In the box score, it will simply read the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on Sunday night but among the performances that stood out, was that of Peter Bourjos.
A 2-run homer, a single followed by a pair of stolen bases, and an impressive catch in center were all part of his night’s work.
“I feel really good–my swing’s in a good place,” said Bourjos, who is now 8-16 in the month of July. “I feel like it’s the best it’s ever been. I’m going right to the ball and I know where the barrel’s at and making pretty good contact.
Bourjos credited working with John Mabry and David Bell on helping him find the right slot for his swing for that directness to the ball, sharing that since the series in Colorado a couple of weeks ago he has made steady progress.
Down 3-1 in the 6th inning, Matt Carpenter fell 0-2 in the count to Clayton Kershaw but battled back to draw an 11-pitch walk. Bourjos then followed with a 406ft home run over the wall in left center. He singled and then stole bases number six and seven in the 8th inning. It was the fifth time in his career that Bourjos stole two bases in the same game.
Even before his offensive contributions, Bourjos also had a key grab of a line drive in the 3rd inning with two runners on base.
“He made that play look easy, but there aren’t many centerfielders in the league that make that play,” complimented Mike Matheny.
“I got a good jump,” said Bourjos. “I really got a good read on it, the initial read and was aggressive on it and was able to slide and make the catch.”
“I’ve always been able to separate it,” said Bourjos of not letting his offense impact his glove. “I learned that from a young age–when I first signed in Anaheim, we had an instructor that would get on us if we brought our at-bats out there so that’s been fairly easy. Defense has come a lot easier than hitting has for me. I work hard on that, just like I do my hitting, I continue to do that. I just want to go out there and take away hits.”
CARPENTER TALKS AT-BAT
–As noted above, Matt Carpenter had a key at-bat in the game–working back from an 0-2 count to draw an 11-pitch walk from Kershaw prior to Bourjos’ home run. The third baseman discusses that at-bat, the series vs LA, and where the Cardinals are:
ONE PITCH, TWO OUTS
–It took just one pitch from Seth Maness in the 7th inning to induce a 6-4-3 double play–his 7th double play of the season which is tied for the third most in the National League.
LYNN FOR WEDNESDAY
–With Shelby Miller pitching out of the bullpen on Sunday, Mike Matheny indicated that Lance Lynn will start Wednesday against Tampa. Adam Wainwright will start Tuesday.
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