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Teoscar and Gavin Stone Lead LAD to Series Win In NYY — Now Bring Out the Brooms

Apparently all the Dodgers needed was to play a good team.  Jared Jones and Paul Skenes are going to shut down a lot of good teams.  But since those two games, the Dodgers have won three straight including 2 against NYY in the Bronx.  We were warned that the Dodgers were going to limp back home after going 0-6 and moving ever so close to .500.

Now the worst the Dodgers can do is 3-3 on the trip, with at least a series win against NYY, and a chance to sweep the mighty Yankees.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto may never have pitched in the cathedral known as Yankee Stadium, but he has pitched in some very important games.  Gavin Stone had never been to Yankee Stadium, but he pitched with ice water in his veins.

He allowed singles by Anthony Volpe and Alex Verdugo in the 1st, but got Aaron Judge on a hard hit F8, and Giancarlo Stanton and Anthony Rizzo to pop out.

Teoscar Hernández hit a solo HR in the 2nd giving Stone a 1-0 lead.  The lead did not last long as the first two NYY batters reached in the 2nd with runners ending up at 1st and 3rd with nobody out.  Gleyber Torres scored on a ground out that was originally called a DP but was overturned on review.  Stone got Trent Grisham to F8, and struck out Anthony Volpe  to end the inning.

In the 3rd, Kiké Hernández walked to open the inning and Chris Taylor singled.  The bottom of the order got runners on with nobody out and the top of the order coming up.  Nestor Cortes got Mookie to fly out to RF with Kiké moving to 3rd with one out and Shohei coming up.  Ohtani hit a line drive single to LF to plate Kiké and give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

Aaron Judge hit a solo HR in the bottom of the 3rd to tie the game up again.

Kiké hit a solo HR in the 5th giving the Dodgers the lead again.  But this time, Stone did not allow NYY to score the tying run even though he allowed a Verdugo double and a Judge BB.  Stone got Stanton on a sharply hit F8.


In the 6th, Freddie doubled over the head of Verdugo on a ball that appears he misread.  Smith singled Freddie to 3rd.  Teoscar hit a sharp ground ball to DJ LeMahieu at 3B.  DJLM could only get Smith at 2nd, with Freddie scoring and giving LAD a 4-2 lead.

In the bottom of the 6th, Stone got Rizzo and Torres to open the inning.  DJLM and Austin Wells followed with singles.  Gavin walked Trent Grisham on 4 pitches to load the bases.  Doc realized that Stone hit a wall, and was not going to let him  pitch to the top of the order a 4th time.  He brought in LHRP Alex Vesia to get the final out, and he got Volpe to fly out to Taylor in LF.

After the Dodgers were retired in order by Michael Tonkin, Alex Vesia came back out to face Verdugo, Judge, and Stanton.  He got Verdugo on a F7, and then had a great battle with Aaron Judge before striking him out on one of his patented high 4-seamers.  He then got Stanton to pop out to end the inning.

With a 4-2 LAD lead, NYY brought out Tommy Kahnle in the 8th.  Mookie Betts walked to begin the inning.  Ohtani reached on a Gleyber Torres error.  Freddie struck out on a wicked change.  Smith drew a BB to load the bases.  Teoscar hit a 2-2 change over the CF fence (424 feet) for a grand slam and a 8-2 lead.


NYY threatened against Ryan Yarbrough in the 8th with a 2-out walk and single.  Yarbrough got PH Jahmai Jones to fly out to Pages in CF to end the threat.

With 2 outs in the 9th, Mookie got an infield single as pitcher Dennis Santana fell asleep on the mound.  Ohtani walked and Freddie hit a big two run double.  Will Smith drew a walk, and Aaron Boone waved the white flag by bringing in Oswaldo Cabrera to pitch.  He walked the first two batters he faced to force in the 11th run.

Aaron Judge hit another solo HR with 2 outs in the 9th.  Yarbrough got Stanton on a pop fly to Mookie at short.

Yankee Stadium was just not too big of a stage for Gavin Stone.  In 5.2 IP, Gavin allowed 8 hits and 2 BB, but he was tough when he needed to get out of trouble.  When he hit the proverbial wall, it was Alex Vesia who came in to bail him out.  I doubt that Gavin will have a more daunting game experience until the playoffs.  This was playoffs atmosphere in enemy territory.  Not bad for a rookie who was not very good at the MLB level last year.  He reinvented himself with that slider, and no stage is too big for him.  There is absolutely no reason for him to be removed from the rotation when either Bobby Miller or Clayton Kershaw return.


The Dodgers were 4-10 WRISP with 3 HRs.  Teoscar got the two winning RBIs in Game 1, and then came back with 6 more in Game 2.  He is certainly having a fantastic series, as are the LAD pitchers.  This was a great “How Do You Like Me Now” moment for Teoscar.

Every LAD batter got a hit.  Yes, including Chris Taylor.

Dodger pitchers have allowed 4 runs (3 earned) in 20 innings.  NYY was 0-7 WRISP on Saturday after going 1-8 on Friday.

I do not know how Alex Vesia can pitch any better than he is.  The same is true for Michael Grove.

The Dodgers have won the series.  Now let’s bring out the brooms.  Well at least score a run for Glasnow.






Teoscar to his non-believers:






OKC Baseball Club 10 – Round Rock Express (Texas) 9

OKIC jumped out to a 4-0 and a 10-1 lead after 3.0, and had to hold on.  After a great debut for OKC, Chris Vallimont has now had back to back rough outings.  Vallimont allowed 2 HRs accounting for 3 runs in his 4.0 IP.

Tanner Dodson had an outing he would like to forget.  In 1.1 innings, he allowed 5 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk, with all the hits and runs coming in the  6th after Dodson retired the side in order in the 5th.

RR closed the score to 10-8 and a runner on 1st when Dodson was relieved by Nick Ramirez.  Nick allowed 2 singles to get one run in, but got the DP to get out of the inning.

Gus Varland, Matt Gage, and Michael Petersen each pitched a scoreless inning to seal the victory.  Petersen earned his 4th save.

OKC got a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st when James Outman led off with a triple and Andre Lipcius followed with a run scoring single.


In the 3rd, Hunter Feduccia led off with a double.  With one out, Jonathan Araúz singled Feduccia to 3rd.  He scored on James Outman’s sac fly.  Lipcius doubled home Araúz, and Ryan Ward singled home Lipcius.

OKC had runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 out from walks in the 3rd.  Two more walks forced in one run, leaving the bases loaded.  Andre Lipcius hit a grand slam HR.  Ryan Ward and Kody Hoese each singled with Ward scoring an unearned run on a fielding error.


OKC loaded the bases two other times but could not get a run across. They did get a runner thrown out at the plate.

  • James Outman – 2-4, 1 BB, 2 runs, 2 RBI, triple (1), Sac Fly – BTW – his K rate is 24% 
  • Andre Lipcius – 4-5, 2 runs, 6 RBI, 2 doubles (15), HR (17)
  • Ryan Ward – 2-4, 1 BB, 1 run, 1 RBI
  • Austin Gauthier – 2-3, 2 BB, 1 run
  • Hunter Feduccia – 2-4, 1 BB, 2 runs, double (12)

I do not know what Andre Lipcius has to do to get a call to LAD.  He would have been called up with any other team.


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Amarillo Sod Poodles (Arizona) 6 – Tulsa Drillers 3

Two swings of the bat determined the outcome of Tulsa’s meeting with Amarillo Saturday night A two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run shot in the seventh accounted for five runs and helped to propel the Sod Poodles to a 6-3 win over the Drillers.

The Drillers jumped in front early in the game with a run in the top of the first inning. Leadoff batter Alex Freeland drew a walk and scored on a one-out double from Dalton Rushing.

The lead did not last long as Jancarlos Cintron led off the bottom of the first with a base hit, and Caleb Roberts followed with his fifth home run of the season to give Amarillo a 2-1 lead.

Tulsa tied the score in the fourth inning when Austin Beck doubled and scored on a base hit by Damon Keith.

Again Amarillo responded and again it was Roberts. His one-out double in the fifth scored Cintron to give the Sod Poodles a one-run lead.

Bubba Alleyne got the score tied again in the top of the seventh when he singled, moved to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.

For the third time, Amarillo had a quick answer. Cintron led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit before a hit from Roberts put runners at the corners. Sauryn Lao came in from the Tulsa bullpen to replace Ronan Kopp and his fourth pitch was deposited over the right-center field fence for a three-run homer by Tim Tawa that gave the Sod Poodles a 6-3 lead.

Facing the three-run deficit, the Drillers would not have a response this time as they were set down in order in both the eighth and ninth innings to close out the game.

Tawa’s eighth-inning homer ended an impressive scoreless streak by Lao. The Tulsa reliever had not allowed a run since April 12, a stretch of 14 games and 17.0 innings.

Tulsa batters struck out 12 times in the game, marking the 27th time in 56 games this season that they have struck out ten or more times in a game.


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Great Lakes Loons 11 – Cedar Rapid Kernels (Minnesota) 3

Peter Heubeck was wild in this one.  He lasted 2.2 innings allowing 2 runs (1 earned), 3 hits, but FIVE walks.  He was up to 81 pitches when he was pulled with 2 outs in the 3rd.

Kelvin Bautista allowed a go-ahead run in the 5th, giving the Kernels a 3-2 lead.  The Loons but up 5 in the 5th and 4 in the 6th for an 11-3 lead, and eventual final score.

Great Lakes got a pair of double in the first from Noah Miller and Chris Newell, and a run scoring single from Sam Mongelli to give the Loons a 2-1 lead after 1.

Chris Newell’s 17th HR in the 5th was the big blow.  In the 6th, the Loons got 1 single , but also 3 walks, a sac fly, and 2 runners scoring on a fielding error.

Lucas Wepf and Edgardo Henriquez each faced the minimum 6 batters each in their two innings, with Wepf striking out 4 and Henriquez striking out 5.



  • Noah Miller – 2-4, 1 BB, 2 runs, double (9)
  • Thayron Liranzo – 2-5, 2 runs
  • Chris Newell – 2-4, 1 BB, 3 runs, 3 RBI, double (11), HR (17)
  • Sam Mongelli – 3-4, 1 run, 2 RBI
  • Double – Kyle Nevin (11)


Chris Newell is tied for the organizational lead with OKC’s Ryan Ward and Andre Lipcius.


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Visalia Rawhide (Arizona) 11 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3

Rancho allowed 11 runs on 14 hits and 5 BB.

Rancho got 6 hits.

Rancho committed 3 errors.

It does not look like the Quakes played well in any facet of the game.

Jordan Thompson hit his 11th double, and Wilman Diaz hit his 3rd HR.  Those are the highlights in this one.


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ACL Dbacks 5 – ACL Dodgers 4

The story of this one was Eriq Swan and Jesus Tillero each pitched a scoreless inning.  This was Tillero’s first game, and Swan’s first game since April 10.  LAD is very much looking forward to seeing what they have out of both of these guys.

The Dodgers had 5 hits, with Nicolas Perez hitting his 3rd HR of the year.


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Great game and fun to watch. I still think they need to do something about Taylor. Doc had stated that Taylor was starting because he wanted his best defenders on the field. Says a lot about what they think of Vargas’s defense. Elieser Hernandez was signed to an MLB contract by the Brewers. He had elected free agency after being outrighted to AAA. Lipcius deserves a call-up.


So the Dodgers are comfortably up 8.5 games in the division, but they point to Vargas’ bad defense as to the reason they must instead play a guy at his position who sports a negative OPS+, and whose ship set sail eons ago.

The Dodgers aren’t fooling anyone with what they REALLY think of Vargas.

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At this point I think the Dodgers are keeping Taylor to send a signal to potential free agents that the Dodgers are a good place to land. That’s a stretch but it takes a stretch to come up with reasons Taylor is still here. He is not a distraction and is versatile.


Happy Birhtday , Jeff! (I think you mentioned this couple days ago). Thanx for the great work you do with this blog.
There is a rumor Rushig, Knack and dePaula for Robert jun. Rather see them include Outman than dePaula. But if the WS insist I would do it.
Great win, now bring out the brooms today.

Go Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!1

Scott Andes

I gotta say, I’m impressed. The Dodgers have looked mediocre for weeks but came into the Bronx and on national TV and shut up the FOX announcers (except for Joe D). I know I can be quite negative during down times, so I’m going to point out some positives.

Despite the struggles this team does have a lot of talent. The pitching was fantastic, starting and relief. Teoscar has been a very shrewd acquisition, he’s there to slug (as Jeff would say) but he seems comfortable in clutch situations.

The bottom of the order was actually not automatic outs in this series. Rojas has played very well this season on both sides of the ball. Hes not much of a power hitter but he’s a very good defensive player and has been getting hits. That’s all I ask here, just get hits and get on base for the big guys. The big 4 plus teoscar can take care of the rest. I guess we can call them the big 5 now.

Hoping this series win will give them some confidence coming home. Just think if they pickup one or two clutch hitters at the trade deadline, they may be ready for prime time.

Happy birthday Jeff and Bear. And thanks for putting up with all my complaining during the season. I only complain out of love for the Dodgers. Onward and upward.

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I have a feeling that the Yankees will stiffen up with their ace on the mound today. The Dodgers bags will be pack and the plane will be on the tarmac ready for liftoff

Vargas, Outman, Taylor, Lipcius. Change is in the wind.

I read something yesterday about the Robert Jr to the Dodgers being a strong possibility. Pages, Cartaya, River Ryan was mentioned. If it’s to happen Outman/Pages going back makes the most sense to me. Would be ok with Robert but currently the talk appears louder than his bat. He’s a negative WAR player so far this season. Is that because of injury? And if he’s injured how will he help this year? Crochet is more interesting to me. And both? An ingenious blockbuster involving multiple teams would be fun.


My hope remains with finding a 3rd baseman and keep the outfield of Hernandez, Outman, Pages, and Heyward.

I don’t like seeing Ohtani bailing so much against lefties. I would drop him down to cleanup.

Duke Not Snider

Robert just got back on the field–and homered. He hasn’t played much this season due to his injury.
In ’23, his WAR was 4.9, ranking 18th on Fangraphs, right behind Kyle Tucker and a few spots ahead of Judge. (Freddie, Mookie and Shohei ranked 2.3.4 behind Acuna.) Robert had 38 HRs and 20 steals.As a hitter he’s sort of like Teoscar–too many Ks, not enough walks–but he is also a premium centerfielder.
The AAV on the last 3.5 years of Roberts’s contract is under $20 million, while Teo is getting more than that for one season.
He’s a better player than Teoscar at a lower cost. He would handle the important CF position for the next 3.5 seasons The biggest reason for pause is his injury history–but there’s a lot to like about Luis Robert Jr.


A lot better? For a guy who has had 1 good year? Pages and Ryan are both controllable future stars. Cartaya is only 22 and loaded with untapped potential. The White Sox would be lucky to have two of those, but all three? Tell you what, I’m feeling generous today. If they agree today I’ll throw in Kendall George.

How’s that? Believable? Am I hired?


I don’t think Robert Jr is the answer. I bow out. I’ll take Outman. And you can’t have Crochett.

Last edited 3 days ago by Badger

Because I don’t like the offer you didn’t make.


Ready for Lipcius. Put him at 3b.


48K+ at the stadium. 9K more than the Yankees average.

Phil Jones

Nice to be able to watch the game. Great win and great atmosphere for the first 7 innings.
Excellent job by Gavin Stone in that charged environment. And good on Vesia for preserving Stone’s outing be not letting inherited runners score.
Teoscar is having a series.  
The Emil Jimenez, the HPU had one of his better games. I had him missing two pitches all day. Umpire Scorecard had 7. The worst was a strike called on an actual ball, in the 4th, on guess who?  
Will Smith gets more shitty pitch calls than anybody else, for some reason. 
CT3 has sadly reached the point where he can’t recognize a strike from a ball. The sight of him taking a legit strike 3, disagreeing and muttering while he walks back to the dugout, is getting old.
As you could see, Dennis Santana got tattooed 
Looking forward to another playoff environment tonight with Gil and Glasnow.


Strike three or ball 4 missed should be reviewable. It could happen fast. Everyone but the ump already knows the answer.


Before a trade deadline trade is made, might we see this lineup for a couple of weeks?

SS Betts
1B Freeman
C Smith
DH Ohtani
LF Teoscar
CF Outman
RF Pages
2B Lux
3B Lipcius

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Would love to see it Fred. I would pay to see it! Not by going to the stadium, but by what I pay monthly for the Spectrum SportsNet LA channel. SNLAHD!! I’m a fan. Got my new recliner, got a 65” Samsung tv. It ain’t smart but neither am I so we get along great. .

Last edited 3 days ago by Badger

If you don’t have a smart TV, I can’t hack in and watch you watch TV. I think the odds of me going to Dodger Stadium again are getting longer. I watched them in Seattle last year. Stone started that game and did really well.


Just come over. I’ll let you in.

Singing the Blue

What’s your address. I’m coming too.
Can all three of us fit in your recliner?


Yeah sure, come on over. I live by the park. You’ll see my car out front.


As I remember it is a 1937 Ford Woody Wagon right?


Yeah. Look for that.

There were a couple Woodies in my neighborhood back in the 60s. Seal Beach.


Lipcius has been at 1b quite a bit more than 2b or 3b this season.

I watch none of those games, but has anyone seen or read anything about his best position going forward?

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That does not seem to serve him well as far as getting to LA goes.

Singing the Blue

I’ve looked around and haven’t found anything that says what his “best” position is.

Maybe he’s played more 1B this year because they released Padlo and he had been playing 1B.

Through his minor league career he’s played his most games at 3B and then 2B but has also played 1B, DH and a little SS and OF.

Sure seems like the ideal successor to CT3 if he can hit at all once he reaches the majors.

Of course, he might reach the majors in some other uniform because our front office seems determined to let him die on the vine in OKC.


The team knows Muncy is injured, yet he still plays more 1B. I don’t think that should be ignored.

Singing the Blue

Max is due back any day now and that’s going to be the official statement from now until September.


Obliques can take months. I’d look for another temporary permanent replacement.

RC Dodger

Great article Jeff and Happy Birthday to you!
Hope the Dodgers bring you a nice present today!

Singing the Blue

I’m interested to hear why you think Knack is more realistic than Frasso plus Martin. Is it just because Knack is actually MLB ready at this point? Total upside of Frasso and Martin might be greater than just Knack and the White Sox aren’t about to go the playoffs any time soon, so they might be willing to gamble on two instead of one.

I realize you very much want Crochet but could you explain again why you think we need him considering we will have the following starters for 2025:

And this is assuming that Paxton, Buehler and CK do not return:
Glasnow, Yamamoto, Ohtani, Stone, Miller, Knack, May and Gonsolin plus very possibly Sasaki. That’s 9 starters without Crochet.

If you get Crochet, would you be willing to trade Miller straight up for him? The Simulator says that they’re about equal value.

Would you do Robert Jr and Crochet for Miller and Rushing? Also fairly even value according to the Simulator?

Singing the Blue

I’m totally with you on trading Rushing for the right return. With Will locked up and other catchers in the pipeline, let’s get some value for a highly rated prospect.

With regard to Miller, I think his upside is quite likely higher than Crochet’s but your point about a lack of lefty starters is a very valid one and I too worry about Miller’s shoulder issues, not only this year but at the beginning of last season also.

So……………once again, we’re in agreement. I hold my breath on Jr’s health and make the deal.


Since I used Miller to get Royce Lewis he isn’t available for a Robert and Crochet trade. If the Dodgers did trade Miller for Lewis then by all means use some combination of Dalton Rushing, Josue De Paula, Nick Frasso, Payton Martin for Garrett Crochet.

I’d rather have Lewis at third than Robert in CF instead of Outman.


Good look at Alex F over at Dodgers Digest:

Alex Freeland is becoming a top Dodgers prospect

I like this Bruce Kuntz on X, didn’t know he wrote for that site.
Also, today’s Yankee starter is another testament to the idea of trading excess ML talent you are going to lose for nothing in exchange for “lottery tickets”.
Sometimes they pay off. Usually they won’t.


Damn. That was interesting


So, we have our 2025 shortstop?


Happy bday to Jeff, and I believe, Claude Osteen (the poster, not the pitcher)!!

Hopefully we get a sweep in NY for all of us!

I really don’t want to trade dePaula, especially for a dude who just never plays. Granted, if we can fix Robert’s health, count me in!


Plus we have an off day tomorrow


Plus the game has been pushed back to the evening.


Outman would have caught it.


Agree looked like Pages jumped to make it look a little harder than it needed to be. Just make the freaking play.


I agree with your wife. Outman would have caught it.


Hey. I heard that.

Forget it. I rescind my offer.


5 earned in 6. Not a good day.


Not the old Dodger Way To Play Baseball.

Fred Vogel

Dodger win 2 of 3. No complains here.

Last edited 3 days ago by Fred Vogel

Not complaining. Just commenting on Jeff’s observation. Dodgers used to be the poster child for playing fundamentally sound baseball.

Last edited 3 days ago by OhioDodger
Fred Vogel

Wasn’t directed at you Ohio. Just a general observation.


Cool. Thanks.


All true.

But that home run Grisham hit was really tagged.

WRISP sucked again. 2 for 11. Top of the order 2 for 15.

Oh well. I kinda figured NY would take this one. Padres and giants both lost. Still 8 up.


He is not the only player to slide with his lead foot 5 inches off the ground and making first contact with his bent leg. Drives me crazy. He should have caught the fly ball as well.


The pop up slide, also called the stand up slide, is a lost art. He uses that he’s safe. Also, Judge was picked off. Poor throw didn’t get him. Fundamentals are wanting with this group. I guess you get that with guys who slug.


Even with Soto, the Yankees don’t look to be much of a team to me. Too light of a lineup. Too many pitchers I think will fade. I’m probably wrong, but that’s what I could see.

judge is super fun. Hope he stays healthy

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Dennis Santana DFA’d.

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