Sunday, September 12th, 2004
12:57 pm - White Knuckles in the National League...  
For a while, anyway, especially while the Dodgers were getting swept by the Cardinals over Labor Day weekend. The one bright spot in all that was that after 26 straight innings of anemic hitting against Cardinal pitching, they rallied to tie the score in the top of the ninth in the final game. They lost in extra innings, but it was, as they say, a start. More white knuckles prior to Tuesday's game against Arizona with Nomo going, but he pitched well, and got his first win since April. The Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks, and then it was the Cardinals again, this time in LA.

Ishii started Friday night, and gave up four runs in 2 1/3 innings before Tracy pulled him for Alvarez. Meanwhile the Dodgers just kept getting timely hits, and won it 7-6. Last night was similar. Weaver pitched great until the sixth, when the middle of the Card's lineup got him for four runs. Still, the Dodgers kept chipping away, the bullpen held, and the Dodgers won again, 6-5. Nomo goes today in the finale, so here's hoping they continue to hit, because I suspect they'll need to.

The hitting has been remarkable given that Bradley's been slumping badly, and they get zero from the catcher's slot. Finley, Green, and Beltre have been crushing the ball, and they always seem to come up with the big hit precisely when it is needed.

Ishii's early exit Friday was a sign that Tracy has finally lost his patience with him. He was 2-1 in his last four starts, but's he's also given up eighteen earned runs in his last fifteen innings pitched. Alvarez goes back into the rotation. Meanwhile, Penny is throwing again, although it doesn't look like he'll be back this year. There just doesn't seem to be enough time to work him up to speed.

The knuckles are a little less white now. There are twenty games left after today, home-and-home series with the Giants, Padres, and Rockies. The Giants are seven back in the loss column, which I just don't think they can make up at this point. Their pitching just isn't good enough.
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