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The Los Angeles Uribes Do Battle Against Evil Trevor Cahill And The Snakes In Game Two


Dodgers Lineup vs. Arizona

Puig 9
Crawford 7
Gonzalez 3
Hanley 6
Ethier 8
Uribe 5
A.J. Ellis 2
M.Ellis 4
Volquez 1

 

Trevor Cahill-6-10 vs. Edinson Volquez-6-11

Oops, I meant the Dodgers. Although last night for a while, it was true. Last night our lovable portly third sacker Juan Uribe’s three heroic home runs helped the Dodgers topple the Snakes 8-1 and inch closer to their expected, and much anticipated NL West division crown. Uribe’ three home runs were the first by a Dodger third baseman, and the first three home run game by a Dodger since Andre Ethier accomplished the feat back in 2009. It was a wonderful scene watching what once was one of the most maligned Dodgers over the last two seasons, turn into one of the most beloved Dodgers in 2013. Uribe’s celebrations in the dugout were classic Uribe. We marveled as we watched Uribe slam his three home runs, suing his trademarked and unique backswing as he extends his hands in front of his face on his follow through. We saw Uribe dancing and being fed a banana in the dugout from Hanley. Apparently because they’ve been calling Uribe a monkey. But we all know it’s not bananas that give Uribe his power, but those tasty pastries called empanadas.

Can Volquez’s hat remain sideays?-Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Of course it wasn’t all Uribe, it was another team effort that snapped the Dodgers out of a four game losing streak. Ethier, Gonzalez, and Hanley all went deep as well, and Ricky Nolasco turned in another dominating performance.

The Dodgers are going to need all the Uribe’s they can find if they’re going to beat the Snakes and tonight’s unfavorable pitching match-up. The Dodgers will face and have to beat constant nemesis Trevor Cahill.

Cahill has been a thorn in the Dodger’s side for the last couple of seasons now, and he has never lost to the Dodgers. Ever. The 25 year old right hander has had a down year, but somehow he still beats the Dodgers every time he faces them. For some unknown reason to all of us, the Dodgers have never been able to hit this guy. Cahill’s last start saw him go five frames, and allow two runs on six hits in earning his sixth win. This season, Cahill is 6-10 with a 4.35 ERA. Cahilll has never been a big strikeout guy, (6.4 K/9), but is a ground ball expert.

Not this guy again-Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Cahill has never lost to the Dodgers. This season, he has faced the Dodgers twice, with a win and a no-decision. He threw 7.1 shutout innings against the Dodgers in a star back in April, which saw the Dbacks win 1-0 on a walk-off hit in the ninth. The no-decision outing in May, still saw Cahill limit the Dodgers to just two runs across seven frames.

And that’s what he does. It seems his bland style of ground ball pitching fits right into the Dodger’s penchant for making boring routine outs. We should see a plethora of weak grounders tonight. Be prepared. The numbers back this up. Cahill is 3-0 at Dodgers Stadium with a 2.25 ERA in four starts. Cahill has only allowed six earned runs at Dodger Stadium, and is 5-0 overall with a 2.10 ERA in eight starts against the Dodgers. Although the Dodgers do have three players batting over .400 against Cahill. (Gonzalez, Punto, and A.J.)

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Michael Young

42

40

10

2

0

1

3

2

7

.250

.286

.375

Andre Ethier

20

18

3

1

0

0

1

1

2

.167

.200

.222

A.J. Ellis

18

16

7

0

0

1

1

1

3

.438

.500

.625

Carl Crawford

16

14

4

1

0

1

3

2

1

.286

.375

.571

Adrian Gonzalez

15

15

7

2

0

1

3

0

6

.467

.467

.800

Nick Punto

13

12

5

0

0

0

0

1

1

.417

.462

.417

Mark Ellis

12

10

1

0

0

0

2

2

1

.100

.250

.100

Hanley Ramirez

12

11

2

1

0

0

1

1

2

.182

.250

.273

Juan Uribe

7

6

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.167

.286

.167

Jerry Hairston

6

4

1

0

0

1

3

2

0

.250

.500

1.000

Edinson Volquez

6

5

1

0

0

0

0

1

3

.200

.333

.200

Dee Gordon

5

4

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

.500

.600

.500

Skip Schumaker

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Scott Van Slyke

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Chris Capuano

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Ricky Nolasco

2

2

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

.500

.500

1.000

Total

183

166

45

8

0

5

18

15

28

.271

.333

.410

 

The Dodgers will counter with sideways hat guy Edinson Volquez. The right hander made his first start for the Dodgers last week at Coors Field in Colorado, and well as you can imagine, it didn’t go very well. Although I suppose it could have gone worse. Volquez allowed four earned runs on six hits in four frames. But he didn’t walk anyone, and whiffed four. Oh he still lost, and he’s still terrible, but maybe not as terrible as we had first thought? I guess we’ll have our answer tonight when he makes his first Dodger start at sea level. Volquez has faced the Snakes once this season and beat them back on May 5. In his career, Volquez is 2-2 with a 3.78 ERA with 48 whiffs in eight starts versus the Snakes. Just watch out for Paul Goldschmidt who is batting .455 off of Volquez. Will his hat stay sideways?

PA

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

Miguel Montero

23

18

3

1

0

0

2

4

3

.167

.348

.222

Gerardo Parra

17

17

3

1

0

0

2

0

3

.176

.176

.235

Paul Goldschmidt

15

11

5

3

0

1

4

3

0

.455

.600

1.000

Aaron Hill

15

14

1

0

0

0

0

1

4

.071

.133

.071

Willie Bloomquist

14

12

6

1

0

0

0

2

2

.500

.571

.583

Eric Chavez

7

6

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

.333

.429

.333

Martin Prado

6

6

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.333

.333

.333

Trevor Cahill

5

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.000

.000

.000

Wil Nieves

5

4

2

1

0

0

0

1

1

.500

.600

.750

Tony Campana

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

.000

.000

.000

Adam Eaton

3

3

1

0

1

0

1

0

1

.333

.333

1.000

Didi Gregorius

3

3

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

.667

.667

1.667

A.J. Pollock

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

.000

.000

Cliff Pennington

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

.000

.000

Total

120

105

27

7

1

2

10

12

20

.257

.345

.400

It seems that Uribe’s power has vanquished the evil Hello Kitty curse for now. But that curse is diabolically clever, and could resurface at any time. I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of the Hello Kitty curse. If you know what’s up, you will burn those HK bobble heads. Burn them quickly, before it’s too late!

Anyways, the Dodgers are looking to keep running down the clock. There is only 19 game left to play, and the Dodgers have a 12 game lead over the Dbacks in the NL West. The magic number is 8 for the Dodger’s to clinch the West. If the Dodgers can get a victory tonight, then that number would diwndle to six. It could happen at the end of this home stand. We’re all just waiting for it. Soon enough guys. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the playoffs.

Game time- 7:10 PM- TV-KCAL 9

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Tags: A.J. Ellis Adrian Gonzalez Andre Ethier Carl Crawford Don Mattingly Edinson Volquez Hanley Ramirez Juan Uribe Los Angeles Dodgers Trevor Cahill Yasiel Puig

  • Quasimodo

    Indeed yes! A very fun game and I’m still trying several new ways to prepare crow. I’ve asked forgiveness much earlier in the season but still can’t shake the quilt for some of the things I’ve said about Mr.Juan Uribe. Tonight its ‘Orange Crow’ on rice. Gamewise tonight we’ll see an experiment. It just may turn out well as newly being part of the Dodgers could recharge attitude. I know you’re having fun Scott. Cheers!

    • LasordasLair

      Hey Quasi,
      Yeah I feel bad too. We all said some bad things about Uribe the last couple of years. He’s def redeemed himself with this rebound campaign. Very impressive. We’ll see how Volquez does tonight, but he’s pitched well against the Snakes before. Let’s hope we get him some runs.