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Dodgers 3, Tigers 2: Let This Be The World Series, Please

If there was ever a time for me to do a post that was literally just a GIF and nothing else, it would be this. Dee Gordon hit a homer. In the big leagues. Off Max Scherzer! In a game the Dodgers won by one run. And it wasn’t cheap:


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I know. I know! As I said on Twitter, Gordon has more homers than the entire Kansas City Royals. I said that barely an hour ago. It has over 140 combined retweets & favorites. I say that not to inflate my own ego — okay, mostly — but to point out just how insane and wonderful and terrible and fantastic baseball can be.

But let’s pause for just a second. Between Gordon and extra innings, everyone is going to forget about Dan Haren. No one should forget about Dan Haren, especially not when he kept Miguel Cabrera hitless in three at-bats, allowed just one mistake — Austin Jackson‘s solo homer — and in 12 innings this year, has allowed only that one run while striking out 10 and walking one. It’s only two starts, but with Clayton Kershaw hurt, Josh Beckett hurt, and Paul Maholm not great in his one start, it’s been more than we could have hoped for.

After Chris Withrow easily got through the seventh — that’s 14 in a row for him, and Justin Turner‘s sacrifice fly made it 2-1, and Chris Perez got through the eighth, and Vin Scully told stories about crack pipes, it was time for the ninth. Good lord, the ninth.

Kenley Jansen let Ian Kinsler lead off with a double, then got Don Kelly to ground out. That was just table setting for the main event: Jansen. Cabrera. Arguably the best closer in baseball — quiet, Braves fans — against arguably the best hitter in baseball — quiet, Angels fans — and Cabrera got nothing but heat. 98. 99. Again. Whiff. Regardless of what came next, this was the kind of matchup you pay to see. This was the matchup you die to see in October. On April 8, it was a treat.

But of course, striking out Cabrera doesn’t get you two outs, even though it should. (Stupid “rules” of “baseball”.) Victor Martinez came up and dropped a bloop into center, and even though Matt Kemp looked awful fielding it, it didn’t matter. Kinsler was off with two outs, and he scored easily. Tie game. “Blown save,” as though what Jansen had just done to Cabrera didn’t matter.

So after three Dodgers struck out against Joba Chamberlain (!) in the bottom of the ninth, it was off to extra innings, where J.P. Howell easily got through the top of the tenth. In the bottom, Chone Figgins led off — look, I know. You wanted Scott Van Slyke. I  get it. Against a righty, leading off, Don Mattingly was never going to do it. Anyway, Figgins walked, and Dee Gordon bunted (ARRRGHHH) into a pop out. Then Carl Crawford took one to left, and uh, well… let’s thank Chad for the visual aids:


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Oh, poor poor Rajai Davis.

It’s a fun game because the Dodgers won, but it’s a fun game because it was a fun game. I would not at all mind seeing a rematch of this one in October. We’ll just need to make due with Josh Beckett and Anibal Sanchez on Wednesday, I suppose.


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.


576 comments
moneynow27
moneynow27

So did Crawford just make the 4 outfielders situation that much more complicated?  Or does Ethier sit when Puig returns?  Wait, I'll answer my own question....Donny will go with match ups....With a LH on the mound, it's an easy decision, not so with a RH.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

of course ,now that Dee Gordon has hit a HR, he's clearly going to be a fantastic leadoff guy. We should also trade Matt Kemp away.

TheReggieHurley
TheReggieHurley

in 30 more PA we will get to have a rough idea of dee gordon's K% lol.

P_F_P
P_F_P

@moneynow27  Days since Puig's debut when all four outfielders have been healthy at the same time: 3

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@moneynow27  as with Dee, a single game should not be used as a barometer of a player's skill or value. 

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

crawford seems to have always been the favorite son

TheReggieHurley
TheReggieHurley

@Purple Drank  just to make things clear (i know the matt kemp trade part of ur sentence isn't only directed at me) I don't want to trade matt kemp. Obviously nobody is goign to give us anything valuable cuz of the contract/injury history. When I am proposing hypothetical trades it is simply to see what you guys think! 

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Purple Drank  

How many games will it take to convince you that Dee should be leading off.....3? 7? 2 months?

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

Unless you are Joc Pederson

(and again congrats on being the lead article on ESPN earlier)

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@TheReggieHurley @Purple Drank  no, this wasn't directed at you. I just like it when people argue that a guy should be a permanent fixture after 5 or 6 starts. emilio Bonifacio is going to be the MVP this year, clearly.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

At least 300 plate appearances. Maybe more.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

it's not like you aren't using enough anythings, or anything

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

I just saw you on the mlb site. I don't know the last time I when to the homepage