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Kershaw Dominates Cardinals, and Barnes Drives in Only Run

Clayton Kershaw was absolutely brilliant on Manny Mota Legends of Dodgers Baseball night.  Two LHSP matched up against each other.  Jordan Montgomery should never be compared to Clayton Kershaw, but it is the Dodgers inability to hit LHP that favored St. Louis.  Especially as well as St. Louis hits LHP.

St, Louis against LHP:

  • BA – #1 – .321
  • OBP – #1 – .385
  • SLG – #2 – .538
  • OPS – #2 – .923

 

Los Angeles against LHP:

  • BA – #29 – .165
  • OBP – #28 – .275
  • SLG – #27 – .354
  • OPS – #2 – .618

 

While the Dodgers did not exactly beat up on Jordan Montgomery, Kersh retired the first 13 batters he faced.  After a Dylan Carlson single, Kershaw retired the next 5 before Paul Goldschmidt singled into RF in the 7th.  He then got 2 pop outs and a strikeout to complete the 7th to end his evening.  He just flat out shut down the best offense against LHP in MLB.

  • 0 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 walks, and 9 Ks – 88 pitches/68 strikes

The Dodgers got an unexpected run in the 2nd.  James Outman who 0 for his last 11, with 9 Ks.  He shortens his swing and grounds an opposite field single.  On a strike 3 to Trayce Thompson, Outman stole 2nd and moved over to third on the errant throw.  First pitch to Austin Barnes and he gets a knock into CF for the run, lead, and eventual win.

So the Dodgers got the run because the they used their legs instead of their power.  When you struggle against LHP, and you get the opportunity to make something happen…do so.  It wasn’t just Outman who ran, but so did Freddie (2).  Freddie and Outman lead the Dodgers with 3 SB, and Austin Barnes is next with 2.  The Dodger bats could not bring Freddie home, but he did put himself in scoring position.  The Dodgers were 1-7 WRISP.

It is also fun to watch good defense.  James Outman made a fantastic catch running 81 feet for a diving catch in CF.  But that paled in comparison to Dylan Carlson’s catch of a Mookie Betts drive.

It is always easier to be a fan and be in a position to second guess the manager.  Doc had to give the unenviable news to Kersh that his night was done.  In the dugout, Kersh looked a little perplexed with the news, but quickly understood and accepted it.  Doc made his decision, and after the game, he said he would have to live with it.  If Evan Phillips gave up the game tying or winning runs in the 8th, the 2nd guessers would have been out in force.

Phillips’ slider (sweeper) had excellent movement.  Brusdar Graterol is looking very much like the closer they do not want to name. He is throwing more off-speed pitches which makes him a better pitcher than simply a thrower. The Dodgers now have 6 saves with Graterol and Phillips with 2, and Andre Jackson (3.0 IP save) and Shelby Miller with 1.

Kershaw has now started 6 games, with 5 quality starts.  His ERA has dropped to 1.89, and a miniscule WHIP of 0.76.  His career ERA is now sub 1.00.  2,613 hits and walks in 2,619 IP.

Was Jordan Montgomery dominating, or was it the anemic LAD bats against LHP?

Jordan Hicks is a weapon.

With the 1-0 shutout victory, the Dodgers have now won 2 in a row, and have won the Cardinals weekend series.  They will be sending Thor to the bump on Sunday for the sweep.  The Dodgers will be facing RHP Jake Woodford.  They will try to move 3 games above .500 for the first time since they were 5-2.

 

MiLB Summary Report

 

OKC Dodgers 5 – Sacramento River Cats (Giants) 1

 This was Bobby Miller’s 2023 debut.  He struck out the first batter he faced with a 100+ fastball.  A HBP and stolen base and Matt Beaty single scored a run for Sacramento, before he struck out Gary Sanchez for the 3rd out.

This was also the first time for the challenge ABS.  Under this system, the umpire will continue to call balls and strikes, but the catcher, batter, or pitcher can challenge the call. Each team is allowed 3 challenges. If the challenged call is overturned, the team challenging will not lose a challenge.

In the 1st inning, OKC catcher, Patrick Mazeika, challenged a called ball, and upon review, the entire ball was in the zone, and it was overturned.  It also happened against OKC.  The called ball was challenged and overturned.

In a later inning, Steven Duggar thought about challenging a called strike three, but decided to let it go.  If he had challenged, the call would have been reversed and the pitch would have been a ball.  With the new system, the strike zone is not displayed on the screen.

Miller threw multiple 100+ MPH 4-seamers, but could not generate many swings and misses.  He could not land his offspeed pitches (change, slider, curve) for strikes.  He is going to need to land those to make his fastball more lethal.  This was his 1st game of 2023, so he will get more experience.

In the bottom of the 1st, Drew Avans led off with a bloop single, and Yonny Hernandez drew a BB.  Ben DeLuzio reached on E-5 to load the bases.  After a popout, Steven Duggar singled home 1 run.  Jahmai Jones then drew a bases loaded BB for the only runs they would need.

In 3.1 IP, Miller threw 55 pitches/34 strikes.  He allowed the one run on 1 H and 1 BB, with 2 Ks.

With a runner on 1B, and one out in the 4th. Adam Kolarek relieved Miller and got a 6-4-3 DP to end the inning.  Dylan Covey followed Kolarek in the 5th and pitched 4.0 shutout innings – 2 hits, 2 BB, 3 K.

Tyler Cyr finished off the Cats in the 9th.  He allowed 1 hit, and 1 BB, but got 3 Ks.

In the 5th, Ben DeLuzio was in the middle of the action again.  Yonny Fernandez doubled with 2 outs and came home on a DeLuzio single.  In the 7th, Bradley Zimmer led off with a walk.  Doubles by Devin Mann (14) and Ben DeLuzio scored the final two runs.

  • Ben DeLuzio was 3-4 with a double, and 3 RBIs.
  • Devin Mann leads PCL with his 14 doubles. #2 has 9.

 

Box Score

 

Arkansas Travelers (Seattle) 1 – Tulsa Drillers 0

Knack started the game with 3 strikeouts on 15 pitches.  He ran into trouble only in the 2nd.  He allowed a single and 2 BB to load the bases, but got out of the inning.  After the 2nd, he was masterful.  In his 5.0 shutout innings, 74 pitches (51 strikes), Knack surrendered 2 hits, issued 2 walks, and struck out 11 Travelers batters.

Bryan Woo was just as brilliant for Arkansas.  He also pitched 5.0 shutout innings, allowing only a Bryson Brigman single.  He also struck out 8 Tulsa batters.

Both teams turned the game over to their bullpens.  Alec Gamboa pitched 2 scoreless innings.  Jordan Leasure enters the 8th, and coughs up a HR and a 1-0 lead.

Tulsa ended with the one hit, and lost 1-0.  But that does not diminish the effort by Landon Knack.

 

Box Score

 

 

Great Lakes Loons 2 – Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego) 0 – Game 1

The Loons got a great pitching performance from their 24 year old starting pitcher, Yon Castro.  Castro was a MiLB Phase of the 2022 Rule 5  draft from NYY.  Three Loons pitchers combined on a 2-hit shutout.  None of the three pitchers issued a BB.

Castro had 5.0 IP, with 1 hit and 4K.  Antonio Knowles and Christian Suarez each pitched an inning of scoreless baseball, with Suarez being rewarded with his 1st save.

The Loons struck in the 1st inning.  Austin Gauthier singled and moved to second ont eh LF fielding error.  Gauthier scored on a Yeiner Fernandez single.

In the 3rd, Yeiner Fernandez singled and Griffin Lockwood-Powell drew a walk.  Fernandez scored on a Taylor Young single.

  • Austin Gauthier – 2-3, 1 BB, 1 R
  • Yeiner Fernandez – 2-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

 

Box Score

 

 

Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego) 5 – Great Lakes Loons 2 – Game 2

24 year old Adolfo Ramirez started for Great Lakes and pitched 3.0 innings.  He allowed all 5 runs in his effort.

In the 1st inning, Great Lakes scored a run on a Dalton Rushing BB, and a Griffin Lockwood-Powell double(4).  In the 2nd, Taylor Young drew a walk, stole 2B, and scored on a Jake Vogel single.  The Loons had a 2-0 lead going into the home half of the 1st inning.

In the 2nd, Ramirez allowed the TinCaps’ first run with a 2-out BB and double.  In the 3rd, the TinCaps scored 4..  Most were a result of a 3-run HR by Joshua Mears (3).

Mitchell Tyranski, Christian De Paula, and Benony Robles kept the TinCaps in check for the remainder of the game.

  • Jake Vogel 2-2, 1 BB, 1 RBI
  • Taylor Young – 1-1, 2 BB, 1 R

 

Box Score

 

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7 – Inland Empire 66ers (LAA) 3

Miguel Rojas on a rehab assignment was in the Quakes lineup, and in the 1st inning hit a solo HR for a 1.0 lead.

In the 2nd inning, Chris Newell singled and scored on a Jesus Galiz double.  A WP moved Galiz to 3rd where he scored on a Cameron Decker single, and a 3-0 lead.

Payton Martin started and completed 3.0 scoreless innings.  The 19 year old 17th round draft pick in the 2022 draft was outstanding for his 4th consecutive game.  He pitched 3.0 one-hit scoreless innings. He had 1 BB and 3 K.  He has now pitched 11.2 innings with a 11.2 IP, 0.77 ERA, and 1.03 WHIP.  He has 11 K and 4 BB.

In the 4th, Cameron Decker singled and stole 2B.  He scored on a Jose Izarra double (7), and a 4-0 lead.

With Kelvin Ramirez on the hill, he allowed a BB, single and passed ball for an un earned run in the bottom of the 4th.

A pair of walks, and a Chris Newell double (3), scored one run, and Jesus Galiz singled to drive in the other 2 runners.

Ramirez pitched a second scoreless inning, and Juan Morillo pitched the 6th without a run.  Lucas Wepf allowed a pair of runs in the 8th.  Madison Jeffrey pitched a scoreless 9th to complete the Quakes 7th consecutive victory.

  • Chris Newell – 2-3, 2 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 double (3)
  • Jesus Galiz – 2-5, 1R, 3 RBI, 1 double (3)
  • Cameron Decker – 2-4, 1R, 1 RBI

 

Box Score

 

 

 

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MrBill

Today was Vintage Kershaw. Dealing and making the hitters chase and look confused. The game once again exposes the Dodgers lack of ability against good left hand pitching. Sadly CT3 looked lost and swung at some pitches way outside the zone. He and Barnes appear to be over matched consistently which creates a black hole in the line up. If not for Outman’s single and stolen bases{s} this would have been one of those new ghost runner games which the Dodgers never seem to win their share of.
A Vintage game on a legends night. The only way this could have been better if Maury Wills scored the winning run on a ground out with Sandy pitching a no hitter.
Don’t know if this is truth or legend But Drysdale once was told Sandy Koufax threw a no hitter and the first thing Drysdale asked was “Well did he win the game?”

Badger

I’ve been asking for strike zone challenges. I had no idea they were actually going to do it. What I was hoping for was a strike 3 challenge.

“With the new system, the strike zone is not displayed on the screen.”

I could live with that.

OhioDodger

Wow. Great game by Kersh. Truly a pleasure to watch one of the greatest pitchers of all time. His career ERA of 2.47 and WHIP of 1.00 is rarified air indeed. With his 9 SO last night he now has 2848 SO. Only 152 to reach 3,000. If he stays healthy and makes another 20 to 24 starts, he may reach 3,000 this year. Needs to average 7 to 8 SO per game.

AF and the Dodgers need to figure out how to get better against left handed pitching.

Bumsrap

Stone to maybe pitch this Wednesday for the Dodgers.

Roberts just said Dodgers are not built to steal bases.Friedman then disagreed with his manager. Interesting.

We might see Kershaw back for 2024.

Miller-Time now in the rotation at AAA OK.

Mexico City and their extra 1000 feet of elevation over Denver is not a MLB franchise location, right?

Oldbear48

Great job by Kersh and nice to see a positive at bat for Barnes. CT3 on the other hand stunk up the joint again. 3 more K’s. This is simply unacceptable. He is not Babe Ruth so he should quit trying to swing like him. Stone will be called up to pitch Wednesday’s game against the Phillies. Manny Mota was and is a class act. His celebration at the old ball yard was well deserved. I like the new guy in the booth better than Davis.

OhioDodger

KT3 had 4 SO last night. Now has 29 SO in 62 AB. 47%. He is a mess. I keep wondering why he doesn’t cut down that swing and work on making contact. If I were Doc, I would make him bunt 2 times per game.

Badger

I think maybe he has to swing that hard to catch up to the pitch.

He’s had that same long swing for a long time. I doubt he can change at this point, but I too would like to see it. You know that old saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. What’s the old saying for when it is broke?

OhioDodger

I guess Cody needed a different voice in his ear. Could be the shoulder and leg are now completely healed.
If he keeps it up, he may be the best outfielder available this off season.

Last edited 9 months ago by OhioDodger
Badger

I agree with that Ohio. I think he belongs here.

Last edited 9 months ago by Badger
Singing the Blue

Ain’t gonna happen, Badger.

He may feel really comfortable in Chicago and stay there.

Otherwise, I figure he’ll wind up with the Yankees, his Dad’s team, one that could use a center fielder and is always looking for a lefty power bat, especially since Rizzo won’t be around for too many more years.

He hasn’t said anything, but I think he felt dissed that AF let him go. That coupled with Boras being his agent makes for almost no chance he comes back here.

OhioDodger

I would tend to agree.

Badger

I didn’t say I thought it would happen. I said I thought he belonged here. He will go where the money is. They all do.

Last edited 9 months ago by Badger
nonicnamebumfan

J-Hey changed his swing, still don’t know the outcome though, but at least he’s trying

Last edited 9 months ago by nonicnamebumfan
Badger

He looks really fit. And he’s finding the middle of the baseball. Have to say, so far I’ve been wrong about him. Hope he continues to hit.

Both LA and SD are 7-3.

Last edited 9 months ago by Badger
Bumsrap

Choke up.

Badger

I do get a little misty eyed.

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