puig-points_2014-04-01

Dodgers 3, Padres 2: Puig Smash

puig-points_2014-04-01

Other things happened in tonight’s 3-2 win over San Diego, and we’ll get to them, but also this happened, and thanks to Chad for GIFing it out:

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Good lord, that’s just not right.

After Carl Crawford led off the game with a single and then stole second, Puig stepped up against Ian Kennedy and destroyed a ball that was officially listed as having gone 410 feet, but which I assume really left his bat at 410 miles per hour. Puig added a single to left in the seventh and otherwise managed to get through the evening without lighting any babies on fire, so we’ll call that a successful night.

Also successful, for the most part, the Dodger pitching. Zack Greinke probably isn’t quite at full speed after his abbreviated spring, and he was good enough — if not particularly fantastic — in getting through five innings. No one’s complaining about only allowing two runs, of course, and he did strike out five along with allowing a Seth Smith homer. But the fifth inning was a struggle, for after a leadoff walk to Jedd Gyorko, a Will Venable single, and a Chris Denorfia fielder’s choice, his wild pitch brought in Gyorko with the second run.

But Greinke got through it, and Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow, and J.P. Howell got through their innings cleanly — though not without a little heartburn from Howell.

Kenley Jansen, finally entering in the ninth, made it interesting, because that’s what closers do, allowing singles to Yonder Alonso and Will Venable, and allowing Alonso to bring the tying run within 90 feet, then — after striking out Denorfia — walking Yasmani Grandal to load the bases with two outs. Fortunately, he struck out Nick Hundley to end it. Fortunately, because I like the Dodgers and want them to win baseball games. But also fortunately, because I didn’t want to rewrite this post and deal with fools who say that Jansen doesn’t have the “guts” to close, or whatever the narrative might be.

Now, here’s the downside: the middle of the order was punchless again. Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, and Andre Ethier combined to go 0-11 with a walk. In four games, Ramirez is 1-15 with two walks. Gonzalez is 1-13 with three walks. Ethier is 2-15 with two walks. It took a Juan Uribe double (and advancing to third on a bizarre error) followed by an A.J. Ellis walk and a Dee Gordon single in the 4th inning to drive the third run home. Through four games the Dodgers have scored just 14 runs.

They’re still 3-1, of course, and that’s all that matters. I think we just wouldn’t mind some baseball bashing from some other members of the lineup. Then again, it’s April 1. Let’s forget I even said anything.


About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


400 comments
ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

Any discussion on B. Wilson's nerve irritation in his elbow here  yet? He on the 15 day DL.

GinFizzBear
GinFizzBear

New Plaske nonsense.  He can't find SNLA.  He drove around town looking for a bar that has the network, so he could whine in a column.  A google search would have provided him a list of bars.  Here is the list.  I found it yesterday.  http://www.sportsnetla.com/watch

I called him out on twitter.  I'm officially done with that jackass.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Contestant:  Ill take nonsense for 1000 Alex.

Alex:  This MLB team is likely to draw over 4 million fans in 2014 while only having 70,000 TV viewers.

Contestant:  Who are the LA Dodgers.

Alex: Correct

Dang88
Dang88

Angel fans are jumping ship already haha

Shroom
Shroom

Was really fretting over our relievers last night.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

the camera guy filming puigs dinger was caught off guard by the distance. i like. 

Shroom
Shroom

So Goat Sim is fun. Broken as hell doe.

MScottEiland
MScottEiland

New Plaschke column:  "Home runs are bad and not the work of a good teammate--where have you gone, Juan Pierre?"

KMT59
KMT59

Night All...spent a long time catching up

nauuds3000
nauuds3000

This team will be scary when HanRam, Agone and Ethier starts hitting, or just Matt Kemp could come back and be the Matt Kemp of old 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@GinFizzBear  eh, dumb idea for a column but valid point to be made. among the least egregious things he's done. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

This was the thing that did it?

deadPin
deadPin

@Catfishin  Think they've said they'll only fix the bugs that make it unplayable, the rest they're just leaving in

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

@Catfishin  i have never understood people who go to a game and wear gear of a team not actually playing in said game. 

nauuds3000
nauuds3000

@MScottEiland  "Puig decided to hit a 410 foot home run 8700 feet in the air. He obviously is not playing for the team"

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

@Catfishin @ABSmileBunch  if it's something that ends up being TJ, It'll be 20 million down the drain since he'll pick up his option for next year and likely won't pitch until mid-late season (if at all). 

GinFizzBear
GinFizzBear

@DBrim  

It's one thing to have blowhard opinions and tell half the story, but now he chooses not to do basic journalistic fact-finding.  new lows. 

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

I wear my dodger gear to O's and Nats' games when the Dodgers aren't playing, and frequently watch the scoreboard and cheer when the Dodgers score.  I'll admit it is high on the jackass scale

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I wear my Dodger hat to Fenway sometimes, mostly because I don't own many other hats.

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

@Catfishin  looking at her shoes tho, that could be Jonny Gomes girlfriend

Shroom
Shroom

@Lobo @Catfishin  I don't know who is on the review. I have other irons in the fire, but I'll check with my editor.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

There owner was/is very McCourt-eque.  Their park is nice and have a few decent bars right outside the stadium.  Only problem is they play the Sox and Yanks too much, and fans of those two team come to Bmore all the time and usually outnumber Os fans.  It can get annoying.

Shroom
Shroom

Hate the cartoon bird though. The realistic one is where it's at.

Shroom
Shroom

@jneil @Catfishin  I rarely wear both a hat and shirt combo. It makes me feel weird. I don't like suiting up in full gear.

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

@DBrim  i purchased a montgomery biscuits hat in alabama last week precisely for this reason.