Grumpy Grandal Grooves Game-Winning Wallop to Whip Washington

Colorado Rockies vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Jared Goff signs for fan prior to game against the Colorado Rockies Monday, June 6, 2016 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles,California. Photo by Jon SooHoo/© Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016

June 22, 2016 by Shannon Michael Smith

The Dodgers earned their fifth victory in-a-row (a season high) last night in a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals. Los Dogs took the series on a three-run blast from Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Dodgers will go for the sweep tonight at 7:10 PT.

Scott Kazmir actually made it through the sixth inning (he hadn’t gone past the fifth in his last few starts) and only surrendered two runs (a Bryce Harper solo shot in the first and another by Espinosa in the fifth) on eight hits.

Yasiel Puig returned to the lineup and looked awful (at the plate and in the field as he misjudged a liner to right earlier in the game) until the eighth inning when he ripped a shot off Espinosa’s glove for a single (Joc Pederson advanced to second). The at-bat proved to be key as Grandal’s home run followed and put the Dodgers ahead for good, 3-2.

Rams t-shirt sightings! No, that’s not a rascalsoftheravine staffer getting Goff’s autograph in the picture (see above). We gotta admit though, it makes our hearts glow to see L.A. Rams shirts peppered across Dodger Stadium these days. Goff threw out the first pitch at the Ravine recently, and one can feel the excitement for 2016 season at the Coliseum to begin. Yes, we realize that 8-8 is probably a best-case scenario this year, but that can’t kill the big buzz! Horns up!

We need your help! Our beloved segment, Who Sits Behind Home Plate, could use some assistance. We’ve written about Larry King, Rob Reiner, Donald Sterling, Mary Hart, and Anthony Kiedis, but we’re old, and there may be plenty of other well-known mugs that we’re missing due to our cultural ignorance (we also wouldn’t recognize big-time producers or insiders). If you notice any famous faces sitting back there that we haven’t mentioned, let us know!

Tonight is Urias’ last start of the year as he’s approaching his innings limit for the season. The tenacious teen has improved with every start (we weren’t originally crazy about the Dodgers’ decision to roll him out this early) and it should be fun to see what he can do to with some of the best hitters in the game. Not-as-young Joe Ross (23) gets the start for the Nats.

Rascalsoftheravine party!!! We will host our second savage saucefest at El Compadre in Echo Park on July 6th (before the game against the Orioles). We’ll have to double-check El Compadre’s hours for that day, but we’ll most likely be there around 10:00 AM if they’re open. Stay tuned for further details!

Until next time, mirth seekers!!!

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