I guess I don’t know how many different ways I can say “Hanley Ramirez is awesome,” but… wow, is Hanley Ramirez awesome. With three more hits tonight, including a tenth-inning double to break up a 1-1 tie, Ramirez is hitting an unbelievable .390/.444/.706 on the season. It’s a good thing, too, because Yasiel Puig went 0-5 with three strikeouts and hasn’t had a hit in approximately six weeks.
I suppose a fair amount of credit here has to be given to Washington manager Davey Johnson, who inexplicably had reliever Craig Stammen pitch to Ramirez after Adrian Gonzalez doubled. I’m sure there’s a good reason why the call wasn’t to intentionally walk Ramirez in order to pitch to Juan Uribe… but I’ll be damned if I know what it is.
That the game even made it to extras was due in no small part to the Dodger bullpen, who followed Zack Greinke with three shutout innings from five different relievers before Kenley Jansen nailed the win down in the tenth. Chris Withrow picked up his first major league win, and while pitcher wins remain stupid, I’m pointing it out because he was both filthy in his one inning of work and looks like a really bad-ass late-inning type now.
The Dodgers are, for the moment, within a single game of first place. They could get as close as a half-game if Arizona loses to San Francisco tonight (the Giants are winning 4-2 at the moment)… and Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers tomorrow. I’d say things are lined up pretty well, wouldn’t you?