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The Bums of Summer Podcast: 2013 Dodgers-Giants Series Review

By Published on September 16th, 2013 5 Comments

The Bums of Summer are back in town for another Dodger podcast. We discuss the past weeks performance against the Giants. Let’s just say, we are not happy. We also preview the Diamondbacks Series. Click that play button to find out!

Dodgers Home Series

Giants 9/12/2013, W 3-2

Gonzalez with game winning hit, while we were at the game!

Gonzalez’s single up the middle scored Carl Crawford to give the Dodgers their eighth walk-off of the season and second in three games. Los Angeles reduced its magic number to win the National League West to five in the process, and could clinch its first postseason appearance in four years on Sunday.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Gonzalez said. “Through the at-bat I was looking for something to take up the middle. I took it like any at-bat with runners in scoring position. Create a good game plan and stay with it and not try to get bigger.”

“I’ve talked about him so much, his consistency,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “In a sense, we had a crazy start with a lot of guys hurt. Then Yasiel and Hanley came in with that excitement. But from the beginning, Adrian was steady. He’s been the guy driving in the runs through all of that. I look at him in a sense as the glue that kept us going and hanging around. It could have been a lot worse. He steadied the ship from an offensive standpoint.”

Giants 9/13/2013, L 2-4

The Dodgers had runners in scoring position in each of the final three innings, but couldn’t come through with a clutch hit to pick up their starter and dropped to 3-6 in their last nine games.

“It was my fault,” Kershaw said. “Against a good pitcher like Bumgarner, if you get two runs you’ve got to make it hold up and I didn’t do that today.”

“I made a couple mistakes and they found a couple holes,” said Kershaw, who struck out six and walked none. “Give them some credit, they came right back. They battled me all night. It was my fault. I’ve got to make the lead stand up.”

Giants 9/14/2013, L 3-19

With a 19-3 loss to the Giants, the Dodgers watched San Francisco score the most runs by one team at Dodger Stadium. It was the most runs Los Angeles had allowed in 12 years, dating back to a 20-1 loss against the Cubs on May 5, 2001, at Wrigley Field.

The Dodgers had not lost a game by at least 16 runs at home since Jackie Robinson was a rookie. Oddly enough, the Giants were also the culprits in a 19-2 defeat July 3, 1947, at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.

Despite all the stats and historical context, the Dodgers were content to chalk this one up to an aberration.

“We have to turn the page,” said catcher Tim Federowicz. “I guarantee it won’t happen again tomorrow. It’s just one of those days. The ball found the grass for them a lot more than it did for us.”

Giants 9/15/2013, L 3-4

The Giants knew what was at stake for the Dodgers coming into their final series at Chavez Ravine this season, and they gave L.A. all it could handle. The Dodgers expect a similar effort from a D-backs team fighting to keep their season alive.

“We’ve got a tough Arizona team that’s going to want nothing more than to not allow us to clinch at their place,” said catcher A.J. Ellis. “We’ve got to go win two games there and get it done. That’s our mission.”

olquez showed improvement again in his third start with the Dodgers, but was burned by the two changeups he left in the middle of the plate to Pence, who sent both over the fence.

Volquez racked up seven strikeouts (three looking) and scattered five hits. Mattingly and Ellis both said this was Volquez’s best start with the Dodgers.

“He was great,” Ellis said. “He threw the ball extremely well. We ran into the hottest hitter in all of baseball. He left two pitches up and paid for them both. Every time out, he’s getting more and more encouraging and more consistent with his delivery. The work he’s doing with [pitching coach] Rick Honeycutt is really paying dividends. He was a dominant pitcher out there today, except for two pitches he would like to have back.”

“I made two mistakes,” he said. “Other than that, everything was good.”

Volquez is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts with the Dodgers. But he’s throwing the ball better than the numbers indicate. The right-hander has walked just one batter in 16 2/3 innings since signing with L.A. as a free agent following his release by San Diego.

Record Last 4 Games: 1-3

Overall Record: 86-63

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