If you did not happen to catch the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies, you might want to see if you can catch a recorded version from somewhere or at least watch all of the highlights. You might want to tell your grandchildren that you remember one of the rare times during the second half of the 2013 MLB season where the Dodgers actually lost a game. That’s right folks; the Dodgers actually lost a game today. It is not that alone but how they lost that highlights how incredibly well they have played in recent months.
So how did they lose to the struggling Phillies? They gave the game away. Yes, they handed the Phillies the win on a silver platter and then helped them carry the platter away to a safe place. I mean the Dodgers in the ninth inning did everything they could to ensure the Phillies won the game. What it really came down to was two errors by Hanley Ramirez. As rare as that is, that the Dodgers give away a game like that, it shows just how dominant they have been.
It doesn’t take much in the major leagues to lose a game. Records make the difference between the teams seem greater than they are. On paper a team like the Phillies should never be able to beat the Dodgers, no matter who is managing. That’s why they play the game though. We won’t need to overreact to this of course. The fact of the matter is that the Dodgers probably should go through at least one more little struggling patch before they work through the playoffs like a meat-grinder. For them a few games of it being difficult to win might be as close to struggling as there is this season.