Wilson Blows One-Run Lead, Dodgers Drop Series To Tribe


The Dodgers lost a tough one on Wednesday afternoon to the Cleveland Indians by a score of 5-4, but thankfully didn’t lose any ground in the standings thanks to Adam Wainwright shutting out the Giants for his eleventh win.

Manager Don Mattingly pulled a Jim Tracy by resting most of his regulars all at once. Adrian Gonzalez, Juan Uribe, Yasiel Puig, and Hanley Ramirez were all not in the lineup on Wednesday as the B-team was unable to do much offensively against Tribe starter Trevor Bauer. I understand that guys need days off occasionally but it’s still no reason to punt away a game. It wasn’t even a Sunday for god’s sake.

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No this wasn’t Sunday, but a rare midweek afternoon start time as the Dodgers wrapped up a seven game home stand. Once again the Dodgers completed a mediocre home stand by going 4-3 in those seven games. The club still has a losing record at home. The Dodgers are now 8-6 against the American League this season.

Hyun-jin Ryu pitched well enough to win, but was constantly pitching out of a stretch all day. Ryu allowed just two earned runs on seven hits across seven frames, but was not involved in the decision. He whiffed eight and walked none, but allowed a two-run home run to Ryan Raburn that put the Dodgers in a 2-0 hole in the fourth inning.

Bauer wasn’t involved in the decision either, but was easily able to keep the Dodger’s B-hitters at bay with a mixture of 90+ MPH heaters and breaking balls. Bauer tossed 5.2 innings allowing three earned runs on six hits. He whiffed two and walked two.

But it was Brian Wilson’s usual stinky pitching that eventually cost the Dodgers the game. Although he got very little help from the defense behind him. Carlos Triunfel who was playing shortstop for the ailing Hanley played like crap the entire game. Triunfel made a costly error and went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts at the plate. The fact that the Dodgers have to employ this bum highlights the sorry state of the club’s farm system. There simply isn’t anyone else the Dodgers can call up. Speaking of lousy defense the Dodgers committed three errors. The normally slick fielding Miguel Rojas, and a throwing error from Matt Kemp accounted for the other two errors. Speaking of Rojas, check out what he did on this play. This guy is a real glove wonder kid.

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But the Dodgers actually had the lead after scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Rojas singled, and after a Triunfel fly out, Ryu helped his own cause with an RBI double to left that scored Rojas. Dee Gordon walked, and A.J. Ellis followed with a walk too. With the bases loaded, Andre Ethier’s clutch two-run single gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Ethier’s dunker into center gave the Dodgers their only lead of the game.

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But then in the top of the eighth, the Dodgers brought in Wilson. Honestly I have no idea why the Dodgers keep using him. His arm is clearly blown from his two Tommy John surgeries. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Wilson has had a good career, but let’s face it, the guy is finished as a major league pitcher. His continuous lousy pitching further made the case.

He walked Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana. He did whiff Yan Gomes to give us a glimmer of hope that maybe he could not blow the one-run lead. But alas, it’s Wilson. He’s going to blow it. And of course he did. David Murphy’s single into left tied the score. Kemp’s throwing error didn’t help things. After an intentional walk to Lonnie ChisenhallMike Aviles’ two-run single put the Tribe ahead by a score of 5-3. The Dodgers had to bring in left hander J.P. Howell to get out of the inning. It’s time the Dodgers stopped using Wilson in any kind of high leverage situation.

The Dodgers got close in the bottom of the eighth. Scott Van Slyke hit a solo home run into the Dodger bullpen off of Scott Atchison to make the score 5-4. But the Dodgers couldn’t score anything more in that frame. Van Slyke also threw out Cabrera at the plate to end the top of the fifth inning. Otherwise things might have been even worse for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers had a failed rally in the bottom of the ninth that gave us some hope, but they came up just short. In that frame Yasiel Puig flied out (In a pinch-hitting role), and  Gordon whiffed. Hanley worked a pinch-hit walk, and Ethier’s bloop double put runners at second and third with two outs. But Cody Allen got Kemp to fly out to deep center to end the game. Dodgers lose 5-4.

The Dodgers fall to 48-39 on the season and remain a half game behind the Giants in the NL West. Thursday evening the Dodgers will begin a four game series against the slumping Rockies at Coors Field. Zack Greinke will counter Franklin Morales at 5:10 PM.

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  • thomas rickard

    Actually they have Arruebarrena, who there paying a lot of money, his one time up was great, but they sent him down so he could play every day, probably the biggest bungle was having to use Hanley on the bases in the 9th, anyone with some speed would have scored on Either’s double witch would have tied the score

    • LasordasLair

      You got your wish, they just called up Arruebarrena and optioned Triunfel.

      • thomas rickard

        Thank goodness, now if they’ll bring Joc up after the ASG, I read where is playing in PCL asg, that he’s almost back, yes we have to many OF now, but if the want to win they need a good CF, Either has no range, and his bat isn’t making up for it.

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        • LasordasLair

          I’m not sure how serious his injury is. I hope he’s back soon after the break

          • thomas rickard

            They made it sound like he’d be able to play on the 16th, the dodgers seem more interested in keeping control, I’m afraid they’ll wait till sept, if he doesn’t get traded for Price

          • LasordasLair

            Well that’s been their M.O. for the last few years now to keep as many players under control as possible. You watching the game? First place is within our grasp again

          • thomas rickard

            No I live in Vegas the only games I can watch are feeds from SD, ARIZ, SF ANGELES AND OKLAND, AND LOOKINS mlb, so I listen on the radio like when I was a kid, I’ve gone past being pissed, I grew up in Burbank so I got to go to a lot of games

          • LasordasLair

            I’m surprised Vegas isn’t out of market. It’s still considered LA market?

          • LasordasLair

            Oh ok, so you’re from out here in Socal. Nice

          • thomas rickard

            Miss going to the games, when dodgers AAA was here I would go to a few, but way too hot. I hoped when dodgers left Vero beach they would come here, oh well

          • LasordasLair

            Do you ever drive out here for games?

          • thomas rickard

            My wife hates baseball, so unless we’re there for something else no, last game I got to was 2yr ago watched LAD at LAA, it was my first game in Anaheim, nice stadium

          • LasordasLair

            Oh man, I’m sorry to hear that. Well I hope you can someday make it out to Dodger Stadium. We’re already up 2-0 here :)

          • thomas rickard

            That lead didn’t last long

          • LasordasLair

            No it didn’t. Haren stinks

          • thomas rickard

            Haren’s splits are bad on road and day games, just opposite for De La Rosa

          • LasordasLair

            I know it’s weird. Hey he only gave up two home runs lolz. silver linings I guess

          • thomas rickard

            When DLR went out, it let us get close

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          • LasordasLair

            Yeah, last chance now

          • thomas rickard

            It looked like kemp’s bat was coming around, not, 0-16 and 1-20, SVS is going to get more at bats, until Crawford gets back

          • thomas rickard

            Have to admit that I made a small bet on Colorado today, I’m afraid Haren is going to give up some dingers

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          • LasordasLair

            Oh yeah he’ll give up some dingers, but let’s hope the offense can outscore him

          • thomas rickard

            I wish someone would trade for Price, I just know we’re going to get raped, we haven’t had a roy in so long

          • LasordasLair

            We need bullpen help, don’t really need Price

          • thomas rickard

            What are they going to do with Wilson, he has an option for next year

          • LasordasLair

            He has a player option that can vest. Hopefully we wont be stuck with him for another year. Nothing irritates me more than these washed up bum relievers. if his player option doesn’t vest, I would assume they would let him go.

          • thomas rickard

            Is it on innings or appearances

          • LasordasLair

            It’s based on appearances

          • thomas rickard

            They can keep that from happening

          • LasordasLair

            Can yes, but will they? Probably not

          • thomas rickard

            Everyone except Colorado and Seattle claims Vegas, so I get to watch dodgers on their feeds

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  • thomas rickard

    Not sure who you are, but your article is very unprofessional, and not very accurate, they have Arruebarrena who will come back up when Hanley goes on DL, and you glossed over Hanley not scoring because he couldn’t run, did you even watch the game

    • LasordasLair

      Don’t worry about it I won’t be writing much anymore if at all

    • LasordasLair

      They didn’t have anyone to pinch-run for Hanley, because they had used up all their players. Do you want Butera pinch-running?
      Hey if you think it’s so easy to write and edit/manage a site like this, please be my guest and step up to the plate and try it. I’ll give you access and you can worry about maintaining page views, and social media, and a staff. And I can relax and watch the games.

      • thomas rickard

        That was kind of the point, Mattingly screwed up, they could of used a pitcher to run, but then there wouldn’t have anyone to play short, it has been obvious since sat he couldn’t run, he should of been used earlier, or even better DL him, if my memory is correct when they sent Arruebarrena down he hit about 300 and his defense was great. I have no desire to write, I’m retired after 30yr in the OR, a job that required perfection, I assume that writing is your career choice, to be good at what you do is never easy, and I can still hear my father 60yr ago telling me “any job worth doing, is worth doing right”.

        • LasordasLair

          I know, I was being tounge and cheek. I’ve been dealing with other stuff in my life at the moment, and sometimes it’s hard to mention every single little thing that happened during the game in a recap. So please give me a break. We do the best we can over here. But this isn’t what defines me. I actually do this on the side. My real chosen career is IT, but I love writing and love the Dodgers, and love Lasorda’s Lair.

          They can’t risk having a pitcher get hurt running the bases. It’s a really bad idea. Do you want Kershaw or Greinke pulling a hamstring running the bases? Not a chance. it’s a really bad idea. What Mattingly needs to do instead is manage the games better and not use up every single player before the 7th inning. Because this is what happens, you have nobody on the bench late in games to pinch-run or pinch-hit. Imagine what would have happened if the Dodgers had tied it and went into extra-innings..

          As for Arruebarrena, I feel like the Dodgers don’t think he’s anywhere near major league ready. Otherwise they would have called him up over Triunfel. Triunfel is awful and in no way shape or form major league caliber. But they don’t have anyone else. They don’t have confidence in Arruebarrena, and Guerrero is still mending. Remember Arruebarrena did look good, but he only played in like five games.

          • thomas rickard

            Arruebarrena looked a lot better than triunfel has, really doesn’t make sence unless it with contact not than I see how, and as for not using a pitcher to run, I don’t by that, sure they can get hurt, but someone like Maholm or maybe Perez, over the years they have run and pinch hit very successful, ultimately the whole problem resulted from, lineup, having a gimp who’s bad wheel was put in greater risk.

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        • LasordasLair

          I agree with you though, that any job worth doing is worth doing right. I feel like we do a pretty good job over here most of the time. Working in the OR must have been tough.