Astros 12, Dodgers 10 … and a perfect (if unofficial) sendoff

The boys mounted a furious rally that fell short when Furcal grounded out with the bases loaded, capping a day in which he went 3 for 6 with a home run and two triples. When it was over, the entire team walked into the rightfield corner and gathered, while a camera crew held Tommy up at home plate. When they were done, Tommy walked up the rightfield line, with several cameras following him, and the players gathered in the RF corner, made an arch with their bats, and Tommy walked through it as Tina Turner’s Simply the Best blared on the public address system. This was officially Tommy Lasorda Day, even if it wasn’t the official sendoff for the team because Dodgers officials still aren’t 100-percent certain (they are 99.9999999 percent certain) their complex in Glendale will be ready by next spring. … As for the game, Ethier went 4 for 5 with a triple and a HR and three RBI. Pierre did go 0 for 5, but contrary to a comment posted on this blog, he did NOT strike out twice, or even once, for that matter. But those five consecutive groundouts — including yet another failed attempt to bunt his way on in the first inning when he yet again dropped his bunt about three feet in front of the plate — certainly doesn’t look good. But my last Dodgertown meal was NOT crow. It was grilled chicken. Billingsley got knocked around for five runs on six hits over five innings, with three home runs, but the wind was blowing HARD out to center field. … Dodgers fall to 7-13-2, and despite all the pomp and circumstance, they still have another game in Florida tomorrow at the Marlins.

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