There is no other explanation, but for the fact that these guys are junkyard dogs.
Cheated out of a run and motivated by their manager who had their back and got ejected as a result, the junkyard dogs battled and tied the game at 1 in the bottom of the ninth and won it in the bottom of the tenth. No big flies, nothing spectacular – just junkyard dogism! Donnie Ballgame seems to have an issue with Mothers and Fathers Day – he got kicked out early on both days. I love his fire… and so does the team.
Does anyone still doubt Chris Capuano? He’s an All-Star. He should have 10 or 11 wins by now, but eight is not bad.
Belisario has been a Godsend and pitched two strong innings for the win. It was a “gutcheck” for the Junkyard Dodgers. I mean where do you start? Maybe with Elian Herrera who has been a ten-year minor leaguer before getting his chance (like Maury Wills) or Dee Gordon who breaks your heart and then wins the game with a clutch hit. His batting average is inching up as we speak.
The Yankees are the hottest team is baseball but the Junkyard Dodgers still have the best record in baseball and their lead is 5 over the Giants and 9.5 over the D-Backs. Kemp and Mark Ellis are both ahead of schedule and are heading out with the team on a 9-game road trip. This road trip is without a doubt the biggest and most important road trip of the year for the Dodgers – three games each with the A’s, Angels and Giants.
I would be happy with 5 wins, but the Junkyard Dodgers might have other plans.
- Baseball needs to embrace instant replay. The Dodgers have had some horrible calls against them this year that could be easily decided by instant replay. It’s time for baseball to enter the 2oth Century and this is the 21st Century!
- Insofar as Dee Gordon’s attitude, I have to say that on a personal level he is extremely polite and called me “Sir.” On a larger level, the coaches, players and writers say that he constantly seeks advice and is one of the most coachable and polite kids around. Today, Jim Peltz of The LA Times writes this:
With the Dodgers trailing by a run in the ninth inning, Dee Gordon three times tried to bunt his teammate to second base and three times Gordon failed, sending him dejectedly back to the dugout.
“I was frustrated with myself,” Gordon said. “But I couldn’t dwell on it.”
So after the Dodgers tied the Chicago White Sox later in the inning, Gordon refocused on his next at-bat and lined a walk-off single in the 10th inning to drive inTony Gwynn Jr. and give the Dodgers a 2-1 interleague win.
“It feels great to come through for my teammates,” Gordon said after they mobbed him on the infield dirt between second and third base. “We fight to the end.”
- Andre Ethier = Gold Glove Right Fielder – He won’t move for Kemp and Kemp will go back to CF. He was awesome yesterday and has been all year on defense.