Dodgers 7, Rockies 4: The Nick Punto Show?

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Sit Yasiel Puig, sit Hanley Ramirez, sit Juan Uribe, sit A.J. Ellis, hit Michael Young cleanup… still score seven runs. Just like you planned, right? Sometimes it just never stops working, and while it helps that the Rockies are a train wreck and that converted infielder Charlie Culberson‘s huge ninth-inning gaffe directly contributed to three of those runs, you just can’t help but shake the feeling every night that this Dodger team is always going to find some way to win, no matter how it happens.

Tonight, it’s because Nick Punto got four hits (!), Carl Crawford got three, and Andre Ethier reached four times. It’s because Ricky Nolasco pitched six effective innings, continuing his streak of not allowing more than three runs in any of the 11 starts in his Dodger career, and because Chris Withrow relieved a struggling Ronald Belisario for his first career save. It’s not because of Young, who made five outs in his first four plate appearances before singling in the ninth, or because of Paco Rodriguez, who allowed a Josh Rutledge homer in the eighth, but it didn’t need to be. The train just keeps on rolling, endlessly, and it’s wonderful.

Since it no longer matters what the lead is in the NL West — I’ll note that Arizona is losing 6-3 to Toronto in the seventh inning at the moment — the true chase is for the best record in the National League. The Dodgers entered the day two games behind Atlanta, and that’s where they’ll remain, since the Braves beat the Mets 3-1. It’s that kind of success, now including yet another six-game winning streak, that allows you to actually start Edinson Volquez in a “sure, why the hell not?” situation tomorrow.

348 comments
Noel D
Noel D

Comedy Central Roast of James Franco = (mostly) hilarious

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

In a comment in a baseball thread on my facebook wall: "The Los Angeles Angels of Southern California's Anaheim of Orange County"


I laughed pretty hard. 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@NeDieterich there are no races in the NL this year those are the playoff clubs every body else is 10 games out so  the NL is done. Once yer in anything can happen. I really don't want the best record because of our history with it

Iron Brian
Iron Brian

@LA_Woman You know the Giants are doing bad when Dodger fans feel poorly for Giant fans.

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@LA_Woman I kind of hope I inspired this with a tweet at him I made previously. I'm sure I didn't, but I hope I did. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_WomanIf he was a fan of anyone but the Giants, I might feel bad. He's still a good guy and I admire his writing though

Noel D
Noel D

@Capnsparrow @NeDieterich  Indeed.  The only 'races are for seeding.  We are currently 5 games clear of the wildcard.

I do worry a little about the prospect of playing at Atlanta for gamed 6 and 7.  My preference is the 1-seed.  But not if we have to press players significantly.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@Capnsparrow @NeDieterich Yeah but things are different now since the team with the best record gets a legitimate advantage over the WC team. Because that WC has to play the night before and probably at the very least use one of their 2 best SP and use their closer.

Iron Brian
Iron Brian

@Capnsparrow @NeDieterich I have to agree. The closest race is the Wild Card and there, Washington and the Dbacks are still 8 games out.

The only "race" will be who wins the Central. 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@SpaceDodger (math cat) @LA_Woman He definitely listens to people. I've wondered to if he was responding to me in some of the things he's written. (And contrary to everyone else here, I *do* feel bad for him. It's gotta suck to know your team's season has been over for half the season and still have to write about every single sucky game.)

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@Capnsparrow @NeDieterich I never knew 74 cause I was not alive for it. Somehow I don''t think we should be basing decision on the current team based on what happened to the team in 74. Just a thought though

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

we do have all 3 of our best pitchers for our last real test of the season.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@NeDieterich @Capnsparrow Now looking at the schedule I don't think we get it, because that braves schedule is ridiculously easy the rest of the way. But who knows we only need to make up two games and the braves are starting Kameron Lowe today

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Makes you almost want to face the Cards after the WC game

Lobo
Lobo

@Cochito Commish @NeDieterich No it will not be fun.  Spring Breakers was an awful, AWFUL, movie.  James Franco was the only part of it that was good

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

@NeDieterich The second you finish Spring Breakers you'll probably be like "why in the holy fuck did I just watch that?" It'll be fun.