Dodgers 14, Blue Jays 5: It’s AJ’s Day

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That man above, my friends, is A.J. Ellis. That’s the look of a man who just drove in his fifth run of the game, a new career high, along with four hits and a no-doubt homer to center field, and a guy who often gets overshadowed by the bigger, more expensive names around him. That’s a man who deserves a good deal of credit, along with Tim Federowicz (who finished off the game at first base, believe it or not), for providing the Dodgers with solid, top-third, above-replacement production at a position where it’s often difficult to find even mediocrity.

I focus on Ellis tonight because of his career night, but really, there’s not going to be a shortage of heroes on a night in which the Dodgers scored four runs in three separate innings. (For comparison’s sake, they’ve scored fewer than four runs in a game 52 times this year, and they hadn’t hit 14 runs since back in 2011, per Bob Timmermann.) Andre Ethier doubled twice; Hanley Ramirez reached three times, continuing his absurd run; Skip Schumaker drove in three while hitting his first homer of the season; Carl Crawford had three hits. Every starter had at least one hit,with Yasiel Puig adding a great catch at the center field wall in the eighth, and you can hardly get on Adrian Gonzalez for walking three times; even Juan Uribe at least drove in a run and scored one without adding a hit. And as though the 16 hits and four walks the Dodgers collected weren’t enough, Toronto helped out with five errors.

All of that offense overshadowed what was a decent-but-not-great outing from Hyun-jin Ryu, who allowed four runs and 11 baserunners in 5.1 innings, but it’s admittedly difficult to focus on that when the team has now won 21 of 26, once again tying them with Arizona for first as we await the outcome of the Diamondbacks against the non-Matt Garza Cubs tonight.

This run can’t keep up, we keep telling ourselves. At some point, they’re going to run into a streak where they lose five-of-seven and we’re all going to worry that the sky is falling. It won’t be. This team is real, and they’re spectacular.

1157 comments
Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

Now we do not want MAG? Well, okay... I guess we are comfortable with what we have in pitching at the upper end of our system. 

We seem to have a few #3 SPs in the wings so if MAG was not going to be better than that then we should save the owners money.

Iron Brian
Iron Brian

I wake up this morning and, hey! presto!, the Dodgers are in First Place.

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

Hey look, the standings are updated... looks nice.

JessePool
JessePool

If Dominguez is out, there will ineviatbly be a Marmol sighitng. God help us all

JessePool
JessePool

Is there any information on Dominguez? He hobbled off the field, but I heard nothing

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

Alfonso Soriano is going back to da Bronx apparently.

Noel D
Noel D

@Mike Petriello Ignoring the sound advice to never get into a debate with someone who buys ink by the barrel...

Many Dodger fans deplore Braun not because he did what so many others have done, but because 1. He had gotten away with it (until now) 2. Acted in a sanctimonious manner after he got away with it, and 3. Won the MVP award that many hoped Matt Kemp would win.

Personally, it makes me sick when ANY players take PED's take jobs from those who do not cheat.  That said, I - like many baseball fans - am willing to forgive players once they are forced to pay the price.  Is this hypocrisy?  Perhaps.

If we learn that ANY current Dodgers are cheating, I hope I will react in the same way that I would for any other player.  I will be disgusted, and hope for a swift, severe penalty.  If they lie and treat the fans like fools, I will be less-likely to forgive them - even after they 'pay the price'.

Lobo
Lobo

@Mike Petriello Dammit Mike, I have a meeting in like 2 minutes.  Now I have to wait half an hour to read this

KMT59
KMT59

@NeDieterich Nice but I think the opposite order would have been better since I read left to right ^_^

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I trust Logan White.

Greycubed
Greycubed

@JessePool I totally forgot we had him.

Maybe he's a Honeycutt correction away from his old dominance. Maaaayyyybeeeee

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

"over time you can kill me, but I'll resurrect so.. NANANANANANA"

Woodsy Allen
Woodsy Allen

@Cochito Commish The Cubs have been really busy lately. Marmol, Garza, Soriano...

Also, I totally thought Guerrier was going to blow it in the game with the Dbacks today, screwing the Dodgers over when he's not even on the team anymore. He proved me wrong, though.

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim 

I pledge allegiance, to Logan White, Assistant GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

And to the organization, for which he stands, 

One team, in the NL West

With pennants, and World Series to come

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

@DBrim Me too. It is not like he is passing on a can't miss, so I am fine with it. 

As a fan though I get irrationally excited about adding to the team.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman Yeah, I was happy to drop the 3 I did (2 were crap and the other was Jeter who is approaching crap and on the DL yet again). If anyone is willing to trade a closer, let me know!