Kiké does it all

The night was supposed to belong to the debut of Walker Buehler but it took Kiké to bring home a Dodger victory.  Walker did his part, getting fifteen outs, looking filthy at times, looking ragged at times (walking the pitcher) but I’m not sure his final line would have looked so inviting if hadn’t had Kiké playing shortstop behind him.

The Kiké game:

Goes to his left makes an outstanding play to take a hit away.

Goes further to his left, makes an outstanding play to take a hit away.

Comes up with the game tied and the pitcher throwing  a no-hitter and hits a bomb into the left-field pavilion giving the Dodgers a one-run lead

With the game tied and a runner at 2nd, lays down such a great bunt he beats it out giving the Dodgers a runner at 3rd with no outs. Very important he beat the bunt out because if he does not the runner is at 3rd with one out. Corey Seager struck out and thus the fly ball by Bellinger that gave the Dodgers the winning run would not have scored if he had not beaten the bunt out.

Corey Seager made his own web-gem after Kiké had moved to left field. It was quite a defensive game for the Dodgers shortstops.

The Dodgers have now won seven of eight as the schedule allowed them to play the Padres and Marlins with the Nationals sandwiched between. They need to beat these type of teams, and that is what they are doing.

The best part of the game today was Kiké because he needs to create a future for himself, while Walker already seems to have his future well in hand.  It easy to imagine Walker Buehler showing up in Sept as a dominant setup man and carrying that into October. I didn’t think he was ready last year for that role, this year I think he is. That is assuming of course that the rotation stays healthy enough that he’s not needed there except for the spot starts.

 

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4 Comments

  1. With the win this game was 1963ish

    A loss would have been 1968ish.

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  2. 68elcamino427

    It is always fun to see a player in an underdog role come through big time.
    What a great game for Hernandez.
    I kinda felt bad for Enrique when he was moved over to 2B as Seager entered the game late.
    Seager might not have completed the two fielding plays Hernandez did to save Buehler’s bacon.
    Anyway, a great game for Hernandez in every facet of the game, he needed one.

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  3. 68elcamino427

    Who knows what will happen with this Starting Pitching in 2017?

    I laughed when reading that Hill was out with a split fingernail.
    Then, like the next day Hill says he is ok to pitch.
    Blisters, fingernails, 38 years forty-four days, 14th season and only 761 MLB Career IP.
    This guy is high maintenance.

    Maeda is starting off looking good in the win-loss column, but his early numbers appear shaky. Not as shaky as Hill’s tough.

    Buehler has about another 135 innings to burn somewhere in 2018.
    Just keep him on a regular program.

    Robert knew nothing of Buehler prior to seeing him in last night’s game.
    “What’s wrong with his elbow!?”, Robert asked when seeing a close up of the arm while Buehler was on the mound in the fourth inning.

    “What are you referring to?”, I asked.
    “What is that big mark on the side of his elbow and why is it so red?”, Robert wondered with concern in his voice.
    “Oh, Buehler is coming back from TJ surgery and the mark is scar tissue”, I answered back.
    “That doesn’t look too good dad”, was Robert’s response.

    jus sayin

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  4. One more trip and mom’s house is empty, listed, cleaned & scrubbed.

    Long May You Run

    With your Chrome Heart

    Shining in the Sun

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