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Outman and Rosario Shine In Game 1 vs San Diego

Both teams were coming into the first game of a 4 game series playing outstanding baseball.  The Pads swept Texas in 3 the won 2 out of 3 against Colorado.  The Dodgers were coming off a 3 game sweep of Oakland.  This game had the look and feel of a playoff game.  It had clutch pitching, clutch hitting, base running, and clutch clutch defense.

This one looked like a leaner to SD with Yu Darvish against rookie Bobby Miller.

It did not take long for the defense to take center stage.  With a runner on and Fernando Tatis Jr. at the plate, Fernando hit a 100.1 MPH 4-seamer up in the zone but on the outside edge to deep CF.  James Outman made a HR saving catch.

 

Outman put a slug on an 0-2  95.7 MPH fastball, and hit it 385 feet over the right-center wall for a 1-0 lead.

Miller took the mound in the 2nd with the lead, but it did not take long for the Padres to threaten.  They put runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out and got out of the inning without allowing a run.

The Padres finally broke through in the 4th.  With the score tied at 1-1,  2 out and runners on 1st and 3rd, Ha-Seong Kim was coming up against Miller for the 3rd time.  Miller had not fooled Kim, and Doc came out to get Miller in favor of Joe Kelly.  Kelly threw a high fastball that seemed to go through Smith’s glove to the backstop, and the Padres scored the go ahead run.

The Padres scored an insurance run off Alex Vesia thanks to a HBP and walk and a 2 out single.

In the 7th, David Peralta doubled and moved to 3B on a Jason Heyward ground out.  With 2 outs, James Outman got an infield single to score Peralta and brought the Dodgers within 1. Had

Darvish was removed after 7.0 innings in favor of Robert Suarez.  Kiké Hernández led off the 8th with a single, and Mookie followed with a BB.  Freddie and Will Smith were not able to move up the runners.  With 2 outs and 2 strikes to David Peralta, he hit a game tying double.

 

Suarez IBB Jason Heyward to get to Chris Taylor.  CT3 came all the way back from a 1-2 count to draw a bases loaded walk and the lead.

LHRP Tom Cosgrove was summoned to face James Outman.  Outman hits LHP better than RHP, and Cosgrove pitches better against RH batters than LH batters.  Doc sends up JD Martinez to PH for Outman.  JDM also drew a walk to force in the 5th run.

Next up lefty killer Amed Rosario came to the plate with the bases loaded.  Amed was 0-3 with a K against Yu Darvish.  Against LHRP Cosgrove, Amed singled down the first base line to plate 2.  The Dodgers got off the ground to score 5, all with 2 out.

Like with Vesia, Caleb Ferguson entered and hit the 1st batter he faced.  PH Garrett Cooper hit a ground ball headed to RF.  The much maligned defensive play of Amed Rosario was all but dashed with what will turn out to be one of the top defensive plays of the season.  He dove and got the ball at the top of his glove like a snow cone, and from the seat of his pants, he threw a two hopper to Freddie for the out.

Ferguson walked another and gave up a 2 out single for a run.  With 2 outs and 2 runners on and Fernando Tatis, Jr. coming to the plate, Doc called on Evan Phillips.  Tatis hit a relatively long fly to RF, but Mookie was able to haul it in for the 3rd out.

The Dodgers scored 3 more against new Padres reliever, Scott Barlow.

With Phillips coming out for the 9th with a 6 run lead, the first batter was Juan Soto.  Phillips’ job is to throw strikes, and Soto’s job is to hit them. Soto won this AB with an opposite field HR, but Phillips retired the next three and got the save.

Bobby Miller was not efficient at all.  He would get 2 strikes against batters, but could not get the out.  Too many 3 ball counts, and after 3.2 innings, he had 82 pitches (49 strikes).

As Nomar said about Miller’s interview, he knows what he has to do.  “I have to do better when I get the batter 1-2.”  He is continuing his education against what should be (may not be) a playoff team.  To get out of his 2nd inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd and nobody out, without surrendering a run, was clutch.  Too many stressful pitches early in the game.  He will continue to grow.  While he was not happy about coming out of the game, he did not overreact.

The AB that will get a lot of attention over the weekend, was the Joe Kelly v Tatis in the 5th.  Kelly threw 2 fastballs very high and tight, with his 7th pitch coming so far inside, that it ended up hitting the knob of his bat.  Tatis was a little ticked off, but he had to be thinking of the close call because he was frozen on a ball right down the middle for strike 3.

Badger’s 8 runs would have been enough, but 10 runs was nice.  8 of the 10 runs came with 2 outs.

Thus far, 4 of the 5  deadline trade acquisitions have been stellar since their trades.  On Saturday, the 5th acquisition will get his chance as Ryan Yarbrough will be pitching at some point, either as a starter, or as a bulk inning relieve, against Blake Snell and the San Diego Padres.

While Outman’s HR saving catch was not as dramatic as Cody Bellinger’s against Tatis, Jr. in the 2020 NLDS, it was clutch.  As a reminder, here is Cody’s grab in the NLDS game.

 

 

 

 

 

08-04-2023 – MiLB Game Summary Report

 

OKC Dodgers 7 – Round Rock Express (Texas) 1

Gavin Stone was back to his 2022 pitching.  6.0 scoreless and hitless innings. 2 walks and 10 strikeouts.  Jimmy Nelson completed the 7th with the no-no intact.  With 2 outs in the 8th Round Rock finally got a hit off Victor Gonzalez to break up the no-hitter.  Gus Varland gave up a run in the 9th on 2 hits to lose the shutout.

OKC was up 7-0 after 5.  OKC had 12 hits, 6 were XBH.

 

Key Performers:

  • Michael Busch – Leadoff hitter – 3-5, 1 RBI, double (21)
  • Miguel Vargas – 2-5, 2 runs, 2 doubles (6)
  • Ryan Ward – 2-4, 1 run, 2 RBI, double (23), triple (4)
  • David Dahl – 2-4, 1 BB, 1 run, 1 RBI
  • Steven Duggar – 1-2, 2 BB, 1 run, double (8)

 

 

Box Score

 

 

Tulsa Drillers 14 – Wichita Wind Surge (Minnesota) 5

Tulsa jumped out to a 9-0 lead after the top of the 1st inning.  Wichita scored 3 in the bottom of the first, only to have Tulas get the 3 runs back in the top of the 2nd.  Wichita scored 2 in the bottom of the 2nd. After 2 innings the scored was 12-5.

Tulsa scored two over the next 7 innings, while Wichita also scored a pair in the 8th and 9th.

 

Key Performances:

  • Austin Gauthier – 2-2, 3 BB, 2 runs, 1 RBI
  • José Ramos – 2-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 4 RBI
  • Yusniel Diaz – 3-5, 1 BB, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 2 HR (9)
  • Josh Stowers – 3-6, 2 runs, 2 RBI, double (6), HR (3)

 

Box Score

 

 

Great Lakes Loons 8 – Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego) 4

Great Lakes scored 8 runs over the first 6 innings.  Fort Wayne scored their 4 over the last 4 innings, with 1 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th.  Hyun Il-Choi pitched a scoreless 4.2 innings with 5 hits, 1 BB, and 3 K.

 

The Loons had 13 hits, all singles.

Key Performances:

  • Yeiner Fernandez – 2-6, 1 run
  • Luis Yanel Diaz – 2-6, 4 runs, 1 RBI
  • Alex Freeland – 3-4, 1 BB, 1 run, 1 RBI
  • Max Hewitt – 2-5
  • Nick Biddison and Chris Alleyne – 2 RBIs each

 

Box Score

 

Fresno Grizzlies 2 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 1

20 year old RHP, Christian Romero continued his outstanding season in the hitter friendly California League.  He went the first 5.2 scoreless innings (75 pitches), allowing 3 hits, with 6 K.  The Quakes bullpen surrendered 2 runs.

Wilman Diaz homered in the 6th to give RC the 1-0 lead.

Key Performers:

  • Wilman Diaz – 3-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, HR (2)

 

Box Score

 

 

 

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Oldbear48

Good game last night. Shut those annoying Padre fans up. Lots of cheers from fans in blue who got the Lets go Dodgers chant really going in the 7th inning.

RC Dodger

Great win by Dodgers last night!
Tremendous team effort to pull out the win. The key play to me was Peralta’s two out, two strike hit to tie game in 8th inning. He hit a tough pitch and it found a hole. Without that gritty at bat, the Dodgers go to the 9th inning trailing by at least one run with the bottom of the order against Hader.
Thanks for the recaps of all the games last night Jeff. A lot of bright spots throughout the organization. Love to see Stone, Busch and Vargas producing at OKC and preparing for their next stops at MLB!

Badger

I really like this team. Great makeup. Everyone contributes on some level.

But starting pitching is still an issue. Our rookie starters all look like they eventually will be good, but it also looks like the good won’t happen this year. We need Kershaw and Urias to be great for another 3 months. Huge ask. There’s also this – Yu Darvish had our number. Playoff teams will have 3 decent starters.

SD obviously has issues but I think I’d still rather face any of the 4 teams above them in a short series. All of them lost yesterday so the Padres are still 4 out.

It’s important to read our minor league prospects are doing well. A few will contribute in September, but, barring an emergency, none will play in October. Those guys are playing for a shot next year.

Oldbear48

I am having eye surgery on the 25th of September. And I have some prelim appts coming up. So, I will not be able to post many stories the next month or so. Researching is a chore right now with my vision reduced some. But will be back in the saddle soon.

Dionysus

Take care, Bear.

Bumsrap

I love Outman. Sign him up long term, now.

I don’t love Kelly. I wish he were grilling ribs in his backyard instead of on the mound.

I’m disappointed Sheehan was sent down. I am enthused that Stone excelled.

Rosario is a great edition. Could he actually be a better second baseman than a shortstop? Might he do at third what he did yesterday at second? He should platoon with Max.

LA vs SD was so much more fun to watch than LA vs A’s.

Bumsrap

I don’t like Kelly on the Dodgers either.

OhioDodger

Kelly worries me. Seems like a disaster waiting to happen.

Bumsrap

He’s going to get a Dodger hurt and just as bad, hurt a player on another team. I don’t use the word hate often but I will say I hate Kelly’s disregard for being a non-ass. An Ass is an Ass and it should not matter if one is on the team one roots for.

Bumsrap

When he pitches for the opposition, he is an Ass.

An Ass is an Ass regardless team.

Dionysus

Somewhat surprising Outman has locked up CF & Vargas is in AAA.

Badger

If Deluca could learn to hit, I think would prefer him in center. Outman is good out there, but he needs a lot of work on his routes and his arm sucks. He throws like a middle linebacker.

While I’m thinking of it, where is Deluca? He went on the 10 Day July 26th. He should be back by now. Unless….

Last edited 8 months ago by Badger
Oldbear48

His last day on the 10 day is tomorrow.

Singing the Blue

Assuming he’s healthy again, I don’t see any way he’s added to the MLB roster. OKC seems like the only spot for him right now, especially since they can put Rosario in the outfield if they want to.

OKC is still better than the IL, so hopefully he’ll get some at bats there instead of just sitting around.

Bumsrap

Bad routes? Is that a statcast type thing or an observation? I thought he had a good arm, especially for a CFer.

Badger

Observation night after night. And his arm? Are you watching the games?

STB, I wasn’t talking about this year.

Singing the Blue

I’m watching the games and agree about Outman’s arm. Not Juan Pierre bad, but certainly not Mookie good.

Bumsrap

Stats show he could take better routes and get better jumps but his arm is tops.
https://baseballsavant.mlb.com/savant-player/james-outman-681546?stats=statcast-r-hitting-mlb

Badger

“his arm is tops”.

Where does it say that?

I’ll ask again, do you watch the games Fred? I do. Damm near every one. And I can say without hesitation I’ve seen better throws from amateur softball players all over the West. Remember Ryne Duran? I’m sure you do. Remember his first warmup pitch to the backstop? Well think of him when you picture Outman throwing home.

Last edited 8 months ago by Badger
Bumsrap

Yes, I watch games. Not every inning but enough. I see him hit the cutoff guy and to second base. How many times a week does he throw home?

Did you look at the link I included in my comment? It says his arm is strong.

Okay, his arm is an 86 but without my reading glasses it looked like a 96. Still, 86 is more than acceptable for a CFer. Oh, he is rated “tops” in speed.

Last edited 8 months ago by Bumsrap
Badger

You win. Maybe those 4 or 5 throws 10’ off target were outliers. Strong arm, hits the cutoff quickly, possible GG CFer.

Dionysus

I’ll be more than satisfied if Deluca turns into a solid 4th OF.

Badger

I’d accept it but I’d be disappointed. I like that kid a lot.

Singing the Blue

Jeff, you made mention yesterday of the two good prospects we sent to the White Sox for IFA money.

Here’s a link to a really good article by Josh Thomas. Maybe we have a chance to sign that Korean high school pitcher after all, even though it was thought he was waiting until January to sign.

A high school kid who throws 97 plus having three or four other pitches is worth spending some money on.

Dodgers swap prospects Maximo Martinez & Aldrin Batista for IFA money, maybe for Hyun-Seok Jang + musings on valuations

Dionysus

Should we bring back Verdugo for next year?

Badger

How?

Bluto

Jose Ramirez has a nice right hook.

Dionysus

Fuck Roberts. Get a real manager.

Bluto

Serious or sarcasm?

Bobby

Yarborough looked good today.

OhioDodger

Almonte and Ferguson crapped themselves.

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