Thursday, September 18, 2008

Game 153: Dodgers 4 Pirates 3

I don't know if I've ever seen anything sadder than Nyjer Morgan attempting to barrel over Russel Martin (play the video) and score the winning run on a weird little misplay with Tony Beasley waving him home for no reason and Martin brickwalling Morgan, only to have Adam LaRoche hit a fly out in the next at-bat that could've won the game easily. If I could build a statue to remember this season by, it would probably be an animated memorial to this very play. It had ill-advised baserunning, a failure to score runs, and it ended up costing us the game. There were definitely other things that happened in this game (JR leaving Maholm out on the mound in a seventh inning where he clearly didn't have it, risking health and a Manny Ramirez grand slam that Maholm avoided, Craig Hansen losing the strike zone again and wiping out the progress he'd made, etc.), but really, it's only that play that's going to stand out for me. Hey, at least something memorable happened today.