Dodgers 10, Blue Jays 9: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

mark_ellis_2013-07-23-torontoChris Capuano wasn’t very good tonight, and Carlos Marmol, making his Dodger debut, was even worse, but neither of those outcomes were really all that unexpected. So when the team was down 8-3 after six innings, it was pretty easy to think that we could just write this one off and move on, because what team wins every game, much less one in which your worst starter and relievers are heavily used?

Well, this team, apparently. Helped somewhat by meltdowns from Toronto relievers Brett Cecil and Darren Oliver, the Dodgers put up three in the seventh and four in the eighth to turn that 8-3 deficit into a 10-8 lead in what seemed to be a matter of seconds, capped off by a no-doubt three-run blast off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez to take the lead, followed by an insurance run on Andre Ethier‘s homer (off a lefty!) two batters later. Every hitter had at least one hit except for Nick Punto; five had two hits, including Mark Ellis, who drove in three just like Gonzalez and Ethier.

Even Punto appeared to have played a key role in the seventh when, with the bases loaded, he lined a ball off Dustin McGowan‘s body. McGowan managed to recover in time to get a charging Ethier at the plate in what was an incredibly close play that we’d still be talking about if not for the fireworks that were to come, and that should really tell you all you need to know here. On just about any other night, that’s the defining play of the game. Right now, no one’s going to even remember it, especially not when the usually lights-out Kenley Jansen allowed the Jays to not only slice the lead in half in the ninth, but come within about ten feet of a brutal Brett Lawrie homer for the final out.

That’s now 22 wins in 27 games for Don Mattingly‘s team, and guarantees them another night alone in first place. Sure, there’s something to be said for how god awful the Blue Jays are right now, and it’s probably also worth noting that the Rogers Centre appears to play like the Canadian version of Coors Field. We probably shouldn’t ignore those factors, but I also remember a time not all that long ago where a five run deficit would have taken weeks to overcome. This team did it in minutes. They did it without Matt Kemp. They just keep… on… doing it. Enjoy the ride.

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JackedNate
JackedNate

The good news about Kemp is that it's not a hamstring shoulder

JoeyE
JoeyE

matt kemp is our post deadline trade acquisition. but dammit im pretty BUMMED about this. why the fuck is he star crossed right now? last year he was on the DL i think twice? this year already 3 times.

Jobu
Jobu

MAGnum, please

TheConman
TheConman

Ladies and Gents, we're now officially at Threat Level Eggplant

JoeyE
JoeyE

is it injury prone when its just a bad turn of events? the ankle injury could have happened to anyone

JoeyE
JoeyE

god i hate colletti

JoeyE
JoeyE

so lets say they DFA marmol, who gets called up for him since ned hates SVS and cant call him up for some time anyways? im thinking trade for a bench bat

JoeyE
JoeyE

i hope this is a true 15 day trip for matt. what a terrible time for him. lost 2 years for him except for last april

JoeyE
JoeyE

now SVS cant be called up for 10 days or so and we have lilly and capuano with a bat missing on the bench. fuck you ned

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Lilly is getting showcased for a deadline deal.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

they can't really plan on putting lilly in the bullpenis, can they? and if not, why not wait until they want him to start? 

JoeyE
JoeyE

ted lilly. brandon league. chris capuano. carlos marmol. 1st place despite this GM

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

VND is happy her favorite pitcher is back

JoeyE
JoeyE

ted lilly contract. damn you ned

Jobu
Jobu

Oh, and AGu tooooo

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@JoeyE  I equate this to Hanley early in the year, can't stay healthy and all of a sudden goes on a 2 month romp

Lobo
Lobo

@JoeyE  Matt went on the DL so SVS could have been called back up.  The ten day rule only applies to non-injury related callups

Lobo
Lobo

@Capnsparrow I don't think we could blackmail another team into taking Ted Lilly from us

JoeyE
JoeyE

@Lobo @JoeyE  so why didnt he get called up? if they want lilly here so bad, DFA capuano