We should probably talk about Clayton Kershaw‘s 10 strikeouts over seven shutout innings, not only dropping his ERA down to 1.88 and virtually guaranteeing him the Cy Young award, but doing a whole lot to restore our confidence headed into the playoffs after a few less-than-usual outings. Or maybe A.J. Ellis‘ fourth-inning homer, providing all the runs the Dodgers would really need.
But really, who are we kidding? This is what we’re talking about, because, wow:
That blast from Yasiel Puig was the second-longest in Petco Park history — behind only an Adrian Gonzalez bomb in 2009 that went one foot further — and Tim Stauffer, I hope you know that was nothing personal, because, good lord. That’s the kind of ball that ends up on Puig’s Hall of Fame reel when he gets inducted in 2037.
Even Padres beat writers were floored:
That Puig home run, you’re going to need to see that. I’ve been covering the #Padres for seven years — never seen a ball hit there.
— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) September 22, 2013
You know what, when you do that, you can flip the bat all you damn want.
And of course Ronald Belisario actually managed a strikeout for once, and Brian Wilson closed it out in a non-save situation, and the 89th win of the year allowed the Dodgers to keep pace with the Cardinals (who beat Milwaukee) and gain a game on the Braves (who lost to the Cubs), and that’s all wonderful and good. But mainly: PUIG.