Friday, May 31, 2019

2019 Topps Now -- #303 -- Masterful Ryu!

Following last nights 7 2/3 shutout innings Hyun-Jin Ryu now leads the league in ERA at 1.48, walks per nine innings at an astounding 0.616 and leads the National League in wins with eight. No doubt, he is headed towards his first All-Star Game appearance. To celebrate his performance last night Topps issued another 2019 Topps Now card of him. Check it out above and below. Go here to check it out and order.  More importantly, though I thought it would be best to share a pic he put up on Instagram this morning. On the right is Ryu with a #WinningMaskPack. -- I kid you not!

Below is what's written on the reverse.
For the 11th straight start to open the 2019 season, Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two runs or fewer. The streak marks the first time since Ubaldo Jiminez in 2010 that a pitcher has begun a season with 11 such starts. Ryu stifled the New York Mets, allowing just four hits and zero runs in 7 2/3 inning pitched.

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Blog Kiosk: 5/31/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

The great Ryu! He earned his eighth win of the season last by throwing 7.2 innings of shutout ball with seven strike outs, one walk and four hits allowed. Per Ken Gurnick at
“This month of May is incredible,” Ryu said. “I’ve always told everyone I want to throw six, seven innings to put the team in a position to help the team win, but I haven’t always been able to do it. But this month of May I definitely was able to do it, and it’s unbelievable.”
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2019. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1937 the Brooklyn Dodgers ended Carl Hubbell's consecutive game winning streak at 24 (over two season) at the Polo Grounds by defeating the Giants, 10-3. In 1948 Tommy Lasorda, as a member of the Schenectady Blue Jays in the Phillies system, struck out 25 batters in a 15 inning game to defeat the Amsterdam Rugmakers. Lasorda has said that he likely threw more than 300 pitches that day. In 1965 the Dodgers, for the first time in history, field an all switch-hitting infield in the second game of a doubleheader against the Reds.  The players were Wes ParkerJim LefebvreMaury Wills and Jim GilliamIn 1968 Don Drysdale pitched his fifth consecutive shutout -- while on his way to breaking the scoreless innings streak. This is the game where a Giants batter was called out on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch since he was ruled to have not made an attempt to get out of the way of the pitch.
  • Happy Birthday, George SmithKenny Lofton & Dave Roberts!

Phillies Series Starts Friday - Stadium Giveaways, Pregame Info and Other Stuff!

The next homestand starts on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies on Alumni Weekend. Below are some odds and ends for this upcoming homestand. Here are some important links:

Friday, May 31st at 7:10 PM
TV: SportsNet LA, SNLA Spanish
Radio: AM 570 LA Sports, KTNQ 1020