As expected, the Dodgers announced that Juan Uribe will undergo season-ending sports hernia surgery, bringing a premature end to his disastrous first season in Los Angeles.
Uribe parlayed a productive 2010 and the Giants’ championship run into a three-year, $21 million deal from the Dodgers and then hit just .204 with a .557 OPS in 77 games before being shut down. That’s well below his career norms, but 31-year-olds with sub-.300 on-base percentages tend to be likely candidates for collapse.
Without the multi-year contract Uribe might struggle to find more than a modest one-year deal on the open market, but the Dodgers are stuck paying him $8 million in 2012 and $7 million in 2013. And they also owe him $1 million worth of deferred payments in 2014.
So much for a Game 7 nail-biter. The Brewers and Dodgers were separated by just one run for the first five innings of Saturday’s NLCS finale, but a monster three-run shot from Yasiel Puig boosted the Dodgers to a four-run advantage in the top of the sixth.
The timing couldn’t have been better for Los Angeles. Brewers’ left-hander Josh Hader entered the game in the third inning and dominated the opposition for three scoreless innings, then was replaced on the mound by fellow lefty Xavier Cedeño. Cedeño promptly issued a leadoff single to Max Muncy to start the sixth and, just as promptly, was lifted for right-hander Jeremy Jeffress. After giving up another base hit to Justin Turner, it looked like Jeffress turned a corner. He induced a fly out from Manny Machado, then got Cody Bellinger to ground into a force out to shift the Dodgers’ runners to the corners with two outs.
That didn’t faze Puig, however. After appearing in 10 playoff games without a single home run, the outfielder blasted a 1-1 knuckle curve to center field to pad the Dodgers’ lead.
With three innings left to play, it’s still too soon to say whether or not the Dodgers just punched their ticket to the World Series. They lead the Brewers 5-1 in the seventh.