The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Monday’s contest against their divisional foes, the Arizona Diamondbacks, sitting just on the cusp of owning a single digit magic number. The fact that the Dodgers won the opening of the game of the series and dropped that magic number from ten to eight was easily overshadowed by the humongous game had by third baseman, Juan Uribe.
The six foot Dominican managed to rack up four hits in four at bats and got four RBI in the Dodgers’ 8-1 win. And since he does not like to do things unless done in style, Uribe’s single in his last at bat was his only hit that was not a home run!
When thinking about this fantastic performance, I naturally began to wonder if this was Uribe’s best game in his career, so I went to the stats.
Although Uribe’s four RBI are impressive, that is not even close to his career high. In his 13 MLB seasons, Uribe has hit 5 or more RBI seven times with the most recent being his monster game back in July of this year. During that game, he managed to plate seven Dodgers while coming up only a single shy of the cycle. Alas, Uribe only had one home run in that game and was three for five with a strike out. With that being said, I believe Uribe’s performance Monday night was slightly more impressive as he showed power by going deep three times as well as speed by reaching base on an infield single.
Uribe had never gone yard three times in one game before despite having nine games with two home runs. His most impressive such game was back in 2009 while still a member of the San Francisco Giants. Uribe finished that game three for four with two home runs and a triple and a total of five RBI. Alas, Uribe struck out in that game as well and the 3-4 game just does not look as sweet as going 4-4. I have to give the nod to Monday’s night game again.
Thus, in my opinion, Uribe’s Monday night spectacle was the best of his storied and adventurous career. Hats off to Juan Uribe on a personally historical night!
If you disagree with my assessment of this game being the best of Uribe’s career, please leave a comment below telling me which game you think was better and why. Thanks for reading!