All hail Justin Turner!
The man initially thought to be a lesser version of Nick Punto has proven he is more than just that. He is a beast, a monster in his own right, a sparkplug who can lead the team to victory.
Last night he started the game with a home run to left, then finished off Giants starting pitcher Bumgarner with his second home run of the evening in the eight inning. Ole! The Dodger win!
BTW, birthday boy Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run, as well. As for the pitching, Zack Greinke threw an eight inning gem; allowing just two runs while striking out five and scattering six hits. Kenley Jansen recorded his 44th save of the year.
Watch the last out below.
We are now a game away from clinching our second straight National League West Division Championship, and with Clayton Kershaw scheduled to be on the mound tonight you have to like our chances for a champagne celebration this evening. BTW, the photo at the very top was taken by Dodger photographer Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014. Go here to check out some more great pics by him; including a shot of Dodger Elvis. Below are some links to check out:
- I won't be writing anything about the Puig/Bumgarner fracas in the first inning (other than this). I find it to be a waste of time and ultimately meaningless. The only thing that matters to the Dodgers is winning the next game. Anything else is just dumb.
- Via Michael Lananna at MLB.com, "Ryu unlikely to start before postseason."
"We're notching off-days here," Mattingly said. "I think we're pleased with the progress with Hyun-Jin and how he's doing, and he's moving forward and not having any complaints afterward. I'm happy with his progress."
- Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "Matt Kemp reflects on turning 30."
"The last two years have been pretty freaky. Everything happens for a reason. I'm pretty happy with where I am. Just got to stay healthy and on the field."
- Mark Langill at Dodger Insider put together a pop quiz on the Dodgers vs. Giants rivalry. You should take it to see how well you know the rivalry.
- Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider, "De Jon Watson discusses Dodger moves in Triple-A, Double-A."
“Some pitchers have pitched fine (in Albuquerque). Other pitchers have struggled to a certain degree. Yet they make adjustments,” Watson said. “The key is executing quality pitches. It doesn’t matter what ballpark you’re pitching in —whether you’re pitching in Dodger Stadium or Colorado, you still have to execute quality pitches. The ultimate guidelines for us what we’re trying to teach and preach internally stay the same. (But) moving to Oklahoma gives us a better chance to assess our guys and where they are, and what areas we need to address with them.”
- Via Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times, "Dodgers likely to pay Chris Perez $4.3 million."
- Whiny Giants are Whiny. Via Kevin Draper at Deadspin, "Reports: San Francisco Giants Boycotting Long-Time Beat Reporter." Frick'n babies... All of them!
- The LA Register has now closed, via Hillel Aron at LA Weekly. At least my favorite sports reporter there, Rich Hammond who covers the Kings, was spared from the chopping block.
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