Dodgers 2, Red Sox 0: Ricky Nolasco Demands Your Respect

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Like I said earlier, why bother shifting around the Dodger rotation to make sure that Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke could face the Red Sox when you have Ricky Nolasco available? This is maybe not exactly what I had in mind when I said that, but let’s go with it, because Nolasco was absolutely outstanding in shutting down a dangerous Red Sox lineup on a mere two singles over eight innings.

Seriously, that was it. Dustin Pedroia singled with two outs in the first inning and got nowhere when David Ortiz grounded out; Stephen Drew singled (after Daniel Nava was hit by a pitch) in the fifth, then was immediately erased on a double play started by a fine Juan Uribe defensive effort. Nolasco retired the final ten batters he faced with ease, and when Kenley Jansen blew away the Red Sox in the ninth, it completed a stretch of 26 consecutive scoreless innings by Dodger pitching, along with their 18th shutout of the year.

It should be noted that Boston starter John Lackey was excellent as well, allowing only three hits while going the distance, but unfortunately for him one of those hits was a two-run Hanley Ramirez blast into the seats in the fourth inning. The Dodgers really didn’t do much else — though Carl Crawford did steal two bases against his old club — and that’s how a matchup that really should have been expected to take about five hours was done in just barely more than two hours (2:07 to be exact).

Since Arizona lost earlier tonight, the Dodgers are now 10.5 games up in the division. As Vin Scully noted, it’s the biggest divisional lead they’ve had since 1977. They’re just one game behind Atlanta for the best record in all of baseball. The fun, it just never, ever, ever stops.

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KMT59
KMT59

New THREAT UP

KMT59
KMT59

Midnight Special!!!!

KMT59
KMT59

EGGPLANT????

JackedNate
JackedNate

I'm in the goats stomping grounds, I will let you all know if there are any sightings of a goat interacting and drinking with humans.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

So it turns out that the plumbing is broken at the new place and I have to sleep on my old couch at the old place tonight.

So that's fun.

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

Would prefer SVS in left over old man Hairston...

brincon
brincon

Lol #stopbunting #littleleagueworldseries

brincon
brincon

The last name for the pitcher for Japan is Saito

DBrim
DBrim moderator

All furniture moved in. I feel like death, but it's done.

KMT59
KMT59

wow mexico blew an opportunity to go ahead in the bottom of the 5th

brincon
brincon

Am I the only one who thinks all this love for Mariano Rivera is way too over the top? By all indications, he a great guy and he is the best closer of all time but do opposing teams really need to make him sand sculptures and give him a rocking chair made out of broken bats? And where are all the articles about Carl Crawford being benched? That was the most ridiculous thing about the Puig "benching" fiasco. Puig wasn't actually benched. He was just given a day off.

KMT59
KMT59

Dee Gordon's younger brother Nick has the same type of arm his older brother has and he plays the same position 

brincon
brincon

It's been that time for a while

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

@DBrimt's not done until the books on your bookshelf are organized by author for fiction and subject for nonfiction and your socks are organized by color.

Lobo
Lobo

@brincon Maybe a little but you can't have anything but respect for the all time great at his position.  Chipper Jones had a similar farewell tour last year (though not to this extent)

brincon
brincon

I don't remember Chipper being presented with anything like Mariano

brincon
brincon

I understand that but I still don't think that every team needs to honor him and present him with something.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

@KMT59 @brincon Yeah but the kid who struck out to end the inning did so on a TERRIBLE swing. Even for a kid.

brincon
brincon

Dude are you really criticizing little leaguers for not playing fundamentally sound?

Lobo
Lobo

@brincon Yeah, some teams have taken it a bit too far.  The chair made of broken bats was pretty cool because Rivera is known for shattering bats with his cutter but the sand sculpture thing was weird

brincon
brincon

I get it but the part that makes it way too over the top for me is where they're making things for him and presenting him with those gifts. I'm all for paying respect and saying farewell but I just don't get why the teams felt the need to do all that extra stuff.

Lobo
Lobo

@brincon Hence "not to this extent."  He did get a nice farewell tour though

brincon
brincon

And it helps if you play for the Yankees. I just remember Cal Ripken being included in the all star games when he didn't deserve it.

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

It also helps when the media creates an image of you as a "good guy", makes you more popular and they make a bigger deal out of you

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

@brincon well let's see...........the recent greats to retire were all suspected of being juicers so maybe this is the thing now?? It just didn't happen for those guys, what happened when Cal Ripken retired?