They’d been hearing it for weeks.
“You haven’t beat good teams,” “You padded your record against San Diego, Pittsburgh and the Astros,” and it was starting to look true, losing 2 of 3 against the Brewers and 2 of 3 against the Braves (2 or 3 were the fault of Guerra…more on that later). So when the Nationals came to town touting 3 starting pitchers with ERA’s of 1.53 and under and ties for the best record in the National League at 14-6, no one felt like they could win the series,…no one but the Dodgers.
After Kershaw set pace with an erratic 3-2 win in game 1, Chad Billingsley came into game 2 and did his best Kershaw impression going 7 innings giving up a single run and striking out 6 and after Elbert and Guerra blew a 1-1 tie in the top of the 9th giving up 2 runs, the Dodgers tied it up in the bottom of the 9th despite a short distraction by this guy running onto the field.
Then in the bottom of the 9th, the Nationals did something stupid, they left a left hander in against the future 2012 National League Most Valuable Player, Matt Kemp, despite it being no outs and two right handers coming up that inning.
Quick caveat, if you’re a manger, and you know a guy is killing the ball, and he has 4 home-runs and over a .500 average versus lefties this year in only 27 at-bats, why in gods name would you leave a lefty in there?
Okay I’m back. As I was listening to the game, as soon as I heard it was Matt Kemp coming up to the plate and that Davey Johnson had left Matt Kemp out there I said to myself “Game Over” and sure enough Matt Kemp blasts a low 0-2 fastball that wasn’t low enough into center field to win the game.
It seems Matt Kemp’s blow was a big one to the gut because then the Dodgers shut out the Nationals on Sunday 2-0 making the total tallyof runs given up by Dodgers starting pitchers against the Nationals 3, in 20 and 2/3 inning. Pretty darn good and quite convincing.
So it seems we should agree the Dodgers have arrived, how ya feela bout me now!
No wait, this just in; now they’re saying they have yet to do it on the road, aww c’mon! Okay Rockies, here we come!