Not to diminish Hiroki Kuroda, who pitched seven scoreless innings in one of his finest outings of the season, or Matt Kemp, who continued to bolster his MVP case with his 28th homer and 31st stolen base, but if major league teams gave out “game balls” like they do in Little League, today’s would have the name “Justin Sellers” on it. That’s what happens when you take a 1-2 pitch with two on in the 6th inning of your third career big-league game and deposit it into the stands in front of your hometown crowd, thus setting off the demand for the the curtain call you see above.
With the sweep of the hapless Astros – and, look, I know it’s hard to underestimate a team that came into this series at 38-79, but holy lord are they atrocious – the Dodgers head off on a three-city, ten-game road trip that takes them through Milwaukee, Colorado, and St. Louis. As Vin Scully noted in the 9th inning of today’s game, the Brewers are 44-15 at home, which represents the most home wins in the bigs. The Dodgers leave today’s game at 55-64; I’ll predict they come home at 59-70.
Per a tweet by ESPN’s Buster Olney, Ted Lilly passed through waivers unclaimed, which is no surprise whatsoever, as anyone who claimed him would be responsible for the $28m or so left on his contract. The real question is, if someone had put in a claim, would Ned Colletti have let him go?