How can a pitcher this dominant continuously fly under the radar? After all, this is Hollywood. Well, one doesn’t have to search far and wide to notice the extracurricular activities that take place in La-La Land. The recent fiasco involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling must be singled out as an exception to the rule however. That display of ignorance exists on its own moronic island.
There is nothing like afternoon baseball with Vin Scully on the play-by-play to sooth the surrounding negative vibes. If you’re ever in need of a history lesson, look no further. The little known fact that Babe Ruth stole home 10 times in his career was told in classic Scully style.
With the aforementioned circus it’s easy to see how the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ quest for 10,000 in the franchise’s victory category would go seemingly unnoticed, but Sunday was time for the organization and its southpaw Hyun-jin Ryu to steal a taste of the spotlight. Unfortunately for Ryu and the Dodgers, Tinseltown failed to show up to the party.
Chavez Ravine continues to be Ryu’s undoing, as coming into this rubber match with the Colorado Rockies, the lefty has gone 0-3 with a 6.50 ERA in his last four starts at home. You can now officially bump the loss column up a notch to four. The legendary Korean left-hander has mastered the art of busting left-handed bats inside, but he has yet to crack the four days rest phenomenon.
Ryu has been at his sensational best when taking the hill with five days in between starts, posting a remarkable 8-1 record. When the dreaded one-day earlier outing takes place, however, L.A.’s No. 2 in command now sits at a lackluster 5-6.
With the Clippers’ coming up lame in their Game 4 Playoff mission (sending a needed protest message in the process), the Dodgers botched an opportunity to bring some enthusiasm to the big picture — not to mention masking Ryu’s true ability once again. On this day, there was no excuse for the home record to rise to 6-9; the Dodger blues were in full effect.
Randy Newman‘s “I Love L.A.” and the 10,000 win celebration has been put on hold.