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The Bums of Summer Podcast: 2013 Dodgers Playoff Bound & Poolgate
The Bums of Summer are with another Dodger podcast. WE ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS! What did we think of the “Poolgate Issue” and the Dodgers celebrating. We discuss the past weeks performance against the Diamondbacks and Padres on the road. We also preview the Giants Road Series and Rockies Final Home Series. Click that play button to find out what we think!
Dodgers Home Series
@ Diamondbacks 9/16/2013 L 1-2
“I think about this game what I always think about September — it’s hard to win a game,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “Don’t care who you are or what’s going on. That’s a good club and they’re going to play and we didn’t do enough.”
A.J. Pollock drew a leadoff walk in the first inning, and one out later Paul Goldschmidt hit his 33rd homer of the season to put the D-backs up, 2-0.
“Actually, if you look at it, one of the plays was Pollock, who got down 0-2 and got a walk,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
Ryu (13-7) would allow just one hit the rest of the way — a seventh-inning single byAaron Hill — and did not walk a batter. He retired 19 in a row after Goldschmidt’s homer.
@ Diamondbacks 9/17/2013 W 9-3
Corbin made it through the second inning unscathed but wasn’t so fortunate in the third. After a leadoff walk, Adrian Gonzalez hit another Corbin pitch left out over the plate, this one coming on an 0-2 count, and deposited it over the right-field fence for the second homer of the game. The next batter, Kemp, then doubled off the center-field wall before Gibson made the long walk out to the mound to remove his ace after he recorded just six outs.
“These guys are in first place for a reason,” Gibson said. “If you put it over the middle of the plate, they’ll hit it.”
While the Los Angeles offense built a comfortable lead, Dodgers starter Zack Greinke kept the D-backs at arm’s length in six solid innings. Arizona’s scored in the fourth on a Martin Prado RBI fielder’s choice and in the sixth on Aaron Hill’s 11th homer of the year, a solo shot to left. The D-backs added a run on Willie Bloomquist’s groundout in the eighth.
That was all the club would get though as the D-backs finished 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
@ Diamondbacks 9/18/2013 L 4-9
The D-backs know the Dodgers are going to win the division, but they don’t want to host the party.
“It’s still a pride thing,” D-backs starter Brandon McCarthy said. “I mean, you understand where things stand, but you don’t want to see them celebrate. If they go somewhere else, whatever happens is fine, you just don’t want to them to do it on your home field and have to sit there and know that it’s going on. If you can get them out of here without having to see it, then all the better.”
Goldschmidt leads the NL in RBIs with 118 while hitting .305. Wednesday’s game was broadcast nationally on ESPN and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was hoping Goldschmidt’s performance might help influence some Most Valuable Player voters.
@ Diamondbacks 9/19/2013 W 7-6
“Dodgers played a great game,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “I want to congratulate Don Mattingly and his team. They’ve had a great second half, from where they’ve come from, it’s been impressive. They’ve not only done this to us today, but to many other teams.”
With the score tied at 6 in the eighth, A.J. Ellis deposited the first pitch of the inning from Josh Collmenter into the left-field bleachers for the game-winning run. Six D-backs outs later, the club could only look on as the Dodgers celebrated on its field.
“We were in first place for a long time and let it slip away,” D-backs starter Wade Miley said. “To watch them do that, it’s hard to swallow, but that’s the way it goes.”
Dodgers “Classless Poolgate” Moment?
#DBacks not happy with Dodgers celebrating in Chase Field pool, Willie Bloomquist called it “classless and disrespectful.”
Bloomquist on #Dodgers pool celebration: “They have a lot of veteran players on their team. I thought they had more class than that.”
Bloomquist: “I would expect them to act with a little more class than they did. I doubt the New York Yankees would do something like that.”
@ Padres 9/20/2013 L 0-2
Gyorko got his second RBI in the fifth inning, though he had to hit the ball considerably farther to do so — like 417 feet.
“The first few innings I was all over the place, but I made some adjustments the last couple of innings,” Volquez said. “I was excited to come back here. I played here almost two years and have a lot of friends. Other than that, I just do my job.”
Gyorko jumped on a 2-0 fastball up in the strike zone off Volquez (9-12), sending it over the wall in deep center field.
“Jedd’s intent is to hit,” Black said. “He thinks he can hit anything, which is great. … He got a fastball up and he jumped on it.”
The home run was No. 20 for Gyorko, making him the fifth rookie second baseman in Major League history to hit 20 home runs. He’s also the first Padres second baseman to do so.
“As the season was progressing, it [20 home runs] was a number I wanted to get to,” Gyorko said.
Volquez allowed one earned run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five, giving the Padres a look at the kind of start they saw more from Volquez in 2012 than this season.
@ Padres 9/21/2013 W 4-0
The perfect example of “better” was across the way, as Kershaw — who at 25 is just two years older than Smith — shook off some early cobwebs and pitched a gem, improving to 15-9 while lowering his ERA to a scant 1.88.
Kershaw retired nine consecutive hitters between the third and sixth innings when Chase Headleylined a double into the left field corner. But Kershaw came back to strike out Gyorko and then gotJesus Guzman on a ground ball to keep the shutout intact.
@ Padres 9/22/2013 W 1-0
Adrian Gonzalez scored from first base on a double by Michael Young in the seventh inning Sunday, and that was enough for the Dodgers to edge the Padres, 1-0, before a crowd of 32,988 at Petco Park.
The Padres put runners on the corners with one out in the seventh inning but came up empty against Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow, and Chase Headley reached on a Gonzalez error with one out in the eighth, but Withrow turned the Padres away again.
Record Last 7 Games: 4-3
Overall Record: 90-66
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