Saturday, August 03, 2013

13 Straight Road Wins Sets New Dodgers Fanchise Record - Puig Injures Hand

The Dodgers just keep rolling.

With Chris Capuano on the mound, the Dodgers held off the Cubs for a 3-0 victory.  It was an impressive win that saw clutch pitching and great defense. 

Capuano went a scoreless 6 1/3 innings, while the relief staff ably handled the Cubs.  Brandon League came in to help Capuano out of a jam the 7th inning, and continued to show that he is back.  He got a inning ending double play in a high pressure situation.  The Dodgers defense recorded 4 double plays, and at least one highlight reel diving catch. 

Yasiel Puig, once again a huge factor on the field, caught a falling line drive off the bat of Starlin Castro in the 7th inning.  (Watch it here)  As you can see, he jammed his glove hand into the turf and would eventually leave the game early with a left thumb contusion.  Of specials note, Puig also almost made spectacular catch in the 3rd inning.  With Samardzija at the plate, Puig came in contact with the right field wall to almost catch a foul ball.  As replays show (see it here), Puig first deflected the ball of the wall, but caught it as it came down.  At first the umpires ruled it a catch, but after a discussion they ruled it foul.

This victory marks the 13th straight road victory for the Dodgers, and establishes a new franchsie record - eclipsing a mark originally set in 1924.


Following up on the Puig injury to his glove hand, he is now listed as day-to-day.  Currently, Puig is wearing a brace.  This is evidenced by several pics that have shown up on twitter.

On Saturday night, Puig was scheduled as a special guest for Panini America's VIP reception dinner during the National Sports Collectors Convention that is being held in Chicago.  He, along with other stars like Pedro Martinez, Johnny Damon, and Chris Chelios (hockey), would be meeting with Panini's best customers for a private "meet, greet & signing". 

As you can see in the photo below tweeted by @PaniniAmerica, Yasiel Puig is currently wearing the brace.

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Blog Kiosk: 8/3/2013 - Dodgers Links - Soccer at Dodger Stadium, Marmol and Ryu as ROY

When Puig become the artist.  I love this pic of Puig playing the photrographer.  Pic via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2013.
“I think he’s been underrated,” Mattingly said. “I don’t hear a lot of people talking about him.”
“I expected louder boos, Marmol said. “When I was warming up in the bullpen, a lot of people were very nice and thanked me. I guess the others forgot. I know I was bad this year and they are mad at me. Nothing I can do about that.” 
  • Dodgers tie a new franchise record.

The conversion from baseball diamond to soccer field required 12,500 square feet of new sod and Bermuda grass, which took Hansen and his crew of nine two days to place, smooth and outline. The temporary field, which is about 210 feet wide, runs parallel to the right-field line starting just outside the third base coaching box and extending 315 feet to the warning track in right field.
  • Here is a pic of the pitch at Dodger Stadium.

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