Shane Victorino’s Big Night Fuels Dodger Victory

Shane Victorino‘s only been okay since joining the Dodgers, but considering the absolute black hole crew he replaced out there, even that was an improvement. Tonight, Victorino was much more than that, showing why an upgrade in left field was so necessary while factoring into the first four of the Dodger runs.

Victorino put the first run on the board in the third inning by doubling home A.J. Ellis, who had also doubled; he then came around on a Matt Kemp single. In the fifth, he crushed his first homer as a Dodger off of Jeff Karstens, plating himself and pitcher Aaron Harang. (And well-timed, too; as Jon Weisman pointed out earlier today, power from left field for the Dodgers is an increasingly rare sight.)

The newest Dodger’s big game supported another reasonably effective outing from Harang, who was good enough through six innings that I wasn’t quite sure why he was lifted at that point. Ronald Belisario continued his recent struggles by allowing two to score on three hits in the eighth, but Kenley Jansen shut down the Pirates with little trouble in the ninth to start off the series with a win.

In addition to Victorino & Ellis, Kemp & Luis Cruz each had extra-base hits as well. Juan Rivera drove in a big run pinch-hitting for James Loney in the eighth, a run which proved to be huge after Belisario fell apart, but Loney, Mark Ellis, Adam Kennedy & Hanley Ramirez all went hitless. (On the bench, Don Mattingly chipped in with some massive #buntfail.) For Loney, his OBP drops to .297, the lowest it’s been since early March. At least he’s not Juan Uribe, I suppose, who made a rare appearance and of course swung at the first pitch before striking out and looking bad doing so.

With the win, the Dodgers pull back to within one-half game of San Francisco, as they send Ryan Vogelsong against Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals tonight.

322 comments
JoeyE
JoeyE

im so sick of AJ Ellis hitting 8th no matter what. if donnie is so afraid of having a "slow runner" 2nd, then at least bat him 6th

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

Just because the Gnats play Theriot and Penny doesn't mean the Dodgers have to reciprocate.

Hoagiebum
Hoagiebum

I thought this was a joke at first. Let's see, Uribe has little or no hitting skill, swings and misses a lot, rarely walks, can not bunt, and has no speed. Sounds perfect for the two spot in the order.

JoeyE
JoeyE

Uribe can't bunt either. and donnie loves to have the 2 hole bunt every now and then.  he's been having them bunt a lot more it seems lately too

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Also, new favorite stat of the year.  Strasburg has a 0.9 WAR ... as a hitter.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Average performance of all Pitchers this year: .130/.165/.162

Uribe's line this year: .191/.248/.289

 

Is it really that much worse?

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

Correia: Juan, the next pitch will be a slider in the dirt.

 

Urinnedy: OK, I'll swing at that.

 

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

FYI, I will have a shameless inline text ad in tonight's game thread post. It'll defray about 3 months of hosting costs. So, that's happening.

JoeyE
JoeyE

like i've been saying. Donnie hates AJ Ellis. Uribe 2nd and AJ 8th. hahahahaha

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

Correct me if I'm wrong.  WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PENNANT RACE!!!  And we are playing lineup games and games with our roster.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Don Mattingly: forever proving the "lineup doesn't matter" people wrong.  Christ.

KirkDavenport
KirkDavenport

Brainstorm time. Obviously 99% of us think the Dodgers need offensive help. There is no chance to change managers or the front office. Only a player or two coming in might be a possibility and a hope.

Without stopping to evaluate the nominations, lets just get out names of all the players you consider could be acquired to help the Dodgers  - specifically corner infielders, power bats, bats off the bench. Please add players who are available and do-able. Lets give a clue to Ned that it is not too late to get some help

 

Jerry Sands

Alec Castellanos

Scott Van Slyke

Kendry Morales  - rumored to be available in trade or being non-tendered

Scott Hairston - rumored to be available from Mets

Derrek Lee - waiting in Los Angeles unsigned

 

please add your suggestions

TheConman
TheConman

Juan Uribe career against Correia: 8 for 17, 471/.500/.706

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

Well, VND got her wish for no MEllis in the 2nd spot.  Don't think this is what she had in mind, however.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

Why is there the perception (media mainly) that the Gnats pitching is superior to ours?  Do they still think Little Timmy is good?  Do they look at Vogelsong's over-his-head ERA and think he's the new Greg Maddux?  What gives?  Almost all "experts" are picking the Gnats to win the division because of their pitching.  I'm not saying our rotation is great, but it's at least close to the Gnats, and our pen is better.  Fangraphs has Dodgers with better FIP and xFIP (although very close) and a higher pitching WAR (13.8 to 12.1).

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

bahahahaha Juan Uribe hitting 2nd tonight.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @JohnM yep. you could potentially play multiple one-game playoff games that week.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

If you use wOBA, it is the worst.

JoeyE
JoeyE

 @DBrim really impressive line for him. .316/.381/500. 1 less home run than Loney in like 300 less PA's lol

TheConman
TheConman

Donnie must have been impressed with his 30 second, 4 pitch strikeout last night

Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)
Tony Fernandez (MSTY Most Informative Poster)

 @JohnM  @DBrim Hehe. I've heard that putting your pitcher to bat 4th is worth 15 runs over an entire season. So let's say that each bad mistake is worth 10 runs. AJ Ellis bats eighth. Dee Gordon leads off (half a season so let's give that a 5). Mellis batting second and always bunting has to be worth a few runs. Loney/Rivera batting in the middle of the lineup has to be worth a few.

 

That looks like a few games that are directly on the manager that we are losing for no good reason.