Friday, September 16, 2016

Blog Kiosk: 9/16/2016 - Dodgers Links - Alvarez, Buehler, Jansen and Rich Hill

Things got a little overheated at yesterdays Dodger game. 

Ageless wonder Rich Hill, who had pitched 19 scoreless inning since becoming a Dodger, had finally given up a couple of runs to the lowly Diamondbacks, and apparently he didn't like that one bit.  He was in full-on game mode and made sure everyone in the stadium knew he wouldn't take an inside pitch, which he claims nicked his index finger, lightly.  He chirped and they chirped, the benches cleared, and then things went back to normal.  Per Jake Rill at
"It was just being competitive, just wanted him to get the ball over the plate and really that was the end of it," Hill said. "There was no ill will or anything like that. Just got excited. I saw the pitch, it was supposed to be inside and he just missed. I guess being a pitcher, I just got excited."
Opposing pitcher Archie Bradley said this, per Kevin Zimmerman at Arizona
“It’s just two guys playing the game hard, nothing more than that,” Bradley told the media after the game. “I was going in before he squared to bunt. Maybe the pitch was more in than it should have been.
Unfortunately, the Dodgers were unable to capitalize on the emotion of the evening and lost the first game of the series, 7-3.  

Pic above via ESPN LA on twitter.  Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History:  In 1957 the Los Angeles City Council approved the sale of Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers.  In 1988 Reds pitcher Tom Browning throws a Perfect Game, 1-0, against the Dodgers in Cincinnati.  Browning is the second pitcher to throw a perfect game against the Dodgers - Don Larson threw his perfecto during the 1956 World Series.
  • Happy Birthday, Orel Hershiser!
  • YouTube Video: Listen to former Dodger David Aardsma and Brent Pourciau discuss Julio Urias and his pitching mechanics. (Link Here)
  • Via Jon Heyman at Todays' Knuckleball; "Dodgers’ Jansen noncommittal on impending free agency."
“LA’s nice. LA’s great. LA gave me the opportunity. LA converted me when I failed as a catcher,” Jansen recalled. “I’m grateful about it, and will never forget LA. But at the same time, we’ll have to see what’s good for the family.”
  • Via Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors; "Phillies Acquire Joey Curletta To Complete Carlos Ruiz Trade."
  • The Great Lakes Loons (Dodgers Single-A) tied up their championship series at one last night.  Via Matt DeVries at; "MWLCS Moves to Midland Tied Up: First postseason shutout comes at crucial time in best-of-five series."
The pitching staff for the Loons rebounded from an off night to open the series to not allow a run on three hits between starter Walker Buehler, Leo Crawford and Dean Kremer. And after walking 10 batters as a staff one night ago, the trio issued just one free pass and struck out 14 batters.
Returning from Tommy John surgery, Buehler has flashed encouraging signs, including Thursday night. He pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four, and combined with two other pitchers as low Class A Great Lakes blanked Clinton (Mariners) 4-0 to even the Midwest League championship series at 1-1. Buehler, the 24th overall pick from Vanderbilt in 2015, threw 43 pitches—29 strikes—in his outing, his longest as a pro. Leonardo Crawford relieved Buehler and struck out eight in five, one-hit innings, and Dean Kremer finished off the win. 
The 20-year-old right-hander works at 96-97 mph with a fastball that can hit 101 mph, and he can overmatch hitters with a slider that can reach 90 mph. He also has developed a hard curveball and is working on a changeup. There were some questions about Alvarez's control when he signed, but he did a good job of throwing strikes in his introduction to pro ball.
  • This weeks Topps online exclusive "Throwback Thursday" card set features Adrian Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager as "The Dodgers' Squad" (see it on the right).  The card design is from the 1969 non-sport "Mod Squad" set.  Go here to check it out and order.
  • Via Blowout Buzz, "Mad magazine’s take on “Casey at the Bat” to hit auction block."  The original artwork is a six-page spread drawn by the legendary Jack Davis that appeared in MAD magazine issue no. 6 in 1953.  Go to the link to check out all six pages.  It is being auctioned at Heritage Galleries.
  • Alyssa Jara at Dodger Nation takes a look at the various charitable events put together by the Dodgers (Link Here).

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