We See You Too, Hanley: Ramirez Leads the Way With Two Homers

In 499 plate appearances spread over 137 games this season, the two primary Dodgers on the left side of the infield – Dee Gordon & Juan Uribe – had combined for three home runs all year long.

Tonight, Hanley Ramirez (two) & Luis Cruz combined to match that total in only five innings. In the second inning, they teamed with James Loney to go went back-to-back-to-back off Atlanta starter Ben Sheets; in the sixth, after Matt Kemp & Andre Ethier walked, Ramirez sealed the game with his second blast of the night.

As it happened, the four homers were the only Dodger hits of the night; since the two walks came around to score on the Ramirez homer, it was nearly the first time since June of 2002 that the Dodgers won in a game with zero men left on base, at least until Loney ruined it with a walk in the ninth. It was just the second time in team history that the team had at least four hits which all went for homers, with the first coming back in 2002 when Alex Cora, Shawn Green (two), & Eric Karros all took future Dodger Ramon Ortiz deep, though Ortiz went the distance in an 8-4 Angel win. (As Jon Weisman points out, both Baltimore and Colorado have done that with five homers this year alone.)

For Ramirez & Cruz, the big night served to further illustrate just how much of an improvement they’ve been on their predecessors on the left side. Ramirez was hitting .322/.388/.483 as a Dodger headed into the game, even before hitting his third & fourth homers for the team; Cruz now has 11 hits over his last seven games, including five of the extra-base variety. Like we saw with Elian Herrera, I’m expecting there to be a point where the Cruz magic disappears, but for now it’s real, and I love it.

The offensive show overshadowed another bizarre outing from starter Aaron Harang. After the Dodgers went quietly in the top of the first tonight, Harang threw 26 pitches in the bottom of the inning, and only eight were for strikes. Though he walked Michael Bourn, Chipper Jones (intentionally), & Dan Uggla, and allowed a double to Martin Prado, Harang managed to escape further damage by getting David Ross to strike out with the bases loaded and two outs – even though he looked terrible doing it. Despite the inauspicious start, Harang managed to survive into the seventh inning, having allowed just the one run despite walking five.

In the eighth, Javy Guerra & Shawn Tolleson combined to load the bases with two out and Friday hero Juan Francisco at the plate, and temporary manager Trey Hillman did what we’d all been clamoring for Don Mattingly to do last night – bring in the best reliever in the bullpen when the game was actually worth saving. Kenley Jansen blew away Francisco, shocking everyone who thought that closers were contractually obligated to pitch only in the ninth. Jansen allowed a homer to Prado when he came back out, a ball which just barely escaped Shane Victorino‘s reach at the left field wall, but otherwise escaped unscathed as the Dodgers temporarily pulled even with San Francisco for first place, though the Giants currently hold a 5-4 lead over San Diego in the fifth.

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Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

This is the first time that i'm actually concerned about how *easy* the gnats remaining schedule is. 

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Oh. My. God. I just saw the Giants remaining sched. They Play the Padres and Rockies 14 times... their Sept sched is all against Rockies Padres and Dbacks with a 3 game series with us mixed in.... for good measure they also at the end of October have a 3 game series with both the Astros and Cubs.... must be nice....

efb
efb

wtf is going on in here?

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

For the 567464th time, Mattingly: great player manager, shitty "manager" manager.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Aight time for bed. Time to dream of Megan Fox's toejammy hands. Dont watch any more HBO naughty things Jake

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

so eephus i watched this movie the other night called "super" with rainn wilson have u seen it?

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

eephus, to give you an idea of how much this girl in my math class is heralded: her facebook pics routinely get 900+ likes, she maxed out her facebook friends at 15 years old, shes considered the hottest girl in all of high schools in the valley, she also has a buff boyfriend

WBBsAs
WBBsAs

 @Gilbert_Venge On the bright side, the Padres, Rocks, Dbacks, Astros & Cubs get to play the Gnats.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz Have a pic? She maxed out her friends at 15? That sounds sketchy and creepy

Jose89
Jose89

@JakeHorvitz LOL

RobertJamesY
RobertJamesY

We all know the old saying, if they giants are still in it, these teams will attempt to play spoiler.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz well thats what I meant. Got caught seeing nekkid chicks. Wait what did u think i meant?!?!

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue i dont think my mom likes that, but i also dont like it because she sits down and takes the remote

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue well maybe you wouldnt like this movie, its more of a character study as a satire of human nature and our views on heroism than it is a straight superhero parody

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz haha well i wouldnt kick her out of bed. I would kick Megan Fox out. I dont want to catch whatever it was that made her thumbs that wya

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue we could play that game forever, u still said meh to alba and thats just, just depressing

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue do u find blatant, unexpected violence in its most realistic not exaggerated form is funny?

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue No I think you have a sense of humor, your perceptions of certain women however...

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz Uh maybe? I dunno. She used to be a track athlete at Cal. Really gorgeous in person. Like holy shit gorgeous. And smart as well.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz Where is this mythical hot girl of the hottest hotties in hotdome?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @JakeHorvitz  @Jose89 I would go for Kate, and wouldnt kick jessica out of bed. But megan "toe jam" Fox is not doing it for me

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

 @EephusBlue  @Jose89 yes she is its ok to admit that there are many smokin hot women, among them are kate beckinsale, jessica alba, and megan fox