Hey it was Star Wars night right? Yoda would have been proud of the Dodgers on this evening.
What’s with all of these former Dodgers coming out of the wood works to challenge us? It’s like the National League has some kind of ex-Dodger factory probably run by Roberto Kelly, and sponsored by Rudy Seanez. They’re just cranking them out to face us in every series. it’s unspeakably evil. What a bunch of jerks. Speaking of jerks, we did not have to see Carlos Quentin, as he has bowed out for the year with a knee injury. One less jerk we have to worry about. Cool.
We already had to deal with jerk Jake Peavy, and jerk Edwin Jackson, and tonight it was left handerd jerk Eric Stults. Ok there not really jerks, but come on, It’s a Friday night, theyre former Dodgers. Just have some fun with me and call them Jerks. Better yet, just indulge me. Humor me. Theyre jerks. Shane Victorino is a jerk. The Padres are jerks. The Dodgers beat the jerks from down south, and by a good margin.
The Dodgers were able to overcome and finally break out of their recent offensive down turn. The game was close though until the Dodgers scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh and went on to secure a 9-2 win over the Padres. The game also saw the debut of the newest Dodger Edinson Volquez, who was activated before the game. Poor Chris Withrow was optioned to clear room, but he should be back when rosters expand on Sunday. As expected Volquez’s hat was more sidewaysier than originally anticipated.
Stults didn’t last past the seventh inning, but the Dodgers were down 1-0 early when Guzman singled, and Logan Forsythe’s RBI double plated the youngster off of Hyun-jin Ryu. Ryu settled down nicely throwing 6.1 frames, allowing one run on eight hits, walking one, and whiffing six. He picked up his 13 win of 2013. The Dodgers pounded San Diego for nine runs on 13 hits. Adrian Gonzalez was the star of the game going 2 for 4 with two huge home runs, and four runs driven in, Yasiel Puig collected his second four hit game of his career, going 4 for 5 with a double, three singles, an RBI, and two key stolen bases. That’s Puig’s 33rd multi-hit game. Stults problem was he was unable to get the Dodgers to swing and miss. He only got nine swings and misses all game, and the Dodgers used 28 foul balls run up his pitch count.
The Dodgers scored twice in the second and twice more in the third. M.Ellis singled, and a double from Ryu himself scored M.Ellis to tie the game at 1-1. Ryu was waved around to score on Puig’s RBI single, and should have been thrown out by a mile, but Guzman’s throw is wide, and Ryu slid in just ahead of the throw. In the third, Hanley doubled, and scored on Gonzo’s first home run. It was a 4-1 game until the seventh. And the seventh inning was a pivotal frame in the game.
The Padres got three consecutive singles from Nick Hundley, Ronny Cedeno, and Alexi Amarista, but a one-hop strike from Andre Ethier to A.J. Ellis nails Hundley at the plate, halting the Padres momentum. From there, Don Mattingly employed the three headed monster, meaning he used three pitchers in an inning. Marmol, and Paco got Ryu and the Dodgers out of the jam, and then the Boys in Blue exploded for five runs in the bottom half of the seventh, knocking Stults out of the game.
A single and a steal from Puig, a walk to Crawford, a two-run double from Hanley, and Gonzo’s second home run put the Dodgers up 8-1. A.J. Ellis got into the fun with a booming home run of his own and the Dodgers had a seemingly insurmountable 9-1 lead. They would go onto win by a score of 9-2. Oh and it was Star Wars night at Dodger Stadium, so everyone was dressed up in their respective costumes. So let’s use the force and travel back in time to relive this exciting game. Yoda says The NL West Dodgers will win they will. Or something like that.
Ryu disposes the Padres quickly in the top of the first inning. Chris Denorfia flies out to center. Will Venable ,and Jedd Gyroko both whiff, and it only took Ryu 13 pitches to do it. I just love a 123 first inning.
The Dodgers actually threaten to score in the first inning, but in typical fashion fail to do so. Yasiel Puig leads-off with a single up the middle, and then steals second. Carl Crawford’s slow grounder to short confuses Ronny Cedeno. Puig was trying to advance to third and had to do a little dance to avoid being hit by the ball, which went right through his legs. Puig blocked Cedeno’s vision by standing right in front of him, causing him to bumble the ball, which allowed Crawford to reach first, and a throwing error to be charged to Cedeno as Puig returned to second. But of course, Hanley Ramirez flies to left, Adrian Gonzalez pops up, and A.J. Ellis flies out to left, and the Dodgers don’t score.
San Diego takes the lead in the top of the second. Jesus Guzman a single to left, and a run scoring double to the gap from Logan Forsythe puts San Diego up 1-0. Forsythe I stranded at third after a wild pitch, when Ryu whiffs Nick Hundley on a foul tip, and Cedeno’s deep fly to center ends the frame.
The Dodgers fight right back with two in the second, and two more scored in the third. In the bottom the third, a one-out Mark Ellis single, and a Juan Uribe grounder advances him to second. Ryu lines a slicing double down the right field line to score M.Ellis and the Dodgers tie it up at 1-1. Puig single into left, and Wallach waves in Ryu from second, even though he should have been out by a mile. Wallach should have never sent him, but the Dodgers get lucky when the throw to the plate is off mark, and Ryu slides in just barely ahead of the throw, and the Dodgers lead 2-1. But is Ryu tired? That’s the question. Crawford quickly flies out and Ryu hardly gets any time to catch his breath. Now he must return to the mound for the top of the third.
Opposing starter Eric Stults grounds out, and then Uribe makes a trip to the mound to try and give Ryu some time to compose himself. Denorfia and Venable reach with consecutive singles, and the Dodgers are in trouble. But Gyroko grounds into an inning ending 5-4-3 double play, (turned by Uribe), and the Dodgers get out of it. Marvelous.
In the bottom of the fourth, Hanley leads-off the frame with a line drive double off the wall in center. Gonzalez immediately homers over the opposite field wall to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. That’s number 18 on the year for Gonzo.
The Dodgers leave Puig stranded at second after a double when Crawford whiffs, but both pitchers throw scoreless fourths’, and Ryu walks Cedeno to lead off the fifth, and after Stults sacrifice he’s in scoring position. But Ryu leaves him there when he retires Denorfia on strikes, and Venable on a grounder to first. The score remains 4-1 Dodgers. Stults records a 123 bottom of the fifth inning. The top of the sixth inning is a crucial frame for Ryu. Gyorko grounds out. After Yonder Aonso’s single to center, Ryu whiffs Guzman and Forsythe to end the sixth.
The bottom of the sixth is the last for Stults. After he gets Ethier to pop up, M.Ellis doubles off the top of the wall in left. Stults is double-switched out of the game. Enter right hander Anthony Bass. Alexi Amarista comes into play third. But Uribe lines out, and Ryu grounds out. Why is Ryu not hit for there? I have no clue.
Ry tires out in the top of the seventh. He allows consecutive singles to Hunldey, Cedeno, and Amarista, but no runs score because Andre Ethier fires a one-hop strike to A.J. to tag out Hundley at the plate, Preserving the 4-1 lead. Carlos Marmol replaces Ryu and retires Denorfia on a force at second. Hanley makes a nice backhand stab and throw to second. Mattingly then brings in Paco for the three headed monster and Paco retires Vaneable on a ground ball and it works. The Dodgers escape.
The Dodgers break the game wide open in their half of the seventh. Puig collects his fourth hit of the night off of Bass leading off the bottom of the seventh. His ground ball single into center is the fourth time he’s been on base tonight. With Crawford at the plate, Puig steals second way ahead of the throw by Hundley. Crawford draws a walk. Hanley’s line drive double off the wall in left scores Puig and Crawford to put the Dodgers up 6-1! Then Gonzo smacks his second home run of the game, a monster shot out to right and the Dodgers now lead 8-1! A.J. Ellis immediately follows with a home run of his own, a deep blast to center, which extends the lead to 9-1. And then Ethier singles. But M.Ellis and Hairston line out, and Uribe skys out. The Dodgers scored all of those runs with nobody out! Color me impressed.
With an eight run lead heading into the eighth, you would think it would be a fine time to give new Dodger Edinson Volquez some work. You would think the lead would be plenty for Volquez to pitch a simple inning. But could he? Could he? He could. He did. Seriously guys, he actually wasn’t half bad. Volquez allowed a double to Gyroko, but Raymond Fuentes and Guzman fly out, Kotsay lines out to Uribe. Volquez threw 12 of his 21 pitches for strikes.
With the score 9-1, we move to the top of the ninth. The Dodgers figure it a perfect time to use Brandon League. I guess even he can’t blow an eight run lead. No, but he will still give up a run though. Hundley flies out. Cedeno a ground out for the second out. It’s always with two outs. Amarista takes second base on defensive indifference. Denorfia singles him home. Venable flies out, and the Dodgers win 9-2!
Welp this game was a bit sketch in the beginning but turned out very pleasant, I must say. Guess what else? The Snakes lost to the Giants tonight, so the Dodgers lead in the NL West is now back to 10.5 games. The Dodgers magic number is now 19 to win the NL West. Tonight is cause for celebration Dodger fans. Tip one back for me tonight. Hold onto your hats as the Dodgers and Padres face each other again tomorrow night in game two. Chris Capuano will go up against Andrew Cashner at 6:10 PM.