Monday, September 02, 2013

Dodgers Win a Wild One - Magic Number is Now 14

The Dodgers won a wild one today - even with the reliable Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

In five innings of work he gave up five earned runs; including an uncharacteristic 11 hits.  Fortunately, the Dodger bats were up to the task of saving his hide.  They belted out 10 runs on 15 hits to help him win his 14th game of the year.

Andre Ethier had an historic game at the plate.  He hit a 2-run home run in the 6th inning, 2 doubles, and a total of 3 RBI's.  His doubles brought his season total to 30; which marks the first time in Dodger history a player has recorded 7-consecutive 30-double seasons.  Via a Dodger tweet.

The Dodgers won the game with a 10-8 score.  It was your typical Coors Field score. 

We now sit 12.5 games ahead of the Diamondbacks, and have a "Magic Number" of 14. 

I  guess you can say that we're a Mike Scioscia away from a playoff berth.

On a side note, Yasiel Puig came out of the game in the 6th inning after mildly straining his right-knee sliding into 3rd base on a single by Adrian Gonzalez.  He was able to score on Hanley Ramirez's sacrifice fly, but was soon replaced by Skip Schumaker in the outfielder in the bottom of the 6th inning. 

According to Tony Jackson at Dodger Scribe, Puig will not play in tomorrow's game, and apparently Puig has been having issues with his knee for awhile.
Puig, speaking through his interpreter, says the knee has been bothering him for a while, that he doesn’t remember exactly what he did to it or when, and that he first felt it today as he ran past first base after running hard through the bag when he reached on that error to lead off the sixth inning on a ground ball to third.

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