Newest Dodger Roberto Hernandez was better than described. After a shaky first inning that saw him give up two early runs, he got out the next 17 straight batters. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, Roberto said,
"I was a little bit nervous today. The first inning, I tried too much, but I forget about that. After that I kept the ball down, got ahead in the count."Overall, he pitched six innings, struck out five, gave up three hits and walked none. Unfortunately, the team couldn't preserve the small lead entrusted to them. A comedy of errors, typical of a Baseball, ruined that. Justin Turner, who had just gotten into the game in the 7th inning, made a spectacular play on a rising liner off the bat of Aramis Ramirez. Then, the proverbial bubble popped.
A certain double play ball skipped past the glove of Justin Turner, then a little nubber, two errors by Turner and a 2-run single sealed the door. The Brewers took a commanding 6 to 3 lead over the Dodgers and never looked back.
Oy Vie! Baseball sure is a funny game. Just when you thought you had it beat, it decides to throw you a curve to keep you humble. This is just one of those games you just have to forget. Photo at the very top via @Dodgers on twitter.
- At least this highlight from last nights game exist, via the Dodgers on tumblr. Watch Puig's check-swing broken bat.
- Via Bill Plunkett at the OC Register, "Dodgers' bubble machine creates an MLB soap opera."
“Does that thing bother me? No, it doesn’t bother me,” Mattingly said. “I’m not saying I like it. But other teams are allowed to ride a stick horse down their dugout. Ours is no different. Really – Tampa rides a stick horse down the dugout. What’s the difference?
“Everybody’s got something.”
- Via Tom Bartsch at Sports Collectors Digest, "Yasiel Puig Signs Exclusive Deal With Fanatics Authentic."
- Via Eric Nusbaum of Vice Sports, "Of Anaheim: Why the Angels will always be an afterthought."
Perhaps this is the Angels' problem, and the root of their repeated identity crises: They are too suburban for their own good, ruined as it were, by their location among a thousand neighborhoods with names that start with Rancho and Laguna. The Dodgers have been shaped by the city around them. They have become a cosmopolitan enterprise, headlined over the years by a diverse cast of base-stealers and left-handed starters and international phenoms. But the Angels have no city to shape them. Orange County is contrived, nothing more than a nice place to live, a successful real estate deal. But comfortable living does not necessarily make for compelling local culture.
- Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Rojas impressing Mattingly with defense."
"What about Rojas?" Mattingly asked. "Nobody asked me about Rojas. He saved four or five hits."
- Bob Timmermann at the Portable Griddle is putting together a list of Dodger players who had a different name than what they had with the Dodgers.
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