Thursday, April 25, 2013

Adrian Gonzalez Sees Promise From Mediocre 3-3 Road Trip

It's tomorrow's news, today! Dylan Hernandez of the LAT had a nice lead in his wrap up of today's 3-2 win at Citi Field:

NEW YORK — On the surface, the Dodgers' 3-2 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday appeared significant only because it allowed them to salvage a six-game trip that started disastrously.

But in the details of the Dodgers' second win in three days at Citi Field, Adrian Gonzalez saw promise.

"You look at the greatest teams in any sport, they play fundamentally right," Gonzalez said.

The Dodgers didn't hit any home runs. They collected only five hits and were in danger of wasting another top-shelf pitching performance, this one by Hyun-Jin Ryu, who held the Mets to one run over seven innings.

What encouraged Gonzalez was how the Dodgers manufactured their go-ahead runs in the ninth inning. With the score tied, 1-1, Nick Punto led off with a double to right-center against left-hander Scott Rice.

Gonzalez moved him to third base by grounding out to first.

Matt Kemp drew an intentional walk, setting up a run-scoring single by Andre Ethier. Kemp scored on an infield hit by Juan Uribe against right-hander Bobby Parnell to increase the lead to 3-1.

"It's fundamentals," said Gonzalez, who said he did exactly what he wanted in his at-bat.

"The only thing on my mind is to hit the ball on the ground to the right side," Gonzalez said. "At the worst, I'll get him over. At the best, it will sneak through and I'll get an RBI hit. I know I've got Matt and Andre behind me. Who else do I want coming up with a runner on third and one out?"

A-Gon is right, we did manufacture those runs in the ninth, scoring two despite being beset by a Ramon Hernandez GIDP in the same frame. It was clear that Gonzalez was using his AB to advance Punto over to third, and he succeeded. Having Ethier drive Punto in was also a critical AB, if not the eventual game-winner.

Get ready, though. Brewers have won nine of their last 10 games.