Brewers 4, Dodgers 3

After the Dodgers put together a stirring rally in the ninth to tie it and just missed winning it when Brewers 2B Ray Durham ran down Casey Blake’s blooper in shallow right field to end the inning with the bases loaded, Jonathan Broxton issued a two-out walk to Durham in the 10th that would end up costing the Dodgers the game. Durham stole second and came home on J.J. Hardy’s single, and although the Dodgers got two men on for Kent and Ramirez in the 10th, neither one of them came through. Dodgers fall to 63-60, snapping a seven-game winning streak at home. They also fall a game behind the Snakes. … By the way, I’m guessing this was a Charles Steinberg decision, but the Dodgers added two musical touches tonight that anyone who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s (that would be me) can’t help but love. First, with the team trailing in the ninth, they played Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing. Played it through the entire break before the inning started, then played snippets of it every time a batter reached base. OUTSTANDING!!! The second one actually began the last time the Dodgers lost a home game, but it was so long ago that I had forgotten about it. Anyway, they have replaced that canned recording of Nancy Bea playing Tomorrow, from the musical Annie (yes, it’s a canned recording, Nancy Bea is long gone by the ninth inning). They now play Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop. I love Nancy Bea, and I love organ music at the ballpark. But I LOVE Journey and Fleetwood Mac, two of the greatest bands that ever lived IMHO. And even if you disagree, I think you have to admit that either one is better than Go Dodgers Go or The Dodgers are the Heart of L.A. or any of that other postgame noise pollution they play here every night.

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  • LeVaughn Pinner

    Tony, you’re sure giving Matt Kemp a free ride in this post. Jeff Kent came through with a fly to center — it would’ve gotten the job done if Kemp had exhibited even a little league knowledge of how to run the bases. He continues to exhibit the mental characteristics of former major leaguer Mike Ivie, of whom a fellow major leaguer once said, “He’s a $40 million airport with a $30 control tower.” Maybe the Dodgers would’ve lost it later, but there’s no way they should’ve lost it in the 10th. Will somebody please pull Kemp aside and insist he run the bases like the major leaguer he’s supposed to be?

  • Tony Jackson

    Yeah, when I saw the play, I thought maybe he was tagging up in case the ball was caught — it was hit pretty deep, and the Brewers’ OFs had been making highlight-reel catches all night. I didn’t go downstairs after the game, but I’m hearing second hand that Matt admitted making a mistake and was really beating himself up over it. But hey, I was one of the biggest Kemp critics around back when he was struggling and didn’t seem to be making any progress. So at least give the guy his due. He has been one of the Dodgers’ hottest hitters over the past five or six weeks, and the Dodgers wouldn’t be where they are without him.

  • Brooklyn Dodger

    Let’s grant that Kemp did make a mistake. What I want to know is how much culpability belongs to Mariano Duncan? Shouldn’t he have been yelling instructions to Kemp? How is it that everytime Kemp makes a mistake there is someone always ready to beat up on him. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen the veteran Jeff Kent commit base running blunders this year, yet he’s never singled out. Anyone who has closely observed Matt Kemp, should be keenly aware of the progress he has made this year at the plate and in the field. Without Matt Kemp, the Dodgers would have been out of the race long ago.

    And if we’re looking for someone to blame, how about Casey Blake? He came to bat in the 9th inning with the base loaded against a pitcher who was having problems throwing strikes. Yet, after getting ahead in the count 1-0, he swung at a pitch that was clearly in on his hands. Against a struggling pitcher, at that point he should have been zeroing in on a pitch down the middle. Instead, he swung at a ball that would have run the count to 2-0. With the bases loaded, the next pitch would likely have been ball 3 or a cripple that he could driven for a hit. Fact is, later in the count he swung at another pitch that was clearly inside.

    Finally,

  • phillydodger

    I agree with Brooklyn Dodger as there was plenty of blame to go around:
    - why can’t Broxton hold a runner better? And yes the two out walk was a killer.
    - when is Martin going to throw out a runner at second?
    - why did Eithier quit on the fly ball in the 10th? Did he lose it…never see it or what? The Brewers announcers were killing both he and Kemp for their miscues in the outfield and on the base paths.

    The same announcers also thought this was one of the best and most dramatic games they had seen this year!

    Tough game to lose, esp with all the ups and downs in the last two innings – but still nice to see this team with fight, the crowd hyped and yes – DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!