Justin Turner reminded the Dodgers what they’d been missing during his time on the disabled list Friday, delivering the go-ahead RBI in a four-run, two-out rally in Friday’s win over the Reds. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
NEW YORK — The news here should probably be that Don Mattingly hasn’t told Yasiel Puig that he will or will not be traded, but then that’s not really saying much. (Others have written about the possibility of Puig being traded recently.)
That isn’t necessarily a manager’s job, though; the manager typically only delivers the news once there’s news to be delivered.
Mattingly knew this in 2009, when he was the Dodgers’ hitting coach and first baseman James Loney was the subject of trade rumors. The Dodgers’ reported targets at the time were San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitcher Heath Bell. The Dodgers had just begun a series in Atlanta on July 31, 2009 when Mattingly decided to have some fun at Loney’s expense in the middle of the game.
“I got (Loney) off the field because there was a bunch of speculation about him,” Mattingly said. “It wasn’t going to happen. They were like reporting it. I got him off the field and told him Joe (Torre, the Dodgers’ manager) wanted to talk to him. I said, ‘you might want to take your bats with you.’ He got in there. Joe was like, ‘Donnie’s messing with you.’
The Dodgers ended up trading Loney for Adrian Gonzalez three years later.
NEW YORK — Adrian Gonzalez was initially held out of the Dodgers’ lineup Saturday against the New York Mets because of a stiff neck. In the hour leading up to the game, however, Gonzalez was added back in. Here’s what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game:
Gonzalez later got through a round of batting practice; he’s batting fourth and playing first base.
The “bullpen game” Monday wasn’t pretty, unless you’re a numerologist. Yimi Garcia threw the first pitch just after 7 p.m. Pacific Time. The game was still in the seventh inning (tied 7-7, naturally) when the clock struck midnight on 7/7 on the East Coast. The Dodgers burned through seven pitchers (the Phillies used three).
The teams combined to throw 368 pitches, which required a total of 4 hours and 13 minutes. J.P. Howell threw six of those pitches and was the winning pitcher. Only three nine-inning games in Dodgers history since 1914 (and probably forever) have lasted longer.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo home run and Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run shot for the Dodgers. Howie Kendrick went 4 for 5 and finished a home run shy of the cycle. Oh, and Jimmy Rollins drove in the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning to break that 7-7 tie, then scored the 10th run on his own. He spoke about this after the game (here and here).