Here’s a list of things Yasiel Puig did today:
- run-scoring single in the first
- walk (!) in the third, later scoring
- hit by Michael Bowden in the fourth
- made absurd throw from right field to third that would have had Junior Lake had Juan Uribe applied the tag (which he arguably, but not clearly, did)
- beat out infield single in the sixth (with some help from the ball hitting second base)
- struck out to end the top of the eighth
- made diving catch to end the bottom of the eighth
Yeah, there’s an argument to be made that game recaps should be more than simple, lazy lists. But when you’ve got Puig running around the field doing pretty much everything, what more can you say other than that his July swoon appears to be in the past?
Really, you wouldn’t think that a game that had all that from Puig, eight runs, and two ejections could be tedious, but after the Dodgers pushed across the final run of the game on a Nick Punto sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning, this thing started to drag, well past three hours.
Fortunately, all of the action came up front and mainly went the way of the Dodgers, other than the part where Don Mattingly and Mark Ellis each got ejected in the fourth inning for arguing with plate umpire Alan Porter. As we worried, Hyun-jin Ryu was only so-so on the road, giving up 11 hits in 5.1 innings, though he at least managed to avoid serious damage by walking zero and letting just two come home. On the day, the Cubs put up 14 hits, yet still managed to bring in just the two.
Brandon League pitched a scoreless seventh on just nine pitches, and if you haven’t noticed that he’s now strung together six consecutive scoreless outings, it’s time to. Let’s not overstate this, because he still isn’t missing bats, but if he’s at least a usable middle reliever as opposed to a “break glass in case of emergency” disaster, that’s valuable.
Speaking of “break glass in case of emergency,” Carlos Marmol! Pitching for the first time in over a week, he allowed a double to Julio Borbon (later picked off by A.J. Ellis) and a walk to David DeJesus, but managed to become the only Dodger pitcher to retire Junior Lake and help avoid the inevitable overuse of Kenley Jansen. I wasn’t against the idea of Marmol at the time, but he hasn’t exactly shown a lot in three outings as a Dodgers; I suppose it’s a little unfair of us to expect anything different when they never use him, yet you have to think he’s not going to last all that long.
With the win, the Dodgers push that road victory streak to 12, tying the franchise record set by the 1924 Brooklyn Robins. They haven’t lost away from home since July 6, and they didn’t even need Ramirez or a great starting outing to do it. It’s good to be the kings, right?