Game 23, 2014

As if there weren’t some interesting prospects there, this may be sufficient reason for a road trip to Albuquerque to see the Isotopes.

Assembly instructions here.

Phillies v. Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA

It’s the Phillies’ Kyle Kendrick, who is 0-1 with a 3.50 ERA, facing Dodgers right-hander Daren Haren, who is 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA.

The Dodgers defense has been awful, as we’ve all seen. They’ve committed 22 errors in their first 22 games, which won’t cut it.

“I’m assuming, if we’re going to get to where we want to go, it’s not going to be with 10-8 and 7-6 games, it’ll be 4-2 and 3-1 where a mistake can cost a run when they don’t come easily,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You don’t get as much attention for playing solid defense. They don’t say, ‘Bills [Chad Billingsley] really backed up the bases well today.’ But we have to change what we’ve been doing. We need a much better concentrated effort. There are going to be certain physical limitations for certain players, but we can’t afford mental mistakes. We need to be in the right position and communicate. These guys know what to do. We’ve got to make sure we put enough focus on it. I’ve expressed it to them once and will continue to.”

Lineup when available.

61 thoughts on “Game 23, 2014

  1. After that loss I started to mutter “Man, with a payroll of $250 million you clowns oughtta . . .”

    I stopped right there. I could hear the nasty entitled sound of a Yankee fan in my voice.

  2. Deja vu from beginning of last year: ineffective offense, horrendous bullpen. . . . Is there a breakdown on losses given to starters vs. relievers?

    • IMHO, it was over when Perez was sent to the plate to bat. A bit negative I think

  3. I don’t remember seeing an IBB after a first pitch strike (did they miss a signal)

  4. I assumed that Perez batted because he was going to keep pitching (I know we have a short bench, but really)

  5. FYI, John: “Outfielder Trent Oeltjen, who had been loaned to los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League, has been returned to the Diamondbacks‘ Triple-A affiliate in Reno, according to the Pacific Coast League transactions page.
    Oeltjen, 31, hit just .139/.273/.250 with a homer in his time with
    Tijuana, is a career .295/.359/.481 hitter in 735 Triple-A games. He’s
    seen big league time with the D’Backs and Dodgers but hasn’t been in the
    Majors since 2011.”

    • I’m surprised Don didn’t have Kemp bat for Haren and then put Withrow in Dre’s spot

  6. At the game. Beautiful night. Haren was walking a tightrope, but Uribear helped settle everyone down.