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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Patience: Dodgers 3, Rockies 2 (10 Innings)

I really don't have anything intelligible to add to this game except that it will be yet another in the "release Pierre" and "fire Ned Colletti" column, as Juan Pierre's contribution to this game was strictly negative offensively, flying out and hitting into an inning-ending double play with the go-ahead run on first base in the bottom of the ninth.

It turned out that James Loney's bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the tenth won it. Loney himself was a story of endless wrestling to get his job, unnecessary then as the Ethier-Jones-Kemp starting competition was this spring. Bill Shaikin, whose column today seemed oddly prescient in light of today's win and the manner in which it was achieved, touched on that subject if elliptically:

The Diamondbacks planted their kids in the lineup and let them grow, and the Rockies did likewise.

That is called rebuilding, and the Dodgers do not play that game. They don't think you'd like it.

"We don't sit back and tell our fans to wait for a year or two," owner Frank McCourt said. "We want to win now."

Which is why a demonstrably better hitter sat behind Pierre for how long?

Not that I shouldn't let Esteban Loiaza's good outing go unnoticed, but it's almost certain he can't keep this up.

One last thing: a series sweep, so yay.

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