Opinion of Kingman's Performance

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ouch, This One Was a Shocker...

Right at the moment when the Dodgers were on the cusp of victory, they snatched a defeat out of the air, and it was shocking.  With Kenley Jansen one strike away from a win after battling back from spotting the Padres men on 1st and 3rd with no outs, he showed us that there are some pitching instincts that he never learned as a catching prospect.  
Everth Cabrera steals home (photo by Reed Saxon/AP)

Everth Cabrera knew just when to break for home and as soon as Jansen put his head down and turned his back from the game, off he ran.  Cabrera scored as Jansen air-mailed AJ Ellis in his throw to the plate.  What happened next though was inexcusable though as Jansen failed to cover the plate and Will Venable raced home all the way from second base to score the eventual winning run.
I seriously was thinking in the back of my mind of what the standings would be with a Dodger win, when Cabrera caught everyone by surprise, including the cameraman and home plate umpire who initially missed the call before realizing that AJ Ellis didn’t catch Jansen’s throw.   So, I guess I was just as guilty as Kenley.  You can’t count your chickens until they’ve hatched.  It just goes to show you that there are a lot of ways to lose a ballgame and there doesn’t necessarily have to be a pitch thrown for it to happen.
What can I say?  Wow.  I’ve never seen that before.  This loss stings.  Kudos to Cabrera and a hustling Padre team.  They literally stole a victory tonight.  The Giants won, so the Dodgers fall to second place again, 1/2 a game back.

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