With the Kings now out of the playoffs (boo!) several of them made their way to Dodger Stadium yesterday afternoon for some batting practice. Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter: from L to R: Luke Schenn, Tyler Toffoli, Milan Lucic, Matt Greene, Andy Andreoff, Jhonas Enroth and Brayden McNabb.
As for the game last night, it was both a gem and a stinker. Clayton Kershaw was his usual self through the first five innings - giving up only one hit and striking out eight Marlins batters. Then the sixth came around and everything fell apart. Five consecutive hits, climaxing with an three-run bomb by Giancarlo Stanton, scored five runs, and spelled an end to the ace's unbeaten record this season. The Dodgers lost the game 6-3. Via Joe Frisaro and Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"That's a tough one to let get away," said Kershaw. "We had a 3-0 lead. My job is to keep it, and I didn't do my job there. Got to do a better job limiting the damage. I obviously missed my spot with Stanton, and that's what he does, makes you pay for stuff like that. And I gave up some two-strike hits. Everything you're not supposed to do, I kind of did that inning."Below are more links to check out:
- This day in Dodger History: In 2004, as a Met, Mike Piazza would tie the all-time mark for career home runs by a catcher at 351 at Dodger Stadium. It was hit against Hideo Nomo.
- Happy Birthday, Corey Seager!
- Via One Nación at ESPN, "The Adrian Gonzalez and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez connection."
- ICYMI: Carl Crawford was reinstated from the DL. Zach Lee was optioned back to Triple-A.
- Also, per a tweet by Eric Stephen, the Dodgers signed relief pitcher Tim Shibuya to a minor league deal a few days ago and sent him to Triple-A. He was recently released by the Twins.
- Via Dennis Schlossman at the Think Blue Planning Committee, "Dodgers Prospects: Trevor Oaks Climbing Higher." Oaks was been promoted to Double-A. On what he throws:
“My four seam and sinker usually come out the same speed,” he elaborated. “I try to live around the 91 to 93 range. If I’m feeling fresh might get it up to a 5. I added the cutter this offseason for a different look off of my sinker — I primarily use it against lefties."
- Slowly but surely he's on the mend. Via a tweet from Ken Gurnick, McCarthy threw a bullpen session yesterday:
Brandon McCarthy (Tommy John surgery last year) threw a bullpen session for club officials today.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) April 26, 2016
- Another great prospect review by Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA: "Dodgers prospect Nolan Long – head & shoulders above the rest."
- BTW, the Dodgers, with the help of some fans, raised $10,000 for earthquake relief yesterday. Kenta Maeda, Jaime Jarrin, Dave Roberts and Yasiel Puig did some signing at the stadium. Go here for a video of the event.
- Via Tom Bartsch at Sports Collectors Digest, "Catching On: Mike Piazza Realizes His Place in History During HOF Visit."
“As a player you only think about the window you played in, but when you see how equipment has changed and the amount of history here, that’s what is so special about baseball, its connection to history,” he said. “Even though the players were different, the equipment was different, the pace of the game was different, it still very much had an important significance in the life of being an American. It’s a uniquely American experience.”
- David Cycleback at Sports Collectors Daily provides, "A Guide to Early Mounted Photographs."
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