I think I can speak for all of us when I say… we needed that. Badly. Sure, it’s the Marlins and they’re barely a big league team, but at this point, you take what you can get. After eight straight losses, an outburst like this seems extra satisfying.
That also makes eight starts for Hyun-jin Ryu with six innings or more, comprising his entire brief career. Everything I said about him earlier tonight holds true and then some, because he’s just been an invaluable part of the team so far; in fact, he bookended the losing streak, because the last time this team won was two his starts ago. Though he’ll never be a Kershaw-level ace, the consistency he’s brought to this team from day one is not to be understated.
Of course, I’m going to completely shortchange Ryu here because Dee Gordon hit a home run and oh my god Dee Gordon hit a home run. His second career dinger — and first outside of Colorado — wasn’t even a cheapie down the line, but rather to the power alley in right field. Gordon also walked in five plate appearances and made some nice plays in the field; clearly, no one should jump to conclusions after just a few games, but he has shown some reason for us to be hopeful about his future so far.
Then there’s Andre Ethier, who had four hits — two doubles — and scored three times, before briefly scaring the hell out of us all by appearing to be limping in the dugout after scoring in the seventh inning. Despite the lead, he went out to right field in the eighth and made a nice sliding catch for the first out.
Every Dodger starter had at least one hit, and the fact that we’ve made it this far without even mentioning that Skip Schumaker drove in four runs or that Juan Uribe got on base three more times — his OBP is .403, which is just incomprehensible — should tell you a lot about what kind of night this was.
It’s just one game in a long, long season, but one so very badly needed.