Dodgers-Mariners LiveBlog 6/27/09
The Dodgers could not figure out Mariners starter Felix Hernandez going down 5-1.
Hernandez was absolutely dominating pitching eight innings giving up only one unearned run on four hits and a walk. "We got his pitch count up early, and he took care of that because he got some quick innings," manager Joe Torre said of Hernandez's outing. "I thought we got some good at bats early on, and then it seemed that he got in a bit of a groove and it was much tougher."
It really did seem like the Dodgers would be able to get to Hernandez early on, but after the third inning he completely mowed down the Dodgers hitters. With the exception of the seventh inning, Hernandez threw a one-two-three inning after the third inning.
"He had our number today," centerfielder Matt Kemp said. "We don't have to face him anymore this year, so I'm pretty happy about that."
Meanwhile Dodgers starter Eric Milton didn't have a horrendous outing. He went five innings giving up four runs on seven hits including a two run homer to Ken Griffey, Jr. in the third inning, the 620th in his career.
"I thought he had some off speed pitches that just missed their spots, " Torre said of Milton's performance. "But the two run home run to Junior, that was really the thing that made it look like a bad outing. Other than that, it was two runs in five innings and it's certainly respectable and something we can fight back from."
"A loss is a loss to me," Milton said. "I'm not happy with it, but it's one of things where I have to turn the page and look forward to the next time I'm out there."
But with going only five innings, the concern for overuse of the bullpen once again crept in. However Torre dismissed it.
"There's no question that [James McDonald] gave us some quality innings there," Torre said. "The fact that we saved some people in the bullen, we're all right. We didn't spend a lot."
However one member of the bullpen got himself into some trouble after Friday's game. Ben Bolch and Kevin Baxter of the LA Times reported that Ronald Belisario was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early Saturday morning. While Belisario couldn't comment on the story, Torre did talk to Belisario.
"We discussed it," Torre said. When asked whether Belisario would be able to pitch in the meantime Torre said, "I think so."
Meanwhile out in Lake Elsinore, Manny Ramirez hit a homer for Class A Inland Empire 66ers. Barring anything extraordinary happening, Ramirez will be back in the Dodger line up Friday in San Diego.