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Dodgers Sweep DH, Now Look to Sweep Series

Game 1 started out like the last five losses.  It also looked exactly like the support Tyler Glasnow has received in his two previous starts.  Including Tuesday’s Game 1, the support Glasnow has received in his last three starts:

  • May 16 – Left after 5 innings losing 4-0 – Scored 2 runs in 9th, lost 7-2
  • May 22 – Left after 5 innings losing 3-0 – Lost 6-0
  • May 28 – Left after 7 innings losing 2-0 – Came back to win 5-2 in 10

So that is 0 runs while Tyler was on the mound in his last three starts.

In this one, Glasnow was pitching well.  He made the mistake of walking the light hitting Brett Baty on 5 pitches.  Knowing they had a chance to win if they could score just 1 run attempted a sac bunt.  Freddie made a good play and got the lead runner.

Glasnow had Francisco Lindor 1-2 and set up for a slider he had been getting swing and miss all night.  Instead he hung a curve, and Lindor slugged a 2-run HR.

One bad pitch all night and he leaves after 7 losing 2-0.

The Dodgers got help from Brett Baty to get on the board in the 8th.  Jason Heyward led off the 8th with a single.  Andy Pages hit into a force out. Mookie then hit a ground ball to Brett Baty at third and he dropped the ball on his throw.  Shohei Ohtani hit a ground ball that forced Mookie at 2nd, but he busted his tail and beat the throw to first to stay out of the DP.


By staying out of the DP, that allowed Freddie to come to the plate with a runner on 3rd.  Freddie hit the first pitch into LF to plate Pages.

Michael Grove continued his excellent relief by retiring the side in the 8th with 9 pitches.

In the 9th, with Adam Ottavino on the mound, Teoscar Hernández and Gavin Lux singled with Hernández taking third.  Chris Taylor bunted that Ottavino just missed catching on the fly.  Once it dropped, Hernández was going to score, but Ottavino could not pick up the ball to throw out Taylor.

The official scorer graciously called it a hit.  The score was tied up with runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs.  Jason Heyward struck out, and Pages hit into a 6-4-3 DP on a hard hit grounder (106.5 MPH).

Then the fun started.  Daniel Hudson took the mound, Pete Alonso hit the first pitch into LF for a single.  He got Brandon Nimmo on three pitches.  JD Martinez then hit Hudson’s 1st pitch into CF for a single.  Harrison Bader then walked to load the bases.  Hudson then got to 3-0 on Tyrone Taylor and was 1 pitch away from walking in the winning run.  Instead Taylor popped out on a 3-2 pitch. On an 0-2 pitch, Hudson got Jeff McNeil to pop out to Gavin Lux to end the inning.


Pages was the free runner to start the 10th, and Mookie jumped on the 1st pitch from Jorge López to single up the middle to score Pages to give the Dodgers their first lead in about a month (or so it seems).


After Ohtani struck out, Freddie slugged a 2-run HR to pad the lead to 5-2.



Blake Treinen retired the side in order in the 10th, with 2 Ks.  This was Treinen’s 1st since September 28, 2021.

In game 2, the Dodgers actually got out to a lead in the 1st inning.  Will Smith who has been feasting on LHP all season hit a HR off Jose Quintana and a 1-0 lead.

Gavin Stone was trying to bounce back from his last start, and he pitched arguably his best game of his career.  He struck out the side in the 1st, and did not back off.

He completed 7 innings allowing three hits, no walks, and a career high 7 Ks.  NYM did not get a runner to 2nd base.  That was complete domination.


The Dodgers increased their lead in the 2nd  on a bloop single by Andy Pages.  You take what you can get when things are spiraling down.  Miguel Rojas then hit a ball that Harrison Bader probably misread but it went over his head for a double that scored Pages.

The Dodgers 3rd  and final run came on a much needed Miguel Vargas HR.


Stone gave way to Alex Vesia in the 8th.  He proceeded to shut down the Mets with no hits and 1 walk.  He struck out Brandon Nimmo and DJ Stewart to end the game.

The Dodgers ended their 5 game losing streak and are now on a 2-game winning streak.

Yes, I know it is the Mets.  Are they supposed to throw these wins back?  The Mets did beat the Dodgers 2 out of 3 in LA.  Ironically it was the third game in that series that started the Dodgers on their 14-2 run.  Before I get too far ahead of myself, let’s see how James Paxton fares on Wednesday.  NYM is throwing LHP David Peterson against LAD.    This will be Peterson’s first game since his hip surgery to repair a torn labrum last year.



Daniel Hudson to Scott. 




OKC Baseball Club 6 – Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado) 2

The Oklahoma City Baseball Club scored in six consecutive innings and the pitching staff turned in a strong effort during a 6-2 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes Tuesday night. Oklahoma City scored one run in each inning between the second and seventh innings. Austin Gauthier and Drew Avans both collected RBI doubles, while Trey Sweeney and Ryan Ward each homered. Kody Hoese drove in the other two runs with a RBI single and sacrifice fly. OKC built a 5-0 lead before the Isotopes scored in the sixth inning. OKC was in front, 6-1, in the eighth inning when the Isotopes scored their second and final run of the night.




After being shut out in the team’s previous game Sunday, OKC scored six runs and tallied 13 hits Tuesday night. OKC also went 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position after being held 5-for-43 with RISP over the previous four games.

Five players finished with multi-hit games, led by Drew Avans’ game-high three hits. Avans went 3-for-5 with a RBI double, two runs and two stolen bases.

Hunter Feduccia, Austin Gauthier, Kody Hoese and Chris Owings picked up two hits apiece. Hoese also had the game’s lone multi-RBI effort.

Starting pitcher Hyun-il Choi delivered a second consecutive strong outing, limiting Albuquerque to one run and three hits over 5.1 innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. Choi did not allow a run until the sixth inning and held the Isotopes 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position…Between his last two starts, Choi has allowed just two runs and six hits across 12.1 innings.

Trey Sweeney extended hitting streak to six games with a solo home run in the fifth inning. He’s now gone deep in two of his last three games.

After missing the previous three weeks on the Injured List, Ryan Ward returned to the lineup Tuesday by going 1-for-5 with a home run. Despite being sidelined for the last 18 games, he is now tied for the PCL lead with 13 homers this season, and he has hit eight home runs in his last 10 games with OKC.

Andre Lipcius walked twice and extended his on-base streak to 17 games.


Box Score


West Michigan WhiteCaps (Detroit) 4 – Great Lake Loons 0

Great Lakes got shut out on 4 hits.

Jacob Meador was pitching well for 4.2 innings.  After a walk and single, Dom Johnson doubled with 2 outs to score two.  Johnson scored on a single.

In the 6th, with Michael Martinez on the mound, he issued a BB with one out in the 6th.  The runner stole 2B, and scored on 2 wild pitches.  Madison Jeffrey completed the final two innings without a base runner.

  • Dylan Campbell double (12)
  • Chris Newell double (9)


Box Score


Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego) 7 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6

The Quakes’ lead in the South Division is down to two after Lake Elsinore’s come-from-behind win over Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday afternoon at the Lake Elsinore Diamond.

Oswaldo Linares ripped a bases-loaded single in the last of the tenth to give Lake Elsinore their only lead of the day, sending Rancho to their eighth loss in their last nine games overall.

The Quakes had leads of 2-0, 4-2, 5-3 and in the tenth, 6-5, as Wilman Diaz gave the Quakes the lead with a two-out RBI double.

Leading 6-5 in the last of the tenth, Rancho reliever Callum Wallace (0-1) immediately got into trouble, walking Braedon Karpathios, then giving up a single to Romeo Sanabria to load the bases.

Noah Ruen was then called in to try and pull off a miracle.  A bad-hop single off the bat of Jacob Campbell tied the game at 6-6.  Linares followed with the game-winner.

Logan Wagner had two hits and three RBIs to lead Rancho’s 12-hit attack.

  • Kendall George – 2-6
  • Jeral Perez – 2-5, 1 BB, 1 run
  • Josue De Paula – 1-3, 1 BB, 1 run
  • Jordan Thompson – 1-3, 2 BB, 1 run
  • Logan Wagner – 2-5, 3 RBI, double (1)
  • Carlos Rojas double (3)
  • Wilman double (5)


Box Score




  • Damon Keith – 1-2, 3 BB, 3 runs, 3 RBI, HR (1)
  • Alexander Albertus – 2-4, 1 BB, 2 runs, 1 RBI
  • Cameron Decker – 1-3, 1 BB. runs, 1 RBI, HR (1)
  • Angel Diaz – 3-4
  • Mairoshendrick – 1-5, 2 RBI, double (4)


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Scott Andes

Lolz Jeff.

Maybe I should complain more often. Almost every time I point out an obvious flaw they come back and win.

But half the club is still hitting around .200. That hasn’t changed.

Sam Oyed

Glad the Dodgers won but when was the last time the Dodgers got three base hits in an inning (not including any home runs). Hitting with RISP is still an issue.

Scott Andes

Check out my post on yesterday’s article about the auto outs.



Miller close to returning
Knack ready and willing

Pray for health

Scott Andes

Don’t forget about Kershaw


Nice to see Vargas hit a dinger odd he gets pulled right after imo the Dodgers make it harder on their rookies than it has to be.

Sam Oyed

With a 3 run lead and Vargas still learning LF I thought it was the right thing to do.


Defensive move and it paid off immediately when Heyward made that sliding catch in right.


Just a lovely article on the Dodgers pitching and incorporating the sinker by Ardays:

from Prior and McGinnis’ thinking to how Stone, Glasniw and others have used it


The “sinker” has been around for decades. We’ve talked about this before. Or I’ve talked about it before.

What isn’t explained there, and needs to be understood about this pitch, is the grip on the ball. I watched a Hershiser video years ago where he explained clearly how his sinker worked. It’s simply a two seamer that fades one way or the other based on thumb placement. Thumb under the forefinger it breaks arm side, thumb under the middle finger it breaks glove side. Greg Maddux threw the same pitch and could spot it brilliantly. Also, move the thumb up the side of the ball and touch forefinger you’ve got a circle change. The “palm ball” I referred to a few days ago is a variation of that pitch. Moving the thumb under the ball is the key to all these pitches.

There is very little that is new in pitching. My grandfather, who pitched against Ruth and Gehrig in Spring Ball, taught me a lot of this stuff when I was 12. What is new are advanced training techniques and the size and strength of Major League pitchers.

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Scott Andes

You are an idiot Bluto, a 5 year old could post better than you.


@scott True on both counts!

@Badger I’m less interested in how the pitches are thrown and more the fact that the article reinforces what I’ve read elsewhere. That Dodgers pitching development teaches and values horizontal and vertical movement.


Dodgers with an odd schedule coming up. Day game today, off tomorrow, 3 at home, off Monday, then right back to the east coast.

It looks to me like we have enough starting pitching to maintain a 6 man rotation. I believe it’s important. All of them can benefit from an extra day’s rest.

Outman OPS’n .955 at OKC. Had a hiccup yesterday but hopefully can return soon. If Pages or Vargas start hitting, Outman may not be seen again. We are still a long way from the deadline. Much can happen between now and then.

Scott Andes

This is the post of the year by Dodgerick, I am copying and pasting from the other article…

per Dodgerrick,

“I grow weary of Bluto’s condescension. Boy, you can tell how brilliant that he is.
There are some here and on other sites who post wild and crazy stuff (eg trade Taylor and a pile of phone books for Mason Miller). But there are several who have well considered opinions, but no matter what, Bluto is locked and loaded for a sarcastic put down.
Anyone who thinks that the Dodgers should make any changes are looked down upon from Olympian heights, that one should deign to make such a tawdry suggestion.
A case in point: Scott noted what all other Dodger fans have observed – that half the line up on any given day is hitting around the Mendoza line. Bluto’s first trenchant observation is to correct Scott’s spelling. Next, he insults Scott, who’s post doesn’t pass muster, apparently.
Now, I don’t agree with Scott – I wouldn’t designate Gavin Lux for assignment either. And I might well be tempted to bring Andre Lipcius up from OKC. But simply to dismiss the whole matter out of hand as the ruminations of a 5 year old (what was implied by his snarky comment), is typical of what we have come to expect from Bluto.
So, from another fan who just isn’t wise enough to grok the brilliance that is Bluto, I say, PLEASE SHUT UP.”

Amen Brother!

I am beyond sick of being insulted by him for simply talking baseball.


Right now the only teams I see as sure sellers at the deadline are: Chicago White Sox, Oakland A’s, LA Angels, Colorado Rockies, and Miami Marlins.

Is there anyone from these teams that could improve the Dodgers? Pham from the White Sox and De La Cruz from the Marlins come to mind.

I think our main focus should be on improving the outfield and bottom of the order. Still a ways to go till the deadline and alot will depend on how Vargas, Pages, and Heyward perform the next 6 to 7 weeks.

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De la Cruz is strictly a DH. Red Sox will most likely be sellers since they have little chance of catching either Baltimore or the Yankees. Rays might be on that list too. Even Toronto could jump into that. The AL east is dominated so far by the Yanks and Orioles.


I think the Mets could end up sellers as well. Boston is still very much alive in the wild card race.


Only Met I even have mild interest in is Bader. Marte is a little long in the tooth. Most of the rest of them are mediocre. Remember when everyone said the Dodgers should go after Lindor before he was traded to the Mets? He has been nowhere near the player he was prior to the trade.


Lindor has been a big disappointment for the Mets and it will get worse. They are stuck with him and his contract. I was never an advocate of acquiring Lindor. Glad we didn’t get stuck with him. Most of the very long contracts that have been given out in recent years will end up badly.

Duke Not Snider

I was all for the Dodgers getting Lindor. It was reported that Cleveland insisted that the hot prospect Lux be included in the deal and the Dodgers refused to do so. History, I submit, suggests that Lux should have been dealt.
The fact that Lindor has disappointed fans in NY does not mean that would have happened with the Dodgers, a better organization in a friendlier town.
As it happened, AF was later able to shift his attention to Betts, and that has worked out great. Would Betts have been as successful as a Met? Fortunately, we’ll never know.


I was but only because I thought he could be extended well below what it would take to extend Seager.

Duke Not Snider

I am intrigued by the Taylor-for-Marte speculation. Should the teams swap two bad contracts? Right now, Marte is the more productive player. Perhaps both would benefit from a change of scenery.

Duke Not Snider

For a decent offer, the Angels might deal Taylor Ward, who is having another solid season with a .810 OPS and 11 HRs. Dodgers had previously sought Ward, now 30, in the Joc-Stripling deal that Arte Moreno foolishly backed out of.

A cheaper option might be veteran Kevin Pillar, a 35-year-old journeyman known for his web gems. The Dodgers signed him a few seasons back for depth, but he suffered a season-ending injury shortly after getting called up from OKC, and he’s bounced around since. Pillar is playing ridiculously great: a .431 BA with 5 HRs in 58 ABs. Obviously not sustainable, but hard to ignore. Pillar’s splits suggest that he could be a good platoon partner for Heyward.

Yes, a lot will depend on how Vargas, Pages and Heyward perform in the next few weeks. To that list I would add Outman, who is the best CF of the bunch and seems to be making progress in OKC.
And let’s not forget Chris Taylor…even if many of us would like to.

Phil Jones

Some thoughts on yesterday:
*Nice to win 2 and stop the bleeding. As Jeff described, we were sleep walking for the first 7 innings of game one. Tylor Megill had us eating out of his hand. I’m happy for the wins and happy Glasnow got off the hook for a loss. As mentioned a walk and one bad pitch. Lindor gets paid too.
*Grove is nails as a one inning guy and it’s great to see Treinen back. I’d love to see Phillips join them with Hudson on the back end.
*Badger, terrific analysis of the “sinker” and how moving the thumb influences the direction of the “sink”. Very detailed and accurate information.
*Stone’s best outing. He is taking advantage of his opportunity.
*2nd inning of game one, I was shaking my head over Lux’s AB. I know some old coaches who would have just chewed his ass over his approach and not moving the runner. After Teo’s double, Lux took a center cut pullable fastball. He then popped up to shallow left on the next pitch, with no chance of moving Ted to 3rd. He sometimes seems clueless about situational hitting. Until there’s 2 strikes, get a pitch to pull. Lay off that pitch away. Just like swinging at a low pitch, especially a breaking ball down, when a sac fly is needed. Situational hitting was demanded by many old-school guys or you got an ear full. The little things matter.
*Will Smith gets more called strikes on actual balls then anybody.
*I think we take too many hittable pitches. That is an approach issue as well. I think a guy should have an aggressive approach and mindset. The mental approach is you are swinging until you sees that the pitch is a ball, instead of the pitch is a ball until I see it’s a strike. It sounds stupid but it matters. We take a lot of called third strikes being too picky. Swing it.
Same with good umpires; a pitch is a strike until it’s a ball.
*I still don’t understand the conversation about trading for a SS? I don’t understand. Many are convinced Mookie can’t cut it. And Rojas gets zero respect. His .250 / .726 plays for me. I will live with his lack of power for that great glove and attitude. The same group likely were the ones who wanted to move Cory Seager to 3rd, despite his lack of desire to do so. 
*If Karros mentions 1 more time how much we miss Muncy I might break my TV.
*Karros also said Teo “Was comin from the get-go” on CT3s bunt. I saw it as a safety squeeze and was only coming on reading the bunt being down. I think the pitcher had a play at the plate with a clean pick-up. On a safety squeeze the ball should not be back to the pitcher. Karros said,”you’re not necessarily trying to bunt in this situation” Huh? He miss calls too many plays. 
Hoping for a strong start for Paxton today. 

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I also agree about the need to trade for a SS and over on Mark’s site, the trade scenarios get more ridiculous by the day. The outfield and bench need an upgrade. No bench player except Rojas is above the Mendoza line.


Well, you got to admit there’s no accounting for Bradley.


Nope, and what is sad is that I tried to explain in plain language to him why certain trades were not likely to happen, Arenado, Yelich, because of the size of their contracts, and the SS deals because that is not a position of need, and he still thinks I am just picking on him.


This infield currently looks nothing like what I thought it would look like in Spring Training. I had Mookie at second and Lux at short. And of course now Muncy is out. Going forward? As long as Lux starts showing he knows what he’s doing at the plate I suppose I’m ok leaving Mookie at short. But if Lux doesn’t start lighting it up the team may think about moving him. They need more offense out of that position and one way of getting it is to move Mookie there and add an offensive shortstop should one come available. As you know I never liked the Mookie move to short but it’s ok short term. I want him fresh in October and I fear the move to the most stressful defensive position on the field puts a lot of pressure on him.

As for trades I seldom propose any. I tried using the simulator and as interesting as it is I don’t find it applicable. If a team really wants someone they will overpay for him.


If they do Badger, I do not think they will do it until the off season.

Duke Not Snider

Do we expect to see an SS on the market that is clearly an upgrade over the Mookie/Rojas combo?
I’m not sure there will be one.
Mookie is surpassing expectations on defense, and obviously his offense hasn’t suffered. His work ethic is great–for himself and the team. More so than ever, he is the de facto captain who sets the tone for this team.
Assuming the Dodgers handily win the West, I assume that the Dodgers will provide ample rest for Mookie, Freddie, Shohei, Will and every other regular to keep them fresh for the playoffs. They should play enough to stay sharp.
Today Rojas played SS and Mookie moved back to 2B. This might be the best alignment for the playoffs unless Lux catches fire.


I’m looking at Lux through the Acuna lens Jeff wrote about. Once he is back at full strength mentally and physically, he and Betts might wind up switching positions. For now, I like Betts at short and Lux at second.

If Muncy were part of a trade for Bichette then I would put him at third and then if he is extended, he could be in the mix for short in 2025. Bichette would add better defense at third, better contact, and more consistent play than Muncy provides.

As long as there is a chance for Ohtani to play LF next year, how many assets should be traded for an outfielder?

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I was reading an interesting story online this morning. Mark Powell on Fan Sided reporting that MLB is revising some of the career records of Negro league great, Josh Gibson. As a result, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds will lose a couple of their records. Gibson becomes the all-time leader in single season BA with .466, slugging pct, .974, OPS, 1.1,474. He also becomes the career leader in BA, .371, replacing Cobb, career slug.718 and career OPS 1.177. The claim that Gibson hit over 800 homers has yet to be verified. So, Bonds record still stands. It has long been said that Gibson was maybe the best hitter ever.


are you kidding me? he hit .466 for a year??


Yep, he sure did, 1946, his line was .466/.560/.867 with an OPS of 1.427. And that wasn’t even his highest OPS in a season. The 1.474 was in 1937. His career BA is actually .373. Just an awesome hitter.


Actually they are revising all the records of all the negro league players, not just Gibson

Phil Jones

Speaking of the Negro League, one of my favorite topics, I was having a discussion at a high school game with some baseball buddies and a scout friend with the Red Sox. We were talking about Buck O’Neil and his talking about gifted powerful athletes from the past. Bo Jackson was our prototype along with Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard. But apparently a “Dude” who was busy raising a family and working was a Paul Bunyanesk player few have heard if: Cat Mays was a gifted talent along with his track star wife. The parents of Wille Mays.

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Scott Andes

Looks like another load management loss today


With predictions like this, what else needs to be said?

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Scott Andes

it worked didn’t it? every time I complain they come back and win.

oh and Bluto, just about every one of my predictions came true last year. Ive had a much better record than you have, if you want to go toe to toe with me on who’s the better prognosticator. The only thing you can predict accurately is your head up your own butt, which is where it usually is on most days.


They were never trailing today.


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Scott Andes

Can you shut up with your irritating semantics?
You want the last word?


I think it was Confucius that said that some things are best ignored.


I say again – lose Hernandez

Fangraphs has us .571 the rest of the way with the largest run differential in baseball and winning the West going away.


He won’t be around much longer. Probably gone Friday when Phillips comes back.

Singing the Blue

Which Hernandez?

Scott Andes

definitely Angel


Little late there Scott. Angel retired effective on Tuesday. He had not umpired a game since May 9th. He had been working on a settlement with MLB for close to two weeks before they reached an agreement. The Hernandez they are referring to is definitely Elieser.


A 5.00 ERA in 441 innings pitched. He must have a pitch the Dodgers like.


Well then, bring him up.


6’5″ 240. Big boy.

Singing the Blue

Maybe they lined up all the pitchers at OKC and asked who’d be willing to be brought to LA to pitch an inning or two and then be DFA’d. Everyone but Vallimont stepped back one step.




The Mets are designating reliever Jorge López for assignment, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The move comes after the veteran right-hander tossed his glove into the stands following a rough outing this afternoon against the Dodgers. After the game, López said he didn’t regret the incident and called the Mets “the worst team in probably the whole f***ing MLB” (video provided on X by SNY).


Dodgers released Kevin Padlo.


If he’s any good, and he hasn’t been bad this year, some team will give him a shot. He lost it today but I think he’s entitled to his opinion, and though they are the worst team in MLB they aren’t very good.


Well Imanaga crapped himself today.


About time. The league is on to him now, his ERA ballooned to 1.86. I predict by year’s end it will skyrocket to 2.5.


J-Hey looked good at the plate today. HR and a triple. Hope he gets on a roll.


He’s capable of rolling. Both directions. His May June and July BA last year:



I can’t watch the next three games because Rockies games are blacked out here, and the Rockies at this point have no local broadcast partner. They left altitude sports. Pisses me off.

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