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One Run Won’t Cut It For Dodgers In D.C. Loss

Dodgers   1 9 0
Nationals 3 10 0
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LP-Harang-9-10
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The 2012 Dodgers are like the perfect recipe for losing. Imagine the Dodgers as the emeril Lagase, or Gordon Ramsay of a second half collapse. You can’t blame one specific area, but mix them all in together and you have a hearty two months of losery. Add 2.5 cups of no offense. Mix in no hitting with runners in scoring position, a weak bench, a dash of a depleted pitching staff, an inexperienced manager, and mix in futile trades for under-performing all-stars, and you have a team that has tanked in the second half. It’s Terribly disappointing. The Dodgers just can’t hit, and it’s not likely to change this season. I mean I have almost run out of things to say about this offense. How many different ways can I say the Dodgers suck? The Dodgers could only muster one run in their 3-1 loss in game one of the doubleheader to the Washington Nationals.

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Aaron Harang lasted only 4.2 innings before he was hooked after making 92 pitches. He allowed two runs , two hits, walked two and whiffed two. The loss puts him under .500 for the season, at 9-10. JorDon Zimmerman picked up the win for Washington. Zimmerman pitched six frames, allowing one run, six hits, and whiffed four. Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, and picked up his 32nd save of the season.

Washington scored a run in the bottom of the second inning off of Harang. Michael Morse, (practice swing boy) singled. Danny Espinosa singled PSB to third. He would score on a Kurt Suzuki sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers tied it up at 1-1, when they plated a run in the top of the third. Andre Ethier, and Matt Kemp both singled, and Hanley Ramirez’s bloop single scored Ethier.

The Nationals scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, and sixth to take a 3-1 lead. Bryce Harper tripled to lead off the fifth inning, and scored on a Ryan Zimmerman grounder. Kid Hype’s triple was his 49th extra base-hit. That sets a MLB record for extra base-hits for a teenager. Remember Harper is only 19 years old. In the bottom of the sixth, Ian Desmond doubles. Suzuki singles him to third. Desmond would score on a Tyler Moore ground out. Hanley, and Luis Cruz each had two hits in a losing cause. Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, and Kurt Suzuki all had two hits as well for Washington.

That would be it. The Dodgers collected nine hits, but were an atrocious 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position, and left nine men on base. The loss knocks the Dodgers down to only four games above .500. (76-72). Josh Beckett will be countering lefty John Lannan in the second game of the twin bill, which is starting right about now.

Topics: A.J. Ellis, Aaron Harang, Adrian Gonzalez, Andre Ethier, Don Mattingly, Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers, Luis Cruz, Mark Ellis, Matt Kemp, Shane Victorino

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