Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Just DeWitt: Dodgers 6, Reds 5
There was a lot of weirdness about this game, and no moment weirder than Joe Beimel's missed third strike to Brandon Phillips in the top of the seventh. Incredibly, the team started to walk off the field thinking they had gotten the last out of the frame, but the home plate umpire Paul Nauert called everyone back. That brought Adam Dunn to the plate, and Beimel balked Phillips to second, and Beimel eventually plunked Dunn. Finally, incredibly, he got Joey Votto to strike out, and that was that.
Back to the ninth: the whole Reds catastrophe (arguably) doesn't happen if rookie shortstop Paul Janish had made the play on Russ Martin's bouncer to short. But Janish overthrew first, and next thing you know, David Weathers is walking both Jeff Kent and James Loney so he can face DeWitt. Of course, that didn't work, but what's sad to me is any kid managed by Dusty Baker will now see no playing time from here until either the All Star break or he's optioned back to AAA. Tough break for him.