Sunday, April 20, 2014
DODGERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1
In what was certainly a rough week for Yasiel Puig after this revelatory news piece was published, Puig showed us some character by putting his head down this afternoon and just playing the game he knows. He did it with his arm, throwing out Miguel Montero from deep right as Montero attempted to stretch a single into a double. And he did it with his bat, jacking a three-run home run in the 6th that put the Dodgers ahead for good. Adrian Gonzalez (who extended his hitting streak to 15 games today) had just been intentionally walked to get to Puig, so Puig maaaaay have had a little extra pop in his swing after feeling disrespected, and he made Kirk Gibson pay for his decision.
Josh (Beckett, not the other guy) went five innings, striking out seven. He was pulled after only 83 pitches but afterward it was revealed that he has been very ill, receiving fluids, so this was a - wait for it - gritty performance by Beckett. He was quoted as saying those were the hardest five innings he'd ever pitched. Way to sack up, man. Jamey Wright relieved him and ended up with the win.
Notably, Kenley Jansen came in to pitch the ninth and seemed to be the Kenley we've come to know. Mowed some mofos down so quickly, he was clearly ready to go eat his easter ham.
In other news, AJEllis (!!!) was in full gear to catch Clayton Kershaw's long toss and 3-inning simulated game. Apparently Eliis is far ahead of his knee recovery timeline, which TFed doubters from around the world will rejoice in knowing. Kershaw came through the session fine with no soreness, so the next mark will likely be a rehab start.
Oh, and happy birthday, Donnie Baseball - this win's for you! Wait, it was for us. Well, it's for all of us.