That was, all in all, a relatively uneventful and workmanlike victory over an inferior roster. I say that without any negative connotation whatsoever; after all that’s happened to this Dodger team so far, sometimes a quiet, effective win is about the best you could ask for.
Chris Capuano was solid in allowing just a Justin Ruggiano solo homer while pitching into the seventh, but the hero of the day is clearly Scott Van Slyke. In his first start of the season, the 26-year-old repaid the faith of all those who insisted the Dodgers should have called him up two weeks ago, crushing a Tom Koehler pitch just out of Ruggiano’s reach in his first plate appearance for the first scoring of the game. He finished off the scoring with an RBI single in the seventh, wrapped around a few solid defensive plays at first base; I won’t say that one game has substantially changed my opinion about a player who went unclaimed by all of baseball when he was DFA’d last winter, but I’m much happier having someone with his profile than yet another punchless utility player like Elian Herrera.
Elsewhere, Carl Crawford & Matt Kemp each had two hits — for Kemp, that makes him the fifth fastest Dodger to reach 1,000 career hits — and once again, special attention must be paid to Juan Uribe, who didn’t even get into the game until the seventh but still had a hit and a walk, scoring on an Andre Ethier sacrifice fly. He also made an excellent defensive play in the ninth to prevent Brandon League from blowing a lead — we can talk more about this later, but for every “why isn’t Kenley Jansen the closer?!” complaint, remember that League could have just as easily been awful in the eighth when Jansen was striking out four of five — and so far this year, Uribe has a .420 on base percentage. I will never get over this.