That photo of a ball streaking through the air and headed far, far away is what Dodger pitchers and outfielders stared at all game long in today’s abysmal 12-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
Rich Hill went to the mound today, and he was awful. His curveballs weren’t working, everything was staying up, and that included the balls the Indians were teeing off on. The Dodgers were down 3-0 before the seats were warm.
The game was close for about a full minute. The Dodgers have made comebacks like this into an art form, and today looked like it might happen again.
Then the bullpen got involved and the pitching nightmares continued. Ross Stripling came in and immediately gave up a three-run homer, and later he surrendered another run for effect. Dayton came in and pitched a third of an inning, but he didn’t give up any runs, so Roberts got him out of there.
In came good ol’ Charlie Brown – I mean Chris Hatcher. He finished out the game giving up one of his signature long balls as well. When the dust settled, it was 12-5 and the Indians were laughing and cutting up balls in the dugout to make funny baseballs with mohawk hair.
On the bright side, the boys won the series, and the kids are still seeing the ball and smashing it.
Goodbye Cleveland! Zinzinatti awaits.