Sunday, June 9, 2013
Quick take: Braves 8, Dodgers 1
By Arash Markazi
LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig is a five-tool player. Unfortunately for the Los Angeles Dodgers, there are still some things he simply cannot do.
Paramount among them is pitch and heal injuries with his bare hands.
As great as Puig has been, and he has been a revelation since being called up, the Dodgers would probably rather take an ace with healing hands at this point.
The Dodgers limped through an 8-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon that was so hard to watch that Tommy Lasorda slept through most of it in the owner’s box.
Right-hander Mike Magill, who was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque, started in place of Ted Lilly, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game. Magill pitched 3⅔ innings, giving up for four hits and seven runs (three earned) and walking six. Magill became the first Dodgers pitcher in a decade to walk six batters in each of his first two starts.
Second baseman Skip Schumaker extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games with an infield single off Braves pitcher Mike Manor, scoring Nick Punto to gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Puig was once again incredible in just his seventh game in the majors. He made another rocket throw that almost makes it impossible to argue that he doesn’t already have the best arm in the outfield. And he had another multi-hit game, becoming the first Dodger to have five multi-hit games in his first seven games.
Alas, there is only so much the 22-year-old Cuban can do. Not that he is trying to cover the entire field, although he did move to center field during the game for the first time.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sounded more like a trainer before the game while talking about injuries to Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Ted Lilly, Chris Capuano, A.J. Ellis and Mark Ellis.
It’s seemingly a never-ending list that has Mattingly shuffling his lineups before, during and after games this season.
“It’s frustrating when your middle guys are out,” Mattingly said. “We’re missing Matt now. We haven’t had Hanley pretty much the whole year. You get him back for a day.
“The consistency has been Adrian [Gonzalez]. He’s been coming in day in and day out. That’s really been about it.”