Sunday, May 31, 2015

Post-Game 48 Thread: Grandal Returns Dodgers To First Place

"Even a guy nicknamed 'Curly Fries' can get a hit! Come on, Dodgers; it ain't that difficult!"


You know Joe Buck and the whole Fox Statcast crew was salivating over this game, with undefeated Michael Wacha going up against the unknown Carlos Frias and a Dodger team that hadn't scored in 37 innings on the road. Alas, the first five innings brought that total to a franchise-worst streak of 42 innings (which coincided with the Dodgers falling out of first place in the NL West). But Howie Kendrick (2-for-3, RBI, 2 R) opened the Dodgers' bats back up with a RBI single to right, and then Yasmani Grandal, just back from the DL, launched a Wacha pitch to center to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. Alberto Callaspo singled home Kendrick on the eighth to make it 5-1, and that's all she wrote.

Wacha takes his first loss of the year. Frias, on the other hand, got the win with his 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER performance--which included his first major league hit, a bunt up the third-base line. Dodgers move back into first place as the Giants were spanked by the Braves 8-0. Joe Buck had to bite his tongue as Statcast focused on the launch angle of Grandal's HR (at 21 degrees, it was said to be more of a line-drive HR). Let's get ready for tomorrow afternoon, and see if we can come away with a series victory.

photo: AP / Billy Hurst