Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 7/10/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Kershaw is back to his old ways. Last night he threw six two-hit scoreless innings, struck out five and allowed just one walk to record an 8-2 victory over the Padres. He also reached a career mark of over 2,000 innings pitched as a Dodger -- the 13th Dodger to do so and the first Dodger to achieve the milestone since Orel Hershiser in 1993. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
"It was a good day," said Kershaw, as he held 3-year-old daughter Cali in his arms. "Definitely a step in the right direction. They were patient, got my pitch count up there, but for the most part, made some good pitches when I needed to."
On another note, Kershaw also faced good friend and former battery-mate AJ Ellis last night for the first time ever.
"That was miserable," Kershaw said. "I've faced a lot of ex-teammates and friends in this game, but probably nobody with the history I have with A.J. We both decided it's probably the last time I have to do that." 
Photo of Clayton Kershaw above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers History: In 1953 the Dodgers collectively hit a home run in 24 consecutive ballgames. This homer was hit by Roy Campanella against Giants pitcher Sal "The Barber" Maglie. Unfortunately, that would be the only run Brooklyn scores. They would lose 6-1. In 1971 the Dodgers signed future Hall of Fame reliever Hoyt Wilhelm. He would retire about a year later at the age of 49. As a Dodger he got into 25 games, recorded four saves, a 1.047 WHIP and an 3.14 ERA. Not too bad for a guy in his middle-ages.
  • Happy Birthday, Scott AlexanderLarry Burright & Bob Bailor!
  • Podcast: Dodgers Digest -- ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 238 – All-Stars, Machado, Futures Game, draft, J2 (Podcast Link).
  • Audio: Listen to Max Muncy break the news to Petros and Money on Monday, revealing that he will participate in the home run derby and Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward will pitch to him (Audio Link).
  • It's always interesting to check out what others think. Via Mark Brown at Camden Chat; "Orioles trade targets: Surveying the Dodgers farm system."
  • Here's a nice roundup of Dodgers' trade rumors, via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors -- "Dodgers Looking Into Multiple Potential Infield Targets."
  • Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com; "Muncy humbled by Final Vote support: Fans have until Wednesday to help send slugger to All-Star Game."
A year ago, it was Turner who rode a grassroots voting effort by Dodgers fans to a Final Vote All-Star berth.
"He said to embrace it," Muncy said of Turner's advice. "He said it's going to be a little bit of a whirlwind, so just kind of embrace it, embrace the opportunity. It's something that doesn't happen very often."
His ERA can only be read by some with a microscope or some sort of magnifying instrument. (0.36) You read that correctly. One earned run allowed in all his time in the Cal League. Hitters are batting a buck-fifty (.150) off of Pop. The Wildcat Alum has a team leading seven saves and has one win and one hold as well. To further illustrate Pop’s dominance, he has only surrendered 12 hits in his 24.2 innings.
  • FYI: This weeks 2018 Topps Now National League All-Star Game online exclusive eight-card set includes Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Unfortunately, a preview pic is not yet available. Go here to check the set out and order. You have a little over a week to place an order.  BTW, a version of the set that includes one random autographed card is also available (check that out here), but Kemp is not on the autograph checklist.
  • Welcome back, Andrew! Check out his interview with Alanna Rizzo after last nights game, via a tweet from SportsNetLA:

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