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Dodgers 6, Marlins 5: Puig is good at baseball, Wilson is not

Yasiel Puig did Yasiel Puig things tonight, as he led the Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Marlins that didn’t come without some adversity (not caused by Puig, mind you).

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Puig went 1-for-3 with a home run (7), two walks and four RBI. The “unproven RBI guy” has a team-best 29 of them on the season. He has a 12-game hitting streak and has hit in 18 of his last 20 games. After a somewhat slow start (.235/.350/.373 through 17 games), he’s now the Dodgers’ most consistent offensive threat, thanks to the regressions of Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez.

Dan Haren was mediocre early on. He gave up three runs, including an impressive home run to Christian Yelich. However, Haren was able to keep the Marlins at bay in his seven innings of work. He allowed seven hits, three runs, three earned runs, walked none and struck out two. He made just 92 pitches on the evening.

But no night in the 2014 Dodgers’ season would be complete without some kind of bullpen meltdown, this time courtesy of Brian Wilson. He gave up a 2-run home run to Reed Johnson (yes, Reed F. Johnson), which narrowed the Dodger lead to the eventual final score. Wilson now has a ridiculously bad 10.32 ERA. He’s either a terrible pitcher, or he’s hurt. Looking at his velocity, it seems the former is the case. Luckily, Kenley Jansen had a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out the win. It was his sixth 1-2-3 outing in 22 appearances.

The Dodgers should get A.J. Ellis and/or Juan Uribe back in the next day or two. The offense is finally getting healthy, and with Matt Kemp and Puig playing every day, and Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier hitting well recently, perhaps this early season slump can finally turn around.

Now, only if the pitching could get healthy. And the bullpen stop sucking. Josh Beckett (0-1, 2.80 ERA) takes on Jacob Turner (0-0, 6.75 ERA) in the second game of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.


About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He does contracts and depth charts for FanGraphs and is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


168 comments
Guitar
Guitar

Hmm, so the high is gonna be 98 degrees today. 

Holy......

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Can you imagine how bad Brandon League would have been last year had he had a beard to throw his form off and convince his teammates that he wasn't serious about his job?

efb
efb

Instead of the whole beard craze, the Dodgers should go the opposite direction and become hairless as a team 

Lobo
Lobo

@efb "OK everyone, it's time for team bonding, everyone get ready for your Brazilian wax"

TheConman
TheConman

@efb  think of how fast we will be without all the wind resistance! 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

I got a concern when is Matt Kemp gonna get his rightful spot back? He is our 3 hole hitter Hanley is our 5 hole hitter

efb
efb

@capnsparrow  he's not going to shave the dreads Capn get over it

ABMoseSchrute
ABMoseSchrute

hey everyone, league and Perez are well rested.

Samododger
Samododger

I know it won't make any physical difference to his pitching ability, but isn't it time Wilson shaved that ridiculous beard?  That kind of shtick is hilarious when you're pitching lights out, but when you're a pale imitation of Elmer Dessens, it wears thin pretty quickly.  Shave that thing and show your teammates you're mentally serious about figuring out why you're such a terrible baseball player right now. 

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Samododger  

Yeah, I bet his teammates don't think Wilson is mentally serious about pitching b/c he has a beard.

Samododger
Samododger

@TooManyEllipses @Samododger  Actually, the beard did give him an air of invincibility.  But that is gone when even the Kristne Yeliches of the world are beating up on him. 

Subtle Euphemism
Subtle Euphemism

@Samododger  The answer is obvious for Wilson's struggles: wind sheer from that beard. His walk-on song should be "Sailing" by Christopher Cross

scorching hot tates
scorching hot tates

Had a great time at the game last night! Here are my fun takeaways:


1. Puig absolutely destroyed that HR. I think they estimated it around 440ft and it looked every bit of it.
2. The guy next to me really did NOT like Matt Kemp. He was saying that we should trade him because he cant be counted on to get big hits. He also said after his first stolen base of the night "Wow, he might actually go 10/10 this year, that'd be a shocker."
3. Brian Wilson is absolutely cooked.
4. Giancarlo Stanton is a gigantic human being.

5. A HUGE THANKS TO FALLENDUCK FOR THE TICKETS. Here's the one picture that came out alright before my phone died.