Dodgers 2, Braves 1: Let’s Thank Puig, Ryu, & C.B. Bucknor

puig_homer_2013-06-07We have officially reached the point where I have no idea what to say about Yasiel Puig any longer. In a game where Paul Maholm absolutely dominated the Dodger offense with ease, it was Puig’s sixth inning blast that prevented Hyun-jin Ryu from being saddled with an unfair 1-0 loss. (Let’s just take the moment now, since it will get totally lost, to point out just how outstanding Ryu was again. The man has been a savior this season.)

Puig’s homer didn’t just tie a record — and it did, because only two other players in history have driven in 10 runs in the first five games of their career — it sent what was already a fanbase fawning over him into complete overdrive. Put it this way: there’s now a Twitter account called @PuigAtBat. It’s a bot, dedicated entirely to letting people know that Puig is up so they can flip to the Dodger game. Whomever created it was absolutely correct to do so, because how can you turn away? You try to keep in mind that the only other hitter in history with four homers in his first five games was Mike Jacobs, who turned out to be nothing, but still. Puig is living in some rarefied air.

twitter_running_hernandezThat was proven in the eighth, when Puig came up with Ramon Hernandez at third and two out. I know it’s being taken as an enormous sign of respect that the Braves intentionally walked Puig, but to be honest, it’s just common sense. Would you rather face Puig, or Mark Ellis against a righty? Of course. It’s not even a decision. Predictably, Ellis flew out — and why we did not see Skip Schumaker or Nick Punto either running for Hernandez or hitting for Ellis or both, I do not know — and the game remained tied. (No, since many have asked, Puig getting an intentional pass in his 20th MLB plate appearance isn’t a record or really close to it; 38 different times, it’s happened in a hitter’s big league debut.)

That theme repeated itself in the tenth (after 1.1 quality shutout innings from Kenley Jansen) when Hernandez singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch from Anthony Varvaro. Again, Don Mattingly choice not to run for the glacially slow catcher, until Luis Cruz singled him to third. Only then did Schumaker enter, and lest you think only I was confused about this, please do notice my Twitter feed at that moment as shown at right.

With first and third, we hoped either that Juan Uribe would continue his hilarious 2013 with a walkoff or — and this was probably far, far more of us — that he would not do that and set Puig up for more heroics. But the wild Varvaro uncorked another wild pitch past sort-of-a-catcher Evan Gattis, and Shumaker ran home to be mobbed at the plate for the grand effort of coming off the bench to jog home 90 feet.

Let it be known that Brandon League collected the win, which, well, you know.

By the way, we always gripe that umpiring calls always seem to go against the Dodgers. Remember this the next time we say that — in the ninth, tied at one, League had allowed Jason Heyward to double. Justin Upton weakly topped a ball into the grass just in front of the plate, but by the time Hernandez managed to ever so slowly get to it and throw to first to “get the out” and save League from himself, well…

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Thanks, C.B. Bucknor. You’re the absolute worst, but I’ll take it for today.

464 comments
capnsparrow
capnsparrow

I think I chose wisely in the timing of my exit last night!

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

Is Lilly pitching tomorrow, or in the oldtimers game today??

Moms a nice lady
Moms a nice lady

I know about tying Jacobs in the record book. How about seperation puig by himself. It's got to be a record. First four home runs are the home run cycle?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@It's Bob On a $/WAR basis he's already been worth about 1/14th of his contract.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Are you in tropical paradise yet?

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman My dad always finds a way to tell the story of when he went golfing with Sandy. We still have the autographed program, I'm still so jealous

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Factor in all the Puig shirts they've sold and he'll pay for himself by July.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@DBrim @Capnsparrow I'm not sure buas I was clicking the red x at the top of of the browser I saw Braniac show up in the notifications bar

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Puig deserves most of the credit. CB Bucknor was scares of him, Varvaro was scared of him, puigtimidation.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Capnsparrow @DBrim Nothing got flagged, at least, so I'll just imagine that the night crew took care of themselves.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@DeucesWild @LA_Woman  Yeah, your team was doing well (or at least better than average) with 20 catchers and no one managing it. And then when you took over it just skyrocketed. So probably regression was in order.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman I figured my team had to start crashing sometime soon since they were pretty outrageously good the 1st two weeks. No worries though, I like to learn how to patch things up when needed

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Cochito Commish @LA_Woman @DeucesWild  Couple people got banned (one was the return of dbarone -- racist stuff; another was banned for sexist stuff -- I missed that episode). Eephus is on the verge of banning Plaza. Troy got banned, but I think you were around for that, right?

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@Cochito Commish I hear ya. I was in Santa Barbara for a week. After freaking out about no wifi for a day, it was just great

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman Oh yeah, his public enemy #1 was in true form. His control wasn't all there, but still dominated. The single player who seemed to have him somewhat figured out was Pujols, and that's nothing to be ashamed of

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@LA_Woman @DeucesWild I saw his first two dingers. That was cool. I also saw Nick Franklin's first two. I need to attend more games for prospect's sake. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman Awesome! I was at Kershaw's debut. We have the beginning of our stories. I'm sure we'll have many more great experiences to come

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman I hope one day we can tell stories that will be the envy of others

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@DeucesWild @LA_Woman  The father of a Facebook friend of mine was the bartender in the club at DS (where all the special people get to go -- I don't even know what it's called, as I've never been there). So she got to hang out at the stadium a lot as a kid, and Sandy was her favorite one to hang out with. (Yes, freaking envious, I am.)

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman It was a charity thing years ago (before I was born). He was just lucky enough to be part of the foursome. I guess they had a fun time because a month afterward, they were at the same course again and Sandy even remembered my dad and called him over to his table. Again, so.freaking.jealous.