Inside the N.L. West: While the All-Star Game and surrounding festivities were a Derek Jeter love affair, the National League West was also there. Let’s take a look at how the representatives fared.
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These N.L. All Stars had to be happy to not face Kershaw for a game.
Clayton Kershaw, SP Los Angeles Dodgers: Every pitcher wants the opportunity to start the All Star Game and Kershaw was more than deserving. When N.L. skipper and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny chose his own guy, Adam Wainwright, the Dodgers ace handled it like a true professional. After Wainwright allowed a double, triple and home run in the bottom of the first inning, Kershaw made quick work of the A.L. in the second, throwing strikes on 7 of his 11 pitches. Stay classy LA; Kershaw’s first post-All Star start comes on Sunday against Matheny and the Cardinals.
Dee Gordon, 2B Los Angeles Dodgers: LA’s speed demon scored from first on a Jonathan Lucroy double off the right field wall in the 4th, made a brilliant inning-ending play at second base, and received some dap from the one and only Derek Jeter.
Zack Greinke, SP Los Angeles Dodgers: Other NL West teams were represented, but nobody played up to the level of the Boys in Blue. Greinke came in to pitch the fourth inning and struck out two batters while throwing 9 strikes in 12 pitches. There’s a reason the Dodgers are the class of the National League and the All Star Game was just another example of easy up, easy down.
Yasiel Puig, OF Los Angeles Dodgers: Just to prove the All Star festivities weren’t all viewed in Dodger-Blue-colored glasses, Puig had the worst experience in recent memory. The enigmatic Cuban failed to hit a single home run in the HR Derby and went 0-3 with three strikeouts in the game itself. The good news is that Puig made it to the park on time and saw more pitches in the All Star Game (18) than in the Derby.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Arizona Diamondbacks: Although Goldy should be an All Star fixture at first base for years to come, Target Field wasn’t a bright shining spot for Arizona’s best player. Goldschmidt went 0-for-3 (0-2 with RISP) with a strikeout while only seeing seven pitches.
San Diego Padres Players: Huston Street replaced Tyler Ross and never saw the field. As the trade deadline approaches it will be very interesting to see how Bud Black’s roster is altered and if any of his current players get the opportunity to play for a contender.
Tulo Time! The Rockies captain had a nice moment at second base with Derek Jeter after Jeter’s leadoff double and later made a spectacular swim move as he slid into second for a double. There’s little doubt that Tulowitzki is among the best players in the game.
Gyorko Alert! The Gyorko Store called and said Jedd might be a top 20 second baseman in the National League. Sitting on the sidelines can only help him hold that position.