Friday, September 14, 2012

Giants 62, Dodgers 25

According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, that's the number of runs the teams have scored this month.

What a thing of beauty.

That vital fact was in the 7th paragraph of the game story about the Dodgers' glorious 2-1 loss to the Cards. Here's the verbiage leading up to it --

The last time the Dodgers scored more than three runs in a game?
Would you believe 11 days ago?
For the third consecutive night, the Dodgers had a chance to tie the St. Louis Cardinals for the second and final wild-card spot in the National League. For the third consecutive night, the Dodgers failed.
The Dodgers' offense failed, that is. In the opener of a four-game series that could severely wound their playoff hopes, the Dodgers suffered a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
The scores of the Dodgers' last three games: 1-0, 3-2, 2-1.
"A lot of the same game, over and over," Manager Don Mattingly said. "We've got to get over the hump. I don't know how to identify where the hump is, but we've got to get over it."
The Dodgers' clubhouse was closed for a few extra minutes after the game, as President Stan Kasten met with Mattingly in his office for what the manager said was a pick-me-up session. Mattingly said he is concerned his players might be losing confidence.
"That's the toughest thing right now," Mattingly said, "coming in here feeling like you're going to win that night. That's the battle you keep fighting."


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