Hanley! Walk-Off Completes Dodger Sweep

I can’t say it was pretty – far from it – and to be honest, it was pretty boring for the first five innings. But in a game that saw 13 runs scored from the bottom of the fifth on and approximately 78 different lead changes, the Dodgers walk away from a back-and-forth Sunday affair with a 7-6 win and a series sweep.

This game took on so many different forms that for most of it, I was sure we’d be discussing how disappointing Andre Ethier has been for months now, yet he ended up with two of the biggest hits of the day – a two-run double off of lefty (!) James Russell in the seventh and a single off of Shawn Camp in the ninth, pushing Matt Kemp to third. That allowed Hanley Ramirez to stroke a Camp pitch to left for his second walkoff as a Dodger, and the celebration was on.

Of course, so much happened that it’s impossible to give full service to all of it. There was A.J. Ellis with two more hits, including doubling in the first run. And Luis Cruz with two hits of his own, including a two-run single in the sixth. And the bullpen pitching terribly, as Brandon League & Randy Choate were each charged with runs – note that Javy Guerra wasn’t, even though he gave up a run-scoring hit – and Kenley Jansen allowing a game-tying homer to Anthony Rizzo in the top of the ninth. And Shane Victorino continuing to struggle as a Dodger. And Joe Blanton walking in more than he had in his previous four starts combined. And about twelve other things.

All of which led to a situation where it seemed like the Dodgers would lose the game but still take the series, and we’d all have been acting like they just got swept into last place. Fortunately for us all, we can save that conversation for another day; with the win, the Dodgers remain a half game behind the Giants and gain one on Arizona.

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DBrim
DBrim moderator

I think the real take-away from the DFA Uribe/Gwynn/Rivera/Loney arguments that are sure to follow this is that we have a lot of shitty players right now.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Aw fuck this really kinda blows

Dang88
Dang88

Damn you Uribe contract......at least Jerry gets a chance

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Why would you DFA Gwynn instead of Rivera?  Do we really need three first basemen?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

RT @Dodgers: OFFICIAL: @Dodgers today designated  Tony Gwynn Jr. for assignment and recalled outfielder/first baseman Jerry Sands from AAA Albuquerque.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

I like how this version of the Dodgers is back to feeling like they can beat the opposing bullpen

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Bleacher just got bought for $175MM.  Currently wondering if Mike is dying inside right now.

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

So what's this about AGonz? Did Lord Kasten and Darth Colletti claim him on waivers?

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

wuzzup, im back from my boring long weekend in SD

Dang88
Dang88

@DBrim Not as many as we used too haha

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @EephusBlue yeah it does. i would definitely have put rivera and uribe ahead on the useless chart. curious to see how often and where sands plays. 

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

 @EephusBlue "Bringing in the right kind of players has been an ongoing discussion between Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti since the end of last season. It’s great to have a collection of young, talented players, but unless you can mix in some solid glue guys with championship experience, the team will invariably fall apart. That is largely why the team brought in Adam Kennedy, who won a World Series with the Angels in 2002, and Jerry Hairston Jr., who won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009. "

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Dodgers NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! THere go my #Gwynning sales!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @DBrim I can't believe that. Just, what the fuck......

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @Mike Petriello  @EephusBlue i'm assuming some variation on gwynn is expendable because the gnome, i assume. not that you're wrong, is just not cut and dried IMHO. 

 

 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @Deuce  @Dang88 Jerry has been tearing it up (again) so I think they are gonna slot him into more games

DBrim
DBrim moderator

 @EephusBlue Rivera and Sands now have the precise same role, though.  At least Sands can (theoretically) hit.  Gwynn could fill in at center, and Sands probably can't.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @el serracho yes yes the reverse is also true and depressing. But trying to focus on positives pessimistic goat

Dang88
Dang88

@EephusBlue @Deuce I hope so Rivera isn't cutting it

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @el serracho Im just hopeful. Cubs pen is bad yes but how many times this year have we seen rallies killed by James Loney and Juan Rivera batting after Ethier no matter the pen. One day we may see AJ Ellis batting before Matt Kemp.......one day.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @EephusBlue errr i was just going to point out how awful the cubs pen is, but ok. and yeah, i be pessimistic. sorry, ok?