If you like rollercoasters, then now is an excellent time to be a Dodgers fan. The team has been 3-5 since they made their blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox; they have endured shutouts, and close calls, but one thing they have needed is serious production when it counts.
While Adrian Gonzalez hasn't hit consistent home runs since his arrival, he did hit a 3-run home homer in his first game, and on Sunday night at Chavez Ravine, Gonzalez his walkoff double to give the Dodgers a win over the D-backs. Mark Ellis and Shane Victorino were able to score off of Gonzalez's powerful drive.
This win was a crucial morale builder for the team, who likely won't catch up to the Giants at this point in the NL West, but there's always hope and the team isn't losing sight of that. Ellis said:
"Hopefully, this is the start of it. If me and Vic do our jobs, maybe we can get on a roll a little bit."
Gonzalez also added:
"When you're having a tough couple of days like that, you can get a little mentality like, 'When are they going to fall?' Then something like that happens, here it is. A hit like that can make me relax a little more. It's great for your confidence."
Many of the other players echoed this sentiment, with a feeling of refreshed hope, and excitement about continuing to chase the Giants.
Only time will tell how they do, but for a relatively banged up team, with new sluggers getting adjusted, this type of a win is a very encouraging thing for the Dodgers.