Baseball is such an incredibly amazing game. Things always even out over the course of a 162 game regular season. Sometimes you just want to cry curled up into a fetal position. At other times you want to run outside and dance. When I say dance I mean like Mick Jagger dancing in the street dancing. Dorky happy dancing that makes everyone laugh and point at you. You want to do the robot or the tootsie roll in front of perfect strangers and not give a damn because your team just scored 6 runs in the final two innings of a baseball game and moved to within one game of first place.
Well dance. Do it now. Go outside and shake your groove thing because Friday evening’s 9-7 Dodger win over the Snakes was cause for celebration. It was a wild wacky crazy affair that ended with the Dodgers blowing a 3-0 lead and a solid Kenta Maeda performance. The tired Dodger bullpen allowed 7 runs in the top of the seventh inning. That lovely little frame saw Joe Blanton giving up a bases loaded walk, and Luis Avilan doing Luis Avilan type things.
When the Dodgers came to bat they were down 7-3 and if you didn’t think they were going to score 5 runs in that half inning well don’t feel bad. I sure didn’t. It seemed far-fetched, but the Dodgers made the impossible possible in that inning. Joc Pederson and Chase Utley both hit two-run home runs that tied the score. Yasmani Grandal’s RBI single past the over shifted infield into center field got the go-ahead run home. Kenley Jansen pitched a clean ninth-inning and boom. Game over. Comeback complete. Dodgers win 9-7. DANCE!
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Dodgers Lineup vs. Arizona
Game Time – 6:10 PM – TV -SNLA
It’s not like the Dodgers have been setting the world on fire since the all-star break. They’re 7-5 since the break. Keep in mind at one point the Dodgers were 8 games out of first place in June. What makes this all the more poignant is that the Giants are like 2-14 since the all-star break.
I think we all knew that at some point the Giants would come down to earth a little bit, but yeesh man this is awesome. The Giants are struggling. They are a down and defeated ball club at the moment. The Dodgers have to strike now and go for the jugular while they can. At any moment the Giants could snap out of this wonderful funk and start winning again. We don’t want that.
Let’s just understand something first before we move onto tonight’s matchups. I need to make you comprehend what exactly is going on up in San Francisco.
Matt Cain has a 5.95 ERA
The Shark has a 4.30 ERA
Jake Peavy is Jake Peavy. And he has a 5.42 ERA
Angel Pagan is really old.
The Giants are 4 for 41 with runners in scoring position in their last 6 games. Or is it 6 losses? Something like that.
The Giants hit into a bases loaded triple play against Washington on Friday night.
That’s right. You read that correctly. The Giants hit into a bases loaded triple play against the Nationals. They had the bases juiced and Brandon Crawford hit a line drive to first base that turned into a 3-5 triple play. Something magical to behold. That’s something you don’t see every day. Span just took off for home. Slow your roll their buddy. Man this is so awesome!
Here it is in all of it’s glory
The Giants may not win another series for the rest of the season. They may and probably will. I just want all of you to appreciate this epic Giants slump because it could end at any moment. The Giants are playing bad baseball right now. The Giants fans are sad. Revel in that. Enjoy it while it lasts because it just feels so right.
Back to the Dodgers. The boys in blue continue their series with the Dbacks on Saturday night. The Snakes will send another no-name rookie to the mound Braden Shipley and the Dodgers will counter with Scott Kazmir.
Shipley is making his second MLB start. He’s a 24-year old right hander from Medford, Oregon. He went to the University of Nevada at Reno, and was drafted by the Dbacks in the first round of the 2013 draft. He made his debut against the Brewers on July 25 and allowed 6 earned runs on 8 hits over 5.1 innings pitched. Shipley is more of a sinker ball pitcher that can reach into the early 90’s with his fastball. You know what that means of course, grounders. He can induce them and also can bring a curveball and changeup to the dance as well.
Kazmir (9-3 4.35) is making his 20 start of the season and has allowed 100 hits in 109.2 innings pitched. He has also struck out 117 and walked only 39 while whiffing 9.6 per nine. Kazmir has not lost a decision since May 9. That means he’s won seven consecutive decisions. This is his first time facing the Snakes this season. Kazmir has made one career start against Arizona and is 1-0. He allowed one earned run on three hits over 7.2 innings pitched and struck out 8 in that game. He hasn’t seen the Dbacks much because he’s spent his career pitching in the American League.
As for the trade deadline landscape, nothing seems to be imminent right now. The Dodgers have been rumored to be talking to the Reds about landing Jay Bruce in a possible three-team deal that could involve Yasiel Puig. That’s about it for now. The deadline extends into Monday so the Dodgers still have time to do something.
Honestly I believe that Yasiel Puig’s time in Los Angeles is about to come to an end. There is a reason he hasn’t been playing. No his hamstring is not bothering him anymore. The Dodgers are looking to deal him and they don’t want to risk further injury. I’ll miss Puig but I can’t deny that he is not the same hitter he was in 2013-2014. If the Dodgers can get someone good for him then I can live with it.
The important thing to remember tonight is that the Dbacks are really bad baseball club. The Dodgers aren’t the 1927 Yankees or anything, but compared to the Dbacks they look pretty good. Just one more lonely little game to make up. The Dodgers could be in a tie for first place by the end of tonight. Let’s make this happen.