Yasiel Puig slides head-first into home plate after rounding the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals. Howie Kendrick, who scored the tying run, celebrates in the background. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and Howie Kendrick on first base, Yasiel Puig rounded the bases on a single and three-base error, walking off the Washington Nationals to complete a 4-3 win. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The Kendrick experiment in left field is going well.
Adrian Gonzalez shares the team lead with 20 RBIs in 39 games this season. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers dodged a bullet when Adrian Gonzalez
told manager Dave Roberts
he was feeling better one day after he left Monday’s game against the Angels with lower back tightness
Gonzalez still hasn’t spoken to reporters since he left the stadium last night. He wasn’t seen in the clubhouse or on the field for pregame activities Tuesday. But Roberts said he was hopeful that Gonzalez would be able to pinch hit tonight, though he would not be available to play the field. Howie Kendrick is starting at first base instead.
Roberts said that the Dodgers aren’t considering placing Gonzalez on the disabled list at the moment and it’s possible he could play tomorrow in Anaheim.
Gonzalez, 34, is the only Dodger who’s appeared in all 39 games this season. He’s batting .282 with four home runs and 20 RBIs, tied for the team lead.
Howie Kendrick is starting at third base for the first time since April 28, as Justin Turner gets a night off against New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard.
Turner is 2 for 6 with a pair of doubles and a walk against Syndergaard in his career, while Kendrick is 1 for 7 with four strikeouts. So why the switch? Manager Dave Roberts explained:
Here are the full lineups for both teams:
TORONTO — Howie Kendrick is playing his fifth position this week, penciled into the Dodgers’ starting lineup at first base while Adrian Gonzalez takes a turn at DH against the Blue Jays. It’s the first time Kendrick has started at first base since 2012.
Yesterday, manager Dave Roberts said he wasn’t worried that shifting positions has contributed to Kendrick’s struggles at the plate (.194/.237/.208). Roberts attributed that more to a spring training shortened by a groin injury.
Today, Roberts explained why Kendrick is starting ahead of Justin Turner and Chase Utley, both of whom played first base for the Dodgers last season:
Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood wasn’t expecting to be removed after allowing his third home run of the game Wednesday at Tropicana Field. (Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Wood allowed three home runs, staining his pitching line like spaghetti sauce and staining what he felt was an otherwise good performance in an 8-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The game story is here. The box score is here.
Howie Kendrick showed signs of life at Tropicana Field and is encouraged that he can emerge from a season-long slump.