Forgive me, loyal readers,
I missed the first half of the game tonight, but unless you’re a masochist, you don’t want to read too much about the first half of the game. The Dodgers were already down 4-0 by the time I tuned in.
I say again, it was 4 runs, 9 hits for the Snakes. 0 runs for the home team.
I turned on the game at the right time. Andrew Toles had walked, and was already standing on first base. Scott Van Slyke came off the bench to PH and rapped out an RBI single.
It looked like the Dodgers were going to make a game of it.
8th inning Snakes 4-1
Pedro Baez on the mound.
1,2,3. Job done.
Top of the order.
Corey Seager caught a one out walk on a ball four that flew in at Vin Scully level.
Justin Turner blistered a long out.
With a beautifully professional bit of hitting , Adrian Gonzalez went to left field for a base hit that took Seager to third.
Manager Dave Roberts sent in Chris Taylor to pinch-hit.
Taylor had hit a grand slam against the Snakes earlier this season, so it looked like a good bet. Unfortunately, Taylor still believed his grand slam hype and talk and swung for the fences on every pitch. The rookie was out chasing a home run rather than a base hit, an RBI, and keeping the inning alive.
He swung for the fences twice, and flied out with a can of corn to center field.
9th inning Snakes 4-1
J.P. Howell on the mound.
On what potentially looked like an incredible catch for the third out, Toles ran right into the center field scoreboard. He ate a face full of light and steel at full speed. He looked stunned after the collision with the wall, while the ball rolled in the grass, unseen, off to his right. The Dodgers’ trainers and the skipper came out to center field to evaluate him. They checked him for several minutes, and TV showed a bloody towel. Toles remained in the game.
8th inning Snakes 4-1
Three outs to get three runs.
Yasmani Grandal: Long out. F8
Toles: 4-1 (Was probably still seeing double, thanks to that scoreboard)
Pederson’s 15th homer of the year. 2-4
With two out, Scott Van Slyke tried his best Brando on a ball between the legs, but the ump didn’t fall for the HBP act.
He struck out swinging, on one above the belt.
Dodgers lose 2-4
Scott Kamir (L 9-4) went 6 2/3 innings, par for the Dodgers’ course, with 8 hits, 4 runs, 1 HR, 0 walks, 7 K’s. eRA 4.41
Home run: Joc Pederson
Team with RISP: 1 for 5 I didn’t need to see the game to know this was ugly.