Dodgers 6, Cubs 2: Never Stop Winning

ryu_2013-08-02Here’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?

277 comments
KMT59
KMT59

No one's helping us today..even the Padres are tied with the Yankees

DodgerNoLongerLivingintheBay
DodgerNoLongerLivingintheBay

I would just like to say that I think it's hysterical that everyone is on their knees about how good the AL East is and two teams who are not leading in the NL West just beat AL East teams on the road.

I hate the baseball media.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

David Wright looks like he pulled a hammy.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Pedroia is up to hit! I bet the Dbags are drooling at him. He's white, he's gritty, he's good. Just who Arizona covets.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Corey Seager got promoted to Rancho.

Carver
Carver

I'm rooting for the fucking Padres tonight because being at the game Wedsnesday made me hate the Yankees and their fans even more than I already did. Also, I don't want the Giants to gain any ground on 4th place, haha.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

I do find it hilarious that after hurting the DBags organization with very poor, underperforming play for years, Stephen Drew is now hurting the DBags with great production today.

P_F_P
P_F_P

BASE HIT, TIME FOR A WALKING FUCK-OFF

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P_F_P

To the ninth in Boston, seven six Bags...

KMT59
KMT59

Last chance for Boston to do us a favor

KMT59
KMT59

SF keeps pace with the Big Blue Wrecking Crew

KMT59
KMT59

bell in to blow the game for the the Dbags

KMT59
KMT59

DBags announcer praising Goldie on how he runs out of the box at the same time they were putting down players who flip the bat in the air and celebrate...wonder who they were referring to? then Goldie strikes out

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Pedro Feliciano (who hasn't pitched in the majors in 3 years) attempting to prevent KC from going ahead in the top of the ninth.

P_F_P
P_F_P

Crystal Fairy was a quality film and I enjoyed it very much. Would not recommend if you already kind of want to punch Michael Cera in the face.

KMT59
KMT59

@DBrim yea saw that...would have been on second if not for the Dodgers disease

P_F_P
P_F_P

That is actually what I meant to say.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@DBrim yeah if he hadn't of had the injury it would have been sooner

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Carver It's hilarious that the game will be a home game for the Yanks, 3,000 miles away from Yankee Stadium.

Lobo
Lobo

@DBrim That's all well and good, but Miller and Fernandez aren't even averaging 6 innings a start.  And I still don't think Harvey's walk rate is for real yet.

Deuce (is loose)
Deuce (is loose)

@DBrim  It doesn't make sense to waste a bunch of pitches in the minors when the arms are this good.

Morry
Morry

Manny Parra?

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P_F_P

@Disgruntled Goat  @PuntoForPresident (PuigForPrimeMinister) I think he's embracing his hateability now. First he played a complete asshole in This Is The End, and in Crystal Fairy he plays the embodiment of every single negative trait you could possibly imagine a hipster having. MICHAEL CERA HAS BECOME SELF-AWARE