Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 5/15/2019 - Dodgers Links - Pederson Hit His 100th

Congrats, Joc!

Last night he hit 100th career home run, and it was a timely one. With the Dodgers trailing, Joc came up in the third inning with a man on and hit his homer (watch it here) to give the club a lead that they would not relinquish. Per Ken Gurnick at
“I didn’t know it was the 100th when I hit it, but it did help the team win a ballgame, so it was pretty cool,” said Pederson, who has more home runs than singles (10). He is the 29th Dodger to reach the century mark 
“Every time he’s in the box he’s a threat,” manager Dave Roberts said of Pederson. “Credit to our guys and the game plan.
The Dodgers now lead the National League West by 4.5 games -- their biggest lead of the season. Photo above via Josh Barber/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:

  • BTW, right-handed pitcher JT Chargois has been called up to Los Angeles from Triple-A Oklahoma City to replace Urias on the roster.
  • In light of yesterday's Julio Urias News, this story from February needs more exploration. Per Jessica Quiroli at All Heels On Deck -- "Dodgers After Dark: The Sexual Assaults MLB Never Investigated, A Team's Culture Unexamined." (Hat Tip: Stealing Home at All Trade Bait, All the Time)
(An incident from 2014) Dodgers minor league players Alex Verdugo, James Baldwin and Julio Urias, were preparing for the regular season with the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch, the team’s spring training facility. Verdugo and Baldwin partied with the women at a Hampton Inn near the stadium, including the one who was underage. Nick Francona, then assistant of player development for the Dodgers, said Urias was present earlier, but wasn’t included in discussions about the incident.
“Urias was apparently with the group at some point during the evening, but people went to great lengths from the onset to avoid having his name involved at all and didn’t even want to ask him any questions about it,” Francona explained. 
Per the police report, as the night went on, the girl became violently ill and vomited on a bed. And, as has been widely reported, the other two girls began beating her up. One of the players filmed the girl’s beating, then posted the video to social media. The girls asked her to leave. (It gets worse from here)
Smith had four hits in six at-bats while driving in four runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He had two singles and two doubles in his first four-hit performance of the season. The Dodgers’ No. 5 prospect needed a breakout night, as he has had one hit or less in 10 of his 12 games prior to Tuesday. Smith swings a bit uphill, which has helped him hit for more in-game power yet has also increased his swing and miss as well.

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