Statistically Dana DeMuth calls over 13% of strikes as balls and 14.8% of balls as strikes. It is always fun watching a game with him behind the plate. To be fair, neither of those numbers put him in the bottom 5 for those categories. Tonight's game was a good game for him; an average game that was fairly consistent despite favoring the Braves inconsequentially. The Braves had more calls fall their way but that isn't necessarily uncommon in a lopsided game such as this.
Close Calls & Reviews:
There were not any challenges or reviews in the game. In the fourth inning Cameron Maybin hit a ball that apparently glanced off of his toe before Justin Turner fielded it and threw him out. DeMuth called it a foul ball, and upon review the call seemed to be the right one. Maybin lined out on the next pitch. In the sixth Freddie Freeman checked his swing on a 1-2 pitch that looked like he went. Kershaw was halfway back to the dugout when Mike Estabrook deemed it a no swing on appeal.
I do not like Mike Estabrook. There was another check swing appeal that Paul Nauert deemed a no swing. Again, based on what most umpires call a swing, this one seemed incorrectly judged as well. In the end however, with an 8-0 victory, there were not any calls that impacted the game and its end result.
Farewell Juan Uribe:
I'd like to quickly note that I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Juan Uribe's Dodger career. Coming over from the hated Giants it was tough to warm up to him. His horrible first year didn't make it any easier. But he eventually warmed up and single-handedly thrust the Dodgers into the NLCS in 2013 with his two run HR in the bottom of the eighth of game 4 in the NLDS against... none other than the Atlanta Braves.
Oftentimes players will talk about a player's 'clubhouse presence', and mention how good of a teammate a guy is. With Uribe you could actually see it. He was always rooting for his teammates and was a fan of every player on his team. He had a special connection with Hyun-jin Ryu and I honestly believe that without him Puig might have flown off the deep end in his rookie season.
Juan - thank you. Dodger fans will always remember your love for the game and love of your teammates.