Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 5/8/2019 - Dodgers Links - Ryu's Near Perfection

On an evening when his family and friends were in the house -- heck, it was even his mother's birthday -- Hyun-Jin Ryu absolutely dominated. He threw his first complete game shutout since his rookie season in 2013 and even took a perfect game into the sixth inning before giving up a single to Tyler Flowers. Overall, he struck out six while walking none and yielded just four hits to earn his fourth victory of the season. Per Ken Gurnick at
“It was good to watch Hyun-Jin do his thing,” said Roberts, who never called down to the bullpen for even a warm-up. “Complete domination tonight. His feel, to strike the breaking ball, has always been elite. It’s hard to say he’s under the radar, but he’s an elite pitcher in baseball. It makes it fun to sit back and watch. I think the only time he broke a sweat was when he was covering first base.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1941 the Giants and Dodgers play an Army-Navy Relief exhibition game that raises over $60,000 for the Navy Relief Fund in front of 24,000 fans. Brooklyn edged out their rivals, 7-6, on a Dolph Camilli home run in the seventh inning. BTW, everyone, including the umpires, coaches and players, paid admission to enter Ebbets Field. In 1973 Willie Stargell hit an Andy Messersmith pitch out of Dodger Stadium. this was the second time he has accomplished the feat at the stadium and only the second time it had ever happened in its history. In 1981 Fernando Valenzuela throws his seventh straight victory to open the season, shutting out the Mets by a score of 1-0 at Shea Stadium.
  • Happy BirthdayDan Brouthers & Adrian Gonzalez!
  • Video: Watch all three Justin Turner homers from yesterdays game (Video Link).
  • Last night was $1 Dodger Dog Night, and according to Dodgers Executive Chef Ryan Evans they sold 49,734 Dodger Dogs. That's down from this seasons first $1 Night in late-March that saw 65,605 Dodger Dogs sold.
  • Via David Hood at True Blue LA -- "2019 No. 2 prospect: Will Smith."
  • Via Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors -- "Dodgers Release Josh Smoker, Ezequiel Carrera."
  • Via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors -- "Latest On Dodgers’ Plans For Travis d’Arnaud."
d’Arnaud joins fellow catchers Austin Barnes and Russell Martin on the active roster in Los Angeles. Some teams go with three receivers, at least for stretches, but it doesn’t appear that the Dodgers anticipate giving him much time behind the plate.
Manager Dave Roberts says that the team envisions utilizing d’Arnaud at first base and in left field. It’s a whole new world for the 30-year-old, who has logged exactly nine MLB innings in the field without a mask on. (He appeared briefly at second and third base in 2017.) d’Arnaud also played two games at first base in the minors, but has yet to line up on the outfield grass.
Estevez was a worthy winner of the TL award, leading the Drillers and the league in several offensive categories. For April, he led the Texas League in batting average (.385), hits (30) and doubles (eight) and was third in on-base percentage (.449) and OPS (1.014) and fourth in total bases (44) and slugging percentage (.564).
Estevez posted four straight multi-hit games to start the 2019 season and had 11 multi-hit games during the month.
  • Cody Bellinger is now a BMW spokesman! Check out his very first commercial below:

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