Slumping Dodgers, Cubs add intrigue to NL race — Tipsheet

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"We just couldn't hold the lead".

All I wanted for my Dodgers was a healthy dosage of turbulence. And yet rather than embrace the truth and include the Dodger faithful in the current reality of the situation, with the exceptions mentioned above, we are hearing false reassurances, excuses and sometimes sheer nonsense from the organization's representatives. While others began to squirm in their chairs and on social media about the mini winning drought, I was calm and collected, assured that this team needed a healthy taste of defeat.

The Giants used a power display to put up four runs on Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda in the first three innings. (That's how good the Dodgers have been - they've lost 16 of their last 17 games and they're still pretty much a lock for the postseason.) But that's not much of a comfort for Dodgers fans, who have to be wondering how much of this awful September will follow their team into October.

In 1993, as a third base coach for the San Diego Padres, he was part of a rain-delayed doubleheader in Philadelphia that didn't end until 4:40 a.m.

On the field it stayed for almost the next three hours as the stormy skies made playing too risky.

Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300.

The game itself - a fairly meaningless one, unless the Dodgers do the impossible this month and blow their lead - took 3:22 total to play (one minute in the first, plus 3:21 after the second delay). It's weird, and makes for a sort-of six-game series. The 29-year-old native of Japan has solidified his role in the second half, going 5-2 with a 3.42 ERA in nine turns since the All-Star break. He is going the stiff-upper-lip route.

Posey collected two hits and two RBIs, and Pence scored twice for the Giants (57-89). "I thought you got traded!" His honesty, his gentle humanism and authenticity were the only comfort we needed. The team dropped five consecutive contests at the end of August, which included getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks out in the desert. Someone in the left field bleachers throws back Yasiel Puig's home run.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was similarly perplexed after a 3-1 loss to the Brewers Sunday.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. She's come with a friend who doesn't care about baseball. Think about that. If they had gone just 8-8 instead of losing the 16 games in this funk, they'd be at 100 wins on Sept. 12. For Giants fans who were up, at least this was a win. He says he sat right near to Giants CEO Larry Baer for a few innings there, before it got too late. Denard Span went deep in the ninth with his 11th homer of the year, while Nick Hundley sprinkled a pair of runs to cap the win with a two-run single off of Juan Minaya. He left the game immediately. It's ourselves as kids who live on within us. Just tell it like it is, Dave.

If the Nationals get past Los Angeles, it might not only be for seeding in the playoffs.

It's time finally for some transparency. Lots of people (like me) will disagree with you, argue with you or tune you out.

Lightning in California is fairly rare, especially in its big population centers. The game would go on.

An announcement came on the scoreboard during a fourth-inning pitching change: The final BART trains would leave downtown locations at 12:20 a.m. "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch came at 1:25 a.m. Arenado had two hits and four RBI in the game.

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