Yasiel who? Juan Uribe was the story for the Dodgers last night, as he drove in seven runs in a 10-2 win over the Giants. Yes, seven of them.
Uribe went 3-for-5 on the night and finished a single short of the cycle. The 33-year-old had a two-run double in the second inning, a bases-clearing triple in the third inning, and a two-run homer in the seventh. He had one final chance at the cycle in the ninth inning, but struck out swinging against Jake Dunning. His seven RBI matched a career-high from June 19, 2004 as a member of the White Sox.
After compiling a lousy .199/.262/.289 batting line over the first two seasons of his three-year, $21 million deal with the Dodgers, Uribe is batting .280/.355/.455 with five home runs and 27 RBI through 187 plate appearances this season. Ned Colletti is vindicated.
Your Friday box scores:
Tigers 7, Indians 0
Pirates 6, Cubs 2
Orioles 2, Yankees 3
Padres 5, Nationals 8
Twins 0, Blue Jays 4
Mariners 4, Reds 2
Braves 4, Phillies 5
White Sox 3, Rays 8
Mets 12, Brewers 5
Astros 5, Rangers 10
Marlins 1, Cardinals 4
Athletics 6, Royals 3
Rockies 0, Diamondbacks 5
Red Sox 6, Angels 2
Bruce Bochy is in his 19th season as a National League manager. He’s forgotten more about double switches than you and I will ever know. If a national emergency happened and the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff needed an expert in double switching to stave off the apocalypse, Bochy would probably be, like, the third guy they’d call (La Russa would be first but would be discovered as the evil genius causing the apocalypse; Bobby Cox would probably be fishing).
But even experts screw up sometimes. Like Bochy did during the top of the 13th in last night’s Padres-Giants game:
“I messed up the double switch,” the Giants’ manager said after the Giants lost 5-3 to the Padres in 13 innings. “I got distracted. I was out there arguing, and I totally brain-cramped on that.”
What happened was this: Bochy made a pitching change, putting in Jake Dunning for Jose Mijares. OK. As part of that change he put Posey in the game at first base (Posey had had the night off to that point) and put him in for Brandon Belt in the seven slot in the lineup. Problem: Bochy really wanted Posey to hit in the nine slot for Guillermo Quiroz, who would be leading off the botton of the 13th.
As a result of double switching in Posey, rather than simply having him pinch hit for Quiroz, he ensured that Posey would never bat in the game. Quiroz led off the inning, grounded out and three batters later the game was over.
There’s obviously no guarantee that Posey would have done anything had he batted, but we’ll never know.