Saturday, June 11, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 6/11/2016 - Dodgers Links - Smeltzer, Montas and Trayce Thompson

Justin Turner came up clutch in the ninth inning of last nights game against the Giants.  He belted a home run to win the game for the Dodgers.  Via Rick Eymer and Chris Haft at
"Just trying to get on base," said Turner, whose fifth homer of the season gave the Dodgers their 12th victory in 18 games. "Sometimes when you simplify things, bigger things happen."
For his part in the victory, Clayton was magnificent.  He went eight innings, walked none, allowed five hits, two runs and struck out thirteen to win his ninth game of the season.
"We got big plays all the way around," Kershaw said. "It was a fun game to play in. You know it's a big game but that shouldn't affect you one way or another. You try to pitch the same no matter what."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game.  Below are more links to check:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1957 Roy Campanella hit his 237th career home run as a catcher to set a new NL record.  In 1972 both Willie Davis and Manny Mota would hit inside-the-park home runs against the Pirates at Dodger Stadium.
  • Happy Birthday, Mike Davis and Odalis Perez!
  • Via Doug Padilla at ESPN; "Trayce Thompson, Klay's younger brother, is making a name for himself."
“It’s one of those things that we both dealt with,” Seager said. “He’s Klay’s younger brother, and I’m Kyle’s younger brother, that sort of thing. We both know where each other is coming from, and we’re trying to help each other if need be, but he handles that great.

"I mean, he’s proud of his brother, just like I am. You always want to see your older brother succeed. It’s a compliment to be Kyle’s younger brother and Klay’s younger brother. It’s one of those things where it’s all how you look at it.”
Roberts said he expects Puig to rejoin the team the following Monday or Tuesday.

"Obviously when he comes back, he's going to play," Roberts said. "His defense is the most consistent."
  • Via Jacob Unruh at NewsOK; "OKC Dodgers journal: Frankie Montas shows overpowering stuff as Dodgers, Nashville split doubleheader."
Oklahoma City Dodgers righty Frankie Montas touched 100 mph throughout and had Sounds batters befuddled in his third rehab start. But after the game, Montas downplayed his velocity.

“I was not really thinking about that,” the 23-year-old said with a huge smile. “I was just trying to get people out.”
Devin Smeltzer, ballplayer and cancer survivor, is using baseball and he's proud of it.

"It's really not about me anymore," said Smeltzer, a southpaw from San Jacinto College in Texas. "As long as I'm inspiring and giving kids hope, that's all that matters. Baseball gives me a platform to get my story out there and inspire kids that there's hope at end of the tunnel. If you work hard and have faith, anything can happen. It seems like yesterday I was sick and looking up to people like Cole Hamels and stuff like that, who give so much back to the community and to kids that are sick. It's a blessing to have a platform to give back to kids so they have someone to look up to that's been through it."

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