Chavez Ravine, Dodgertown, California – On a slightly chilly night (well not really), when lots of Dodger fans showed up disguised as empty seats, with only 26,376 fans visible (maybe less), the Dodgers It’s a shame that the best team in the NL can’t PBIS (put butts in seats). As usual, it required a lot of hits to yield a few runs. 15 hits = 7 runs! I’ll take it, but it should be better. For example, teh Astros scored 12 runs on 12 hits. This is something the Dodgers HAVE to improve upon.
- The bottom of the Dodger lineup really got the job done tonight. Loney, Uribe and AJ Ellis all had 2 or more hits to go with multi-hit games for Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier as well. Ethier had 3 hits and Juan Uribe made a conscious effort to go the other way at least three times, and was the Star-Of-The-Game with 4 Hits, 3 RBI and 2 Runs. He raised his battiung average to .286 in the process.
- The first Dodger out on the field before the game was Andre Ethier… by a long time. It is obvious that he has a new persona. Almost a joy about him and I have never seen him hustle to first base like he is this year. He seems re-focused and resolute, like he’s playing for the love of the game, like he’s proud to be a Dodger… or maybe he’s just playing for a new contract?
- Chris Capuano seemed “geeked” in the dugout before the game, and in fact was hitting 90 MPH in the first inning tonight. After the first inning, he was seldom above 88 MPH. He threw 108 pitches and flirted with disaster, but pitched out of trouble and logged 7 innings. I’ll take that for a 5th starter anytime.
- For the record, Dee Gordon is one of the most polite, least assuming and humble young men I have met in his position. He is a sponge, seeking advice from coaches, players and legends of the game. Don’t worry about his attitude – he’s a peach! He’s also a kid, but that’s cool. This guy doesn’t have an attitude at all (unless “good” counts as an attitude). He’s the kind of son-in-law you’d love to have.
- I can’t fault Matt Kemp for making an out at the plate when Andre Ethier singled in the bottom of the 5th. The outfielder was a little lackadaisical in throwing the ball back and Matt just kept on going, knowing it would take a perfect throw to get him. The Braves got that throw and Matt was out. Andre was doubled off first. I do blame him for that.
- Scott Elbert even pitched like he might know how. Hopefully, that will give him some confidence.