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Starting pitcher Scott Kazmir was far from perfect last night. He threw 111 pitches in 6.2 innings of work; allowing seven hits, two homers and four earned runs. Fortunately, it didn't matter. The Dodgers offense picked up the slack and hammered home ten runs of their own to win the game 10-5.
The Dodgers walloped three home runs of their own; including a monstrous drive by Trayce Thompson that, quite literally, never landed. Via Ken Gurnick through Cut4:Way to start off the road trip right with a W! The guys picked me up today! #ILoveLA #IWillGetBetter— Scott Kazmir (@scottkazmir19) May 4, 2016
"2-0 and he left a fastball out over the plate. Lucky enough I didn't miss it. Never had a ball that never came down. Someone's always caught it or it's landed somewhere. That was pretty interesting. . I actually didn't see until someone texted me. J.T. was talking about going up on the catwalk tomorrow. It would be funny."Listen to Trayce talk about it with Alanna Rizzo here. BTW, his brother Klay of the Golden State Warriors spoke a bit about the homer here. You can also listen to Kazmir with Alanna here. On the lighter side, several Dodgers pranked the Rays mascot before the game. Watch it here via ESPN. It's a gas!
Pic above of AJ Ellis congratulating Thompson via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1919 the Dodgers played their first ever Major League game on a Sunday at Ebbets Field. Also, in 1976 this day was declared Rick Monday Day, via Illinois House of Representative Resolution 747.
- Top Dodgers prospect Jose De Leon pitched his first game of the year yesterday and was impressive. Via MiLB, "Zephyrs Shut Out Dodgers Tuesday: Jose De Leon pitches five scoreless innings in Triple-A debut."
De Leon pitched five scoreless frames, allowing two hits, one walk and recording nine strikeouts - tying Julio Urias for the most strikeouts by a Dodgers pitcher this season. De Leon entered the season ranked as the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect by Baseball America.
- This seems to be big news. If you want a Dodger Dog outside of the stadium then you can now go to an Los Angeles based AMPM to satisfy your fix. They are priced at $3.00 for two Dodger Dogs. Now that's a deal. Per a Dodger press release:
“We are genuinely looking forward to offering our fans an authentic Dodger Experience outside of Dodger Stadium,” said Dodger Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships Michael Young. “ampm will be the only place outside of Dodger Stadium that someone can purchase a freshly cooked Dodger Dog prepared just as they would at one of our games. Bringing together two significant Dodger partners in Farmer John and ampm is something we are proud to showcase throughout Southern California.”
- Cardboard Connection shares some preview pics from a new Panini Baseball card brand they are calling 2016 Donruss Optic. It is basically a chrome version of the Donruss cards they released a few weeks back. Go here to see some sample pics; including the Corey Seager card on the right. It is expected to be released in June.
- The Dutch Card Guy is visiting from Holland and shares a bunch of pics from his jaunt to the Dodgers game against the Rays yesterday. Check it out here.
- So... What do you think about the possibility of Tim Lincecum joining the Dodgers? Per Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors we find out that he is pitching in an showcase event this coming Friday and the Dodgers, among many other teams, will be in attendance. Lincecum is a free agent and coming off of hip surgery.
- Via Chad Thornburg at MLB.com, "Honorary Bat Girl has special connection to Dodgers."
The Dodgers will welcome a special guest -- Melissa Stockhoff of Houston -- to Chavez Ravine later this month as part of the Honorary Bat Girl program....
The Dodgers have special meaning to Stockhoff because she and her husband, Andrew, attended a Dodgers game on their honeymoon. The couple will celebrate their nine-year wedding anniversary in June.
- Will wonders never cease. Via Meg James at the LA Times, "Frontier, Time Warner Cable to discuss Dodger channel distribution."
Frontier executives this week accepted an invitation by U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) to attend a meeting in her district office with Time Warner Cable to discuss distribution of the channel that televises Dodger games. The meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Hahn's spokeswoman Elizabeth Odendahl said.
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