Game 60: Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig save the day.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick celebrates his game-winning single that helped the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Wednesday at Dodger Statium. Los Angeles, CA 6/10/2015 (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Let’s face it, a lot of things went wrong for the Dodgers today in some unexpected ways. Brett Anderson couldn’t pitch more than five innings. Kenley Jansen — 21 for 21 in save opportunities against the Diamondbacks before today — blew a save. This:

Unless you’re a masochist, or unless these things become trends, you’re more likely to remember Howie Kendrick driving in Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the game. You might even remember the Rally Banana. After clicking through John McCoy’s photo gallery, you might remember John McCoy’s photo gallery.

The box score is here.

Click on the Rally Banana hyperlink (it’s a good story, promise) for a brief recap of Day 3 of the amateur draft.

Game 59: Howie Kendrick, cleanup hitter.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick hit a solo home run and drove in two more runs with a bases-loaded single in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 win Tuesday. (Associated Press photo)


Funny thing about Howie Kendrick. He hits a ton of line drives and not a lot of home runs, yet he can thrive as a cleanup hitter in a lineup full of sluggers.

Kendrick batted cleanup Tuesday and drove in all three Dodgers runs. He batted cleanup 39 times last year for the Angels, a lineup featuring Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and six other guys who either matched or exceeded his home run total (7). When batting fourth for the 2014 Angels, Kendrick produced a .320/.366/.513 slash line — his best slash line at any spot in the order (he also hit first, fifth, sixth and seventh). So yeah, he’s done this before. Maybe we really shouldn’t be all that surprised when he does.

Before the game, I talked to Bob Baffert, who grew up a Dodgers fan in Arizona and now is the most famous horse trainer in the world.

The box score is here.