Dodgers Defeat White Sox Despite Blown Call and Ejection
Sunday's rubber matchup between the Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox was a strange one. The 2-1 victory by the Dodgers gave them their first interleague series win against the White Sox in six attempts and a 3-3 record during this homestand.
"It's good to get this win," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Another Day, Another Horse Manure Call. At this point it shouldn't come as a surprise to baseball fans, but this time it was the Dodgers who got burned in a bad way during the sixth inning.
To that point the Dodgers had a rough go of it against White Sox starter Jose Quintana who gave up only two singles to Elian Herrera and a double to Juan Uribe. So of course backup catcher Matt Treanor playing in his 14th game of the season got things going with a bunt for a base hit, the third time in his career. Treanor won't count out that tactic for the future.
"They give it to me, I might," Treanor explained. "It was fun."
Dodgers starter Chris Capuano bunted Treanor to second and Dee Gordon lined back to the box, the ball deflecting off of Quintana's glove and floating helplessly to shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
So with runners on first and third, Elian Herrera's sacrifice fly scored Treanor to tie the game.
Except the White Sox appealed to third base and somehow won the appeal despite Treanor clearly not leaving the bag early. Bench coach Trey Hillman and Matt Kemp went into the video room to take a look at the replay. Kemp came back into the dugout saying that it was the wrong call which got third base umpire Jerry Meals attention.
"I went out there to protect Matt," Mattingly explained. "I wasn't really going to argue the play. He's getting on Matty. That's what brought me out of the dugout."
Once Mattingly got ejected, out came his frustrations towards both Meals and home plate umpire Gary Darling that would have made Tommy Lasorda proud.
"I was out of my mind at the time," Mattingly said. "If you're not 100% sure, I don't know how you can overturn a run. The video doesn't lie."
Mattingly has now been thrown out on both Mother's Day and Father's Day.
Treanor was not about to get ejected since it was A.J. Ellis' day off, but he had admired what Mattingly did.
"As far as I'm concerned, I felt like Donnie had my back right there. He had the team's back — it wasn't an individual, it was a team. Donnie stood up for all of us right there."
In the time it took Mattingly to argue, get ejected, get his money's worth and walk back into the clubhouse, the umpires could have watched the replay and made the correct call. But, of course, we don't want the game to be any longer, right Commissioner? Or do we not want to take the human element out of the game? Regardless it's all horseshit anyhow, right?
Another One-Run Game. "These are just normal games for us," Mattingly said before the game. "I think they're just used to them."
It was a scoreless tie until the sixth inning when Dayan Viciedo singled home Brent Lillibridge.
Then in the ninth inning, the White Sox pulled Quintana after making only 77 pitches in favor of closer Addison Reed. Perhaps that was the blessing the Dodgers needed after that blown call in the sixth.
Bobby Abreu led off the bottom of the ninth with a pinch-hit single. Then there was Dee Gordon and the bunt. For the second time during this series Gordon made a bunting gaffe, this time bunting foul for a third strike.
Fortunately it didn't kill the rally since Herrera got his third single of the game to send Abreu to third on the hit-and-run. Juan Rivera hit the sacrifice fly to right field, and this time it worked. Abreu scored the tying run.
The full redemption came in the 10th inning. Tony Gwynn, Jr., who was 0-for-16 coming into his at-bat hit a flyball to left field. Viciedo dove for the ball but came up empty, the ball rolling back to the wall and Gwynn sliding into third base with the triple. After Treanor grounded out and Abreu was intentionally walked, Gordon looked to atone for his earlier error.
"It's baseball," Gordon mused. "I was frustrated with myself in not helping my team. But you think about it, I couldn't dwell on it. I had an at-bat coming up."
Gordon went the other way lining a single into shallow left field for the walkoff.
Capuano. Lost in all of this hubbub was the effort of Dodgers starter Chris Capuano. He went eight innings giving up only the one run on six hits while striking out a season-high 12 batters — the third time in his career striking out as many batters. Don't expect Capuano to get a big head about it.
"I had some great defense," Capuano deferred. "Andre made a couple of great plays out there for me. That was it."
Capuano currently leads the Dodgers starters with a 2.71 ERA while enjoying career numbers. In addition to his health he attributed his success to, "the command of the pitches and adding my breaking ball."
"I keep going back to that. I don't throw it very often, but it's another pitch in the arsenal. The cut fastball too, or the slider or whatever you want to call it. Having those two pitches and not being all fastball-change-up has helped me I think."
Three Stars (as voted by me):
1. Jose Quintana: 8 innings, 5 hits, 6 strikeouts.
2. Chris Capuano: 8 innings, 6 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 12 strikeouts.
3. Dee Gordon: 2-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout.