This was a heartbreaker. You get Blake Snell vs a bullpen game, and you know the odds are not in your favor. However, behind Michael Grove who was going to pitch to the 1st 5 batters and Ryan Yarbrough, the Dodgers took a 3-1 lead into the 8th. Unfortunately, between Yency Almonte and Caleb Ferguson, the Padres scored 7 runs in the 8th.
Michael Grove struck out the 1st 4 batters he faced before giving up a single to Xavier Bogaerts, and his night was over. Yes he was outstanding, and his breaking balls were brilliant. But the game plan was to get through 5 batters and then give way to Yarbrough.
Yarbrough made a one bad pitch to Manny Machado who crushed a solo HR. Yarbrough threw 63 pitches in 4.2 IP. Brusdar Graterol pitched well for his 1.1 IP. Then the whole thing went to hell…fast in the 8th.
The Dodgers were able to get Blake Snell’s pitch count up north of 100 after 5.0 innings. It was the first game Snell allowed 3 runs in any of his games since May 19, 13 straight games. Snell’s ERA was 5.40 on May 19. Going into Saturday’s game, his ERA was 2.50, best in MLB.
The Dodgers were in a position to put their cleat on the Padres throat and Almonte and Ferguson pitching, Kiké’s and Ferguson’s errors changed the outcome of the game, and perhaps for the weekend. The Padres are now 3.0 games behind in the Wild Card. I like their chances.
The Dodgers did get a 1st inning HR from Will Smith. Chris Taylor walked, stole 2nd, stole third, and scored on a Kiké Hernández sac fly. The Dodgers scored their third run on a Mookie Betts double and E7, and Freddie plated Mookie with an opposite field single. Things were looking very good for the Dodgers at that point. But reminiscent of the 2022 NLDS, the bullpen fell apart in San Diego. Will they get it back together for Games 3 and 4 in the series?
Lance Lynn vs. Rich Hill on Sunday and Tony Gonsolin vs. Seth Lugo on Monday.
08-05-2023 – MiLB Game Summary Report
Round Rock Express 4 – OKC Dodgers 3
The next wave of young pitching piggybacked on Saturday, and they came oh so close to pitching a masterpiece. Landon Knack started and pitched 4.0 scoreless innings, with 3 hits, 0 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Kyle Hurt made his AAA debut, and had one mistake in his 5.0 innings. The one mistake was with 2 outs, on an 0-1 changeup, up in the zone (middle) that was slugged for a grand slam. He had allowed 2 other hits and 2 BB against 6 K’s the rest of his 5.0 innings.
OKC scored two in the bottom of the 9th with the tying runner on 3rd with Michael Busch at the plate, Busch hit a line drive but right at the LF to end the game.
- Yonny Hernández – 2-3, 1 BB, 2 runs, 1 RBI, HR (3)
- Michael Busch – double (22)
Wichita Wind Surge (Minnesota) 9 – Tulsa Drillers 5
Kendall Williams had a very good AA debut. He allowed 1 run on 3 hits in 4.0 innings. He got 7 Ks but walked 3. The relievers not so good. Wichita put up 6 in the 5th to take a 7-3 lead, and stayed out front the rest of the game.
Diego Cartaya has not hit for batting average this year, but he does continue to hit for power. He hit his 14th HR of the season.
- Austin Gauthier – 2-3, 2 BB, 2 runs, double (13)
- Yusniel Diaz – 2-4, 1 run, 3 RBI, double (14), HR (10)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego) 10 – Great Lakes Loons 1 – 4.5 innings
Peter Heubeck gave up 7 (all earned) runs in the 1st inning without recording an out.
Jake Vogel went 1-2 with a double (17).
Fresno Grizzlies (Colorado) 10 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5
Jared Karros gave up 8 runs (7 earned) on 10 hits in 3.0 IP. Two of the hits were HRs. The score was 10-1 after the 5th inning. RC could get no closer than 10-5.
- Wilman Diaz – 4-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, triple (3), HR (3)
- Rayne Doncon – 2-3
- Jose Izarra – 1-4, 2 RBIs, double (17)