Thursday, August 15, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 8/15/2019 - Dodgers Links - Seven Straight Strikeouts

Kershaw was gold last night. He pitched seven shutout innings, allowed just two hits, walked none and recorded ten strikeouts. Best yet, he started the game by fanning seven consecutive Marlin batters. Per Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider:
“Sometimes you just get in that groove early, and we scored three runs in the top of the first, so I just wanted to make that hold up,” Kershaw told SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo. “You don’t really care how you get the outs as long as you’re efficient with it, and tonight I was able to get ahead, did a decent job with fastball command. I thought Russell (Martin) did a great job mixing locations back, going out and in. Both off-speed (pitches) have been better than in the past.”
Photo above via Manny Fernandez/ at Dodger Insider. Go here to check out more pics from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1914 Brooklyn Fav Jake Daubert set a National League record with four sacrifices in one game (boxscore). In 1926 a daffy play happened to the daffiest of Brooklyn's Daffiness Boys. Outfielder Babe Herman, during the seventh inning with the bases loaded, hit a double off the right field wall and attempted to stretch it to a triple. Unbeknownst to the vacuous hitter, the two runners ahead of him had failed to advance beyond third base (Why? Because they were all daffy). So, he cruised into third while two other Dodgers were standing there. Per the rules, the lead runner is entitled to the base, so Herman and the man who was on first (Chick Fewster) were called out. So, Herman doubled into a double play. In 1951 Willie Mays made an extraordinary catch in centerfield at the Polo Grounds, off the bat of Dodger outfielder Carl Furillo. He then twirled and fired a strike to home plate that nailed thirdbaseman Billy Cox to complete a doubleplay. This play is consider by many to be the event that began the Giants surge from a 11.5 game deficit to steal the National League Pennant from the Dodgers. Dan Fields at SABR writes all about it here. BTW, Furillo said this about the catch:
“Luck. That was the luckiest throw I ever saw in my life. He can try that 50 times and he won’t come close again.”
This was three years before his famed over-the-shoulder catch during the World Series in 1954.
  • This is on my bucket list. Details about the Dodgers fifth annual Adult Camp at Camelback Ranch in Arizona have been released. Go here for information. It is scheduled from January 12-18, 2020. From a Dodger press release:
Throughout the camp, participants will be able to interact with and receive instruction from Dodger greats on the field and to enjoy hours of baseball stories from the stars of the past off the field.  It is a 24/7 first-class baseball experience, during which campers will be treated just like the Dodger players when they train in Glendale in preparation for a Major League season. Campers will once again be hosted in the clubhouse, training room and baseball facilities the Dodgers utilize each spring at the Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex.
“He’s been great,” Kershaw said of his brief meeting with the Dodgers legend. “I have so much respect for him, I think everybody in this clubhouse does. The way he carries himself, the way he hangs out. There’s so much to say. I have a great admiration for him.
“Sandy is great. I don’t like to talk about all the personal stuff and he doesn’t either, but he’s great. He really is,” Kershaw added. “He’s unbelievable. I hope we can do him right.”
  • Dodger first baseman Edwin Rios hit his first two homers of his career last night -- receiving the 'silent treatment' twice from his teammates. Watch it below, via Cut4 on twitter:

“I told him, ‘Listen, man, we both know you want to give me the save situations and stuff like that. But if I have to sacrifice three or four saves now just to get more work, that will get me more sharp,’” Jansen said. “You see the years I did so well were the years when I pitched a lot more consistently. I pitched a lot and consistently. I know once I keep getting into games — like that second game against Arizona I felt so much better than the first day.”
  • Magic Johnson shares his thoughts about the 60 top athletes turned entrepreneurs, via a tweet:

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