Dodger Notebook: After the Sweep
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.
“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 ESPNLA.com] 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.
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.”