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Player of the game: Juan Uribe

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers (April 6, 2013)

Juan Uribe didn’t have a hit this season, but when things threatened to get out of hand in the first inning for the Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Dodgers, Uribe made a diving stop to rob Michael McKenry of a double that would have given Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead.

Instead, Uribe turned a force play, sparing Ryu a possible first-inning beating, and the Dodgers rallied for a 6-2 victory, giving them a sweep of Pittsburgh for the second April in a row.

Ryu (2.13 ERA) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing a two-run homer by Andrew McCutchen but only two baserunners after the first inning. Suddenly hot-hitting Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with four RBI, Nick Punto reached base three times and Justin Sellers ended his season-opening 0-fer with a solo blast.

Ronald Belisario allowed the Dodger bullpen’s first hit of the season, but Pittsburgh never struck back after the heroic Uribe saved the day.


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  1. KT

    good all around game…Now sweep SD

  2. Anonymous

    Damn off days.

  3. I was going to say that there’s nothing wrong with the Dodgers that a home series against the Pirates couldn’t cure. But considering how the offense struggled in the first two games, I’m reconsidering that quip.

  4. Anonymous

    Always nice to see Juan contribute. Its been a nightmare for us, though well paid, one can imagine what it has been like for him.

    • Anonymous

      I’d risk surviving that nightmare for what he’s being paid.

  5. Anonymous

    Can’t help but notice that they had 52k in the stands against Pitt versus the 38k last year for their first Sunday at home, when they hosted that Pads with Kid K on the mound.

    • KT

      Matt Kemp replica jersey giveaway for kids 14 and under

      • Anonymous

        Last year it was Jackie Robinson Day with a sweatband giveaway.

  6. Great to see you blogging again. While Clayton keeps rolling along the aces had some trouble yesterday.

    The roll call:

    2012 NL Cy Young RA Dickey – 4 IP, 10 hits, 7 earned runs

    2012 AL Cy Young David Price – 5 IP, 10 hits, 8 earned runs

    20 Million dollar Cole Hamels – 5.2 IP, 9 hits, 8 earned runs

    Unbeatable Stephen Strasburg – 5.1 IP, 9 hits, 6 earned runs

    and best of all:

    Matt Cain 3.2 IP, 7 hits, 9 earned runs

  7. Anonymous

    Jon, thanks for noticing, and pointing out, Uribe’s great play. I would love it if this post would somehow get back to him and encourage him.

  8. KT

    I just realized that I’m going to go 2 whole days without game time blogging…Oh No withdrawls

  9. Anonymous

    Red Sox pres. Lucchino says: “We got a lot of what we wanted. Ben [Cherington] did an excellent job with the pitchers [Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa], and holding out for both of them. We would have been happy I think to get one. We were really pleased to get two.”

  10. Oh my. Ryu dancing Gangnam style with Matt and Clayton backing him up.

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