Dodger Thoughts

Jon Weisman's outlet for dealing psychologically with the Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball and life

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Puig-Crawford-Uribe laser tag puts Dodgers ahead in sixth, 5-1

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By Jon Weisman

On an 0-2 sinker leading off the bottom of the sixth, Yasiel Puig sent a shot to right field, clearing the fence as smoothly as the bat flipped from his hand, to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

One out later, a Matt Kemp double to right center knocked Giants starter Tim Hudson out of the game. Hudson pitched his best ball in several starts, ultimately lasting 5 1/3 innings and allowing five hits and a walk while fanning four.

Giants lefty Javier Lopez entered and, in a move that was odd for a couple reasons, walked Hanley Ramirez intentionally. It’s always been bizarre to make a reliever start his outing with an intentional walk, and though it gave the Giants the platoon advantage, it brought up one of the Dodgers’ top hitters of the second half in Carl Crawford.

On the next pitch, Crawford ripped a double down the right-field line, scoring both Kemp and Ramirez to give the Dodgers a zesty 4-1 lead.

Then, after missing a home run by a sliver on a drive to left, Juan Uribe knocked a singled to left, pushing the Dodger lead to a bold 5-1.

A.J. Ellis hit into an inning-ending double play, but the Dodgers moved forward, leading by four with three innings to go to a National League West title.

All-around greatness: Kershaw ties game with first career triple

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By Jon Weisman

As he came to the plate with two out and the tying runner on third base in the bottom of the fifth inning tonight against San Francisco, I had this thought.

Clayton Kershaw, pitcher, is right now the toughest out in baseball.

Sure enough …

Facing Tim Hudson with a 1-1 count, Kershaw lined a shot that split the gap in right center, and the Most Valuable Player candidate — who already showed off his fielding mastery in the third — motored all the way to third base.

It was Kershaw’s first career triple, and like his only career home run on Opening Day 2013, it gave the Dodgers their first run of the game against the Giants.

Scoring on the play was Carl Crawford, who was hit in the foot by the first pitch of the inning and then stole second base on the next pitch. Crawford advanced to third on a deep fly to right by Juan Uribe, before he eased home on Kershaw’s triple to tie the game, 1-1.

Through five innings, Kershaw had allowed one run on four hits and no walks, striking out six, on 68 pitches.

Video: Kershaw’s behind-the-back acrobatics can’t stop Giants from taking 1-0 lead in third

By Jon Weisman

After crusing through the first two innings on 21 pitches tonight, Clayton Kershaw got himself in some trouble. He allowed an infield single to short by Joaquin Arias and then a solid single to left by Gregor Blanco — and then, with the count 0-2 on pitcher Tim Hudson, Kershaw’s second balk of the season put both runners in scoring position.

Then came this:

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Kershaw nearly escaped trouble completely when Hunter Pence then hit a slow grounder to third, but Juan Uribe’s throw home was a hair late to nab Arias.


A single by Joe Panik loaded the bases, but Kershaw induced a 5-4-3 double play from Buster Posey to end the inning.

The Dodgers had runners at the corners in the second inning and on third in the third, but trailed after three innings, 1-0.

Dan Haren has a 1.70 ERA in his past seven starts

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Dan Haren, to say the least, has stepped up. He has also gone 94 batters since he last allowed a home run.

– Jon Weisman

Dodgers find the Haren necessities

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By Jon Weisman

How effective was Dan Haren tonight? In matching his longest outing of the season in innings, he had his second-shortest start of the season in pitches.

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Another chapter in Dee Gordon’s feats of feet


In the top of the fifth inning tonight at San Francisco, Dee Gordon …

… struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch without a throw.

… ran on a 3-2 pitch and cruised into second base on a Yasiel Puig walk.

… sped to third base on a Jake Peavy wild pitch.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS AT SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS… beat the throw home from first base after Adrian Gonzalez was thrown out at first on a strike three in the dirt.

Four bases, one base at a time, no hits, one walk.

Lots of other stuff happened, in a game the Dodgers led 4-3 going into the eighth inning, but in a year of mindblowing Dee Gordon moments, this deserves to be called out.

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Triple the joy: Puig, Dodgers make three-bag history, with innings to spare

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By Jon Weisman

It took only two batters for the Dodgers to get their first triple of the night in San Francisco. Most games, that would be more than you’d expect.

Puig 3bFor Yasiel Puig and his teammates, it was only the beginning of many happy handshakes with third-base coach Lorenzo Bundy.

The Dodgers hit five triples in the first six innings at AT&T Park — three by Puig himself — shocking and knocking out Tim Lincecum on their way to a 7-0 lead with three innings to go.

The incredible night began with Puig’s first-inning triple, which nearly became a home run after an official review studied whether fan interference had prevented it from going out of the park. Puig later scored on an Adrian Gonzalez single to take a 1-0 lead.

The game was a pitchers’ duel through the fourth, with Lincecum matching Dodger starter Zack Greinke by striking out six batters on 67 pitches. (Greinke, in an event I’m embarrassed to make parenthetical, had a four-strikeout fourth third inning.) Puig had the Dodgers’ only other hit, a third-inning double.

Then, after A.J. Ellis popped out to start the top of the fifth, things got wild.

Greinke singled, and then Dee Gordon blasted one to the gap in right-center. Greinke, running with better wheels than Josh Beckett did the last time Gordon had an extra-base hit with a pitcher on base, scored easily, and Gordon cruised into third. It was Gordon’s 10th triple of the year, making him the first Dodger to hit double digits on triples since Kenny Lofton had 12 in 2006.

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Then Puig followed with his second triple of the game, making him the first Los Angeles Dodger ever to have two triples and a double in a game. No Dodger had done this since Sandy Amoros in 1956.

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If Puig’s triple in the first had been ruled a home run, he’d have had four innings left with only a single needed for a cycle.

Another RBI single by Gonzalez — who now leads the National League in RBI with 67 — scored Puig to make it 4-0, and an ensuing single by Hanley Ramirez ended Lincecum’s night on the mound …

… if not in the box score. Because after Carl Crawford lined out to first, Matt Kemp got in on the act, tripling to right center to score Gonzalez and Ramirez.

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Psychologically, the Dodgers avenged the three triples they allowed in the second inning of Clayton Kershaw’s nadir start on May 17.

Are we done yet? Not quite, because after Gordon beat out a grounder to third for a hit and stole second, Puig, unbelievably, hit his triple trifecta, his third of the game and the Dodgers’ fifth. Puig’s three triples are the most by a Dodger in 113 years, since Jimmy Sheckard of Brooklyn in 1901.

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The five triples are the most by the Dodgers in a game since the team record was set on July 7, 1921 — against the Giants — if they don’t hit any more tonight. And Puig’s 11 total bases are also the most by a Dodger in a game without a home run ever — if he doesn’t hit a home run before the night’s over. He’s the 50th Dodger since 1901 with at least 11 total bases in a game.

No Major League player has had more than three triples in a game since before 1901. The Major League record for a team is the eight by Pittsburgh at St. Louis on May 30, 1925. No Los Angeles Dodger team had ever had more than three triples in a game.

Players with at least three triples and a double in an MLB game (since 1914) Les Bell (1926), Herm Winningham (1990), Yasiel Puig (2014).

With 31 triples now in 2014, the Dodgers already had their most as a team for a full season since 2009. Gordon’s 10 triples and Puig’s eight this year give the Dodgers a shot at having a pair of 10-triplers for the first time since Maury Wills and Willie Davis in 1962.

Video: Yasiel Puig’s incredible throw becomes sidelight as Dodgers, Tigers each roll 5s

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By Jon Weisman

Torii Hunter was ruled safe at second base on a replay review, but that can’t take away from the brilliance of this play by Yasiel Puig.

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Triple play on tape delay: One batter, two reviews, three Dodger outs

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By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers left the bases loaded in the first inning against Cleveland tonight. They did the same in the second, following back-to-back leadoff doubles that yielded not a run.

But the overthrow of grace came in the bottom of the fourth inning, when after finally knocking out Indians starter Justin Masterson on Josh Beckett’s second double (his second double of the game), Dee Gordon’s single (his second hit of the game) and Yasiel Puig’s RBI single, this happened:

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 9.15.55 PMGordon tested the arm of charging left fielder Michael Brantley, who had 20 assists in his past 227 Major League games, and was thrown out rather easily. And then Puig, tagging up and trying to advance to second on the play, was thrown out by catcher Yan Gomes – that is, after instant replay overturned the initial safe call.

A night after instant replay removed a potential no-hitter at Dodger Stadium, it gave the local ballyard a triple play.

The Dodgers then seemed to mount their own challenge of the call at home, which perplexed a bemused Vin Scully.

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