So many good things happened for the Dodgers last night. To start things off, Andrew Toles belted a line-drive home run to right field (with the wind blowing in, mind you) to start the game and to give the Dodgers an immediate 1-0 lead. Per John Jackson at MLB.com:
"He threw it low and I hit it on a line, so the wind was no factor because it was so low," Toles said. "It was a line drive. The wind was definitely a factor [overall], though."That early head start was buoyed by another fantastic start by oft-injured Brandon McCarthy. He is clearly back. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“He did a really good job tonight, kept them off-balance, kept attacking them,” Grandal said. “He’s got a great sinker, obviously, it’s known around the league.”McCarthy threw six scoreless innings, with three walks, four strike outs and just four singles. Lastly, the Dodgers relief staff continued their dominance. Ross Stripling, Luis Avilan and Kenley Jansen shut things down to earn a Dodgers victory, 2-0. BTW, let's not forget about Chase Utley's smarts. He came around to score on an error in the eight inning that was only made possible due to his hustle. The old man continues to show what he brings to the table -- intelligence, leadership and guile.
The above photo via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterday game in Chicago. Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1939 Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, during a spring game against the Dodgers, hit two homers. It would prove to be the last home runs he would ever hit. In 1954 Walter Alston makes his major league debut as the Dodgers manager. In 2009 second baseman Orlando Hudson hit for the "Cycle" against the Giants during the Dodgers home opener. He is the first Dodger to ever accomplish the feat at Dodger Stadium, and the first Dodger to do it in a nine-inning game since Gil Hodges in 1949. In 2012 Dodger starter Aaron Harang struck out nine consecutive Padre batters -- breaking the Dodgers franchise record of eight held by Johnny Podres. The Major League mark is at ten, and is held by Mets pitcher Tom Seaver in 1970.
- Happy Birthday, Kid Elberfeld, Ben Cantwell & Ed Amelung!
- Video: NBC LA Sports Reporter Michael Duarte interviews Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop and reigning NL Rookie of the Year winner, Corey Seager. (Video Link)
- ICYMI: The Dodgers put outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain and recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Per John Jackson at MLB.com:
On Gutierrez: "It's something that he's had before; he felt it running," Roberts said. "Worst-case [scenario], three weeks; probably best-case, a week. It was best for us to have the coverage and put him on the 10-day."
- Per Clemson Smith Muñiz at La Vida Baseball; "Real Dodgers Fans Bleed Pantone 294." Clemson includes several personal stories from members who were in Chicago.
- Per Bill Plunkett at the OC Register; "Success on the field has led to influence in the clubhouse for Dodgers’ Justin Turner."
Scott Van Slyke: “I think he (Turner) has probably always been a leader. I think leaders are born for the most part. … I think he just waited to make his words and thoughts known. Because your first few years, you’re just tippy-toeing and trying to figure everything out. There’s kind of like an unwritten rule that once you get five years you can start announcing your thoughts. Keep it to yourself until you get there.”
Justin Turner: “I think I’m at a point where I don’t care if someone disagrees with me or if someone says that’s not right or someone has a different opinion,” he says. “I’ll go up and talk to a guy and if they blow me off or they don’t like it or whatever – hey, it works for me. I’m not worried. Whereas four, five years ago if I’d said that and someone said, ‘No, you’re wrong,’ I probably would have been like, ‘Oh, crap. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe what I’m doing isn’t right.’
“But I’m not at that point anymore.”
- In case you hadn't seen it yet, below is a look at the Cubs Worlds Series rings, via the Cubs on twitter. As you can see, they added a billy goat.
- I don't mean to make you shed a tear. Per Andy McCullough of the LA Times on twitter:
A few days ago, Dave Roberts called his father's phone so he could listen to the voicemail. "I just wanted to hear his voice," he said.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 13, 2017
* Please follow on twitter @ernestreyes *
* Like Dodgers Blue Heaven on facebook *
* Dodgers Blue Heaven home page *