At 12-9, half a game ahead of the Colorado Rockies heading into today’s action, considering the Dodgers recent offensive woes, the overuse of our bullpen, and of course, our porous defense at least early on, things could certainly be much worse then standing at 12-9 atop the NL West in spite of themselves. Last night’s 10th inning gaffe on a pop fly by the Phillies Carlos Ruiz on the part of Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez was a notable example of the Dodgers defensive ineptness. Dominic Brown would make the Dodgers pay by driving home the game winning RBI for the Phillies. Mattingly made no bones about the Dodgers defensive lapses after the game last night, as they have become a frustration .
Somebody call for this !!! Crawford and Hanley bump into each other during Carlos Ruiz’s pop fly that would have been the 2nd out in the 10th. Instead, Ruiz reaches on this 2 base error and would be cashed in.
Tonight, Zack Greinke takes the mound for the Blue as he goes against Cole Hammels, making his 2014 debut for the Phillies.
Other Notes and NL West Thoughts
The Giants, after a 5-1 start, have leveled off a bit and have had their share of offensive struggles as well, losing 9 of their last 14.
Nothing has gone right for the DBacks this season, who currently stand at 5-18. I felt before the season that Kirk Gibson could be on the hot seat if the DBacks don’t make a run toward the post season. I’m starting to believe he may be gone before season’s end, maybe before the all-star break.
100 Years and Counting For Wrigley
And Ode to Wrigley, from Vin Scully
Today marks the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field . Wrigley Field is the 2nd oldest ballpark in the Majors behind only Fenway Park . Many historic moments have happened inside Wrigley Field, except a World Series championship celebration. If you’re like me and have hopes of hitting up all 30 MLB Parks, Wrigley should definitely be up there on your ballpark visit lists . HAPPY BIRTHDAY WRIGLEY FIELD !!!
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