O Grady Where Art Thou?
The specter of leaving Pedro in the game will never be erased if Grady Little keeps managing like this.
Going into the series, I thought the Dodgers could easily handle the Cub’s offense and take advantage of the Cub’s horrible pitching particularly their bullpen. I expected a Dodger’s sweep with the score being about 10-2 each game. What actually happened was three games where the Dodgers had to come from behind late in the game.
The Dodgers won Friday night’s game despite Grady’s (mis)managing, lost Saturday’s game because of Grady’s (mis)managing and won Sunday’s game because of the Cub’s horrendous bullpen.
Being at the game Friday night, I was witness to the Dodger’s bullpen uncharacteristically faltering while giving up seven runs in the seventh. When Grady sent in Wilson Betemit to pinch hit for pitcher Prozac in the bottom of the sixth with one out and a runner on third, Prozac had only thrown 83 pitches while leading 5-1. There was no reason to take Prozac out the game.
Then in the top of that fateful seventh inning after Joel Beimel gave up a single and got Cesar Izturis to fly out to Useless, Grady put in Yhency Brazoban to pitch to Matt Murton for a righty-righty match-up. A walk, three doubles, three singles, another double and an error later, a 5-1 lead turned to an 8-5 deficit. Grady should have Beimel pitch himself out of the jam, but he simply outthought himself and mismanaged the entire inning.
The saving grace for the Dodgers came from the Cub’s bullpen which have proven unable to hold a lead if their life depended on it. The Dodgers went on to win the game 9-8.