Dodgers 3, Nationals 2: Nothing But Homers

nolasco_2013-07-19Someday, Hanley Ramirez is going to stop hitting. In fact, that’s part of my next ESPN article, going up tomorrow, which discusses how he and Yasiel Puig simply can’t continue the paces they’ve put forward over the last month, because it’s just not possible.

Today is not that day, apparently. Ramirez’ third-inning blast off Stephen Strasburg provided the first two runs the Dodgers would need, and Andre Ethier‘s ninth-inning tiebreaker off Rafael Soriano was the difference in a 3-2 Dodger victory. For Ethier, it was his first homer in more than a month, since going deep off of Ian Kennedy on June 11, and had he waited just a little while longer, we could have said he’d hit just one homer in two months, since his previous homer before that had been on May 20 in Milwaukee. Ethier now has six homers on the year, but after three in April, he’s got one apiece in May, June, & July.

Fortunately for the Dodgers, the pitching was once again effective. Ricky Nolasco wasn’t dominating — he allowed 10 baserunners and struck out only two in 5.1 innings — but he managed to limit the damage, and Jose Dominguez, Paco Rodriguez, Ronald Belisario, & Kenley Jansen cleaned up with 3.2 innings of nearly perfect relief. Don’t look now, but between those four and J.P. Howell, the Dodgers actually have something resembling a decent bullpen. Let’s hope Ned Colletti keeps that in mind before Joc Pederson gets traded for John Axford.

As for Puig, he struck out twice in four plate appearances before being inexplicably double-switched out, but he did at least manage to provide this bit of excitement, courtesy of complex.com:

Bryce Harper was clearly out, though the umpire badly missed the call. Harper eventually scored, though fortunately it didn’t impact the outcome of the game. In the meantime, the Dodgers are just two games behind Arizona as the Diamondbacks are just kicking off a game in San Francisco. Does this mean we have to root for the Giants? I suppose it does, and good lord does that make me feel dirty.

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Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

Made it home. May have gotten into it with a marine twice my size for talking shit to my wife, but we won and I have all of my teeth!

Lobo
Lobo

So did anyone else hear the announcement that Batman is going to be in Man of Steel 2?  It will be the first time ever that Batman and Superman will appear in the same film

FreeDK
FreeDK

So Hawk Harrelson was waiting for Padilla outside the clubhouse to kick his ass back in the day

The Monocle
The Monocle

welp, looks likes i just committed to the Mammoth Mud Run in late August. 

KMT59
KMT59

Nice play Hiroki

philipp1 (I need Ramon back)
philipp1 (I need Ramon back)

Bill Plunkett @billplunkettocr

#Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said trade deadline focus is on adding to bullpen. But "you're always one injury away from having one more need."

P_F_P
P_F_P

Current game threat level?

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

It's funny now to see that teams are "tapped out" financially after adding Scott Feldman

efb
efb

is Mike going to the game today? 

*VND*
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was MOS 1 worth seeing? 

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thats breaking bad guy huh

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crazy because advanced metrics were predicting the Blue Jays to not be very good at the beginning of the year

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ive done some mud runs and zombie runs and stuff. its fun. 

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@efb i don't think so. he mentioned that he was just going to miss dodgers @ nats

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@PagansOedipalComplex @Capnsparrow sure it'd be nice but RP at trade time is always a strict overpay. With Don's improved managing style (aka, not using League, using Paco more, etc) and with Belisario now on a roll, the bullpen can finally be considered a strength.

Jobu
Jobu

Robo Umps

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im gonna go see it again at a bigger theater and take some of my friends with me. its gonna be a fun time

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he needed an excuse to post his gif addiction, it was a tough fit but it tried to make it stick

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awesome movie. love the main hero

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i figured as much

Jobu
Jobu

Knuckleballers - nothing but vodoo that most of the time blows up in your face (ps Kersh should have won the Cy Young last year not knucklehead)

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there was a caveat in there discussing the fact that with all the offensive prowess the defense and the pitching just werent there. i didnt look into it too much since i cant give two shits about the AL haha