Dodgers 8, Blue Jays 3: Top That One, I Dare You

uribe_dugout_toronto_2013-07-24

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.

686 comments
Lobo
Lobo

So The Wolverine is getting solid reviews.  This makes me extremely happy

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Since I was not online last game, I'd just like to say today: LAST NIGHT WAS AWESOME!!  And if Andre keeps this up, I may have to change my opinion about him.  :)

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Another sick day. This sucks.

Lobo
Lobo

You gotta help me John.  Give me something else to listen to.  Anything

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

@Disgruntled Goat  At least they have pants in baseball. I've seen my fair share of revolting basketball and soccer leg injuries, where nothing is covered because of the shorts. See: Kevin Ware's injury this past March. Or don't, it's gruesome.

SummerSaint
SummerSaint

@Disgruntled Goat  When I first saw the link I figured "oh, he must have just twisted it pretty bad when he got to the base." And then EY Jr. flew into the frame and I'm all "OH FUCK! I WAS SO WRONG!"

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

the dude is quite possibly nuts. and i love it. 

Dang88
Dang88

@Lobo It's the Wolverine movie you've been waiting for all your life

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Lobo Going to see it tomorrow.  Also, if you haven't seen it yet, Pacific Rim was really enjoyable.

Lobo
Lobo

@Catfishin Apparently sickness is contagious over the internet.  You and Brim are both sick now

Dang88
Dang88

@TellMyWifeISaidHello For a second I forgot it was the Onion "Brewers worried Ryan Braun suspension might put season  in jeopardy" 

Lobo
Lobo

@BlueMarvin @Lobo Pacific Rim was fucking awesome.  I may go see it again after Wolverine

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@TellMyWifeISaidHello @BlueMarvin I've been more worried about his mental makeup than bat, was fearing he was just a mercenary who didn't care much about winning after he got paid.  But he sure looks like he's having fun out there these days, you can see it on his face.  Winning = chemistry.  ;)

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

@Lobo @ JohnM @TellMyWifeISaidHello Theyve just gone too close to mainstream and it's ruining indie radio stations and pulled indie pop into more mainstream pop territory. Like Fun. also. Indie pop used to be like songs like "Home" and "Young Folks" and "Kids" at it's peak is now mostly crap

Lobo
Lobo

@TellMyWifeISaidHello @Lobo @ JohnM Taylor Swift is the biggest reason country is taking this downturn.  Her success is prompting other acts to become more pop-oriented.

Lobo
Lobo

@TellMyWifeISaidHello @Lobo @ JohnM Yeah, this is kind of what I was talking about.  It's not bad but it sounds like 20 other country songs I've heard.  There just doesn't seem to be much originality in country music anymore

Lobo
Lobo

@TellMyWifeISaidHello @Lobo @ JohnM I really like country music but I've stopped listening to it as much lately.  I'm sick of every new song sounding like 50 others I've heard.  And it's getting way too poppy, when I want country music I want fiddles, banjos, mandolins, and the like.  The only country bands I still keep up with are Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, and Eric Church