Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 5/30/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Rich Hill was dominant against the Cardinals yesterday afternoon. He went five strong innings, allowing just two hits, two walks and one earned run. Best yet, the Dodgers bullpen recorded four straight scoreless innings to help the Dodger win their fifth consecutive game. Per Scott Chasen and Joe Harris at MLB.com:
"Those guys did a heck of a job tonight with the bullpen," Hill said. "It's a reason why they're the best in baseball, so it's a lot of fun to see."
Per Rowan Kaver at Dodger Insider:
“I feel much more comfortable where I am now, getting my hand out of my glove, getting timing down,” Hill said. “It’s huge. You could see it today, it was much more crisp and clean and the ball was coming out much more efficiently.”
Pic above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1946 Boston Braves outfielder Bama Rowell became the first player to hit the Bulova clock located above the right field scoreboard with a long drive at Ebbets Field.  His wallop shattered the clock face, causing glass to fall on the field and onto Dodger outfielder Dixie Walker. The event is said to have been the inspiration for a similar incident found in the book The Natural that was written by Brooklyn author Bernard Malamud. In 1962 Maury Wills becomes the 7th player in history to hit home runs from each side of the plate during a single game.  The feat was accomplished against the Mets during the first game of a doubleheader that afternoon.
  • Happy Birthday, Jesse Whiting, Al Mamaux, Ed Rakow & Manny Ramirez!
  • Video: Dave Roberts talks about Rich Hill and the bullpen after Dodgers 5-1 win over the Cardinals in series opener. (video link)
  • Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider; "Seager leads shortstops in first National League All-Star balloting update."
  • Per Connor Byrne at MLB Trade Rumors; "Reds Acquire Darnell Sweeney From Dodgers."
  • He appears to be doing well. Per ESPN.com; "Ex-Dodgers skipper Tommy Lasorda back at home after pacemaker surgery."
  • Per Eric Stephen at True Blue LA; "Rob Segedin to miss 4-6 weeks after wrist surgery."
“With the toe and the wrist, we just thought it was best for him to take care of it, and be back some time toward the end of the season,” manager Dave Roberts said on Friday.
The Dodgers' bullpen scored a rating of 126 points by allowing only one earned run and eight hits in 24 2/3 innings of work. Relievers struck out 20 batters against five walks, and they earned two saves.
As he so often does, Utley turned an ordinary at-bat into a great at-bat by working a 1-2 count into a six-pitch 3-2 count. Although it went unnoticed by most of us – even the Dodgers broadcasters – Strop was working rather quickly, undoubtedly to keep his rhythm and momentum in sync, but even more so to keep the Dodger hitters off balance.

It did not go unnoticed by Chase Utley.

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