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Heart of the lineup lines up with heart, and Dodgers win sixth straight

The Phillies hit Zack Greinke and the Dodgers from pillar to post. The Dodgers took the pillar and the post and ignored everything in between, quite happily.

Despite making 15 straight outs at one point, the Dodgers rode a big first inning and a two-out, 0-2 single by Yasiel Puig in the seventh to a 6-4 victory over the Phillies, giving Los Angeles their sixth straight victory.

Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier combined for five hits (of the Dodgers’ seven) – and made each one count.

Los Angeles absoutely hammered Phillies starter (and Placentia-born) Jonathan Pettibone in the first inning. After a leadoff walk to Skip Schumaker, Puig scorched one off Pettibone’s foot, the ball taking a fluke bounce to shortstop Jimmy Rollins for a force out. But Gonzalez knocked a single, and Kemp and Ethier followed with hard doubles to put the Dodgers ahead, 3-0. Pettibone might have been in jeopardy of completing the first inning had Puig’s ball gone through, or if A.J. Ellis’ long fly to right hadn’t been flagged down by Delmon Young’s running catch.

From the second inning through the sixth, however, Pettibone retired his final 15 batters, allowing time for the Phillies to come back and take the lead. Greinke picked off one batter, saw another caught stealing and induced two double plays in seven innings, but that only partially mitigated the 12 hits he allowed, the last a two-out, tiebreaking home run by Chase Utley in the seventh.

Puig smashed into the wall in a vain attempt to catch that drive, the latest scary moment for the Dodger daredevil. But he was not done shaking up the stadium.

In the bottom of the seventh, relief pitcher Justin De Fratus walked Ellis on a 3-2 pitch. With two sacrifices in the past four seasons, Juan Uribe was asked to bunt. He not only put it down, but he reached first base after Ryan Howard fell down trying to field it. Pinch-hitter Hanley Ramirez was walked intentionally, and then Schumaker struck out.

That set the stage for Puig.

He swung and missed badly at two not-so-pretty pitches, and the next was so far off the plate, it looked like a fan heading for the exits. But Puig reached indelicately and somehow pulled the ball sharply through the hole into left field for a two-run single, rallying the Dodgers to a one-run lead.

J.P. Howell and Ronald Belisario combined for a scoreless eighth, and the Dodgers manufactured an insurance run when, in his second full game back from the disabled list, Kemp and his hamstring singled, stole second and third, and scored on Ellis’ sacrifice fly.

Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth, and despite tallying half the Phillies’ 14 hits, the Dodgers had another sweet victory.


Note by notewest


If he keeps playing like this, Yasiel Puig will earn much more than $42 million


  1. Anonymous

    Great to hear Matt’s excitement on the postgame interview . . . and freely giving kudos to Puig.

  2. Anonymous

    Greinke’s first win this season that wasn’t a “quality start.” . . . What a great 8th inning by Kemp.

    • Anonymous

      I think a pitcher winning when he doesn’t necessarily deserve it happens less often than a pitcher losing when he deserves to win

      • Anonymous

        I agree. Kershaw has been victimized in this regard several times last year and this. Of course, he doesn’t have very many non-quality starts.

  3. Jason Ungar

    Rick Monday has always cracked me up. As you once said Jon, he calls the game as if it is interrupting his conversation..but he comes up with some good ones..tonight regarding Uribe’s bunt: “after trying what appeared to be a drag bunt he then squared up to bunt and it still surprised all of us that he would bunt”

    • Anonymous

      The line about Monday calling the game as if it is interrupting his conversation is priceless, and totally on point.

  4. Anonymous

    Fun game. When you only manage 7 hits, it’s damn good luck to bunch them in only one or two innings. The Phillies scattered 14 hits: 2 HRs and 12 mostly harmless singletons. Long-sequence scoring is fun, but rare and not to be counted on. I still wish this team had more power.

    • Anonymous

      They seem to be heating up on the power front, with 9 dingers since last Thursday. Before they could easily go a week without one!

  5. Anonymous

    BTW – it’s hard to believe that Bastardo winds up with men on base. When I saw how easily Kemp stole 2nd, I said “I bet he steals 3rd too – the door is wide open.” The poor catcher was helpless.

  6. KT

    Well the streak continues…So I’ve been to the first day of the streak and last win….
    Great Game…Matt Kemp playing with a lot of emotion…

    Just got settled in after the drive home from LA and here is the score from last night’s game: Two Sandy Koufax Bobbleheads, 1 new sweatshirt, individual balls signed by Maury Wills, Tim Wallach, Paco Rodriguez, Chris Capuano and Tim Federowicz. Paco and Chris also signed my daughters cap…No foul balls today…next game

  7. foul tip

    One of these headlines is from game story. Other, not sure. But good too–

    “In a Puig of his own, Yasiel does it again”

    “LA’s win signed, Yasiel’d, and delivered”

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