Archives for the month of: July, 2013
My dog, Zorro, loves to sit on my lap and watch the Dodgers win.

My dog, Zorro, loves to sit on my lap and watch the Dodgers win.

Just like old times: Andre Ethier coming through in the clutch, hitting the go-ahead home run in the ninth inning and pushing the Dodgers to a winning record. What a guy, huh?

Ethier hits like a champ off this Rafael Soriano, and last night was no different. He golfed a low-and-inside slider into the right field bleachers for a gravity-defying round-tripper that broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Dodgers their 18th win in the last 23 games, 3-2 over the Washington Nationals.

But it was truly a team effort. Ricky Nolasco did a fine job as starting pitcher, and Yasiel Puig dazzled in the outfield as usual. I don’t think trying to tell him to take it a little easier is actually working. He hit the wall again last night. I get the feeling he thinks he’s made out of flubber and can bounce back from anything.

Ronald Belisario got the win for his one fine inning of work (looking good finally, Beli!), and Kenley Jansen mystified the batters in the ninth to retire them in order for his tenth save of the season.

To top it all off, the Giants did us a favor and beat the D’bags, so we moved up to 1½ games out of first.

Ricky Nolasco gets the first start of the second half.

Ricky Nolasco gets the first start of the second half.

As I write, the Dodgers are at bat in Washington, even at 47-47, and 2½ games behind Arizona. Being at .500, it’s almost like they are starting the season all over, only with a wad of momentum on their side. Let’s hope they didn’t lose it over that dismal All-Star break. Go Dodgers!

Freddie Freeman has a boo-boo.

Freddie Freeman has a boo-boo.

After all the brouhaha about the Braves’ Freddie Freeman beating out our own Yasiel Puig for the Final Vote to the All-Star Game, Freeman isn’t even going to play. Poor baby, hurt his thumb.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Geez, Louise! Man up! At least make an appearance in the game, you wimp.

Puig wouldn’t let his achy hip keep him out of it.