Prior to spraining his ankle in late May, Carl Crawford began to show signs of turning the corner as he was receiving regular playing time.
When Crawford returned in July, manager Don Mattingly again gave him the bulk of starts in left field. It took Crawford some time to find himself, but he rewarded his manager with consistent play. After batting .313 with seven RBIs and eight stolen bases in August, Crawford entered Friday’s game hitting .400 in September.
Crawford not only collected two hits and scored a run in the Dodgers’ win, he also contributed with his arm. Not considered a strong suit of his, Crawford charged a Michael Cuddyer single and threw a one-hopper to the plate.
Positioned in front of home plate, Drew Butera applied the tag on Rafael Ynoa in time for the out. Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged the ruling, which was upheld and Crawford has his first assist of the season.