The Dodgers, who were still flying high less than a week ago, took another paddling yesterday from the still scorching Arizona Diamondbacks. The boys in blue, blew a 4-2 lead after climbing back from their own 0-2 deficit. The D’backs climbed back and tied the score with a run in the third and seventh innings. The Dodgers could not respond and the game went into extra innings. The normally lights out Javy Guerra melted down and after a single, sacrifice bunt and a swinging strikeout by Justin Upton, Guerra intentionally walked Miguel Montero to put runners on first and second with two outs.
As Vin Scully so often points out, walking a batter intentionally sometimes messes up a pitchers control. Unfortunately, that was the case with Javy Guerra. He next walked Paul Goldschmidt, loading the bases and causing a visit from Rick Honeycutt. Whatever Bunnynutts said had no effect as Guerra then walked Chris Young on four straight with Geraldo Parra scoring the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the 10th, after Justin Sellers struck out swinging, Matt Kemp was then called out on strikes. After Rod Barajas, pinch hitting for Javy Guerra, drew a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Eugeni0-for-ever, James Loney grounded meekly out to second baseman Aaron Hill to end the game.
The Dodgers have now had their butts whipped for the last three games. Hopefully Sergeant Kershaw can put an end to the corporal punishment and stop the spanking.
This Day in Dodgers History
September 14, 2002 – Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the major leagues as he walks and scores as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers against the Rockies. The 24-year-old first baseman-outfielder played for the 1990 Taiwan team which won the Little League World Series.