Mark Ellis dives for the bag on a pickoff attempt by the Rockies.

Mark Ellis dives for the bag on a pickoff attempt by the Rockies.

Second baseman Mark Ellis (I LOVE this guy!) knocked in four of the six runs for the Dodgers last night in a 6-1 rout of the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. It came a day after a 5-hour, 14-inning marathon in which the Dodgers came out on top, 7-5, sweeping the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks,  regaining a .500 average and moving to within 1½ games of the division lead.

Yasiel Puig didn't make the All-Star Final Vote, but he's certainly making his mark on the Dodgers' season.

Yasiel Puig didn’t make the All-Star Final Vote, but he’s certainly making his mark on the Dodgers’ season.

Our boys are now 16 for their last 19. That is a phenomenal run, and the contributions are coming from all corners: Yasiel Puig’s tenacity, Hanley Ramirez’s power, all the starting pitchers’ control, Andre Ethier’s glove, Juan Uribe’s grit, you name it. Everything about the Dodgers is working right now. Even Brandon League didn’t give up all of the six-run lead he was given in last night’s game (just one solo homer). That’s saying something.

The only thing that didn’t work was the Final Vote attempt to get Puig into the All-Star Game. He fell short of Freddie Freeman (who?) of the Atlanta Braves in the biggest fan voting extravaganza of all time, apparently. At least for baseball. Freeman managed to get almost 20 million votes, and I hear Puig wasn’t too far behind. I voted for Puig, but I didn’t go crazy about it. I was watching TV and submitting over and over until my hand got tired, and I got bored. Then I decided to let the rest of Dodgers Nation do some of the work.

Oh well, Puig will have plenty of time to be an All-Star. For now, I’m just glad he’s our star.

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