7th inning Meltdown Dooms Dodgers to Defeat
By Scott Andes
Royals 8 12 1
Dodgers 5 9 1
Normally we give out game balls to the player or player’s excellent performance that directly contributes to their team’s win. We might have to start handing out goat balls for the exact opposite. If we were to hand out a goat ball today, it would have to go to Lance Zawadzki, who botched a tailor made double play ball in the top of the 7th, directly causing the Dodgers to blow their 5-2 lead.
Another entertaining moment in the Dodger’s third loss of the spring came in the top of the 5th when Jerry Hairston, while playing at third base, tried to do his best Kevin Seitzer impersonation Kevin Seitzer blows ball foul in 1987 by attempting to blow a little dribbler with his mouth foul. Hairston did exactly like Seitzer, by getting down on his knees and comically trying to use his breath to bow the ball into foul territory. Much Like Seitzer, he was unsuccessful. Ironically Seitzer did this as a rookie for the Royals in 1987. You may remember this funny blooper which was in all the highlight reels back in those days
While we did get to see a Todd Coffey RBI single, and some hilarity from Jerry Hairston, otherwise it was a pretty forgettable game. We did learn that several Dodgers were cut and sent to their respective minor league camps. This was the first cut of the spring for the Dodgers. Chris Withrow, Alex Castellanos, Russ Mitchell, Shane Lindsay, Michael Antonini, Steven Fife, Josh Wall, Scott Van Slyke, and Alfredo Silverio, were all re-assigned today.
Several Dodgers are still on the mend from injuries. James Loney is still day-to-day with a tight calf muscle, but according to Manager Don Mattingly, he is improving. Matt Guerrier has been suffering from a rusty back, but is also starting to show improvement. Ronald Belisario has rejoined the team, apparently recovering from strep throat. Speaking of rustiness, we may have seen the end of old friend Casey Blake as a Baseball player. Blake who was signed this winter by the Rockies, is not doing so well in spring. According to this-Bill Shakin Tweet
Blake is still having nagging neck injuries, and has not had one hit with the Rockies this spring and is in danger of not making the team. Wait a minute, you mean to tell me that Casey Blake has a rusty neck? Shocking!
Anyways, the Dodgers will take on the Texas Rangers tomorrow, at 1:05 PM televised on Prime Ticket. Ted Lilly will take the mound for the Dodgers. The Rangers will counter with righty Greg Reynolds. Remember Saturday’s game is Vinny’s first game of 2012. I can’t wait to hear his beautiful voice. Only about two and a half weeks until we hear those five beautiful words we love to hear….ITS TIME FOR DODGER BASEBALL! Tough loss today guys, but its just a spring game, so keep your heads up. Go Blue