Remember all the way back to yesterday when I said “you can’t make this stuff up” after the Dodgers fought back from a 8-3 deficit to win?
Uh, yeah. About that. You know, I’m going to recap what happened tonight because I’m a blogger and that’s what I do, but it almost feels a bit hollow. Sure, I can recite the facts, but… I mean, good lord, right? How do you even do justice to a night like this, to a team like this? Even when things aren’t working, everything is working. You know it’s not going to last forever, but it’s all happening right now, and it’s beyond anything I think any of us can ever remember.
Anyway, to the facts: Ricky Nolasco carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning despite walking four, then give back a 2-0 lead by allowing Brett Lawrie to double two home. That was all they had into the bottom of the eighth, when an infield hit by Melky Cabrera, a stolen base by pinch-runner Rajai Davis, and a throwing error by Adrian Gonzalez conspired to bring home the go-ahead run and look to hang Ronald Belisario with an undeserved loss.
That looked more likely than ever when Toronto closer Casey Janssen worked around a leadoff walk to Yasiel Puig in the ninth to blow away Gonzalez & Hanley Ramirez and get to two strikes on Andre Ethier, who singled to Colby Rasmus and then OH MY LORD THIS HAPPENED (via Chad Moriyama):
Puig scored the tying run, and then the wheels really fell off for Toronto in the tenth. Mark Ellis hit what very well be the longest homer of his career, an absolute no-doubt bomb to left field. Puig followed with a shot of his own, his first since July 2, and then Ethier doubled in two more to suddenly make this a laugher.
That’s six wins in a row. That’s 10 in a row on the road. That’s 23 of the last 28, a streak that only the 1924, 1953, and 1955 clubs can beat since the start of the 20th century. That’s now a full game lead over Arizona, who are down 6-0 to the Cubs at the moment after Nate Schierholtz‘s three-run homer.
If not for all the insanity, we’d probably be talking about Puig a whole lot more. In addition to his homer, he singled, doubled and walked, but as you imagine he did them all with as much flair as possible. The double came up just short of a homer, and so Puig had to hustle to second as he’d been watching it go; the walk came with a fun amount of ump-show as Puig was halfway to first base on what looked to be ball four before being called back to do it again. After the worry about his slump, he ended up with six hits (and two walks) over the last three games of the series. That’ll work, I think.
But you know what the scariest part is? The most impressive performance tonight didn’t come from Puig or Ellis or Ethier or the Astroturf. It might very well have come from Brandon League, who pitched two shutout innings and actually collected the win for the second game in a row.
Brandon League, contributing to victories. Now you know things are out of control. I love it. Oh… and they return home to face the Reds on Vin Scully Bobblehead Night with Zack Greinke on the mound and Clayton Kershaw to follow. What a time, friends.