July 25, 2016 by Shannon Michael Smith
Could Gonzo’s power finally be creeping back? In last night’s 9-6 win over the hated redbirds, Gonzalez grooved a grand salami (he launched home run #8 the previous evening). Until this series, reaching base hasn’t been a problem for Adrian, hitting in clutch situations and for power has. With Gonzo and Kringle clicking at the same time, decent starting pitching (let’s not forget about the blazin’ bullpen too), and Seager’s magic, Los Dogs have pulled within three games of the San Francisco Giants.
With two soft games against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (we’re not dropping “devil”, sorry MLB) followed by two division series match ups (against lowly AZ and CO) the Dodgers have a real opportunity to hold a match under the Giants’ collective balls (pun intended).
The Dodgers looked like a complete team against Washington and St. Louis (what’s mind blowing is the fact that they don’t have Kershaw…now that we’ve written that, the wheels will come off—Murphy’s Law). Let’s hope the magic doesn’t fade during the two days off this week (it can be a momentum killer).
Andrew Toles (RF) was silent in last night’s contest, but was a force on the base paths during the series, he’s filled in nicely for Puig over the last few games.
As we mentioned, the Dodgers have the day off before facing Tampa Bay at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. The Rays will roll out Chris Archer (5-13 with a 4.60 ERA, he’s another sad sack that the genius front office is eyeballing, of course) and Los Dogs will send Bud Norris to the hill. The Nats creamed Norris in his last start, we’ll see if he can handle the bottom-feeding D-Rays.
Will Archer audaciously audition for anal Andrew? Will Norris demolish diabolical, Devil-doomed dingers? Will rascalsoftheravine staffers attend the day game on Wednesday? Stay tuned! Until next time, mirth—hey, wait a minute!
We forgot to plug Michael Fallon’s excellent book, Dodgerland, “Decadent Los Angeles and 1977-78 Dodgers”. Friends, It’s a shotgun ride in a blue-glittered ‘Vette, an in-depth look at Lasorda’s gusto reign in the Ravine. Fallon hips us to the genesis of L.A.’s fun-time squad with delightfully detailed accuracy–Disney would proud! SoCal culture is duly noted as well, from the Zeppelin-coiffed Z-Boys to Zappa at Studio Z, it’s zee best! Pick up a copy, nowsville!
Until next time, mirth-seekers!