That was truly forgettable. Last nights game was a laugher, and unfortunately it was the fans in Blue who went to bed unhappy.
Maybe it was the Coors Field air, or the general lack of experience the Dodgers threw on the mound that did us in. After all, it's hard to expect the best when we basically put in a couple young (and still learning arms) to pitch to a suddenly red-hot Rockies club in Colorado. They had to know the balls would be jumping out of the park, and probably hoped we'd do similar damage to the opposition. That came to pass, though. Per Ken Gurnick and Thomas Harding at MLB.com:
"Those guys the last couple of days threw the ball well," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said about Colorado's starting pitchers. "You've got to tip your hat to Jon Gray yesterday and this kid today, they threw well and kept us at bay."And our starting pitcher, Brock Stewart, couldn't figure out how to pitch in the high altitude.
"Before the game in the bullpen, everything was working, and I got in the game and everything stayed flat," said Stewart. "Just an off night, for sure."That's an understatement. The Dodgers got walloped by the Rockies, 12-2. They remain just two games behind the Giants in the division race and continue to hold a two game lead in the wild-card race. Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1941 Brooklyn Dodger Mickey Owens becomes the first catcher to record three foul popups in one frame. In 1948 Ernie Harwell, a Hall of Fame broadcaster for mostly the Tigers, called his first Major League game. He briefly took over for a sick Red Barber in Brooklyn's broadcast booth.
- I don't know if you've seen this yet, but if you haven't then you need to. The Dodgers are asking fans to vote on Vin Scully's greatest calls as a Dodgers broadcaster, and there are twenty legendary games to choose from. Best yet, they include video/audio of each one. Go here to check it out, and be sure to take some time to listen to all of the recordings.
- Via Matt Monagan at Cut4; "Joc Pederson tried to rob a homer but both the ball (and his glove) went over the wall."
- Via Jim Callis at MLB.com, the Dodgers are now ranked with the fifth best minor league farm system:
Even after graduating baseball's preseason No. 1 prospect Corey Seager to Los Angeles and swapping three solid right-handers (Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton) to the Athletics for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick, the Dodgers still have plenty of young hitting talent and mound depth.
- Via the Tulsa Drillers on MiLB.com; "Drillers Extend Partnership with LA Dodgers: Tulsa to Be the Double-A Affiliate for Dodgers Through at Least 2018."
- Also, via the Oklahoma City Dodgers at MiLB.com; "OKC Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers Extend Player Development Contract: OKC Dodgers to remain Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate through 2018."
- FYI, National Baseball Card Day is coming back. Via Blowout Buzz, it is set for Saturday, August 13th, and collectors will receive a limited six-card pack of cards at participating hobby shops. The unique set will include Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager.
- The National Sports Collectors Convention officially opened up for business yesterday in Atlantic City and collector bloggers online are already sharing some pics. Below is a brief list:
- Per Blowout Buzz; "Scenes from the Show … The National Day 2 (ongoing gallery)."
- Per Rich Mueller at Sports Collectors Daily; "2016 NSCC Opens in Atlantic City."
- Per Sports Card Info; "The 2016 National Has Begun!!!"
- Wow. Per Laurie Gwen Shapiro at Untapped Cities; "Two time capsules hidden in Bloomingdale's include a Baseball signed by Babe Ruth and More." (Hat Tip: Bob D'Angelo at Sports Collectors Daily)
- Just to set the record straight, via former Dodger prospect Grant Holmes on twitter:
I just want to let everyone know that there was no "joking around" hugs going on before the trade deadline... #falserumors— Grant Holmes (@GHolmes_14) August 3, 2016
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