Friday, October 05, 2018

2018 Topps Now -- #840, #841 & #842 -- Three Cards to Commemorate Game 1 Victory

Last night's three heroes now have their own Topps Now cards to call their own. First up is Hyun-Jin Ryu and it makes note of his stellar seven inning pitching performance. He yielded no runs, only four singles and struck out eight Brave batters. Go here to check it out and order. Per Ken Gurnick at
His changeup had the Braves off balance throughout the lineup. 
"He did what we knew he was going to do," said Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. "He pitches backwards. Every time you think you're going to get something, it's always the opposite. He commands up, down, in and out. The back-door cutters were big against righties and he kept throwing changeups to lefties, which kept us off balance."

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!