The suspensions rained down upon the Dodgers from the Commissioner’s office before the game started in Pittsburgh. J.P. Howell, and Skip Schumaker both received two game suspensions, and Ronald Belisario received a one game suspension. Also suspended were Mark Mcgwire, and Don Mattingly. Mattingly was suspended for just a game and decided to serve it tonight, so Trey Hillman managed tonight. Schumaker, and Howell are both appealing their suspensions. Tonight’s game also saw the return of Hanley Ramirez, and A.J. Ellis to the lineup. A.J. was activated off of the DL and veteran Ramon Hernandez was finally designated for assignment.
The Dodgers found themselves in Steel town for the beginning of a nine game road trip. Today’s game was really more of the same. The Buc’s shut the Dodgers out, holding them to just six hits, all the while doing it with a spot starter. A.J. Burnett was a scratch from tonight’s game, with a strained calf, and spot starter Jeff Locke had to make an emergency start. Despite Locke being a spot guy, he has had a solid season. He sure did put the Dodger’s offense on Locke down this afternoon, tossing seven innings of shutout baseball. Ha get it?! The Pirates sure did get it, as they win game one of this series 3-0. McCutchen was the big bopper for the Bucs, as he went 2 for 4 2 with two runs driven in.
The Dodger’s starting pitcher Stephen Fife pitched well, but the Dodgers again couldn’t score at all. Fife was taken out after five frames, and allowed two runs, on six hits and whiffed four.
You won’t get much from me today. It’s just very hard to find anything positive, or keep interested at all in this crappy season anymore. I see nothing positive from this team. They look defeated every night.
The Pirates scored two runs in the bottom of the third off of Fife. Alex Presley singles off of Fife, and former Dodger Russell Martin singles Presley to second. Andrew McCutchen, the Buc’s bread and butter man doubles home both runners. The inning might have been worse, had Hanley Ramirez not thrown out a runner at home. Garrett Jone’s grounder had moved McCutchen over to third. Neil Walker’s fielder’s choice grounder allowed Hanley to cut down McCutchen at home plate.
That helped but the Dodgers couldn’t score at all. The Dodgers didn’t do anything until the top of the eighth. The Pirates had removed Locke, and brought in right hander Mark Melancon. With one out, Andre Ethier singles off of Clint Barmes’ glove. A.J. whiffs. Jerry Hairston doubles, but for some reason Tim Wallach holds Ethier up at third. That essentially dooms the inning. Pinch-hitter Juan Uribe whiffs, and the Dodgers don’t score.
The Bucs scored their third run in the bottom of the eighth, off of Matt Guerrier. McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez with consecutive hits, and Walker’s sacrifice fly scores the third run to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
The Dodgers had their last chance in the top of the ninth, against Jason Grilli. Yasiel Puig reaches base with his second hit of the night, a groundball single to the hole at short. Punto singles, and the Dodgers have runners at first and second. Then it’s choke city. Gonzo whiffs. Hanley fouls out. Mark Ellis whiffs. The Pirates win 3-0.
Locke goes seven strong frames, allowing just two hits and whiffing five to pick up his sixth win of the season. Grilli picks up save number 24 of 2013.
The Dodgers now fall to a season low ten games under .500. This is by far one of the worst Dodger teams I have ever seen. You can make all of the excuses you want for this club, but the fact remains, they are in last place. This season is done. I am finished with this miserable season. The Dodgers need a change. Until there is major change, nothing will change. Make sense?
Anyways, check in with us tomorrow. At least there will be Clayton Kershaw toeing the rubber for the Boys in Blue. The game will start at 1:05 PM and is televised on KCAL 9.