Thursday, September 15, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 9/15/2016 - Dodgers Links - #PuigMyTooth, Utley, Urias and Clayton Kershaw

That's the ace we know.

Clayton Kershaw came out to pitch his second game since landing on the DL, and showed us all that he's still the guy.  Per Doug Padilla at ESPN:
"It was more about getting back into that playing mode, that competition, and what we need to do to win," catcher Yasmani Grandal said. "So the first game was more of a kick-start, and this game was, 'All right, we're here, let's get it done.'"

Did he ever get it done. Yankees manager Joe Girardi wrapped it up succinctly: "Kershaw was Kershaw."
After the game he added more:
"I gave up a hit so there's a bad pitch there," he said. "But for the most part ... it's tough to be satisfied when you only pitch five innings. I guess really six. But with the rain delay and everything considered, it was OK. It was good."
Clayton was nearly perfect in his five innings pitched.  He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out five Yankee batters with just 64 pitches.  Unfortunately, he didn't take home a win, but he did keep the Dodgers in contention long enough for them to pull out a 2-0 victory in the ninth inning.  A series of Yankee errors contributed to the only runs of the game.  You can listen to Kershaw speak about his evening with Alanna Rizzo here.

Photo above via SportsNet LA on twitter.  The Dodgers now sit five games above the Giants in the NL West.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1978 the Dodgers became the first club in Major League history to draw three million fans at home. The Dodgers entertained 47,188 fans with their 5-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
  • Thing I Learned: Chase Utley has not hit into a double play all season long.  If he can sustain this til the end of the season he'll be only the fourth player to do so since WWII, with at least 502 plate appearances.  (Hat Tip: r/thedeejus)
  • ICYMI: a complete preliminary 2017 Dodgers game schedule can now be viewed online.  Check it out here.  They will start the season at home with the Padres, and end the year on the road against the Rockies.
  • Via JP Hoornstra at Inside the Dodgers; "Watch: Joc Pederson, Dodgers featured in a series called “Out Of My League.” 
  • Via Rob Perez at FoxSports; "Yasiel Puig throws ball into crowd, sends Dodger fan to hospital."
"I saw it coming at me and I remember thinking, 'I don't have a glove to catch this ball ... And I think I put my hands up in front of my face. I saw it was coming at me and registered that it was coming at me, and I felt it hit me. It wasn't so much painful as it was shock. So I felt it hit me and I could feel immediately with my tongue there's a hole. And I looked down at my hand and saw there's a tooth in my hand."
  • Of course, Puig wasn't going to ignore that he injured the poor girl mentioned above.   So, he met with her the next day (yesterday) and shared the below photo on twitterGo here to check out ESPN's story about it.
"Brett Anderson will start Game 3 of the postseason ... for [Triple-A] Oklahoma City," Roberts said.
It’s clear: Clayton Kershaw is baseball’s reigning Pickoff King. Except lately, a challenger has emerged. And that challenger plays on Kershaw’s team, and that challenger just turned years old.

Julio Urias picked off his sixth batter of the season on Tuesday night. His six pickoffs lead all pitchers in the major leagues this season. Urias has pitched 72 innings. No one else in the majors has even five pickoffs. Urias picked off a base-runner in four consecutive starts back in June. To really drive that point home: in a four-start stretch, Urias picked off as many base-runners as any other pitcher has all year.

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