Monday, July 24, 2017

Blog Kiosk: 7/24/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Weekend Odds and Ends

Sunday was not the best day. First Clayton Kershaw left the game early due to back tightness issues. Then, Kenley Jansen blew his first save of the season when he yielded a three run home run that tied the game. Fortunately, this Dodger team doesn't give up. They fight... And they claw... And they never surrender. So, they eventually rallied in the 10th inning and won the game on a walk-off single by Logan Forsythe. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“It’s been a good series for us, to battle back from two losses to start,” Forsythe said. “To see the depth of our bench, to see the bullpen come in and do a good job and for us to grind out at-bats and have quality at-bats and get a split in that series I think was good to see.”
On a side note: Unlike many, I am not worried that the season will be lost due to the recent injury to Kershaw. Instead, I see this as just another hill that these Dodgers are eager to climb. There is no barrier too high, no roadblock too perilous, and no injury too great that will sway their belief that this season is theirs.

The above photo of Yasiel Puig dousing Logan Forsythe via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics bu Jon from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1931 Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) outfielder Babe Herman hit for the cycle against the the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1939 the Brooklyn Dodgers selected Dixie Walker off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. He would go on to play nine season in Brooklyn; slashing .311/.386/.441/.827 for the Dodgers. In 1967 former Dodgers President Branch Rickey is posthumously inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1986 the Dodgers signed 17-year old amateur free agent infielder José Offerman out of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. In 1993 Mets outfielder Vince Coleman tossed a M-80 firecracker from his car as he was leaving the Dodger Stadium parking area. It is reported that three people are injured; including an 11-year old boy and a two-year old girl. Coleman eventually pleads guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of an explosive device and is sentenced to 200 hours of community service. The incident, along with many others, leads the Mets to announced a month later that he would never play for the team again.
  • Happy Birthday, Tommy McCarthyJoe WallJoe SchultzPreston WardNorihiro NakamuraScott Van Slyke!
  • Video: Logan Forsythe speaks to Kelli Tennant after the Dodgers walkoff win against the Braves on Sunday. (video link)
  • Video: Clayton Kershaw speaks to the media after leaving the game with lower back tightness. (video link)
  • Video: Dave Roberts addresses the media about Clayton Kershaw's injury and the team beating the Braves on Sunday. (video link)
  • BTW, both Clayton Kershaw and Brandon McCarthy have gone on the 10-Day DL. 
  • Audio: Petros and Money go "Inside the Locker Room" for an EXCLUSIVE 30-minute interview with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. (Audio Link)
  • ICYMI: The Dodgers traded reliever Sergio Romo and cash considerations over the weekend to Tampa Bay for a player to be named later or cash considerations. 
  • Per Harold Uhlman at Think Blue LA; "Loons 18-year-old third baseman Oneil Cruz turning heads."
“He has a lot of power, crazy power,” Rodriguez said. “When he tries to hit home runs, it doesn’t really work out for him. When he tries a low line drive or just make solid contact, that’s when the ball jumps off the bat. Jair has been doing a really good job during batting practice and staying on him to make sure he stays within himself and not trying to do too much.”
Now at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Farmer almost certainly should have appeared among the Five earlier this season, when he was slashing .339/.411/.468 at Tulsa and walking more than he was striking out. That said, Farmer’s profile is also a pretty weird one.
  • Per Josh Jackson at; "Quakes' Bray faces minimum in one-hitter: Dodgers prospect perfect but for third-inning single in shutout."
"The fact that it was probably my best start in pro ball -- that really hit me," the Dodgers right-hander said. "And just that my parents and my family could watch this game [on MiLB.TV] and celebrate along with me." 
  • Panini America shares more preview pics from their wrapper redemption program for the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) this weekend in Chicago. Check out the Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger cards below. 

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