“Summer, it turns me upside down
Summer, summer, summer
It’s like a merry go round”
After four torturous days without Dodgers baseball, it is here — the first day of the second half. The first half felt long and tenuous at times, so I thought I’d take a quick look back at what I think are the Top Five highlights.
The Dodgers gave Bumgarner his first loss of the season, thanks to two home runs off the bat of Hernandez. The first home run was the first pitch of the game, and the second came two innings later. Hernandez also had a bases loaded, two-run double in the fourth inning. The Dodgers went on to win the game, 7-3, giving Clayton Kershaw his second win of the season.
4. Chase Utley‘s out of nowhere Superman catch (Rogers Centre 5/8/16)
On Mother’s Day in Toronto, Utley gave all Dodgers fans a gift when he seemingly came flying out of nowhere to lay out and catch a soft liner off the bat of Jose Bautista. That ended the 8th inning, and the Dodgers won 4-2 to end the AL east coast road trip.
Trevor Story hit a long fly ball that hit off of the bullpen fence in right field, which had recently been heightened. Puig misplayed the ball off the wall, and Story tried to stretch his double into a triple. Puig picked up the ball and fired it 310′ to Justin Turner to get Story out at third base. Los Angeles lost that game, 7-5.
2. Utley makes an awesome stop-flip play at second (Turner Field 4/21/16)
In the bottom of the second, the Braves had bases loaded against Kershaw. Matt Wisler hit a sharp grounder to Utley, who stops it on his knees, and while facing the outfield, flipped to Corey Seager who then turned the double play. Kershaw ended with a no decision and the Dodgers got the win, 2-1.
1. Puig’s Little League home run (Dodger Stadium 6/22/16)
In the bottom of the ninth, with the Dodgers down 3-2 against the Nationals, Puig came up to bat with Howie Kendrick on first base. He hit a ground ball up the middle to center field. Michael Taylor misplayed the ball, which then seemed to pick up speed as it headed out to the wall. Kendrick scored, and Yasiel turned on the speed, and made it all the way home to complete the come from behind walkoff win.
I have to say I’m excited about the second half. Kershaw’s return seems imminent, Joc Pederson should be back soon also, and the front office has made statements as to bolstering the team where it’s needed. While I am not looking forward to who will be traded to make some aquisitions, I’m confident with just a few tweaks this team will be ready to bridge the gap between them and the Giants and be healthy and hot headed into the playoffs.