The Dodgers lost to the White Sox today, 6-5 in 13 innings, on a day that the world lost one of its most unique individuals in Michael Jackson. Both the life and death of Jackson can be summed up in three words: "far too young."
In honor of The King of Pop, here is a recap of today's Dodger game, through the eyes of Michael Jackson song titles:
Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
The Dodgers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after four and a half innings, but also left two runners on base in each of those innings.
Joe Torre saved Jonathan Broxton to protect a lead that never came. After ten innings, the game was tied, and Ronald Belisario, Brent Leach, and Ramon Troncoso had already been used. Rather than go to his ace reliever, Torre opted for Jeff Weaver instead. Weaver pitched pretty well given the situation, but ended up taking the loss in his third inning of work.
Remember The Time
The last time the Dodgers lost a series, before today, was May 22-24 at home to the Angels. The Dodgers were 5-0-3 in their last eight series.
We're Almost There
The Dodgers have merely six more home games -- three against Seattle, and three against Colorado -- before their lineup gets an infusion of Vitamin Manny.
You Are Not Alone
Mark Loretta followed his double in the fourth inning with another two-bagger in the sixth. It was Loretta's second-straight two-hit game, after starting June in a three for 29 slump.
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
22-year old Aaron Poreda, pitching in just his fourth MLB game, pitched a perfect 13th inning, including two strikeouts, to notch his first big league win.
Off The Wall
In the fourth inning, Matt Kemp lofted a drive to deep right, and it may have been a home run (depending on your view of the trajectory of the ball) if not for Jermaine Dye's finely timed jump against the wall.
Chad Billingsley gave up two home runs today, one to Paul Konerko and one to A.J. Pierzynski. After giving up only 35 homers as a team in their first 58 games, the Dodgers have given up 22 dingers in their last 15 games.
Just A Little Bit of You
After sitting on the bench for his first 11 games of the season, reserve reserve catcher A.J. Ellis finally played a game in 2009. Ellis came in to catch in the bottom of the 10th inning, then flew out to center field to end the 13th.
Got To Be There
Matt Kemp narrowly missed a spectacular diving catch on Scott Podsednik's 13th-inning single. If Kemp would have caught the ball, the inning would have ended. Instead, the game ended. Great effort though by Kemp.
Aaron Miller, the Dodgers' top draft pick, and #36 overall, has signed with the club for a reported $889,200 bonus. (Thanks to Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts for the tip)