Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 6/29/2016 - Dodgers Links - Kershaw, Pederson and Julio Urias

Wouldn't you know it.  On his seventh try as a starter, while wearing his favorite number seven on his uniform, Julio Urias earned his first Major League victory.  Via Doug Padilla at ESPN:
“It’s beautiful, incredible; it’s one of the best days of my life,” Urias said through an interpreter. “What more can I say?”
Not only that, he recorded his first Major League hit that happened to score Joc Pederson for the fifth run of the game.  As for what he did on the mound, I think it's best to characterize it as being effectively wild.  In six innings he gave up two hits, two earned runs, six strike outs, picked off one and walked a whopping six batters.
“You know what, he made pitches when he needed to,” Roberts said. “That’s one of the things with Julio is that as he continues to make major league starts and continues to try to be efficient; the walks tonight are something he needs to get better at, but when he needed to make pitches and throw strikes, he did that. The fastball had life, the breaking ball; he threw some really good changeups tonight.”

As relieved as he was afterward to be in possession of not one game ball for the victory but also a second one for his first career hit, Urias also knows he was fortunate.

“I struggled with some pitches, and obviously the walks were too many for any starter, but the good thing was that we could get the win and we could get the results we needed,” Urias said.
Watch Julio Urias speak about his evening with Alanna Rizzo here.

Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History: In 1990 Fernando Valenzuela no-hit the Cardinals, 6-0, at Dodger Stadium.  With 119 pitches he struck out seven and walked three.  Also, on this same night, former Dodgers starter Dave Stewart threw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays; thereby marking the first time in modern Baseball history that two no-hitters were thrown on the same day.  Via Tommy Lasorda, at the time
"And it couldn't have happened to a tougher, more competitive guy," Lasorda said. "You look at Fernando and he has done everything in his career except a no-hitter. And now . . . this."
In 1995 Hideo Nomo struck out thirteen Rockies to give him a then team record of 50 strike outs in four consecutive starts.  In 1996 Mike Piazza hit three home runs against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.  He is the fifth Dodger to hit three homers in a game.
  • Happy Birthday, Pedro Guerrero, Rick Honeycutt and Wilbert "Robbie" Robinson!
  • BTW, Joc Pederson made a game saving catch against the outfield wall in the eight inning, and exited the game from an apparant injury.  Fortunately, per a tweet by Bill Plunkett, nothing is broken.  He has been diagnosed with an bruised AC (acromioclavicular) joint.  You can watch in the incredible catch here.  Via Ken Gurnick at
"I think we dodged a bullet," said manager Dave Roberts. "There's no fracture, just a bruised A/C joint. He's going to be day to day. He's sore, but no DL situation or anything like that. Right now, that's where we're at and the training staff is confident that's all it is. Now it's [pain] tolerance, and his mobility is minimal. But we're kind of relieved."
Clayton Kershaw is returning to Los Angeles early to visit team doctors about lower back soreness he is experiencing, Dave Roberts confirmed to reporters before
  • Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Alex Verdugo has 3 hits in All-Star Game, Hyun-jin Ryu rehab start cut short by rain."
  • Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider recounts how the twelve (nine of whom who played) Dodgers prospects invited to Tuesday's Texas League All-Star Game fared.
  • The Dodgers claimed infielder Cole Figueroa off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.  Per a Dodger press release:
Figueroa, 28, has appeared in 48 Major League games in three seasons with the Rays (2014), Yankees (2015) and Pirates (2016), batting .208 with nine RBI, and has a .291 career batting average with a .374 on-base percentage, 81 steals, 31 homers and 380 RBI in 815 minor league games since his selection in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

The University of Florida product made the Pirates’ 2016 Opening Day roster and split the season between Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis, where he batted .307 with two homers and 11 RBI in 20 games. In 23 big league games this year, Figueroa went 4-for-26 (.154), primarily being used as a pinch-hitter (14 games), but also appearing at second base (five games, two starts), third base (two games) and shortstop (two games).

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