The night, however, belonged to Uribe. Over his first two seasons in L.A., Uribe hit a combined .199. He was a ghost last season and was perhaps the most maligned Dodgers regular since Andruw Jones, routinely getting booed by the home crowd. Uribe took a curtain call Monday night, something Dodgers fans, and perhaps Uribe himself, never dreamed would happen. Uribe is now one of the most popular players on the team and he is a leader among his fellow Latin American players.
Tuesday night was highlighted by Van Slyke’s walk-off home run, but it was the Dodgers bullpen who shined. Edinson Volquez was solid in his second start with the Dodgers, throwing six innings, allowing three runs, while striking out five with only one walk. After that, five Dodgers relievers combined for five scoreless innings. Chris Withrow pitched the eleventh as well as getting the final out of the tenth to improve his record to 3-0.
Ryu returned to the mound Wednesday night after missing his last start with a sore back and he looked a little rusty. He went six innings and gave up three runs, but he allowed ten hits and struck out only one Diamondback. Corbin was much sharper throwing 6 1/3 innings of one run ball.
Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run off of Corbin in the seventh inning to account for the Dodgers only run of the night. With no off day this week and the series victory wrapped up, Don Mattingly rested some starters Wednesday.
Up next for the Dodgers is a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are in last place in the NL West, a full 19 1/2 games back of the Dodgers. Although no Dodgers’ fans are bothered by the Giants’ struggles in 2013, my ideal situation has the Dodgers and Giants going down to the wire with everything on the line in these September matchups.
From their days in New York and Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard Round the World” in 1951 to Steve Finley’s walk-off grand slam in 2004, there is nothing that compares to the Dodgers and Giants duking it out at the end of the year and unfortunately, that won’t be the case this weekend. Zack Greinke (14-3, 2.79 ERA) will take the hill Thursday against struggling Giants’ ace Matt Cain (8-9, 4.37 ERA).
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about the impending signing of Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero.