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Dodgers lose, clinch postseason spot for Cardinals

Oct 3, 2012, 1:51 AM EDT

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The Dodgers’ season is over, and one can only hope manager Don Mattingly learned a couple of lessons tonight.

The Giants won 4-3 in L.A. on Tuesday night to end the Dodgers’ playoff hopes and clinch the second wild card for the Cardinals. St. Louis could have clinched with a win earlier in the evening, but the Cardinals to the Reds 3-1.

The Dodgers were down 2-1 in the fifth tonight when Mattingly opted to intentionally walk Angel Pagan with a man on second, setting up a double play with one out. Marco Scutaro immediately followed with a two-run double, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead. The Giants could have kept adding on from there, but after Pablo Sandoval singled, Matt Guerrier came in and managed to strike out MVP candidate Buster Posey.

The Dodgers were able to bounce back in the seventh. A.J. Ellis hit a two-run homer to pull the team within 4-3. Mark Ellis then doubled, only to get thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple with one out. Shane Victorino immediately followed with a triple, yet he was stranded on base when Matt Kemp struck out to end the frame.

Mattingly can’t be blamed for that one. His big decision in the ninth didn’t work out, though. After Andre Ethier singled to start the inning, Mattingly sent up A.J. Ellis to bunt. The catcher fell behind 0-2 trying to get the bunt down and then swung and missed on a slider well outside the strike zone. Once that happened, Mattingly decided to insert Dee Gordon as a pinch-runner and Bobby Abreu as a pinch-hitter. Abreu flew out to left, and though Gordon was able to steal second base with two out, Mark Ellis had his looping liner to center caught to end it.

Barry Zito got his 15th win tonight. The Giants have won each of his last 11 starts, with Zito going 7-0 during the span. He appears likely to be the team’s No. 4 starter in the postseason over Ryan Vogelsong.

Chris Capuano took the loss for the Dodgers. He gave up solo homers to Buster Posey and Joaquin Arias in his three innings of work.

  1. skerney - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Lesson from Sep 7: Don’t walk Angel Pagan to face Marco Scutaro.

    Lesson from Oct 2: DON”T walk Angel Pagan to face Marco Scutaro.

    Don Mattingly, folks.

    • dwrek5 - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      I was listening to the SF broadcast on the radio and they were really baffled. They noted Scutaro was 2 for 19 off Wright, but he has been an RBI machine lately and Pagan… not so much. No hindsight on this one, this decision was 2nd guessed when it happened.

  2. fat4jc - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    “The catcher fell behind 0-2 trying to get the bunt down and then swung and missed on a slider well outside the strike zone.”

    to be fair here, it wasn’t just any slider, it was a Sergio Romo slider.

  3. kardshark1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    The Dodgers can have their 250 million dollar payroll. I have full faith that Agent Ned and Mattingly will screw things up for many years to come. Looking forward to the Zach Lee for Jimmy Rollins trade in the off season.

    But Carl Crawford hit over .300 that one time!!!

    Bleacher Report May 28th, 2012: “It’s not if they’ll win 100 games, it’s whether they’ll win 105 or 110.”

    LOL Dodgers.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Gee, I was Giants fans. You really do care more about the Giants winning than the Dodgers losing.

      Yeah. Right.

      The big joke is that Giants fans are using Bleacher Report quotes in an attempt to shame.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        *Gee, I was wrong, Giants fans.

        There. That completes the thought.

        But let me reiterate. Giants fans obviously have a problem with reality, which is that $200 million wasn’t spent on 2012 but rather to re-create a lineup for 2013-2017.

        But, yeah, hardee har har.

        Wake me when you care to write about your team.

      • blabidibla - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        Nice revisionist version of the 2012 season there koufaxmitzvah.

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        Duck the Fodgers!

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM

        What is revisionist about what I posted?

        As mentioned before, Giants fans are lame.

        Probably because they need the Dodgers to lose in order to feel good about themselves.

        And they can’t admit when they are wrong about stuff like the Gonzalez trade being strictly for the 2012 season. Even when it’s been proven that all players the Dodgers received for some minor leaguers and a .250 batting 1st basemen are signed through the years 2015-2017.

        But don’t take that danggumbit crazy talk from me. After all, I’m a Dodgers fan. On a thread about the Dodgers losing last night. And that’s a far, far cry from the clairvoyant Giant fan who insists a reality that isn’t there in order to dance on a grave.

        So, yeah, Blah-blah, you’re about as significant as this post makes you.

      • blabidibla - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        “We did this for our fans. We want to win now,” said Johnson, whose group bought the Dodgers in March for $2.15 billion. “When you bring in the type of players that we’ve brought in, it sends a message to our fans that we want to win. Our players are extremely happy.” Aug 27, 2012

        You were saying?

  4. ermur22 - Oct 3, 2012 at 4:49 AM


  5. kkolchak - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    This is OUTSTANDING. Hey, Dodgers, why don’t you take on another $200 million in worthless salaries. Maybe you’ll lose 100. 😀

  6. blacksables - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    Where’s the recap of the Cardinals game?

    Or are you still showing your hatred of them?

  7. paperlions - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    I doubt Mattingly will “learn” anything. His decisions are typical throughout baseball….indeed, they are considered part of appropriate baseball strategy. TLR will go into the HOF, and he probably would have made the same decision in both of those cases.

  8. stex52 - Oct 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    It seems like fans of these two teams really don’t care as much about whether their own team wins as long as the other one loses.


  9. rastaraider - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Na na na naaaa
    Na na na naaaaa
    Heeyy hey heyyyyyyy goooodddbbbyyeeee

  10. blabidibla - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Mark Ellis lost that game for the Dodgers. He had no business trying to take 3rd on an easy double. The final score had much more to do with player execution than Mattingly’s choices. AJ Ellis’ inability to lay down a bunt was brutal.

    But hey, if the Dodger fans want to revolt against their manager, I’m sure Bobby V will be available,.

  11. koufaxmitzvah - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    It might be a good time to reiterate just how flipping stoopid most Giants fans are.

    • blabidibla - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Bitter much?

  12. elmo - Oct 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Not a bad finish for the Dodgers. They’ve finally been clicking in the past week even though it was too little, too late. Its been fun to get a brief taste of what that lineup is capable of. I’m definitely looking forward to their 2013. I guess us fans will have to get used to all the haters now with the whole ‘Yankees west’ thing. That said, the highlights of 2012 for me were AJ Ellis and Luis Cruz. What’s not to love about career minor leaguers coming out of nowhere and outperforming overpaid vets?

    • kkolchak - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      To be the “Yankees West” you’ve actually got to win. Actually, after that stupid trade you all look more like “Red Sox West.”

      • elmo - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        The trade was only stupid if the team can’t afford to take the risk. But apparently, they can! I’ll wait to see what this crew does after going through spring training and a full summer together before making any judgments, thank you.

    • kardshark1 - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Just wait til Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Chad Billingsley start pitching like… uh, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Chad Billingsley. Yes, Adrian Gonazlez and Josh Beckett are upgrades, but the Dodgers completely overachieved this year (see Cruz and A.J. Ellis also) and managed to only win 85 games. The starting pitching is horrible outside of Kershaw and it’s only a matter of time before Zach Lee gets traded for some overpriced veteran. Agent Ned has no clue what value or importance is in regards to winning – And Mattingly just has no clue, period. Therefore, spend spend spend, it’s not gonna help when you spend on the wrong players.

      Dodger Dogs and Vin Scully are great, I’ll grant you that.

  13. blabidibla - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    In all fairness, I think the Dodger bats are in fine shape even if Crawford fails to come back strong. They need at least 3 more good SPs, and they gave up their best SP prospect in the trade. Kershaw cannot do it alone.

    Their going to have to keep spending money on FAs since they don’t have much in the line of immediate SP help in the farm system. Better hope Greinke likes SoCal and the color blue instead of red.

  14. norcaldeportes - Oct 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    I wouldn’t lump Giants fans into a group that cares more about the Dodgers losing than the Giants winning. Like in all rivalries, your team’s success is priority 1A, and your rival’s failure is priority 1B. That being said, Giants fans have had 10 days to celebrate winning the pennant. Last night and today is all about enjoying the Dodgers failures. But make no mistake about it, beginning tomorrow, the focus shifts back 100% to the Giants and the 2012 playoffs.
    For Dodgers fans, I know it’s a tough pill to swallow, but that’s just the way it is.

  15. tomemos - Oct 3, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Matthew, the IBB to Pagan was even worse than you indicate–you say it was to set up the DP, but it was with two out, not one (as you indicate when you say that they got out of it on a strikeout to Posey). Just an inexplicable decision.

  16. jkaflagg - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Actually kind of glad the Dodgers didn’t make it…..would feel like rich guys buying whatever they wanted…..They will win their share going forward, and it will be interesting seeing how they manage all the big contracts….

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