matters.

The Shocker (shooting ropes)
The Shocker (shooting ropes)

When will the time honored tradition of a "players only" meeting commence? Over/under is Sunday.

Hanley looks bored. Could he be pouting due to his lack of extension? Remember, he has behaved like an infant before. The best way to predict future behavior is to examine past behavior. Jus say'n

scottyc35
scottyc35

what does it take for Beckett to get a win? he has exceeded expectations so far, I've seen all of his starts and he is borderline dominant. Cant ask for much more 

joelydanger
joelydanger

I'm mostly concerned about Uribe. I hope he's ok.

Blue Collar
Blue Collar

We may never win another baseball game again, ever

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

@DINGERS! Happy Birthday. Sometimes you just need a break from caring about it. No harm in that.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Good plan. Happy birthday and have fun!

Lobo
Lobo

@moneynow27 Don't even think about Uribe going on the DL.  That might be the most disastrous thing that could happen right now

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Lobo  I still can't believe every morning that I wake up and see, good lord, another extra inning game.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Lobo  

It just proves again that a great starting rotation is only half the battle.  They have to hit with RISP.  I don't even blame the bullpen, they're overworked because we don't hit.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

@scottyc35  I don't mean to be snotty when I say it takes runs.

Very few pitchers can win with only 1 run of support.

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

Merry birthday! Consume mass quantities of booze, food, naughty fun with whatever your sexual preference is, and whatever else your perverted little mind can come up with.

Lobo
Lobo

@Mike Petriello @Lobo Hm, that's better than I was expecting.  I just don't understand why this team has such a hard time scoring runs

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Lobo  I don't know why that link copied with the 2011 season, but  just change it to 2014.

Lobo
Lobo

@Mike Petriello @Lobo It's fucking crazy.  NINE extra inning games and we've only played 36 games so far.  LITERALLY A QUARTER OF OUR GAMES HAVE GONE EXTRA INNINGS.  ONE IN EVERY FOUR GAMES WE'VE PLAYED HAS GONE TO EXTRA INNINGS.

Lobo
Lobo

@Vin_Skully @Lobo @moneynow27  There's no knowing where we're rowing, or which way the river's flowing.

It it raining, is it pouring, is a hurricane a-blowing.

Not a speck of light is showing, so the danger must be growing
Are the fires of hell a-glowing?  Is the grisly reaper mowing?

Yes, the danger must be growing, for the rowers keep on rowing
And they're certainly not showing, any signs that they are slowing!

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