Welp this was an ugly game. It seemed to me like the Dodgers just gave up after the third inning, but when you allow first inning runs and fall behind for the second straight game to a good team like the Red Sox, you’re gonna get beat.
The Dodgers lost their first series since mid June with an ugly 8-1 blowout loss to the Red Sox at Dodger Stadium on Sunday night Baseball in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Starter Chris Capuano who is bad at throwing the baseballs turned in his fourth straight lousy start. Capuano was taken out for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning, and gave up three runs on six hits and whiffed three in five innings. It wasn’t all Capuano’s fault, as the defense was shoddy, and the offense went to sleep and never woke up. Besides the Gonzo homer, the only morsel of offense came from a Skip Schumaker single, and a Crawford single in the sixth.
It was Jake Peavy again! Peavy, Jake frickin Peavy. I am so sick of this guy. He’s been killing the Dodgers for years and can’t he just go away and never come back? Peavy stopped the Dodger offense cold by pitching a complete game victory, allowing just one run on three hits. He struck out five and walked one, and the only run he allowed was a solo home run to Adrian Gonzalez in the fourth. The Red Sox used three late home runs to put the game away, but jumped out in front early with three unanswered runs by the fifth frame.
Capuano starts by getting Jacoby Ellsbury to whiff on a 2-2 breaking ball. Shane Victorino’s double drops just inside the left field line for a double. Dustin Pedroia’s bouncer to short handcuffs Hanley, and he does his looking at the ball thing and then makes a low throw to first. It looked like Gonzalez had picked it, but the umpire rules safe. With first and third Mike Napoli’s ground-rule double scores Victorino to give Boston another early lead 1-0. Johnny Gomes is intentionally walked to load the bases, and Capuano gets out of it by getting Will Middlebrooks to ground into an inning ending double play.
Boston scored one in the third and one more in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. In the third, Ellsbury reaches on an infield single that Hanley botches again. Ellsbury steals second. Victorino sacrifices Ellsbury to third, and then he scores on a Pedroia sacrifice fly, which made the score 2-0 Boston. In the top of the fourth, a one-out Middlebrooks single, and a Xander Bogaerts RBI double sandwiched in between a Jarrod Saltalamacchia line out gave Boston their third run and a 3-0 lead.
The Dodgers got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Adrian Gonzalez slugs his seventeenth home run of the year, a monster blast to center that lands on the black tarp beyond the wall. It’s now 3-1 Boston.
Chris Withrow, getting some work in after not pitching for days gives up a walk to Mike Napoli in the sixth, and a huge home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia which made it a 5-1 game. The awful Victorino hit a home run in the seventh, and another home run from Napoli (two-run shot) that succeeded a Dustin Pedroia double made it 8-1 by the ninth. The Saltalamacchia blast came off of League.
That was it. There’s nothing more to say about this game, and even if there was, I really don’t want to. This game was bad, and I would rather purge it from my memory. Let’s pretend like it never happened. I will say this though. Brandon League is awful. The Dodgers need to rip up his contract and get rid of that Bum. Let some other team waste time trying to fix him. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, and I wish him the best, but these games are far too important to be wasting time on bums like League.
Tomorrow is a new day for the Dodgers, who finish interleague play with their first winning record in years, (12-8). There’s something positive. And Arizona lost in Philadelphia, so the Dodger lead remains at 9.5 games. And the Cubs come into town tomorrow for a three game set. So we should hopefully see the Dodgers get better against the Cubs and Padres to finish the home stand. See I’m not all doom and gloom.
Tomorrow night Jake Arrieta will duel Zack Greinke at 7:10 PM in game one. Dodger losses make me depressed.