Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3: And That’s Why You Want Adrian Gonzalez

gonzalez_fields_2013-05-25Ted Lilly was actually pretty good tonight, allowing only two hits and an earned run (two total) in 5.1 innings — and I cannot believe that I actually saw people complaining that Don Mattingly was too quick with the hook there — but the story of the night was of course Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodger first baseman got on base five times, coming up only a triple short of the cycle while walking twice, driving in three, and making the fantastic defensive play you see above. Nick Punto got on base four times while making a wonderful diving play of his own, while Juan Uribe drove in a run with a pinch-hit double, even Brandon League managed a relatively straight-forward save and…

…ah, who the hell am I kidding. I’m publishing this about 30 seconds after the final pitch, so I haven’t seen any other stories yet, but we all know what we’re going to be reading about. We’re not going to be reading about a much-needed win or any of the contributions that went into it, we’re going to be reading about how Mattingly double-switched Matt Kemp out of the game when Kenley Jansen entered in the seventh.

Kemp was seen clearly unhappy in the dugout — which, good, because why would we want him to be happy about that? — and I’m anticipating a ton of game stories about whether Mattingly is starting a whole situation here.

To be honest, I don’t care. While I believe that Kemp has very valid reasons for not producing, this team is in last place. If Mattingly has to make some moves that may not be seen as popular, well, get over it. I imagine this is going to be nothing, because again Kemp is a competitor and never should want to come out of the game. But I’m really not looking forward to endless rounds of hand-wringing over what’s probably a non-story entirely, especially when there really was a lot of good that happened tonight.

Anyway, don’t miss tomorrow: Clayton Kershaw vs Shelby Miller. Doesn’t get much better than that.

459 comments
I Digesti
I Digesti

Fuck Mattingly.  The "respect mah authoritai" bullshit has to go.  Aside from ruing talented middle relievers, Torre was a good manager.  Why?  Because he knew how to treat a player.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

I saw skip's log.

I wasn't too impressed

Flight School
Flight School

Is it absolutely impossible for the Dodgers to acquire Machado?

Flight School
Flight School

Skip has been improving quite steadily if you check out his log

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Episodes 4 and 5 were decent.

Morry
Morry

It's totally possible, 6 years from now

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim Episode 5 was awesome.  I was laughing the whole time.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@DeucesWild Not necessarily opposed to him getting a day off here and there.  Last night, it looked like he needs it.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Salty.

Wait you mean game log don't you

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Flight School It is theoretically and literally impossible for the Dodgers to acquire Machado.