Dodgers Pull a Comeback in Toronto
It was an amazing game, the Dodgers 10-9 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
1. How did the Dodgers celebrate their first full day all alone in first place? To quote the press release, "Dodgers select contract of Carlos Marmol." That prompted my snark tweet of, "First place was nice, right?"
Marmol came up to replace Jose Dominguez in the bullpen who went on the disabled list with a strained left quad.
2. Chris Capuano wasn't sharp. In his last outing before the All Star Break against Colorado on July 11, it seemed he got his mechanics figured out striking out eight while pitching a six-hit shutout through 6 1/3 innings. It wasn't pretty this time north of the border. He lasted only 4 1/3 innings giving up five runs on seven hits striking out only two.
3. Now this is perhaps the most amazing part of this game: the Dodgers survived both a Brandon League and a Marmol outing. After Capuano left the game trailing 5-2, Marmol squirmed and wriggled his way out of the fifth.
As if that wasn't enough, Marmol came in to pitch the sixth. You can click on the Toronto scoresheet below for the details. What was a 5-2 deficit became an 8-3 deficit.
It was then that I restated my snark tweet about first place being nice for one day.
After the Dodgers scored three in the top of the seventh, J.P. Howell got Adam Lind to ground to short to lead off. He left and Brandon League came on. Amazingly enough League escaped with the score remaining 8-6.
4. Coming into the game the Dodgers were 1-35 when trailing after seven innings. They had overcome a five-run deficit once against the Angels at home on May 27. The top of the seventh when they scored three runs was a case of death by paper cuts, three singles, two walks and a hit-by-pitch doing the damage.
It was a different story in the eighth. Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer off of Darren Oliver, and after Hanley Ramirez inexplicably struck out looking, Andre Ethier lined a home run to right field. What had been an 8-3 deficit for the Dodgers became a 10-8 lead.
Kenley Jansen gave up a run in the ninth, but that was a moot point.
Despite Carlos Marmol and Brandon League. Despite Chris Capuano's poor outing. Despite pitching coach Rick Honeycutt back home with a family issue. Despite Hanley Ramirez being held to a 1-for-4 night with a single and a walk. Despite all of that, the Dodgers gutted out a win.
That's not to say the Dodgers didn't have fight before. They did, but they just couldn't execute. Now they can execute, and boy do they look dangerous.
But let's not get too crazy. Remember how quick this turnaround was for the Dodgers? That's only proof that it can easily go back into the shitter just like that. Remember the second law of thermodynamics. In layman's terms: everything tends towards disorder. It takes energy to keep things together.
No matter what the Diamondbacks do, the Dodgers will remain in first place all by their lonesomes in the NL West.
Dodgers scorecard: (click to embiggen)
Blue Jays scorecard: (click to embiggen)