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Dodgers 9, Marlins 7: Dee Gordon Gives, Bullpen (Almost) Takes Away

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The real story tonight is Dee Gordon and the bullpen, but … hold on a second.


GIF Link (via Chad)

Puig’s homer went to places normally reserved for Giancarlo Stanton (452 feet). The home run put a nail into starter Jacob Turner‘s coffin. He allowed six runs on nine hits, and the offense didn’t look fooled by him at all.

Like I said at the top, Puig’s bat flip and the bullpen meltdown shouldn’t distract from another outstanding game by Gordon. He had five hits, stole three bases, scored two runs, and drove in two more. He also made an outstanding defensive play, throwing out Casey McGehee at third base after a great stop on a ball up the middle. A ball booted in the tenth inning didn’t wind up hurting the team. After a miserable double header in Minnesota, Dee has eight singles so far against the Marlins.

Paul Maholm preceded the bullpen’s eventful night by pitching pretty well. He lasted six innings, struck out three batters (raising his season K/9 to 3.52), allowing eight hits and three runs. Two came on solo shots by men named Jeff (Baker and Mathis). Stanton nearly added another on a long fly ball despite completely shattering his bat. That man is not human. I’d still like to see more missed bats by Maholm, but three runs in six innings is all you can really ask for from a number five starter.

After Maholm was removed with a four run lead, things went downhill, starting with Brian Wilson. Actually pitching inside for once, he hit Adeiny Hechavarria and walked Stanton on four pitches off the inside corner. With two outs, he faced Marcell Ozuna. He returned to pitching outside, but after eight pitches to Ozuna he left one over the plate. Ozuna made him pay, depositing the ball over the left field fence and pulling the Marlins to within one run. Wilson’s ERA is now 12.81 and his FIP is 8.34.

After J.P. Howell got the final out in the seventh, Chris Withrow came in and made things even more tense, loading the bases with two outs in front of Giancarlo Stanton. With everyone’s hearts in their throats, Withrow found his rhythm and struck out Stanton on three pitches.

Chris Perez was tasked with closing the game out, drawing speculation from some that he has replaced Kenley Jansen as the team’s regular closer. That’s ridiculous, by the way, the Dodgers just saw fit to give Kenley an extra day off after throwing 34 pitches two days ago (though, this situation would be avoidable if Jansen wasn’t used in as many three-run games). Of course, if there was a closer controversy it didn’t last very long. Perez allowed the tying run to score, stranding the bases loaded in the ninth inning (with three balls!) as the game continued into extra innings.

And then, the unexpected. Brandon League (who might be the third-best reliever right now – bullpens are weird) got through the heart of the Marlins order in the tenth, then Carl Crawford hit a two run shot into the second deck in right field. That’s the first real production we’ve seen from Crawford, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. League, mercifully, ended the game with a quiet 11th inning.

After nearly giving up the game, the bullpen will be tired before Stephen Fife‘s spot start. At least the Dodgers won’t be facing Jose Fernandez immediately after what would have been a crushing loss.


About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


220 comments
capnsparrow (Actual top vote getter for POY)
capnsparrow (Actual top vote getter for POY)

the best thing from last nights game might be that Carl Crawford is fixed and gonna start contributing like everbody knows he can. If he does we got this walkin away. One thing we could do good today is to shell Fernandez. But so far he only gets shelled on the road at home hes been devastating

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

got to say i was pretty happy about that win. wilson allowing that dinger was pretty deflating. so yeah. hooray winning! 

InsideThePark (Fulton County)
InsideThePark (Fulton County)

SNLA needs to do a split screen, Marvel style kinda like the Ang Lee "Incredible Hulk" (terrible movie notwithstanding) whenever Yasiel Puig launches a home run. One frame to track the ball, the other for the pitcher's face and last but not least, the full Puig bat flip.

I HATE THE CUTAWAYS.

I'm thinking pitcher's face and the flight of the ball on the top half, split frame.

Full panorama bottom half of the pose / bat flip.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Wow that was a shit show.

The Mayweather Maidana fight was good tho.

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

Gordon is the first player in the recorded history of the Dodgers (dating back to at least 1914) to collect five hits and three steals in a single game. The five hits were also a career-high for the suddenly-blossoming 26-year-old infielder. Gordon is batting .357 with an .851 OPS and 19 stolen bases in 28 games this year.

KMT59
KMT59

As @P_F_P  said..good day for LA sports... Night All

KMT59
KMT59

@ryus_hadouken on the question about grading Bundy and Wallach. I think Bundy is still bad as a 3rd base coach. He makes players slide into 3rd base even when throws aren't even coming to the bag. I noticed this a lot in the 1st series so I've tried to keep an eye on it as the season has progressed

P_F_P
P_F_P

Dodgers win a wild one in extras, Kings pull one out in OT, Clips take Game 7. Go celebrate, native Los Angeles-ers.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

The dugouts have padded seats.

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

>> Paul Maholm proceeded the bullpen’s eventful night by pitching pretty well.

You mean PRECEDED, not PROCEEDED.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Pretty much every Japanese ad that I've seen over the last couple of days has been for some sort of pill.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

League has the third highest fWAR of any reliever on the Dodgers right now. Only behind Kenley and Perez.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Tired Math Cat @DBrim  Feeling pretty good about my "League and Perez might regress a little bit" article I did this winter.

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@DBrim  my mathematical expectations of you** so I've been somewhat bummed when your other posts have been less mathematical

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Tired Math Cat  That took something like a week to write. More time during the off-season, hah.