Friday, October 05, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 10/5/2018 - Dodgers Links - One Down, Ten to Go!

Apparently, folks are only now noticing Max Muncy and his Ruthian abilities. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“I think Muncy’s three-run homer there was definitely the reason why I was able to pitch seven solid innings,” Ryu said. “That three-run home run was big for all of us, including me.” 
Muncy went 1-for-1 with the homer and three walks in the game, becoming the second player all time to have that line. The other was Babe Ruth in Game 7 of the 1926 World Series. 
Muncy was asked when was the last time he was compared to Ruth. 
“Besides now? Never,” he answered back.
Photo above via Juan Ocampo/Dodgers 2018 at Dodgers Insider. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1941 the usually dependable Dodgers catcher Mickey Owen dropped a two-out third-strike to Tommy Henrich in the ninth inning of Game Four of the World Series to give the Yanks an opportunity to come-from-behind. New York would then immediately rally to win the game, 7-4, and take a 3-1 World Series lead. In 1947 Dodger outfielder Al Gionfriddo robbed Joe Dimaggio of an extra base hit and several RBI's when he made a leaping grab near the left field bullpen during Game 6 of the World Series. Go here to watch a highlight reel of the play. In 1980 the Dodgers came back to defeat the Astros, 4-3, to sweep a season-ending, three-game series and force a one-game playoff with the Astros for the National League Western Division title. Ron Cey had hit a two-run stunner in the 8th inning to help win the game. Unfortunately, the Dodgers would lose that one-game playoff, 7-1, the next day.
  • Happy Birthday, Fred ClaireBill SteeleAndy Kosco & Tracy Woodson!
  • And, how good was Ryu last night? Per Alden Gonzalez at ESPN; "Hyun-Jin Ryu gives Dodgers' rotation another dominant force."
Ryu called Thursday, his first postseason start in four years, "the fruition of all that hard work that I put in."
He has now thrown seven scoreless innings in the postseason on two occasions, a feat not even Kershaw could match. The only other Dodgers to do so are Sandy Koufax, Jerry Reuss and Orel Hershiser. 
"It's always nice to be compared to the Dodger legends like that," Ryu said through an interpreter. "I don't necessarily prepare the game to beat those kinds of records, but I always try my best."
"I wouldn't really consider it a gut punch," Kershaw said. "I don't really think of it like that. I think: I get to pitch in another playoff series for the sixth year in a row. I'm looking forward to it."
You can watch the exchange here, via a tweet from FoxSports
  • It's now Kershaw Day!

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