The 2013 season has seen the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff get whipped, their offense get weaker and their team just flat out beaten and embarrassed. They’ve been the skinny kid on the playground and the guppy in the sea. To put it frankly, they have been losers.
But on Tuesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Dodgers fought back. For the first time this season, the Blue Crew showed some fight in more ways than one as they came from behind to win 5-3 on a night full of bean balls, brawls and boxing. Just check the highlights.
Down 2-0 in the sixth inning, rookie sensation Yasiel Puig was hit in the face by Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy. Puig was shaken up for more than three minutes but stayed in the game. Even if the pitch was unintentional, the Dodgers were not happy. The next batter, Andre Ethier, was the first player to fight back when he drilled a fast ball over the fence to tie the game.
Then things got crazy. Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero was hit in the back by Zack Greinke in the seventh inning. The benches cleared, but no punches were thrown. This is when the brawls and beanings should have been over. The Diamondbacks hit Puig, the Dodgers hit Montero. Squash it.
But Kennedy turned into a wannabe tough guy when he threw at Greinke’s head in the bottom of the seventh. That escalated things, and it resulted in players getting punched, thrown to the ground and even thrown over railings. Even Don Mattingly tossed a Diamondback coach to the ground. It was a seven-minute melee that was probably unnecessary.
Both teams will probably blame the other team, but both are to blame here.
What bothers me the most is that Puig and Greinke were both hit in the head. Montero was hit in the back where he is supposed to be hit in situations like this. Kennedy said both bean balls were unintentional. I guess he does standup comedy on the side. What a joke.
The fight for the Dodgers, however was not over. They fell behind 3-2 in the eighth inning, but got the last punch in when rookie Tim Federowicz hit a base-clearing double to put the Dodgers ahead, 5-3. New closer Kenley Jansen picked off the D-backs 1-2-3 in the ninth to clinch the much-needed win.
People will write that this is a game that may have saved the Dodgers season. I don’t agree with that. One game won’t save a season, but I will say that this was a game that the Dodgers needed to win more than any game they have all season. A loss would have been a crushing blow to this team’s psyche, and winning this game proved that the Dodgers do have some toughness and some fight.
Now we will see if they can keep their feet in the ring and away from the ropes.