We Won One!!!!!!!
The Dodgers really know how create drama.
After taking a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, relief pitcher Rudy Seanez* loaded the bases giving up consecutive singles to Johnny Estrada, Geoff Jenkins and Kevin Mench with one out. Closer Takashi Saito came into the game at that point and managed to get out of the inning with a 5-3 lead after giving up a two-run double to Craig Counsell.
As if that wasn’t enough drama, Saito starts the ninth inning with a leadoff homer to J.J. Hardy and a double to the rumbling Prince Fielder**. With a score of 5-4 and the tying run in scoring position, Saito strikes out Bill Hall and flies out Estrada and Jenkins.
Even though we finally got our first win, several things are quite apparent that need to get fixed:
1. The starting pitchers need to stay in the game longer. Derek Lowe only went four innings on Monday, and Jason Schmidt went a mere five yesterday. The main reason is they got into a lot of trouble during the third, fourth and fifth innings. If the Dodgers don’t want to over-extend the bullpen, our starters need to be able to pitch a strong six innings with the possibility of going seven. Having a pitch count of 90 at the end of the fifth isn’t going to cut it.
2. The outfielders arms are very weak. In Monday’s game, the Brewers exploited it by aggressively getting doubles out of balls that should have only been singles. Watching the video from that game, I realize that my grandmother probably could have thrown better than Viejito and Juan Pierre.
3. Since the Dodgers don’t have power, they need hits. In this series, the team has a feeble combined batting average of .147. Obviously the only way they can score runs is to generate them by hits. If they continue at this rate, I will be forced to write about that state of endocrinology in Uzbekistan or worse yet the optimism in our farm system. Isn’t that what the Tampa Bay Devil Ray writers do?