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It Was One of Those Nights
Before I start with the obvious, let me talk about a positive from the Dodger’s Friday night 6-5 in 10 innings loss to the Florida Marlins.
When My Boyfriend homered in the bottom of the fifth, the MVP chants started. It was really awesome since the last time I heard those chants at the Stadium was when Adrian Beltre had his outstanding season in 2004. Beltre would end up second in voting to Barry Bonds that year then bolt to the Seattle Mariners where his career has floundered to say the least.
Now for the doom and gloom: Dodger’s pitching.
Here’s a list of Dodgers pitchers on the disabled list: starters Jason Schmidt, Randy Wolf and Hong-Chih Kuo and reliever Yhency Brazoban. What used to be a pretty strong staff at the beginning of the season is starting to look like a bombed out road in Baghdad.
And Brett Tomko isn’t helping things any.
I took an uncharacteristic cigarette break after the Dodgers took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth. As I was talking to fans who were happy for the sudden turn of events, everyone was wary of Bombko coming in to pitch. The general consensus was that if Bombko came in to pitch, we would lose the game
Lo and behold, Bombko came in the tenth inning and the boos and jeers started raining down like fire on Sodom. He gave up a run on a suicide squeeze bunt and with it the game.
After the game one fan said it best. "I'll trade Tomko for two Pepsis."
Let's face it. Tomko is a walking disaster. Watching him pitch makes my asshole cry. His pitches can't find the strike zone, and he struggles so hard to just record an out.
Unfortunately there's nothing the Dodgers can do. There's no one in AAA that's ready for the major leagues, and the Dodgers can't trade for good pitching without giving up the youngsters namely Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley and Bob's Big Boy.
Until some of the arms come back from the DL, the Dodgers are stuck with its Hindenberg. Hopefully their playoff chances don't burn up before that happens.
But as I always say, "Once a Giant, always a Giant".
By the way since the Dodgers were out of position players, Brad Penny was on deck in the bottom of the tenth when Juan Pierre popped out to end the game.
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