Thursday, May 12, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 5/12/2016 - Dodgers Links - Magic, Ryu and Kenta Maeda

It was a hard luck night for Kenta Maeda.  He pitched well, and if not for the extraordinary exploits of the Noah Syndergaard at the plate Maeda and the Dodgers would likely have walked away with a win.  Via Anthony DiComo and Ken Gurnick at
"The nine-hitter hit two home runs and drove in four runs. You don't see that every day," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
No kidding.  The pitcher, who had hit a home run last season, recorded his first two hits of the season, and they both left the yard against the Dodgers.  Go figure!

Kenta had this to say:
"They were definitely not good pitches, the ones that he hit for home runs," said Maeda. "It ended up being a regrettable result contributing to a total of four runs."
Dave Roberts added, via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider:
“He was using his breaking ball a lot tonight and just didn’t have that sharpness to it, working behind hitters,” Dave Roberts said. “Didn’t have the fastball command. The homer to Syndergaard, the first one, was a misfire, and the other one was a backdoor breaking ball located down and away, and he’s a strong kid.
As has been said many times, this is the kind of game you just have to move on from.  They beat us fair and square, and all you can do is tip your hat.  Photo above via @Dodgers on twitterGo here to check out a bunch of pics from the game by Jon SooHoo.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1956 Carl Erskine threw his second career no-hitter against the Giants at Ebbets Field.  In 2004 Alex Cora had his famous 18 pitch at-bat (including 14 consecutive fouls balls) at Dodger Stadium against Matt Clement of the Cubs that culminated in an unbelievable two-run home run.  You can watch this at-bat here.
  • Happy Birthday, Adam Liberatore!
  • Awesome stuff here.  Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider asks several Dodger players to recall their most memorable home runs.
  • Via Daniel Starkand at Dodger Blue, "Hyun-Jin Ryu Throws Living Batting Practice, On Track For Rehab Assignment."
  • An old friend alert.  Via Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors, "Marlins To Sign Joe Beimel."
  • Via Jack Baer at, "Roberts says offensive woes are merely a blip."
"It's a narrative every year with teams across baseball, when a team starts slower offensively, 'Are these guys going to hit?' It's something, for me on the coaching side, I never buy into, because it happens every single year. And every single year, guys find a way to get hits and then the baseball card looks the same, disregarding injury or something like that," Roberts said.
  • Ha!  Magic Johnson trolled the Thompson's yesterday, via twitter:

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