The Dodgers opened their home stand against the Boston Red Sox tonight. There was lots of fanfare around the game, as the Sox’s visit to LA brought the farewell tour of Big Papi, David Ortiz.
BTW – The pitching matchup was Scott Kazmir vs knuckleballer, Steven Wright.
Boston picked up a leadoff single, but nothing more. This was the best Kazmir would be all night.
Justin Turner hammered out a two-out double into the right field corner. They left him there.
They got on the board first, taking the lead 1-0.
3rd inning Sox 1-0
Kazmir gave up a solo home run. 2-0
The Dodgers had a couple of base runners, but they just couldn’t drive them in against the knuckleballer.
4th inning Sox 2-0
After a 5-ball walk, Kazmir gave up another home run. 4-0
Next batter, base hit. Kazmir completely ineffective tonight. At least he matched his teammates’ offense.
5th inning Sox 4-0
The first scoreless inning since the first.
For them… just another in tonight’s string of scoreless innings.
6th inning Dodgers 4-0
Kazmir dumped after one out and two on.
Josh Fields in. Job done.
Knuckleballed again. If not for Justin Turner in the first, this would be a no-hitter.
8th inning Sox 4-0
Jesse Chavez gave up three singles, a walk, and a solo homer. 6-0 by the time the skipper yanked him.
J.P. Howell in.
Utley committed an error and two more Boston runs scored. 8-0.
Quoting Vin Scully: “The Red Sox get two more. As if they needed them.”
It was 9-0 by the end of the inning. That was how the game ended.
Dodgers lose 9-0
Scott Kazmir was the bad Kazmir tonight. He ate up some innings, but he also bled runs throughout his outing. The Red Sox are a good hitting team, and they showed Kazmir no mercy tonight.
The Dodgers pitching staff gave up lots of home runs in Colorado, and to some extent, home runs are to be expected. Trouble is, in returning to “pitcher friendly” Dodger Stadium, they continued to serve up home runs (three more tonight).
I find it hard to fault the Dodgers offense too much for being tied up by a quality knuckleball, but the pitching failed to keep the Sox run count low. Nine runs is an almost impossible mountain to overcome.
Trade Watch: Jesse Chavez and Josh Reddick have shown nothing to make Dodgers fans think trading for them was a good idea.
The Giants continue to lose, so the Dodgers are not sinking any further in the standings. That said, the boys had better wake up fast, because all of this losing at the top of the standings has allowed the red hot Rockies to scramble back into the race.
Scott Kazmir (L 9-5) went 5 1/3 innings with 5 hits, 4 runs, 2 HRs, 4 walks, 2 K’s. ERA 4.51
Team with RISP: 0 for 4