Giants 3 6 0
Dodgers 1 4 1
There’s not much I can say anymore. This is really turning into a forgettable season. The Dodgers stink right now. And it doesn’t appear like anything is going to change anytime soon. The Dodgers lost again to the Giants on Friday night at Dodger stadium by the same score as Thursday night, 3-1.
Again the offense was utterly stale, and the club looked like zombies. The Dodgers were sleepwalking through another home game.
Before the game Juan Uribe was rested, and Justin Turner took over at third. Uribe is battling a minor hamstring strain, and at the moment he is day-to-day. Although we don’t know how long he will be out, or if he will wind up on the disabled list. He very well could. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did, the way this lousy season is going.
Anyways, the Dodger offense was pretty pathetic again off of Madison Bumgarner. The Dodger bats could only muster up one run on four hits. The only run coming on a Yasiel Puig home run in the bottom of the sixth.
I’ll get to Puig’s home run in a minute, because there was some drama behind it. Dodger starter left hander Paul Maholm was about as good as we could have expected. Maholm threw 5.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on only three hits. But he walked four, and whiffed two. I guess the starters have to throw a shutout in order for the club to win these days.
Maholm was able to work out of some early jams, but the walks again killed him and the Dodgers. Sound familiar? The Giants had Hunter Pence walk, and Posey single. But Mike Morse grounded into a double play. What Vin Scully calls “the Maholm trademark”.
But in the second inning, Maholm hit Brandon belt with a pitch in the hand. Looked like he got it on the thumb. While he initially stayed in the game, he had to come out later. Then we heard that he actually broke his thumb on the play. That’s a big blow for the Giants because Belt was playing pretty well. I tell you what, I don’t like seeing anyone get hurt, but I won’t shed a tear.
The Giants scored two runs in the fifth. Maholm walked Brandon Hicks, and then Brandon Crawford slammed a two-run home run into the Giant’s bullpen. The Giants scored their third run in the sixth. Pence walked, went to second on a grounder, and then stole third. He came home on a Joaquin Arias squibb single up along third.
Bumgarner completely shut the Dodgers down again. The only murmur of protests from the Dodger bats came when Turner led off the third with a double, but was left stranded when Gordon grounded out, and Puig whiffed looking. Kemp had two meaningless singles, and that was it. Besides Puig’s home run.
Speaking of Puig, his solo home run in the sixth was the Dodger’s lone run. Puig did a massive bat flip, and I guess Bumgarner took issue with that and began to talk some smack. Honestly it wasn’t that big of a deal. The Giants and their fans can”t say anything. They’re kind of hypocrites if they do. If you remember their golden boy Barry Bonds would watch his home runs all the time.
But Don Mattingly was ejected the following inning by home plate umpire Will Little. Not like it made much of a difference though.
Bumgarner was quite effective again, and picks up his seventh win against the Dodgers. He threw eight innings of one run ball, allowing just four hits, and whiffing eight.
I’m pretty sick of this crap. The club has not played well at all this year. I think at this point the club needs a roster purge. These guys are not getting the job done. The club has a ton of washed up loser veterans that aren’t good anymore. There’s probably about 7 or 8 players that need to be released right now.
You know what they say. You can’t buy a championship. You don’t build a club through big trades and veteran free agent signings. You do it through player development, scouting, and draft picks. It takes a few years to develop, but it works. Look at the Giants for an example. I don’t care what anyone says. I want a roster purge. I can no longer take this anymore. The games are torturous. And please don’t say “It’s eaaaaarly” (Insert nasally annoying voice). They’ve already played 37 games. It’s time to make some moves. They can start by calling up Pederson and Guerrero and go from there.
The Dodgers have now scored just two runs in their last 27 innings. They’re 6-11 at home, and are now 4.5 games back of the Giants in third place. Not to mention the Dodgers have dropped six of eight to the Giants this season. The club is now 19-18 and well on their way to mediocrity. Needless to say, they stink.
Welp guys, go out and do something and try to take your mind off of this lousy club. Honestly I would rather watch paint dry then Dodger Baseball right now. Watching Paint drying is more exciting, and less frustrating. I feel like we’re just chronicling losing every day. I’m nothing more than an out recorder at this point.
Well we’ll be back tomorrow afternoon for the next depressing loss. Matt Cain returns from the disabled list after cutting his finger while making a sandwhich. He’ll counter Zack Greinke at 1:00 PM. Will Greinke be enough to get the Dodgers a win at home? Maybe if he hits a couple of home runs. The Dodger offense is useless.