Today’s Dodger starter may’ve walked his way back to Albuquerque

Dodger Stadium washes away a bad taste before the snakes show up

Dodger Stadium washes away a bad taste before the snakes show up

With lefty Ted Lilly being the umpteenth Dodger to go back on the disable list, the club recalled righthander Matt Magill last night from Triple-A Albuquerque for today’s start against the first place Atlanta Braves. Magill last pitched in a spot start for L.A. on Sunday and lost at Colorado 7-2 when he walked a whopping 9 batters. And today he ONLY walked 6 on his way to an 8-1 loss to the Braves in another frustrating game for manager Don Mattingly who’s become a professional juggler with a different lineup daily due to injuries and lack of performance.

At least Dodger fans had something to hang around for again watching Yasiel Puig go 3-5 with 2 singles, a double and another electrifying throw to the plate from right field that only held a man at 3rd base but had a Clemente/Kaline affect that just makes you want to go WOW!

The following are my sounds of the postgame including Dodger utility guy Jerry Hairston, Jr. who’s at least enjoying some wins these days…his hometown Chicago Blackhawks beating the L.A. Kings last night to advance to another Stanley Cup final. Hairston has his Jonathan Toews jersey hanging in front of his locker as a shrine to his hopeful Cup winners and we chatted about that along with his favorite sport Golf and this week’ U.S. Open.

Manager Don Mattingly:

Losing pitcher Matt Magill who shows good stuff but his wildness is killing a great opportunity to show the club that he belongs up here:

Dodger 3b Luis Cruz frustrated but still very positive alongside his next door neighbor in the clubhouse Mr. Puig:

Dodger leftfielder Scott Van Slyke who made 2 sliding catches but left 6 men on base at the plate something we just had to discuss as one of the key factors of this club’s woes:

Dodger reliever Matt Guerrier who pitched one inning un-scathed as part of a foursome that had to come out of the bullpen again:

Hairston's Dodger/Blackhawks locker

Hairston’s Dodger/Blackhawks locker

Jerry Hairston, Jr. even after a loss willing to talk hockey, golf, and issues surrounding his injury depleted clubhouse:

You can follow Jerry on twitter @Therealjhair …he’s one of the real good guys whether you like Chicago teams or not! LOL

As you heard me ask them all…the NL West first place Arizona D-Backs are in town for the next 3 starting tomorrow night and it’s time for the Dodgers to make up some ground or realistically consider a longshot wild card spot is their goal this season despite that we’re still in early June.

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