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Dodgers Win 5th Consecutive Series Behind Another Yamamoto Gem

Yoshinobu Yamamoto continues to shine.  His first pitch was middle-middle and Jazz Chisholm promptly hit it into the stands for a Marlins 1-0 lead.  Josh Bell singled with 2 outs in the 1st, but Yamamoto had thrown nothing but strikes in the first inning.  Yamamoto continued to pound the strike zone.  His first 19 pitches were strikes.

Yoshi never found himself in danger until he gave up his 2nd HR of the game.  This one was to Bryan De La Cruz in the 6th.  This was the first HR he has given up on a splitter this season.  He then proceeded to pitch through the lineup.  He got through the lineup completely three times, and the first two in the order 4 times.  I didn’t think they were supposed to be able to do that.

After three consecutive 6.0 IP starts, Yamamoto pitched 8 innings for the first time.  He allowed two other hits other than the HR, but did not walk a batter.  He has lowered his ERA from 45.00 after the first game to a season best of 2.79.  He threw 97 pitches in the 8 innings with 73 strikes (75% strikes).  The big difference for Yamamoto tonight was the command of his fastball, especially at the top of the zone.  If he masters that pitch, he will be on a different level.

This was Yoshi’s first win at Dodger Stadium.


Edward Cabrera has been the topic of multiple trade talks.  But his control has been a problem for a while, and tonight was just another example.  After getting Mookie to fly out to CF, Cabrera walked Shohei Ohtani, hit Freddie Freeman, and walked Will Smith.  On the 2nd pitch that Max Muncy saw, he hit an opposite field grand slam and a 4-1 lead.  It was Muncy’s sixth career grand slam, which places him sixth all-time in the Dodgers’ record books. Gil Hodges is the all-time leader with 14, and the next closest players are Carl Furillo and Mike Piazza with eight each, while Matt Kemp and Cody Bellinger are tied with seven.

The Dodgers loaded the bases again in the 3rd.  Andy Pages broke the string of runs scored on HRs with a sac fly.  Max having doubled in the inning moved to third.  For whatever reason, Christian Bethancourt threw down to third and was not close as it went into LF.  Max scored, and Teoscar moved to 3rd.

Gavin Lux followed that with a 2-run HR.  This was Gavin’s first HR since August 15, 2022.

This was the Dodgers 6th consecutive win.  This win gives the Dodgers the 2nd best record in the NL and MLB.  They only trail the Phillies, a team actually hotter than the Dodgers. The Phillies have won 18 out of their last 21.

Gavin Stone will try to continue his excellent pitching of his last two starts in the homestand finale.  LHP Ryan Weathers will start for the Fish.






Sugar Land Space Cowboys (Houston) 3 – OKC Baseball Club 2 – 10 innings

 OKC scored first in the 2nd inning.  Kevin Padlo and Hunter Feduccia drew inning opening walks.  Both runners pulled off a double steal, and Padlo scored on a ground out.

They added another in the 3rd when Drew Avans opened with a triple and scored on a Miguel Vargas SF.  That was Avans’ 5th triple of the year.

Dinelson Lamet pitched his consecutive 5.0 scoreless innings for OKC.  He looks to be making a statement.  Connor Brogdon relieved Lamet in the 6th.  He gave up a single and 2-run HR  before recording an out.  He retired the side on 3 fly balls to end the inning.

The teams took a 2-2 tie into the 9th.  Hunter Feduccia 9thopened with a double.  Kody Hoese and Austin Gauthier followed with walks to load the bases with nobody out.  Jonathan Araúz reached on a fielder’s choice with an out recorded at the plate. Drew Avans struck out, and Miguel Vargas lined out to the LF.

Kevin Gowdy retired the side in order in the bottom of the 9th.

In the 10th, Miguel Vargas was the free runner starting at 2nd.  Trey Sweeney struck out.  Miguel Vargas was then thrown out on an attempted steal of 3B, and Andre Lipcius struck out to end the inning.

The Space Cowboys got one IBB and one unintentional BB to load the bases.  They got the sacrifice fly to win the game.

  • Drew Avans – 2-4, 1 BB, 1 run, triple (5)
  • Hunter Feduccia – 2-2, 2 BB, double (6)
  • Austin Gauthier – 0-2, 2 BB – Mr. OBP gets on twice in his AAA debut.


Box Score


Midland RockHounds (A’s) 8 – Tulsa Drillers 7

Critical mistakes cost the Tulsa Drillers the opening game of a six-game series against the Midland RockHounds. The Drillers held three different leads in the opener, but five consecutive walks in the sixth inning and a dropped pop up in the eighth inning combined to hand Midland an 8-7 win on Tuesday afternoon at Momentum Bank Ballpark.

Taylor Young got the Drillers off to a hot start by sending the second pitch of the game into the Drillers bullpen in right field for a leadoff homer.

The rain out from Sunday pushed pitcher Justin Wrobleski’s start to game one in Midland, and the lefty ran into hard luck in the first inning. Jacob Wilson began the bottom of the first with a double to right, and the throw back into the infield got away from Young. Wilson ran towards third base as Young quickly recovered and threw to the bag in plenty of time, but the RockHound’s leadoff man was ruled safe. One batter later, Wilson scored on a groundout to tie the game at 1-1.

The Drillers responded by scoring three runs in the second inning. Tulsa only needed two hits and was helped by two hit batters and a walk. Brendon Davis drove in the first run with a single, and Bubba Alleyne followed with a sacrifice fly. Dalton Rushing singled to score Tulsa’s third run and up the lead to 4-1.

The RockHounds brought the game within one run with a 1-out single, followed by a run scoring double.  Another single put runners on 1st and 3rd with one out.  A run scored on a ground ball.

Wrobleski exited the game after striking out the two batters he faced in the 6th. Apparently 86 pitches was enough.  Ronan Kopp entered to register the final out of the 6th.  Unfortunately he was not able to get that out.  The big lefty issued five consecutive walks, leading to two runs and a 5-4 lead for the RockHounds. Sauryn Lao took over and struck out Cooper Bowman to end the inning.

Tulsa did not trail long as Griffin Lockwood-Powell delivered a two-run homer in the seventh to put the Drillers back in front.

Austin Beck added a run to the Drillers lead in the eighth inning. The former RockHound hit a solo blast to increase Tulsa’s lead to 7-5.


Midland quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth and scored on Wilson’s single. Reliever Jack Little induced a strikeout and a pop out to record two outs. Shane McGuire followed with a pop up in short right field that looked to be the final out of the inning, but the ball was dropped, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score, giving Midland an 8-7 lead.

The Drillers could not respond in the ninth as RockHounds reliever Grant Holman (remember him?)  worked around a one-out walk to close out the game.

Ronan Kopp is a veritable strikeout machine, who has real problems consistently throwing strikes.  In today’s game, He threw 27 pitches without recording an out, and only 7 of those pitches were strikes. This year, Kopp has 4.1 IP.  He has allowed 5 hits, 8 walks, and accumulated 4 strikeouts.  For his career, Kopp has 141.0 IP, 102 walks, and 224 strikeouts.  He is still just 21 and is too talented to give up on.

  • Taylor Young – 2-5, 1 run, 2 RBI, HR (3)
  • Griffin Lockwood-Powell – 1-4, 1 BB, 1 run, 2 RBI, double (4), HR (4)
  • Brendon Davis – 2-4, 1 run, 1 RBI
  • Chris Alleyne – 3-3, 1 RBI
  • Austin Beck – HR (4)


Box Score


Great Lakes Loons 2 – Lansing Lugnuts (A’s) 0

I fully acknowledge that I have no experience in player development or understanding who gets promoted and why.  However, I have to ask out loud.  Why is Jared Karros still at Great Lakes?  He started against the A’s high A team in the Midwest League, Lansing Lugnuts, and dominated for 6.0 IP. He allowed 2 singles, no BB, and 5 Ks.  He threw 71 pitches in 6.0 IP.  He was both efficient and dominant.  That was less than 12 pitches per inning.

Karros has now started 6 games. He has completed 5.0 innings in the first 5 and 6.0 innings in his last. He is 23, and I would like to see what he could do at AA. Rankings in Midwest League.

  • #2 IP – 31.0
  • #2 WHIP – 0.77
  • #3 ERA – 1.74
  • #3 BAA – .180
  • #5 K – 32
  • #5 BB (Least) – 4


The Loons were not prolific with the bats themselves.  They went scoreless for 5.0 innings.  Noah Miller doubled to lead off the bottom of the 6th, and Chris Newell followed with a 2-run HR for the only runs of the game.

Recently promoted Jake Gelof went 1-3.  He singled in the 4th, and then stole 2B.

Jerming Rosario (still one of my favorites) pitched the final three shutout innings.  He did not allow a hit, issued 1 BB, and struck out 2.  He earned his first save of 2024.  It appears that Jerming is being transitioned to a multi-inning reliever.  That is undoubtedly where he belongs.  The odds are stacked way against him, but I still root for him.

  • Chris Newell – 2-3, 1 BB, 1 run, 2 RBI, doubles (6), HR (7)
  • Noah Miller – 1-4, 1 run, double (6)


Box Score



Visalia Rawhide (Dbacks) 5 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4

19 year old infielder, Oswaldo Osorio, was reassigned to the Quakes from the ACL prior to  the game.

The Quakes scored 1st.  In the 2nd, Jefferson Valladares opened with a double.  He moved to 3rd on an Osorio single, and scored on a Juan Alonso sacrifice fly.

Payton Martin had an easy first inning, and got out of a bases loaded jam in the 2nd inning.  But in the 3rd, he gave up 2 runs on 3 hits (2 XBH), and walk.  With a runner on 2nd and two outs, Payton Martin was relieved in favor of Roque Gutierrez.

Gutierrez got the final out in the 3rd and pitched 4.0 additional innings.  He gave up an unearned run in the 4th. He allowed 2 doubles for 1 run in the 6th, and allowed another run in the 7th on a BB, sac bunt, another walk as the runner on 2nd moved to 3rd on a WP Ball 4.  He then scored on a ground out.

Jordan Thompson homered in the 6th.  The Quakes battled back in the 8th.  With 1 out, Jordan Thompson hit his 2nd HR of the game, and Jesus Galiz followed with a BB.  With 2 outs, Oswaldo Osorio tripled home Galiz.  They were within 1 run, but that is as close as they would get.

  • Jeral Perez – 2-4, 1 BB, double (9)
  • Jordan Thompson – 3-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 2 HR (5)
  • Jefferson Valladares – 2-4, 1 run, double (4)
  • Oswaldo Osorio – 2-4, 1 RBI, triple (1)


Box Score



Question:  I know the Dodgers are known for their ability to “fix” pitchers, but why is it that they have problems getting their own pitchers to throw strikes?  Outside of Landon Knack, Justin Wrobleski, and Jared Karros, many LAD pitcher prospects have trouble with their control.  Why?  Are they really primarily concerned with power arms and figure out control later?  Today it was Ronan Kopp.  It has been Maddux Bruns in most of his games. Peter Heubeck,  Jackson Ferris, Hyun-il Choi, Rickt Vanasco, Kendall Williams, Ben Harris, Ryan Sublette, Jonathan Edwards, Gabe Emmett, Christian Ruebeck, Garrett McDaniels, Callum Wallace, Felix Cabrera…

The more I look at Griffin Lockwood-Powell the more I see a RH hitting Ryan Noda.  The advantage that GLP has is that he is also a catcher.  He would be an ideal 3rd catcher for a non-contending team.  I hope some team picks him up next year.





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Max finally broke the cold streak. After hitting 11 grand slams last season, many of them in the early months, they finally got one. They have had trouble all year with the sacks juiced. Muncy then doubled in his next AB. He then struck out twice. Once on a pitch right down Broadway that he just sat and watched, and then on a sweeper he couldn’t have hit with a large pole. I am glad he is hitting some now, but when a player takes a pitch right in the middle of the plate without even trying to protect, it just drives me nuts.


Re your question. Isn’t control what keeps most pitchers in the minors?


More likely command


If not a joke, what is the difference btw control and command?


Control is the ability to throw strikes. Command is the ability to hit your spots within the strike zone.


It seems that Yamamoto has adjusted quite well already. Apparently, a up in the zone FB is one of the last hurdles he needs to work on. But, very impressive so far for Yoshi. He looks very comfortable on the mound.

I was shocked when Lux hit his HR. It might have been the hardest pitch he has hit this season. Along with his improved play at 2B it looks like Lux will be a solid, everyday player.

Pages continues to have success at the plate. Nice SF with the bases load for him. And, his play in the OF continues to be steady.

The total Dodger defense is improving. I think Joe Davis stated that there was a defensive metric where the Dodgers were #1. Who would have that at the beginning of the season? Pitching, hitting, defense? Yeah, they’re very good at all aspects of the game right now. How fortunate are we?

Carry on.


Casey Porter went/goes into depth on Jarred Karros:

Jared Karros: All Dodger

Phil Jones

Badger, thanks for sharing the two sites on the arm torque study and the Dynamic Arm Stabilizers. Very interesting stuff for me, who have paid attention to reducing arm injuries for years.
I was particularly interested in Jeff Passan’s book “The Arm” in 2017. Jeff spent time on why there was no solid scientific evidence on why arms break down. 
Since then there has been a big increase in data and studies on the subject due to 
“The prevalence of ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries is of particular concern, as 25% of all Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers have a history of UCL reconstruction surgery,6 and this surgery typically requires a long recovery period (12–24 months)”. 
We’re getting more information and scientific data.
Now what do we do with these theories? 
And the Dynamic Arm Stabilizer seems to be and attempt at prevention. I would love to get reports from pitchers who have actually pitched with one on during a real game. Obviously more research will be done on this but is it a $200 scam or a revelation?
Does it impede velocity to reduce injuries? Does it force pitchers to move from velocity to command, addition and subtraction?
Very interesting stuff Badger. Thanks again.


Welcome Phil. Kinda figured you would appreciate it.

Apparently the device does impede velocity and because of that reduces injury. Hopefully pitchers will use it and more data will accumulate. I’ve seen nothing else mentioned that appears to help. I read somewhere even the great Mike Marshall pitching mechanics wouldn’t help in today’s high velocity game. If nothing is done nothing will change.


It seems like the Dodgers have cut down their SO’s recently so I checked to see where they rate against the league.

Dodgers are averaging 8.34 SO per game.

League average is 8.47 SO per game.

Dodgers are averaging 4.37 BB per game.

League average is 3.27 BB per game.


I miss Pepiot and Sheehan. I was intrigued with the thought of Stone, Pepiot, Sheehan, and Miller together in the rotation.


I get that. But Pepiot was well spent. I miss Miller and Sheehan. May and Gonsolin. Kershaw and Hurt. Brasier and Phillips. And Graterol. Don’t miss Kelly yet but I might.

Who’s next up on the OKC shuttle?

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