Friday, June 28, 2013
Now that's how you end a winning streak
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- If momentum is only as good as the next day's starting pitcher, Chris Capuano pretty much blew up a week of good vibes in about 10 minutes Friday.
The first three batters reached base safely. Rockets were flying low for a while, finding holes, then they started flying a little higher and going a little deeper. The Dodgers were in a 6-0 hole by the time many fans had settled into their seats in the second inning and they wound up losing 16-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies.
It was the worst Dodgers home loss since 1947, three years before Vin Scully walked into the Brooklyn Dodgers' broadcast booth for the first time. It was their worst loss anywhere since 2001.
Remarkably, most of the 48,828 fans stuck around inning by miserable inning, but then again they were shooting off fireworks afterward and it came with the price of admission, so why not?
Friday's meltdown definitively ended the Dodgers' six-game winning streak and denied them a chance to get as close to the division lead, five games, as they have been since May 4.
Oh well. It happens, right? Pitchers have bad days and Capuano had done the Dodgers a big favor by pitching well on three days' rest last weekend in San Diego. The more troubling pattern was more bad relief, with the fringes of the Dodgers' bullpen entering the game and doing little to staunch the flow of Phillies offense.
The Dodgers, facing a highly hittable pitcher, John Lannan, looked flat after that. But if you knew within 30 minutes of the start of your workday that your efforts would have no impact on the result, you might not be all that excited either.
If nothing else, Yasiel Puig continued to entertain. He hit another opposite-field drive off the right-field wall, then flipped his bat as if he thought it would go out. He dove for a ball he had no chance of catching, but got to his feet so fast it hardly mattered. He made some massive throws from right field.
Plus, utility guy Skip Schumaker pitched again. That's always fun. He still has a 0.00 ERA in two outings. In fact, he was the only Dodgers pitcher who didn't give up a run Friday.
And that, folks, was your Dodgers highlight show for tonight.