Chris Heisey/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers
Chris Heisey was in the dugout Thursday afternoon when Clayton Kershaw engaged manager Don Mattingly in an animated discussion after Mattingly informed Kershaw he was coming out for a pinch-hitter leading off the bottom of the fifth inning.
Heisey hit a grand slam to cap off the six-run fifth, giving the Dodgers a 6-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks to reduce their magic number to clinch the NL West to least four pending the outcome of the night game between the second-place Giants and San Diego Padres.
Heisey listened in on the conversation between Kershaw and Mattingly. He loved it.
“I was intent on listening to what he (Kershaw) had to say,” Heisey said. “He’s the best pitcher in baseball and I love the fact that he didn’t want to come out of the game and I also respect the coaches for making the decision to get him out of there. We were down 3-0 and you get to save his arm a little bit. But you can’t ever argue with the competitive spirit he has. You want to play behind the guy and play with a guy that cares to be in a game.”
By the way, thanks to Heisey, Kershaw earned his 15th win.
Corey Seager had two hits in three at-bats Monday in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Clayton Kershaw was his usual self, and rookies Scott Schebler and Corey Seager showed unusual poise, in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Rockies. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Andre Ethier has quietly been among the Dodgers’ steadiest hitters this season.
The most eye-opening stat I didn’t have room for in anything I wrote today:
Dodgers infielder Justin Turner is one of seven finalists chosen by online fan voting for the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.
One of 30 nominees for the annual MLB Players’ Association’s humanitarian award, Turner will be pitted against Baltimore’s Adam Jones, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, Chicago White Sox pitcher David Robertson, Seattle’s Robinson Cano, Miami’s Dee Gordon, and Cincinnati’s Skip Schumaker.
Here’s more from an MLBPA press release:
Mat Latos was demoted to the bullpen briefly in August, and missed a crucial start against Wednesday with a stiff neck. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
PHOENIX, Ariz. — Mat Latos threw briefly in the Dodgers’ bullpen prior to tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, two days after he was scratched from a scheduled start in Anaheim with a stiff neck.
“Just wanted to see if anything’s lingering,” Latos said. “Feels good. No issues.”
That doesn’t mean Latos will go back into the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Nor does it mean he’s out.
Long Beach native Dodgers infielder Justin Turner served the community of Long Beach at the Long Beach Rescue Mission on Jan. 28. Dodgers alumni Ken Landreaux and Matt Luke, Dodgers employees and Bank of America volunteers along with Turner served at the Long Beach Rescue Mission. The group prepared meals, set tables and assist in the Long Beach Rescue Mission’s meal service program. (Thomas R. Cordova/Staff photographer)
Justin Turner is the Dodgers’ nominee for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which recognizes a player’s community involvement. Players from every team choose one nominee each season.
Voting for the six finalists is open to fans online. Click here to vote.
Here’s more about the award from an MLB Players’ Assocation release: