Yikes. What a game. First I was like AW DAMN! Then I was like HOORAY YAY! But then I was like RYU WTF. Then I was like WOOOOO URIBEAR! Roller coaster ride was a roller coaster. What I originally thought was going to be a ‘good pitching match up’ turned out to be a case of rookies bursting into flames in front of millions.
The bad news: Ryu wasn’t all that great, giving up four earned runs over 3 frustrating innings while only striking out one. The good news: Julio Teheran was even worse giving up six earned runs over a short 2.2 innings. And the hit parade didn’t stop. The Dodgers didn’t bother stopping at the six Teheran gave up, but instead opted to manhandle the Atlanta bullpen to the tune of seven additional runs, netting us a nice baker’s dozen. Not bad guys. That home cookin can’t be beat huh?
Unfortunately, Paco’s struggles continue as he was tossed out on the mound in the 9th with a seven run lead in a ‘confidence building’ appearance. Yeah, that didn’t work out so well. Facing his favorite batter, Jason Heyward, Paco served up a 2 run home run to run the Braves score to 6. Bummer. This is why you don’t walk Reed Johnson to face Heyward Don. Toothpaste and orange juice. Have we seen the last of Paco for 2013?
The heroes tonight were many. Uribear with his magnificent home run. Hanley, who seems to find the postseason as an agreeable environment, tonight a home run shy of the cycle. Puig who went 3-5 with two rbis, scoring 3 times. Carl checked in with a HUGE 3 run homer that had me screaming like a maniac. And then there was Cappy, who ended up proving Ned right. On Blogger Night, when asked which was more important, a long man out of the pen or another bat, he said the long man is really undervalued and critically important in the postseason. Certainly Cappy has lent some credibility to this notion, soaking up 3 innings after Ryu struggled early in the game. It wasn’t all roses, (Cappy allowed a lead off walk in every inning he pitched), but he got the job done pitching 3 scoreless innings.
Don’t look now, but the Dodgers have a 2-1 lead in the NLDS and are one victory away from advancing to the NLCS. Its looking likely that Nolasco will take the mound tomorrow and go for the series win. This will save Kershaw for a potential game 5 in Atlanta on normal rest. But let’s not let it get to game 5 Ricky. Time to be lights out like you were before. Wooooooo! Its a good day!