And then there was the other side. Not the dark side, the one full of light. Or at least timely hitting, great defense and sterling starting pitching. The team the Dodgers thought they would be.
After losing the afternoon game and looking bad in the process, the Dodgers game back with one of their best all-around games of the season in the nightcap.
With Chris Capuano coming off the disabled list to throw six scoreless innings, the offense generating 12 hits -- several of the well-timed variety -- the Dodgers stormed past the Yankees, 6-0, in Wednesday’s second game.
Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig continued to add some much-needed life to the offense, together almost reinventing it. Meanwhile, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier looked to be finding their groove, and in this game, the offense scored early and kept the pressure on.
After going four-for-four in the first game, Ramirez added two more hits in the second game, pushing his average to .359. He batted cleanup and continued to hit the ball hard almost every at-bat.
Which is very impressive, though still somehow managing to pale in comparison to the sensation that is Puig (and his .474 batting average).
The rookie continued the slightly unbelievable start to his career, going two-for-four with a home run, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. In just over two weeks, he’s not only taken the Dodgers by storm but, after Wednesday, New York as well.
And then there was Capuano, who came back from a stint on the disabled list because of a sore back, to throw his most encouraging game of the season.
In his six innings, Capuano (2-4) gave up only three hits and did not walk a batter. He struck out four and was never really in trouble.
The Dodgers put five singles together in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead against Phil Hughes. Gonzalez and Ethier each doubled to add one more in the third.
The Dodgers scored two more in the fifth after Puig was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a Ramirez single. Ethier singled Ramirez to third and Jerry Hairston Jr.’s sacrifice fly scored him.
Puig added a solo home run in the seventh to complete the scoring. It was his fifth home run in his 15 games.
Ethier made several nice plays in center, Ramirez was making stops at short and Capuano looked like a Gold Glove pitcher.
The Dodgers were five-for-14 with runners in scoring position, a few light years away from where they’ve been through most of the season.
All they had to do afterward, was fly across the country all night to play in San Diego on Thursday.