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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Pinch-Hit That Wasn't: Cardinals 10, Dodgers 0

I basically stopped watching this game just as the Angels got started — if not for a rain delay that pushed opening pitch back by about an hour, there would have been only an hour overlap — but I kept flipping back and forth anyway for a time. (The one downside of FiOS: no picture-in-picture, and nobody at Verizon seems to recognize what the unused button on the remote is supposed to be for, or when that functionality might actually be implemented.) In the sixth, I stumbled onto what turned out to perhaps be the critical at-bat of the game: with the game scoreless, men on second and third, and two outs, Joe Torre decided to have Chad Billingsley bat for himself. Predictably, he struck out against Adam Wainwright.

The adding-insult-to-injury part came in the bottom half of the frame, as Bills gave up a leadoff walk to Skip Schumaker, which was the beginning of a very long half inning; the Cards batted around, Bills got chased, and when the dust settled, it was 6-0, St. Louis. The sputtering Dodgers offense managed only one extra-base hit — Andre Ethier's two-out double in the third — and assembled eight hits and a couple walks, but Dodgers pitching surrendering nine walks and eight hits told a story you didn't want to read.

And thus, with a whimper, the Dodgers lose three straight for the first time all year.

Update: Shoot me for failing to mention that Mark Loretta got the last out of this game. Good grief.

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