Someone End This Please!!!!! (The Dodgers Edition)
With the Dodgers contending for a playoff spot, there is expected to be a lot of highs and lows and the fanbase goes on the rollercoaster to see if the team makes it to October. It's supposed to be exciting and adrenalin pumping. Well someone forgot the highs with the Dodgers.
I don't believe in capital punishment, but can someone please execute the Dodgers? Hanging, shooting range, electrocution, gas chamber, I don't care. Just let this be over and let us not have to witness such awful baseball that would almost make one a proponent of the designated hitter.
The Dodgers lost another one-run game, 3-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers got swept in this mini two-game series in the desert. Yet miraculously their playoff hopes still are not dried up.
Allen Craig doubled to lead of the ninth for the St. Louis Cardinals in San Diego to spark what they were hoping to be a comeback from a 3-2 deficit against Padres closer Luke Gregerson. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny put in Adron Chambers as a pinch runner, and that was the last good decision from him.
Yadier Molina was told to bunt. He did, and their best hitter as the Cardinals were entering the bottom of their lineup sacrificed himself to send Chambers to third base.
Everyone knows my feelings about bunting in situations like this, so I then wished the Cardinals to go down in flames. There was some drama involved, but Gregerson got pinch hitter Skip Schumaker to ground harmlessly to first base to end the game.
When you play not to win the game, you usually lose the game. Like Mattingly's ill-advised double-switch last week that took the hottest bat out of his lineup, like Nick Punto's continuing inane slides to first base, you deserve to lose the game if you do these things.
So the Cardinals come into a four-game series at Dodger Stadium having been swept by the red-hot San Diego Padres. But it's not like they will be facing a juggernaut by any stretch of the imagination.
In the desert, Adrian Gonzalez hit a double into right-center field and the Dodgers had a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Talk about improbabilities! But what goes up for the Dodgers has to come down.
The D-backs got one run back in the second inning when Justin Upton hit a sacrifice fly that scored Paul Goldschmidt and took the lead in the sixth inning when a two-out rally culminted with Upton and Gerardo Parra hitting RBI singles.
Even trying to change things up with the team having phantom infield before the game — infield practice with no ball — they can't get over their offensive hump.
True the Dodgers could do their best imitation of the Kings, but at least the Kings won a few games down the stretch to make their run believable.
I suppose the good news is that the Dodgers didn't lose any ground still remaining a game behind the Cardinals. But the Dodgers and the Cardinals have some company in their hunt: the Phillies and the Brewers.
The Philadelphia Phillies have won nine of 11 games this month and the Milwaukee Brewers have won nine of 12 games this month to both be three games behind the Cardinals in the wild card race. With these two teams playing good baseball, they are far more deserving of a playoff spot. But, alas, this is not college football.
Whatever happens this weekend neither the Phillies nor the Brewers can take over a wild card spot, but they'll be closer.
And then we don't have to worry about Andre Ethier hitting into an inning-ending double play, Matt Kemp striking out with a flourish on his swing, Adrian Gonzalez grounding out to second.