Sometimes you just can't help it. Sometimes the other pitcher was just better.
Jon Lester got on to the mound against the Dodgers and dominated. He threw a 113 pitch complete game, his first of the season, and finished the evening retiring the last fifteen batters he faced. The only run scored against him was an home run, on the Lester's second pitch of the game, to Kiké Hernández to start the game. After that, the Dodgers had nothing. Via Carrie Muskat and Brian Hedger at MLB.com:
"I think that might have been the best I've seen Jonny since I've been here," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He gives up a leadoff homer and then nothing. That's physically the best I've seen him pitch here."All you can do is tip your cap.
BTW, the Dodger pitcher were up to the task of matching Jon Lester. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough. Mike Bolsinger, the Dodgers starter, only allowed a two-run homer to Bryant, but that was all they needed to defeat the Dodgers, 2-1.
"He matched [Lester] pretty much pitch for pitch, and made a mistake, and Bryant hit it out of the ballpark," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I thought we had a chance to win all night and didn't really give ourselves a chance."The above photo of Hernández's homer via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1995 Hideo Nomo recorded his first Major League win. It would be against the NY Mets. Nomo went eight innings, gave up two hits and struck out six in a 2-1 victory. Also, he would then win his next five starts.
- Happy Birthday, Chin-Hui Tsao!
- Video: Watch Clayton Kershaw on the Dan Patrick Show (YouTube Video Link Here). He chats about being in Chicago and his pitching routine. His wife, Ellen, even got on the phone to talk about Kershaw as a teen.
- All-Star ballots are still being counted. Go here to vote. Via Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider; "Adrian Gonzalez leads Dodgers in NL All-Star voting."
- Via Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors, "Alex Wood Has Elbow Impingement, Won’t Throw For Four Weeks."
- Julio Urias will now wear #7. BTW, this is his lucky number. It represents the first jersey number he ever wore as a 5-year old. Via a tweet from Jon Weisman:
It appears that Julio Urias will be the first true pitcher to wear a single-digit uniform number for the Dodgers since Bobo Newsom in 1943.— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) June 1, 2016
- Via Tom Verducci at Sports Illustrated; "Dusty Baker, Dave Roberts bring personal touch to Nationals, Dodgers."
When Roberts must confront players, however, he does so unsparingly, as he did when he confronted and benched Yasiel Puig recently for not running hard on a fly ball. When the Dodgers interviewed him for the job, one of the questions they asked Roberts was how he would have handled Joc Pederson in the second half of last year. Pederson was hitting .266 on June 3 but hit .177 over his final 98 games.
“Honestly, I would have sent him down to the minor leagues,” Roberts replied.
- Blowout Buzz shares a bunch of preview pics of Panini's Father's Day promotion cards; including the Corey Seager card on the right. Like in years past, packs of these cards will be available to collectors at select hobby stores on Father's Day
- Giovanni Balistreri at When Topps Had Balls, shares a fantastic Sandy Koufax fantasy Baseball card (link here).
- Via Jacob Unruh at News OK; "OKC Dodgers: Rob Segedin doubling as student on and off field."
“I had finals all last week while we're on the road, so it was hard balancing everything but I got it all done,” Segedin said, a smile forming.
- Via Chris Cwik at Yahoo Sports; "Barry Bonds regrets treating people poorly during playing career."
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