Dodgers 3, Pirates 0: Smiles All Around

matt_kemp_happySometimes, when you want to get healthy & happy, all you need is Jonathan Sanchez and the Pittsburgh Pirates to come to town. Sorry, Pittsburgh fans. It’s true. The Dodgers have beaten them 17 of 21, after all.

Really, that could have scarcely gone better. There was Matt Kemp, breaking his hitless streak with an RBI double in the sixth, generating the reaction you see above. There was Andre Ethier, putting the first run on the board not only with a homer, but with a homer off a lefty. There was Justin Sellers, redeeming himself from the other night with an outstanding defensive play. There was the bullpen, contributing 2.1 hitless innings of relief from Paco Rodriguez, Kenley Jansen, & Brandon League. There was A.J. Ellis‘ third double of the year (in addition to him gunning down Andrew McCutchen attempting to steal), and Adrian Gonzalez‘ first, a seventh-inning drive that pushed Kemp across with the third run of the game.

But most of all, there was Zack Greinke, throwing six and a third perfect innings in his Dodger debut before allowing a hit to McCutchen. Lest you be eager to point out a potential mistake and note that Garrett Jones actually had a single in the second inning, let me remind you how that play actually went down…

…and so I stand by my statement. Greinke went 92 pitches, striking out six, in what was known to be an outing where he’d have a bit of a leash on him after his abbreviated spring. Looking at it through that lens, perhaps the Mark Ellis play above was something of a blessing, since it removed any possible pressure on Don Mattingly to keep him in longer than necessary.

Oh, and it gets better, friends: after dealing with Greinke tonight, the Pirates have to face Clayton Kershaw tomorrow evening. In 15.2 innings this year, the ace duo has allowed just six hits, zero walks, and zero runs. That just isn’t right… but it sure is fun.

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News from down on the farm tonight: Yasiel Puig, playing right field, made his debut for Double-A Chattanooga a successful one, going 2-3 with a run, a stolen base, and — wait for it — a walk! Zach Lee struck out five in four innings, allowing one earned run.

Ted Lilly made a “rehab” start for High-A Rancho Cucamonga, and… oh.

 

249 comments
Iron Brian
Iron Brian

So, someone finally told Puig that he can walk?

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

Puig waiks (Mike makes a tally mark on his Lookout calendar).

KMT59
KMT59

Morning All. Here's to the anticipation of waiting to see another great game pitched by Kershaw...It sucks....I can't wait...At least game time is an hour earlier tonight

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

Lilly throwing BP at Rancho.  Good luck trying to get someone to take him off our hands.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Here's to Matt Kemp having a batting average! Now to get it back up over 300 where it belongs! with Power!

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

Nothing new since I went to bed? Slackers

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

A man that knows what he wants >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> anything. Even money

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

one day clayton kershaw will come and tell me that baseball isnt all fun and glory

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Man, it must be eating Hanley up that he can't play

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Except you, Jake. Be a neurosurgeon

MSTIer: Jake
MSTIer: Jake

then i wont feel bad about not making it to the pros

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@EephusBlue much moreso than that suckass piece of shit Manny

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Let me play well in 2008

Suspended 2009, plays some

2010 - complete and utter dick

Fans still love me for 2008

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Catfishin @Dodgers' 7th Ring @VND, not your friend, not moderator and Jake would never have to worry about getting experience. Plus M.D's make cray Cray dong.

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild I'll definitely post some pictures. It's the Padres' home opener so I'm sure they'll have some cool pre-game event. 

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild Everyone around me was like "wait.. what? what did he just say?" It was pretty funny. I'm going to the game on Tuesday and hoping to get at least one or two signatures. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Lol he blew you some smoke because he goes to signing events. My buddy got one from him just a few weeks ago. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. At least you were acknowledged by him!

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild I asked Tommy for an autograph and got really happy when he acknowledged me but then he said he doesn't sign because it was against his religion. I had no idea how to react after that haha. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G I wouldn't expect anything less from him, he's a good man and willing to please the fans. From my experience, Kemp is really good too. I've even seen him take special time away to take a pic with a kid

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild The only reason they ever say no is because they have to take grounders or whatever. Other than that they'll sign 5-10 autographs. Kershaw usually signs for like 10 minutes, though. He'll stand by the dugout steps, points at you, you throw your ball/hat/card/whatever and then you let somebody else have their chance. He's doing it right. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Sweet, availability is pretty good then. Only factor is how willing the players are. Thanks, bud

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild You can hang out by the dugout during BP. You can ask any player for an autograph, after that it's a matter of them saying yes. 

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild It's definitely one of my favorite parks. The Dodgers are here next week and then not again until the end of June.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Then consider it done. Now it's just a matter of when. I need to look at the Padres schedule. I've never been to Petco and that's one of the main attractions for me

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Next time I'm heading out there, I'll need your advice. I'll even buy the first round if you're available

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Well it was after a wedding, so I can't recall specifics, but the wedding was on the beach at Santa Clara Pl and the bars were right around the corner. Mission blvd maybe, that stands out

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Haha good to know. I was out there a few months ago for my best friend's wedding and the bars we hit were great (not downtown). Although a shirtless dude did arm wrestle me, but he was a bridesmaid's bf lol. I'm more of a fun sports bar than packed madness kinda fella

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild Public transport is a lot cheaper and it's gotten a lot safer lately. Also, you don't want to drink downtown. It's expensive as shit and full of rich dbags. I've done it twice and regretted it both times. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Not bad at all. I'd take a cab if I was going to the bars or a Padre game, it's safer and don't have to worry about parking. Thanks for the info, SD is still on a short list of places where I want to move

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G I'd take the bigger place and spend money on taxis. How far are you from downtown?

It's still cheaper than SB, a downtown apartment is just ridiculous. Although, sharing rent is pretty similar

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild San Diego is a prime example of location location location. I live with my mom and brother and we pay $1000 a month for a 2 bedroom townhome while my best friend pays $1000 for a 1 bedroom apartment thats about the size of my living room but he lives a block away from the beach and my favorite bar. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G I know how you feel. My parents decided to sell the house in Santa Barbara when I was 18, so I had to move out of the place I loved. They originally bought it for $260k and sold it for just under a mil, so I can't blame them. I'm aiming to get back to SB or move to San Diego sometime soon. I won't be able to afford that apartment though!!

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild My parents bought it when the building was still under construction and I think it was somewhere between 800K and a mill but I have no idea. I was young and didn't care about the value of a dollar. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Holy shit! I would've been pretty upset, too. Mind if I ask what an apartment with a view like that goes for?

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Whoa, that sounds brutal. Hope things are going in a better direction for you now

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@DeucesWild My life went crazy the second I chopped my locks. I had to move from this absolutely bitching apartment to a little townhouse, my job got new owners and they all brought their own staff, my then girlfriend moved away. It was a shit show.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G One time I was pissed at work and my boss, so I had a big, scruffy beard and had my hair cut into a mohawk (both were against the rules). So worth it

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Antonio G Is it still that long? If so, you must've looked like Werth when you had the beard, too