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Dodgers inexperience showing at worst time

Posted on: October 14, 2008 2:26 am

LOS ANGELES -- Remember how we talked about how much the Los Angeles Dodgers have grown? Like, in the aftermath of Game 3?

Well, now we're in the aftermath of Philadelphia's 7-5 Game 4 win.

And what we've learned is the Dodgers still have lots of maturing to do.

Eighth inning, trailing 7-5, the Dodgers received an absolute gift when reliever J.C. Romero walked Rafael Furcal on five quick pitches.

So what happens?

Up next, Andre Ethier swings at the first pitch. He doesn't look a couple over. He doesn't make Romero work at all. Just swings away. And grounds into a double play.

Rally over.

Season over?

The Dodgers now trail 3 games to 1, and they're in a world of hurt with Cole Hamels starting Game 5 for Philadelphia.

"It was big, man," Romero said of Ethier's double-play ground ball. "Eighth inning, you don't want a rally. I had tried to work Rafael away, because he's productive when people come in on him."

But Romero worked him too far away.

Then he couldn't believe his good fortune when Ethier hacked at the first pitch, and beat it into the ground toward shortstop.

"I really thought he was going to take one pitch," Romero said. "Yes, he's a good hitter. Maybe he saw the pitch he wanted, in his wheelhouse. But it was a good pitch. I'm happy with it."

He should be. The Phillies, with just one World Series win in their history, are one triumph away from getting a chance at No. 2.

Ethier? Many more poorly executed at-bats like that, he and his mates will be starting their winter very soon.

Category: MLB

Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2008 10:20 pm

Dodgers inexperience showing at worst time

Furcal kicks one, then drops another three errors in the inning.  Then to make matters worse Torre who I respect as a manager lets ol' double play dewitt do it again and ground the dodgers inning again that is 15 LOB this series what joke how can they continue to let thais happen?

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Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 1:02 pm
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Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 14, 2008 12:11 pm

Dodgers inexperience showing at worst time

Yo man, how about a little credit for the Phillies battling back to win the game after being down 5-3? So far every game the Phillies have won you have said nothing about how good the Phillies really are and how every time they won it was because the Dodgers did something wrong. Nobody wants to give the Phillies any credit. Everyone is quick to blame the young players, or the mistakes, or the bad managing but nobody wants to step up and say the Phillies are doing what they need to do and playing like a team and rallying around one another....

How about when the Dodgers did win the game it was nothing about how Moyer was off his game all it was about was how great the Dodgers were and they now had the momentum. The Phillies handed that game to them and if it wasn't for the poor start by Moyer the Phillies could have swept.

Scott Miller you are a joke and so are your articles. Start giving credit where credit is due.

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