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Not only has baseball changed over the years, the places it is played have also changed dramatically. Dodger Stadium is a far cry from Ebbets Field. Considering that the Dodgers played in an Olympic style stadium converted for football when they first arrived in LA, it is amazing that they won there at all.

Now the folks in SD will say it is Petco Park, and the Giant fans love their ballpark by the bay. I totally understand that. But Dodger Stadium with it’s improvements and additions, plus it’s colorful history makes the choice for me. Of course, I am a Dodger fan.

Dodger Stadium has seen the second most no-hitters behind Fenway Park, in the majors. Fenway has 14 and Dodger Stadium 13. Two of those were perfecto’s. Koufax and Dennis Martinez.

There have been 10 World Series played at Dodger Stadium. It has hosted 5World Champs, the 2020 team won the first and only World Series played at a neutral park. But they played the season at home. Only one of those Championships was won at home, 1963 and fittingly, Koufax was on the mound. It would be great if Kershaw could do the same.

For a Stadium that opened with so much bad press and problems, that the Dodgers are still playing on a field that actually looks better than it did in 1962, is totally amazing.

I have been to a couple of MLB parks, but I would love to visit more, especially the two that are older than Dodger Stadium, Fenway and Wrigley Field.



MiLB Summary Report


OKC Dodgers 4 – Sugar Land Space Cowboys (Astros) 3

Gavin Stone was held back from his weekend start so that he could start on the same day as Clayton Kershaw.  While not certain, it is believed that CK may take a bereavement leave and miss his next start, which Stone would assume.

His pickoff error led to an unearned run in the first.  Former LAD prospect Rylan Bannon hit a HR for the Space Cowboys 2nd run.  And a single, SB, and ground rule double led to the third run.  He only allowed five hits, but they were timely for Sugar Land.  But he got his strikeout pitch going again, as he registered 10 K’s in his 5.2 IP.  Stone left the game down 3-0.

OKC finally crossed the plate in the 6th.  A single, 2 walks to load the bases, and a force out brought a run home.

The score stayed 3-1 until the 9th.  Jonny DeLuca, in his AAA debut, led off the 9th with a BB.  With one out, Steven Duggar hit a 2-run HR to knot the score at 3 apiece.  Drew Avans singled.  Jahmai Jones went in to PR for Avans, and moved to 2nd on a disengagement violation.  With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, Luke Williams gets the walk off single to score Jones and a 4-3 win.

  • Drew Avans – 2-5
  • Yonny Hernandez – 2-4
  • Jonny DeLuca and Andy Pages each drew a BB in their AAA debut, both going 0-3. Pages struck out twice, while DeLuca did not K.


Box Score


Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros) 7 – Tulsa Drillers 3

José Ramos the lone remaining Tulsa OF after the promotions of both Andy Pages and Jonny DeLuca, got the Drillers off to a great start with a 3 run HR in the 1st inning.  But that was it for the offense.

River Ryan took the bump to try and add to his outstanding start this season.  He breezed thru the first three innings, allowing a single baserunner on a HBP.  The 4th was a different story.  He allowed a one out walk, who stole 2nd.  With a K and 2 outs, he walked another and then gave up his first hit of the night, which was a tying 3-run HR.

Ryan gave up a single following the HR, and Braydon Fisher came in to relieve Ryan.  Fisher walked the first batter he faced.  Both runners pulled off a double steal, and came home on a 2-run single, and a Hooks 5-3 lead.

In the 5th, after Fisher got the first two batters out, back to back errors put runners on 1st and 2nd.  A single loaded the bases, and a double plated 2 unearned runs.

Jake Pilarski and Lael Lockhart delivered 3.1 scoreless innings in relief.

Jose Altuve went 0-5 with a strikeout while making a rehab start.

  • José Ramos – 2-4, 1 run, 3 RBI, HR (9)
  • Eddys Leonard – 2-4, 1 run, double (9)
  • Jorbit Vivas – 1-3

That was the offense.


Box Score


West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) 11 – Great Lakes Loons 10

The Great Lakes Loons (21-13) and West Michigan Whitecaps (21-13) went toe-to-toe in a high-scoring matchup that showcased 21 runs, 24 hits and saw a one-run Whitecaps victory.

The Loons left the potential tying run 90 feet away, down 11-10 in the ninth. After two two-out singles from Griffin Lockwood-Powell and Chris Alleyne, the third strikeout of the inning ended the ball game.

The second, seventh, and ninth were the only innings to not see any runs.

West Michigan jumped out to an early lead, a Eliezer Alfonso RBI single was the highlight of a three-hit first. Great Lakes took the lead, the first of five lead changes. Austin Gauthier reached on a walk, and Yeiner Fernandez was hit by a pitch. Gauthier was plated by an Alex Freeland RBI double, and Taylor Young’s sacrifice fly scored Fernandez.

Great Lakes exploded in the bottom of the third, for four runs. Yeiner Fernandez doubled, and then Taylor Young doubled for his second RBI. Damon Keith and Griffin Lockwood-Powell were next and delivered back-to-back home runs.

The Whitecaps trailing 6-2, would tie it up entering the bottom of the fifth. Yon Castro, worked a scoreless second and third but allowed his first home run of the year, an Austin Murr two-run shot. Castro got the fifth, which was led off, by Izaac Pacheco. Pacheco demolished a ball to right-center. Franklin De La Paz took over, he hit a batter and allowed a single. Danny Serretti, lined the first pitch he saw to right field to score both.

Robert Campos, a 19-year-old for West Michigan pushed the Whitecaps ahead with a two-run homer in the sixth against Carlos De Los Santos.

The Loons first three batters in the sixth all reached and all scored. Griffin Lockwood-Powell singled, and then Chris Alleyne, powered his first home run of the season, a high fly over the right field fence. Great Lakes proceeded to load the bases, Alex Freeland, who had two hits and 10 RBI with bases loaded this season, grounded into a fielder’s choice to bring home a run, making it 9-8 Loons.

West Michigan supplied their fourth multi-run inning, a three-run eighth. Christian Suarez surrendered three straight singles, Chris Meyers a two-run base knock. The Whitecaps’ back end of the bullpen did enough to finish the job. Austin Gauthier smashed a 2-0 pitch, a homer, to begin the bottom of the eighth. The next three batters were retired.

  • Griffin Lockwood- Powell – 3-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, HR (4)
  • Chris Alleyne – 2-5, 1 run, 2 RBI, HR (6)
  • Ismael Alcantara – 2-5, 1 run, 2 doubles (4)
  • Austin Gauthier – 1-3, 2 BB, 2 runs, 1 RBI. HR (4)
  • Alex Freeland – 1-5, 2 RBI, double (5)
  • Taylor Young – 1-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, double (4), sac fly
  • Yeiner Fernandez – 1-3,2 HBP, 2 runs, double (4)
  • Damon Keith – 1-5, 1 run, 2 RBI, HR (4)

Dalton Rushing playing 1st base was the only Loon without a hit, going 0-5.


Box Score


Visalia Rawhide (Arizona) 16 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7

Five different Quakes pitchers were banged around allowing 16 runs on 15 hits and 16 walks.


  • Kenneth Betancourt 2B-SS – 4-5, 1 run, 2 RBI
  • Cameron Decker DH – 3-5, 3 RBI, double (3)
  • Thayron Liranzo 1B – 2-4, 1 run,
  • Juan Alonso RF – 2-3, 2 BB, 3 RBI


Box Score



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Jeff Dominique

Great subject. I have been to many MLB stadiums, many of which are no longer standing. Oracle Park is a great venue, but it is still way too cold on that Bay. Petco is a beautiful stadium. I was there in 2019 with a lot of other LAD fans. Unfortunately it is where the Padres play. I have been to Candlestick and Oracle, when it was called Pac Bell, SBC, and AT&T. Although I have not been there since it became Oracle.
I have also been to:
·      Old Yankee Stadium
·      Old Fulton County Stadium
·      Seattle Kingdome
·      Old Minnesota Metrodome
·      Kauffman Stadium – KC
·      Old Jack Murphy Stadium – San Diego
·      Angel Stadium
·      Oakland Coliseum
·      Busch Stadium
·      Coors Field
·      Chase Field (when it was Bank One Ballpark) – There for opening day March 28, 1998
And of course:
·      Fenway Park
I have been to countless MiLB stadiums.


I have been to more games in Ebbets Field than any other park. Memory Lane………..


Bradley Zimmer was placed on the developmental list when Pages and DeLuca were added to the roster. Bad game all around tonight. Kersh not sharp, offense squandered too many chances. Kersh is supposed to be heading to Texas to be with his family today. He will most likely be placed on the Bereavement list.


Frankly I’m surprised Kershaw pitched this game. He said he wanted to but I’m sure nobody expected it. He wasn’t sharp but the offense lost this one. You gotta hit with them to play with them. We didn’t.

Bullpen 13 innings in 2 games. And a day game today.

I was at the game they honored Campanella at the Coliseum. Over 93,000. That was an amazing experience.

Last edited 1 year ago by Badger

Most I ever saw there was for a USC-UCLA game. Trojans won. I had a good friend who got to go to all three World Series games in 1959. Said it was the most amazing experience of his life, he was 12 at the time. His dad worked for the Coliseum commission and got tickets from the team.


I was 11 when I went. I believe there was 90,000 then That place was raucous when it was full. I was on the UCLA sidelines in ‘65. The noise down there was indescribable. I wanted some of that, but being that close to those guys, I knew I wasn’t going to play there.

I went to many games at Dodger Stadium too, including Angel games when they were there. But my early experiences in the Coliseum are far more memorable to me.


Can’t win ’em all.

Andre Jackson could help in the pen.


Pitching. Will it last through October?




Easily, I think.


Still think so?


Jeff says Dodgers have 78 rhp stored in the minors.


Of course. I think they will have to trade a pitcher or two (ala Mitch White) at the deadline.


Then you don’t think the pitching will last through October.

I don’t either.


Looks like Mark is really shutting down LADT this time. Running a business and keeping the blog going cannot be easy.


Who is Mark?


Mark Timmons, he runs LADodgertalk.


Heyward batting 3rd last night was a joke. The Dodgers are not the same when Will Smith is out of the lineup.



Jeff Dominique

Dylan Covey got into a LAD game a lot sooner than he anticipated. Dustin May lasted one inning before Covey was summoned, The word is right elbow pain. We will wait until further information before speculating.

To make room for Covey, after pitching in three straight games, Justin Bruihl was optioned back to OKC. He will be back. He has pitched well this season. To make room on the 40 man, Jimmy Nelson was transferred to the 60 day IL. It is unlikely he will pitch for the Dodgers again. What might have been.

UPDATE: Velocity way down today. What does that mean?

  • Sinker today – 94.7 – 2023 average 96.7
  • Cutter today – 90.9 – 2023 average 93.1
  • Curve today – 85.6 – 2023 average 86.3
  • 4-seam today – 95.4 – 2023 average 97.4
Last edited 1 year ago by Jeff Dominique

So JD is 4/10 with 2 walks and a HR off of Sonny Gray and Jason Heyward is the DH today?
I just don’t understand Doc’s reasoning..
Maybe his back is acting up.

Last edited 1 year ago by OhioDodger

I’m sure Doc has a reason for it. He has a reason for everything he does.


This game getting away from the Dodgers who again not really hitting in the clutch.


Wait. Isn’t it 3-2?


One way or another, Stone is getting another chance. At least I assume so.

Dodgers really leaned on their relievers three games in a row on this 10 straight day of play road trip.

Amazing how far Outman can hit a ball with that short swing. After his grand slam Taylor followed with his very long hard swing that seemed even longer and harder after seeing Outman’s short swing.

Singing the Blue

I had the same thought re Outman’s swing. Astonishing how far he can get the ball to travel with what looks like a glorified check swing (slight exaggeration).

When your friend Mr Muncy swings, it’s easy to see why the ball travels as far as it does. As they say, it takes all kinds.


May is headed for the IL with a flexor strain per Roberts. Stone will get the first call and I would not be surprised to see them trade for a pitcher in July.


Yep. I said they should be cautious with him. Put him on a pitch count. Nope. Last 4 outings, 96, 104, 99, 90.


Don’t be soft


Be smart.


And I said trade him because I didn’t trust he could stay healthy.

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