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Dodger Notebook: After the Sweep

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The Dodgers had a brutal weekend in St. Louis getting swept in four games for the first time since 1987 by the Cardinals.

“We went into the All-Star break in good shape,” manager Joe Torre said.

The ills according to Torre: “First two games we didn’t pitch well.” The Dodgers lost those games 7-1 and 8-4 on Friday and Saturday.

“Game three we pitched well, and it wasn’t good enough because they did too,” Torre continued. That was the 2-0 loss on Saturday.

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“Yesterday was the one that got away,” Torre said. “That was killer because we were able to get a 4-0 lead.” The Dodgers lost the game 5-4 on a two-run rally by the Cardinals in the bottom of the ninth.

Torre tried to find a reason as to why the team played badly including throwing a beat writer under the bus.

“My dear friend Tony Jackson [of] informed me about how badly we played in St. Louis,” Torre said. “It sort of carried over to the team.”

I asked Torre if he was making Jackson the scapegoat of the sweep.

“I’m not going to take the blame for this, are you kidding,” Torre deadpanned.

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Perhaps comforting is the arrival of the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers have a 23-6 record in the NL West, including a 5-1 mark against the Giants, while being 26-37 against everyone else.

“I hope it continues,” Torre said. “We seem to be comfortable playing in our division. I can’t find rhyme or reason.”