So after hearing for the last month that Joe Torre is the reason the Dodgers are in the playoffs (because he is magic! not because of the NL West or the players collected by Logan White/Paul DePodesta and somehow not traded away by Ned Coletti), are any of the New York papers going to point out that last night was absolutely, 100% what Yankees fans call a “Torre Loss“? Nope, probably not. Oh wait, I found one from Ken Rosenthal.
For those who missed it, here’s a summary of what happened:
- Derek Lowe had his first 1-2-3 inning of the night in the 5th, grounding out Rollins-Utley-Howard. He was at 74 pitches.
- Torre, perhaps trying to learn from what happened in Game 1 of the series, takes Lowe out and replaces him with Kershaw. Kershaw doesn’t get some calls he probably should on low pitches, walks the first two batters.
- Of everybody in the entire Dodgers bullpen, Torre brings in Chan-Ho Park to clean up the mess. A sacrifice bunt and wild pitch later, the tying run scores.
- Either because of the all important matchups, or the sudden realization that Chan-Ho Park is kind of not good at all, Joe Bleimel comes in to finish the 6th inning. For those of you keeping count, that is three pitchers in one inning.
- Hong-Chih Kuo comes out for the 7th inning, absolutely mows the Phillies down. In the bottom of the 7th, Kuo bats for himself with two runners on, so it’s obvious he’s going to come back in for the 8th too.
- Kuo gives up a weak hit to the lead batter (Ryan Howard), Torre freaks and pulls him. Okay it makes sense for Kuo to be on a short leash, because his arm might fall off at any time. Who is warming up in the bullpen? Corey Wade, who pitched two innings the previous night, and Jonathan Broxton.
- In comes Corey Wade who pops up Burrell, but then gives up a screaming linedrive to Shane Victorino that clears the wall. He gets lucky with a lineout, but gives up another hit (this time to Carlos Ruiz). Maybe having the tired guy come in wasn’t really the right idea, Joe.
- Broxton comes in, facing Matt Stairs who hits a homerun so huge it is unbelievable. No, really, watch.
- Dodgers are now down 7-5 instead of up 5-3, and lose game 4 of the 2008 NLCS.
It’s really interesting to watch this from the point of view of someone who has experienced the trauma, but doesn’t really care about the outcome of the game. You still get that sense of horror, but it’s a passing thing.