Dodgers 6, Cubs 4: All of the Homers

hairston_2013-08-01For the first few innings of tonight’s eventual 6-4 win over the Cubs, this post was looking like it was going to be about how Ricky Nolasco is decent but not great, and no one should be expecting some sort of ace quality from him. After all, it only took Josh Wall, Steve Ames, and Angel Sanchez to get him, so why should we be totally surprised that he gave up dingers to both Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo in the first?

Nolasco ended up giving up a second blast to Lake in the third, but he comes away from this one with the victory anyway. While you’d expect me to kick in a jab at pitcher wins there — okay, wins! — this has more to do with the fact that the Dodgers suddenly have an offense that can overcome their starter giving up three homers.

You can make that four total for the Cubs, since Rizzo added a second off of Paco Rodriguez in the eighth, but since they were all solo shots that’s all the Cubs would get.

Fortunately for Nolasco, he’s on the new-look Dodgers, the kind that can seemingly pull offense out of just about everywhere. Need a shortstop quickly putting himself into the MVP conversation? Hanley Ramirez has you covered, with a third inning double to score the first two and a highlight-reel double play in the field. Need a clutch hit off the bench to overcome a 3-2 deficit? Look to Jerry Hairston, who did just that by knocking in two with a single up the middle in the sixth, followed by Adrian Gonzalez plating Hairston. Need your young phenom destroying a baseball to add an insurance run? Well, that’s why you have Yasiel Puig.

Nolasco was picked up by four very good innings from the Dodger bullpen, with only Rizzo’s homer off Rodriguez spoiling otherwise solid contributions from J.P. Howell, Chris Withrow, and a dominant Kenley Jansen.

The Dodgers kick off the road trip with their 11th straight road victory, their longest such streak since 1955, and in fact they haven’t lost on the road since July 6 — the day they traded for Nolasco. Thanks to Yu Darvish dominating the Diamondbacks tonight, they sit 3.5 up in the NL West. The fun, it just never seems to end.

430 comments
DodgerDoodle
DodgerDoodle

Time for a poll to pick a nickname for Puig.

Mike, maybe you could gather suggestions for a while and then have some voting?

The Cuban Sluggar?  (you have to pronounce Sluggar to rhyme with Cigar)

There has to be some good ideas out there!

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

Drank's letter is still factually incorrect. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Happy expected suspension day, everyone.

Lobo
Lobo

Is Ryu going today?

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

I would love to sweep the cubbies before we have to go to Saint Louis and then home against Tampa Bay... but selfishly, I just want to see 'Good Capuano' when I am at the game Saturday. Don't ruin it for me Cap!

*VND*
*VND*

honestly i like Jon Soohoo but i think there can be a lot more creativity in the photographs. 

thats just me, i was awakened by some pages, its 240 AM, AHT and im grumpy, but these are my thoughts. im gonna take a bathroom break and i will see everyone in about 3 hours

*VND*
*VND*

damn interns

StealingSaenz
StealingSaenz

*Patiently awaits Hanley telling him he won that bat off Twitters*

Zigoto
Zigoto

@DeucesWild Do you like punk rock? I went to their show June 8. It was awesome!

*VND*
*VND*

@LA_Woman creepy white guy in background is extra creepy and extra white

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman I want to see Wrigley so badly. Luckily I have a buddy who was born there. So far, we have Chicago, Mexico (again), and Frisco in the next few months 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

I love this pictures so much. Aside from being just a gorgeous photo, it captures Hanley so perfectly.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Lobo @Mike Petriello in 1992, before the Rays existed, and as the Giants were having difficulty getting agreement locally to get a new park to replace Candlestick, they briefly announced (or threatened, unsure) they were moving to Florida.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@Woodsy Allen @LA_Woman These two are by far the best; the others are pretty meh. I think he's just getting used to both shooting B&W and using a new camera.

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

@DBrim you just don't like people, unless they also simultaneously co-exist as a garph

DBrim
DBrim moderator

This is another reason why I don't like taking pictures of people.

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@LA_Woman I like the Hanley one in black and white but this one needs some blue. I always felt like taking black and white shots was kinda cheating at photography.