For a while, anyway, Dodgers fans will be seeing Scutaro in their sleep. But then it got even worse.
One out later, Mark Ellis was thrown out foolishly trying to stretch a double to the center field wall into a triple. Then, after Shane Victorino hit a triple into the right-field corner that should have tied the game, Kemp stranded him with a strikeout that ended with Kemp pin-wheeling his bat into the ground.
Said Ellis: "I hit the ball good. I saw [Pagan] took a bad angle to it and had a long way to go to pick it up.''
Said Mattingly: "He got excited.''
So the season is over, forever to be mourned by one guy more than most. Have you seen Chairman Mark Walter watch a game? He's the white-haired guy jumping up and down in the owner's box?
The biggest positive from this season is not only the big money spent by the new Dodgers owners, but the big emotion shown by a new boss who seemingly cares as much as any fan.
"It's been more fun than I ever really expected,'' said Walter, standing behind home plate at batting practice, acting like a giddy middle-aged dude at his first game. "I expected it to be a lot of fun and it was more.''
Walter acknowledged that he doesn't "sleep at all'' after losses. He did not apologize for actually coming on to the field to slap hands with the players after an earlier walk-off win. It was cool to hear both of those things. It's nice to know that the guy who has authorized the spending of all these millions feels it just like a dude in the bleachers.
"I just can't help it,'' he said. "It's exciting. Don't you think it's exciting? They come from behind or it's the bottom of the ninth, we have to win every day.''
Four hours later, he left the stadium quietly like many of the thousands of stunned silent fans.
"Losing sucks,'' he had earlier said.
But he left those fans with more real hope than they've had in years, for an off-season in which he is expected to spend even more money on a starting pitcher that could move them significantly deeper into October.
"You're think you're going to keep this team down forever?'' he said.
Forget forever. Pitchers and catchers report in five months.