Thursday, April 18, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 4/18/2019 - Dodgers Links - Sweep!

Four great starts in a row has fueled the Dodgers four-game winning streak. Last Night was Walker Buehlers turn to turn it on... And what a bright light be was. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“He was getting into a groove,” said manager Dave Roberts. “He’s been kind of tinkering with his delivery, but today he had a lot of good feel. He’s kind of like that sports car. If there’s anything just not right, then he’s off. So he kind of worked through it, and we needed that.”
Walker went 6.1 innings, allowing just three hits and one walk, while striking out eight Reds batters to defeat Cincinnati, 3-2 (boxscore). Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019 at Dodger Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1925 Charles Ebbets, the Dodgers owner and president, dies of an heart attack on the morning of his teams home opener at Ebbets Field. In 1939 Red Barber announces the first ever regular season Dodger game to be broadcast in Brooklyn. In 1946 Jackie Robinson makes his debut as a second baseman for the Montreal Royals. He belts a home runs and records three singles. In 1947 Burt Shotten is named the Dodgers manager - replacing Leo Durocher who was suspended by the league ten days prior. In 1950 Vin Scully calls his very first game as a Dodgers broadcaster. In 1952 Willie Mays is knocked unconscious when he runs in to the Ebbets Field outfield wall while making a game saving catch. In 1958 Los Angeles holds a downtown parade for the the Dodgers before their first home game at the Coliseum. A National League record 78,672 fans crowd the stadium to watch their new team defeat the soon-to-be-hated Giants, 6-5In 1964 Sandy Koufax throws his second career Immaculate Inning - three strike outs on nine pitches during one inning. In 1966 Maury Wills becomes the first batter to get a hit on artificial grass - a single off of Robin Roberts at the Astrodome. In 2008 the Dodgers announce that Joe Beimel had been selected by fans to get a bobblehead. You can see that bobble on the right.
  • Happy BirthdayHughie HearneTommy McMillanNick PollyBobby CastilloJim Eisenreich & Brady Clark!
  • Via the Progressive Grocer -- "Smart & Final Runs Dodgers-Themed Sweepstakes."
  • Via Michael Duarte at NBC4 -- "Walk It Off! The Los Angeles Dodgers 2019 Walk Up Songs."
  • Per Dustin Nosler at Dodgers Digest -- "2019 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: No. 2, C Keibert Ruiz."
  • Per Ron Cervenka at Think Blue LA -- "Rich Hill is “extremely ready”"
All Hill did was allow no runs and only two infield hits (one a bunt), while walking none and striking out eight in his 4.0 innings pitched (last night). His fastball topped out at 93-mph and his variety of curveballs, his mainstay, were downright unhittable.
“I felt great the way the ball came out, got stronger as the innings went along,” Hill told reporters after his outing, which included another dozen or so pitches in the bullpen after his four live-game innings. “I don’t know what the numbers were, spin rate or whatever you want to call it, but I can tell when it’s coming out of my hand the way I did today that it was good.”

  • Dodger reliever Pedro Baez did something no pitcher had yet to accomplish. He got Reds slugger Joey Votto to pop out to first, via a tweet from MLB Stats:

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