White Sox @ Dodgers June 3, 2014: The Hilarity of Left Field

dodger_stadium_openingday2013After last night’s Scott Van Slyke in center escapades, Andre Ethier is back out there, with Matt Kemp again in left, and….

Wait. Wait.

I just filled out the White Sox lineup in the box below, and I’ve triple-checked it three times, and I’m still not sure I’m reading this right. Adam Dunn? In left field? Is it possible for one position to be so problematic in the same game, for both teams?

White Sox
Dodgers
7:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
CF
Eaton
2B
Gordon
2B
Beckham
CF
Ethier
1B
Abreu
RF
Puig
LF
Dunn
SS
Ramirez
SS
Ramirez
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Gillaspie
LF
Kemp
RF
Viciedo
3B
Figgins
C
Flowers
C
Butera
P
Noesi (R)
P
Haren (R)

It’s true that Dunn has 1,128 games in the outfield under his belt, most in left. It’s also true that only 12 of those have come in the last four seasons, as he’s settled into a first base / DH rotation with Paul Konerko in his first three seasons in Chicago, and a bench / DH rotation with Konerko now that Jose Abreu is around this year. But with the game in a National League park, and righty Dan Haren on the mound, Robin Ventura decided it was time for some fun, I suppose. Hit it to left, every Dodger. (And every White Sox, too, probably.)

As you probably heard once or a million times, today was a big day for a certain young Dodger outfielder who occasionally has had to deal with questions about his attitude or effort. Oh, you thought I meant Yasiel Puig? No, this time it’s Joc Pederson, as Chris Jackson informs us:

If there was one minor down note for the Isotopes it came when Pederson was removed from the game after the sixth inning. It was not related to injury or his recent bout of illness.

“That was just for a lack of effort running down the first base line,” Berryhill said of a groundout to second base in the sixth. “It’s just one of those things where it’s not acceptable. If you don’t give me the effort you can come sit next to me on the bench. It’s one of those learning things that he’s going to have to go through.”

I bet Damon Berryhill and Matt Williams would be great friends.

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