And just in case it was slipping their minds, that’s how the other half lives. How the team on the end of a tough loss feels.
The Dodgers and New York Yankees were locked up in a scoreless game, but this time it was New York that pushed across three runs with two outs in the ninth inning for a 3-0 victory Wednesday in front of 53,013 at Dodger Stadium.
The victory ended the Dodgers’ winning streak at four games and cut their lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West to 2 1/2 games.
Rodriguez, who had not given up a run in his last 21 appearances, threw three consecutive curveballs to Overbay, and the Dodgers were convinced they had him struck out when he checked his swing on the third one.
But it was called a ball and Overbay lined a fourth curveball to center field to drive in the first run.
The Yankees added two runs when Jayson Nix sent a fly ball to shallow right field but, as Mark Ellis reached up for the catch, right-fielder Yasiel Puig ran into him, jarring the ball loose. Ellis was charged with an error.
That set up a call in the bottom of the inning to Mariano Rivera, who retired the Dodgers in order to earn his 34th save.
Most of the game seemed a classic blinking contest, with two old friends locked into a pitching duel.
They barely allowed baserunners.
Both seemed on top of their game, which is where they’ve spent most of the season.
The Dodgers’ best scoring chance against Kuroda came in his final inning. Their effort was hardly helped by the strange baserunning of Adrian Gonzalez. He led off with a routine single to right field, but for some reason decided it had the makings of a double. Wells threw him out by 12 feet.
Kuroda, looking very familiar, pitched seven innings. He held the Dodgers to five hits and a walk and struck out eight.
Kershaw had to pitch out of trouble in the eighth inning when he gave up two two-out singles but got Brett Gardner to fly out.
Kershaw held the Yankees to five hits over eight innings and did not walk a batter for his third consecutive start (23 innings). He struck out five. And he did not look happy when he left after throwing only 97 pitches.