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Jonny DeLuca Web Gems Highlights Game 1 Victory Over Texas


Once again, it was not offense that was a problem. With All Stars aplenty, the Dodgers All Stars out-performed the Texas All Stars.   They did their job and scored 9.  Yonny Hernández got the LAD 2nd sac bunt all year, and in a way led to 3 insurance runs in the 8th.

Tony Gonsolin started and had problems right away in the 1st.  He allowed an oppo 2-run HR to Nathaniel Lowe.  He finished the inning after 25 pitches, and it looked like another short night for Tony and the LAD starting rotation.

It was a 19 pitch 2nd inning, but he got three strikeouts.  Now at 44 pitches, a know there was a concern as to whether Mr. 54 pitches would get out of the 3rd.    At the end of 3.0 IP, Tony was still in with 60 pitches.

Tony was given a 3-2 lead after a 2 run double by Freddie and a run scoring single by JD Martinez.  But a walk, double, and walk loaded the bases with nobody out.  2 SF and the Rangers are back in front 4-3.

Freddie tied it up in the 5th with his 18th HR off Andrew Heaney.  Thanks to these outstanding defensive web gems by Jonny DeLuca, Gonsolin gets out of the 5th still tied at 4-4.




That is not the first one Jonny DeLuca has brought back.



Jonny’s reward?  He gets PH for with James Outman, who singles.

After 5, it turned into a bullpen game, and that should favor LAD.  Alex Vesia was first man up and he gives up a long HR (434 feet) to Corey Seager on a slider that hung, and Seags did not miss it.  After an out, and walk, Doc had seen enough and called on Ryan Brasier to bail Alex out.  After a walk to Josh Jung, Brasier got Jonah Heim to hit into a 4-6-3 DP.

Texas rookie reliever Alex Speas walked two, allowed a flair single to Will Smith. Speas then walked JDM to score a run.  Max Muncy hit a DP ground ball to Seager, but Max’s hustle beat the throw to 1B and another run scored, and the Dodgers had a 6-5 lead.

Brusdar Graterol pitched a 1-2-3 7th inning.  The Dodgers opened it up in the 8th.  Miguel Rojas led off with a single.  Yonny Hernández laid down a sac bunt.  Rojas stole 3B, and Mookie drew a BB.  After Freddie struck out, Will Smith doubled home Rojas and Mookie.  JDM then singled home Smith and a 4 run lead.

The bottom of the 8th may turn out to be tough loss for Texas.  With Caleb Ferguson now pitching, Corey Seager had a one out double but came out in what looked like a great deal of pain with what turned out to be a right sprained thumb.  How long will Seager be out?

After two walks to load the bases, Josh Jung lifted a fly ball to Mookie in right.  The runners tagged and Mookie fired the ball home.  Jonah Heim started to run to 3B but saw that the runner did not break for home.  Heim tried to turn and go back, but slipped and was easily doubled off by a throw and tag from Smith to Rojas.

In the 9th, Max Muncy hit a booming double to lead off.  After one out, Miggy Rojas was HBP.   Mookie doubled home both runners.  With Max’s and Mookie’s doubles, every Dodger hitter had at least 1 hit.

Justin Bruihl pitched a scoreless 9th, and the Dodgers beat Texas in Game 1.  That broke a 6 game winning streak by Texas coming out of the All Star Break.

  • Dodger All Stars – 7-17, 5 BB, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 6 runs. Miguel Rojas had three runs and Yonny had another.
  • Texas All Stars – 3-14, 5 BB, 1 double, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 runs

The Dodgers were 6-17 WRISP, and have now scored 233 2-out runs.


The Dodgers got another 5.0 IP from a starter (92 pitches).  Unfortunately, while the bullpen was effective, it took 5 to close it out.  Each of the 5 pitchers should be able to bounce back on Saturday.

  • Vesia – 17 pitches
  • Brasier – 8 pitches
  • Graterol – 13 pitches
  • Ferguson – 16 pitches
  • Bruihl – 14 pitches


Okay, who likes this new celebratory dance.






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That was fun.

DeLuca looks like an athletic baller. He may not be high on other prospect lists, but he’s high on mine.

Speaking of lists, Bowden is at it again at the Athletic. A Top 60 list. He has River Ryan ranked higher (41) than Stone (59). Rushing is 38, Cartaya is 19 with this said about him:

19. Diego Cartaya, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
Previous ranking: No. 6

Cartaya’s 2023 season has been a modest disaster, if we’re being candid here. As I write this, he hasn’t had a hit since the All-Star break, going 0 for 16 with 8 strikeouts in the first four games back, bringing his average below .200 for the season. He’s not hitting the ball as hard this year as he has in previous seasons, even last year when he dealt with a myriad of problems with his back, hamstring, hand, and three of his four bodily humors. He’s improved behind the plate, which is one positive sign, and has been working on some of the less visible aspects of the job like game-planning. The old axiom about catchers taking longer to develop, which I mentioned in my comments on Jeferson Quero, might apply here, as Cartaya’s moved very quickly — he’s 21 in Double A, and came into the year with just 126 total games in the U.S. under his belt — and I’m keeping him in the top 20 in the belief that the bat will bounce back.

Last edited 11 months ago by Badger

I thought Keith Law wrote that.

it’s definitely too eloquent for Bowden.

Last edited 11 months ago by Bluto
Singing the Blue

Yes, it was Law.


My bad. I was reading Bowden’s possible offer to the Angels this morning too.

Any comments on content?

Last edited 11 months ago by Badger
Singing the Blue

Law seems to feel that both Cartaya and Stone will bounce back from their horrific years. I was surprised that he didn’t move both of them farther down the list.

Hope he’s right about their futures.


It’s hard to know what is going on with Cartaya. He’s young and might be adjusting to better pitching while learning a challenging position which includes managing the pitching game plan.

The Yankees Dominguez isn’t doing as well as hoped as well. Both are players I wouldn’t bet against.


Generally I appreciate how Law writes and value what he writes.

definitely for this piece as well


More fun towards the end than the beginning. They actually had a guy sacrifice to get the runner in scoring position. Shades of Jr. Gilliam! Nice to see Muncy actually hit a ball hard that did not leave the park. DeLuca is a better center fielder than Outman. Seager continues to be injury prone.


DeLuca is a better center fielder than Outman, yesterday.


I think overall, he would be the better choice to play center. He is faster and from what I have seen, he runs better routes. Pederson was like that when he first came up. His routes were excellent. DeLuca has that skill set.


A DeLuca, OUtman, Betts outfield would certainly work defensively. I still prefer Betts in the infield though as I think it is easier to find a good bat in the outfield than the middle infield.


Good morning Bear. Hot in Colorado? 107 in Sedona, but I wish I was still there.

Read an interesting trade proposal. One where we get Rendon, Trout and Ohtani. There are some strange game plans floating around the blogverse. I remain clueless so I’m not willing to throw much on the screen, but I am willing to discuss a few.

And here’s a prediction for today – Miller will go 5 and the Dodgers will not score 11.

Last edited 11 months ago by Badger
Scott Andes

I say they sweep today. They’re obviously very comfortable playing at globe life and Rangers just lost Seager so might be a bit murky in the clubhouse. I know Texas is one of the best teams in the American League but they don’t look that tough to me. Or maybe the Dodgers are just playing that well. They have a good lineup but Dodgers punched them in the mouth and they went home. That’s the Dodger’s lineup this year….relentless.

Scott Andes

My bad meant sweep on Sunday. Lol, they can’t sweep today.


Stay away from Vegas for awhile.


There was some speculation that Dunning’s metrics belied his record, but nobody could have expected the Dodgers to knock him around like they did.


Last edited 11 months ago by Bluto

Right now it is 92 here. Cooled down some the last day or so, probably because we had a couple of large thunderstorms roll through. Lost power here in my building 3 times. I have a friend who lives in Havasu, it was 120 there yesterday.


I saw that trade proposal and interestingly it said the Angels might only get payroll relief and little else.

RC Dodger

Excellent recap of the game and a big win for the Dodgers. They are now 5-2 on this challenging 9 game road trip, and one of losses was 2-1 in extra innings.
Great contributions by all players, as every one had at least one hit.

Around the MLB, so much talk about trading Ohtani. But Angels are only 4 games out of the playoffs with 9 days until the trade deadline. Plus Ohtani has given up 5 runs in each of his last 3 starts. His ERA is up to 3.71 now. Very likely that Angels keep him and hope to make a run this year.

Singing the Blue

Love what DeLuca said about his catches in the post-game interview.
Especially the reference to the “courtesy dive”.

“The first one, I was very surprised I caught [it],” Deluca said. “I just ran as hard as I could, and then [gave it] a courtesy dive and it ended up going in my glove. I feel like the second one, I almost made it a little harder than it needed to be. … But it was fun. The play was pretty good.”


Yeah. Pretty good. Outman would have caught them both. Maybe. Now barrel some fastballs kid.

Singing the Blue

From what I’ve seen, I think JDL runs better routes than Outman, but you’re the expert so if you disagree I’ll bow to your superior knowledge and experience.

I look forward to an outfield with both of them starting most of the time.


The superstars seem to start the MLB careers at age 21 or 22, some earlier. DeLuca next year and Outman this year getting regular status at age 26 if DeLuca is a regular next year.

If Pages pushes his way into the lineup next year there is a possibility that DeLuca, Outman, and Pages become a fairly young controllable outfield.

Zaidi says the Giants are in the market for a middle infielder. I told him he might inquire about Taylor.

Last edited 11 months ago by Bumsrap

People have been calling for a RHB for weeks. Now that he’s back, that bat is Taylor. Trading him creates a hole. How you gonna fill it?


The same way it has been filled while he has been on the IL.

Singing the Blue

Let me make this clear. I am not predicting superstardom for either Outman or DeLuca.

They’ll just be regular ol’ stars with a number of All Star appearances and barely miss the Hall of Fame.  😎 


I was being farcical.

If Quadzilla can learn to hit, I think would have him in center. He’s made plays like this as long as he’s been playing baseball. But I’m not impressed with Outman’s arm, so not sure about him in right. So… a platoon in center?

Thanks for the compliment, but I’m no expert, I’m just a humble fan with decades of experience in this game.


Agree about Outman’s arm. I think he’d be a very good defensive left fielder.


Me too.


Yeah, that’s why I don’t like predictions. I’m not good at them. But, I don’t mind being wrong about this.

I was going to say I got it right, they didn’t score 11, but they had to score 11 to get to 16, so, I won’t say it.


Lopes and Russell were centerfielders that were converted to middle infielders. Might DeLuca be converted to third base? It would be fun to see Cey II at third.


I don’t know how good DeLuca will become, but I really do like how he plays the game.


If one of DeLuca, Vargas or Thompson makes the postseason roster I’ll take it.

Singing the Blue

Hey D, so far it looks as though I’m not going to have to pay for your LADC subscription.

Muncy has awakened, right on schedule. Now I just have to keep him from falling asleep again.

Singing the Blue

I can see why the Giants might be interested in Verlander.
Webb, their Ace, started against the Nats tonight and gave up 6 runs in 1.1 innings. They then brought in Manaea who gave up another 4. Now 10-1 after 6 innings. The D’backs have already lost so we’re going to have a 4 game lead at the end of the day. Simply amazing!

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