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Hanley Ramirez goes 2-for-4, triples in Dodgers debut

Jul 26, 2012, 12:35 AM EDT

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Batting fifth and playing third base, Hanley Ramirez tripled in his first at-bat with the Dodgers and later added an RBI single, but it wasn’t enough as the club lost to the Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings.

Ramirez is expected to move back to shortstop for the Dodgers, but since he hadn’t played there at all this season, manager Don Mattingly made the call to leave him at third base tonight.

Ramirez had an odd play defensively anyway, as Yadier Molina‘s grounder went off his glove with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Fortunately, the ball deflected right to shortstop Luis Cruz, who was able to make the throw to first in time to retire Molina and send a 2-2 game to extra innings.

Ramirez walked to lead off the 12th in his final plate appearance. However, he never made it past first, as James Loney and Cruz struck out behind him and A.J. Ellis flied out to end the inning.

The Cardinals won when ex-Dodger Rafael Furcal singled in pinch-runner Joe Kelly in the bottom of the 12th. The injured Lance Berkman started that rally with a walk and was immediately removed. With two outs, Matt Carpenter hit a single to center that should have put runners on the corners, except Kelly slipped on second base as he made the turn and had to stay put. He scored anyway on Furcal’s hit, which was mishandled by Tony Gwynn Jr. in left.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    The “triple” was a routine fly to deep center horribly misplayed by Cards CF’er John Jay, HanRam may have had an inside the parker on if he didn’t dog it out of the box.

    • rollinghighwayblues - Jul 26, 2012 at 12:50 AM

      Horribly is understatement.

      • okwhitefalcon - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:01 AM

        Indeed, complete with yakety sax backing track.

    • papalurchdxb - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      the announcer calls ‘welcome to the Dodgers’, I say ‘welcome to Hanley, Dodgers’ – a lack of hustle will be the norm.

      • beavertonsteve - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:23 AM

        Ramirez dogging it is probably a step faster than Uribe hustling…

      • hittfamily - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:18 AM

        A lack of hustle and a lack of fundamentals. He never even glanced at his 3rd base coach. How does a 26 year old major leaguer who has been in the majors for the better part of a decade still look over his shoulder to try to decide whether to hit the brakes at third or not? It is so fundamental, every well coached 12 year old knows that if the ball is in front of you, make up your own mind. If the ball is in right center, and you are between 2nd and third, don’t do a flippin 180 3 times to try to decide if you need to round third, go in standing, or slide. The third base coach doesn’t have to run the bases, and has a much better view of the developing play. It is very difficult to run full speed while running backwards.

        So frustrating, and I’m not a Dodgers fan. Want a how-to video on how to run the bases? Look somewhere else, because that was pitiful.

    • paperlions - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:09 AM

      Was he…..Dodger Dogging it?

  2. randygnyc - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    I turned away during the replay on MLB channel (not the game broadcasters but MLB tonight), and I heard the announcers saying he hadn’t hustled out of the box or would have had an inside the park home run. Sup rising if true, consider his new situation.

    • CJ - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      …yet not surprising at all, since his name is still Hanley Ramirez.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    They should just issue him number 99 and dub the box seats on the third base line in Dodger Stadium “Hanleywood”.

  4. highlander24 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    I still wish he’d switch to 99 so I can break out my old Manny stuff. It’s going to be some work to turn a 99 into a 13 hahaha.

    • hittfamily - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:46 AM

      He turned a homerun into a triple, so anything is possible.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:25 AM

        I thought he turned a deep fly ball horribly played into a triple. Come on. Remain consistent with your criticism.

        That being said, Hedley scored when Loney sac flied to medium right center a few pitches later.

        Oh, man…. Here I go defending Hedley…

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:26 AM

        My fault. I got Hittfamily confused with Rollinghighwayblues.

        Too early in the day to be defending Hedley….

  5. umrguy42 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    From the game article: “After getting announced to zero response from a near-sellout crowd for his first at-bat in the second, Ramirez tripled against Kyle Lohse”. Well, they were at Busch Stadium, not Dodger Stadium. Why would the home crowd cheer or anything?

    • CJ - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      because they’re the self-proclaimed best baseball fans in America, of course!

      • umrguy42 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        Obviously they must be – had to be so few Dodger fans in attendance, then, if nobody did *anything* for him :p It’s not like they booed him. Even if they are the “best fans” – why should Cards fans care that he’s making his first appearance for the Dodgers?

    • kiwicricket - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Would you openly cheer for Hanley Ramirez?

  6. eutawstreetblues - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    One of the ESPN talking heads, I forget which (maybe Buster Olney?) said that Mattingly asked Hanley where he wanted to play and Hanley said he wanted to play third for a couple days til he could get used to playing short again. Then he’ll play short until Gordon comes back, and after that he’ll shift back to third.

    Not sure that’s what’s actually going to happen, but that’s what ESPN reported on their telecast of the game last night.

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