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The Lost Weekend

This was a series the Dodgers should have won.  They were sending out Landon Knack, Tyler Glasnow, and James Paxton against Logan Webb and 2 bullpen games for SFG.

The LAD starters were in their October form as not any of the three starters got through 5.0 innings.  The closest and arguably the best of the three?  Landon Knack.  4.2 IP allowing 1 run.  He threw 76 pitches (49 strikes).  He was pulled with a 2-1 lead.  Anthony Banda was the first reliever of the weekend that saw 15 relievers in a 3-game series.

Each of the LAD relievers pitched in back to back games except Alex Vesia who only pitched in Game 2.

The starters went 11.2 IP, while the relievers threw 15.1 IP.  The starters allowed 15 runs, while the relievers allowed 7.

  • Anthony Banda – 1.1 IP
  • Daniel Hudson – 2.0 IP – 3 runs
  • Ryan Yarbrough – 3.0 IP
  • Blake Treinen – 1.0 IP – 2 runs
  • Johan Ramirez – 2.1 IP – 1 run
  • Michael Petersen – 2.2 IP
  • Evan Phillips – 2.0 IP – 1 run
  • Alex Vesia – 1.0 IP

Not a good weekend for the vaunted LAD pitching staff.

BTW, Garrett Crochet went 7.0 IP against Colorado.  He threw 88 pitches (69 strikes).  He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, 0 walks, and struck out 11 in a no-decision.

STB mentioned that CWS turned down a LAD offer for Crochet.  There is no way CWS is going to accept anything LAD offers without checking in with Baltimore.  Atlanta, San Diego, and Philadelphia are all connected with some interest.  This decision will probably go down to July 30.

The Dodgers averaged 7 runs per game.  They had 31 hits including 12 XBH (8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR).  For the weekend they slashed  a respectable .274/.333/.434/.767.

But the Giants average 7.3 runs per game.  They had 37 hits including 22 XBH (17 doubles, 1 triple, 4 HR). For the weekend they slashed .322/.377/.591/.968.  They made mince meat out of the LAD pitching.

Randy Arozarena for the weekend – 4-11 (1 HR).  For the month of June .291/.424/.468/.892.

Luis Robert Jr for the weekend – 3-14 (1 HR and 1 double).  For the month of June .202/.290/.483/.773.

Paul DeJong for the weekend – 4-14 (1 HR). For the month of June .240/.273/.471/.744.

I have generally been accepting of the poor hitting from the Dodgers.  I have long been a supporter of Austin Barnes and Chris Taylor even when they look as if they are not MLB hitters (I know obnoxiously so).  Neither Barnes nor CT3 take an AB off.  But when I see Gavin Lux barely break into a trot on ground balls, and on one occasion veer off to the dugout about half way down the line, that is when my disgust took over.  I am sorry, but that is not acceptable. This used to be an automatic benching in the past.  Now it is accepted by management?  This is what Tommy Pham finds so objectionable.    Apparently Lux has no fear of being benched or optioned. Does he feel entitled?

My support for Lux is gone, and until I see him bust his ass every play, I will not be accepting of his play.  I understand players like Freddie or Mookie when they do not run full out as they are trying to save their legs.  But they still run it out, and I have never seen them quit half way down the line. It is not as if he is Barry Bonds and hits 70 HRs.  Lux has to rely on his legs, and if chooses not to then he is making a statement.  And I do not want to hear about his ACL tear.  That was 16 months ago and if it still hurts, grab a dugout seat.  Bring up Andre Lipcius and let’s see what he can do.

Okay. I have vented.  Now it is time to face the Dbacks.  The pitching matchups have been reported:

  • Tuesday – RHP Bobby Miller vs RHP Ryne Nelson
  • Wednesday – RHP Gavin Stone vs LHP Jordan Montgomery
  • Thursday – RHP Landon Knack vs RHP Zac Gallen

Tuesday will be a big game for Bobby Miller.

Lucky Landon gets his 2nd Ace in back to back starts.  (Logan Webb and Zac Gallen).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MiLB GAME SUMMARY REPORT

 

Reno Aces (Arizona) 8 – OKC Baseball Club 2

The Great Lakes pitcher, 21 year old RHP Christian Romero started his 2nd game for OKC.  He completed 5.0 innings but allowed all 8 runs, 9 hits, and 2 BB.

Deyvison De Los Santos drove in all eight of the Reno Aces’ runs.  Reno initially grabbed the lead in the second inning on a RBI single by De Los Santos and Oklahoma City tied the score, 1-1, in the fourth inning on a RBI single by Austin Gauthier.

 

De Los Santos connected on a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to put Reno ahead, 4-1. Then in the fifth inning, De Los Santos hit a grand slam out to center field for an 8-1 Aces lead.

Oklahoma City brought in its second run of the day on a RBI groundout by Hunter Feduccia.

Drew Avans drew a walk to extend his on-base streak to 24 games — the longest active streak in the PCL and OKC’s second-longest on-base streak of 2024. During the stretch, Avans is 30-for-101 (.297) with 10 extra-base hits, 14 RBI, 14 walks and 22 runs scored.

Kody Hoese recorded OKC’s lone multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. He had OKC’s only extra-base hit, double, and scored both of the team’s runs.

 

Box Score

 

Tulsa Drillers 4 – Amarillo Sod Poodles (Arizona) 3

In the final game of a six-game series with Amarillo, the Tulsa Drillers were out-hit 12-4 Sunday afternoon, but the more important run column favored the Drillers. Tulsa scored three runs in the third inning without the benefit of a hit and overcame an early Amarillo lead to post a 4-3 win at ONEOK Field.

It was the 21st comeback win of the season for the Drillers.

Amarillo’s Ivan Melendez opened the afternoon’s scoring with a solo home run to lead off the second inning. It was the second homer of the series for Melendez and his sixth in his last 14 games.

The lead increased to 2-0 in the top of the third when Matt Beaty singled home Tim Tawa who had doubled.

It was a bittersweet afternoon for Amarillo starting pitcher Jamison Hill. Hill did not allow a hit nor a walk in two scoreless frames to open his outing, but he ran into difficulties in the third. Four straight walks to open the inning gave the Drillers their first run before a wild pitch tied the score. Austin Beck capped the three-run inning with a sacrifice fly that gave Tulsa the lead.

The first hit against Hill did not come until the first pitch of the fourth inning. Jose Ramos jumped on that initial pitch and lined it onto the grass berm in left-center field for his eleventh home run of the season, giving the Drillers a 4-2 lead.

Tulsa starting pitcher Kendall Williams held the two-run lead until the sixth inning when consecutive one-out doubles from A.J. Vukovich and Tim Graham made it 4-3.

Williams came within one out of matching the longest outing of the season for a Tulsa starter. The right-hander departed with two outs in the seventh.

Ben Harris got the final out of the seventh before the Drillers used an alert defensive play in the eighth to maintain the lead. With runners at first and second and no outs, Graham hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Taylor Young who was several feet off the foul line. Young was initially going to tag the runner going from second to third, but the runner stopped halfway to third. Young alertly threw to second for a force out, trapping the lead runner between second and third. After a rundown, pitcher Harris tagged the runner out to complete an unorthodox double play.

Harris got the final out in the eighth before turning things over to Lucas Wepf for the ninth inning. Wepf retired the Sod Poodles in order, including two via strikeouts, to close out the win and pick up his first save at the Double-A level.

It concluded a successful two-day stint for Wepf. He got his first Double-A win in Tulsa 10-6 win on Saturday night.

  • Damon Keith – 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI, double (4)
  • Home Run – José Ramos (11)

 

Box Score

 

Great Lakes Loons 12 – Lake County Captains (Cleveland) 10

The Great Lakes Loons appeared to be heading for a fifth straight loss after trailing the Lake County Captains 8-0 after three innings. The Loons responded by scoring 12 runs to down the Captains 12-10.

Lake County scored four runs off seven hits, all singles in the first inning. Jackson Ferris only recorded two outs, tying his shortest career outing.

The Captains grabbed two runs in the second, off two singles and a walk. Jeisson Cabrera threw a wild pitch and committed an error. Lake County added two more in the third, Angel Genao doubled home a run, getting a hit in each of the first three innings.

Down 8-0, the first three Loons reached base. Josue De Paula walked which was followed by a Dylan Campbell double. Chris Newell next-up, rocked his 20th home run of the season. He is the first Midwest League player to reach 20 homers and the sixth Great Lakes Loons player all-time to get 20.

In the fifth inning, Great Lakes tallied eight runs, the most in an inning this season. Jake Vogel doubled and was followed by an RBI single from Noah Miller. The next four Loons reached. De Paula walked, Campbell reached on an error, Newell walked, and Thayron Liranzo singled. A Jake Gelof sac fly pulled Great Lakes within one.

After Lake County’s third error the bases were loaded for Jake Vogel, who ripped a two-strike two-out go-ahead single up the middle. Noah Miller followed with his second single of the inning that was errantly thrown in from left, letting two runs come home making it 11-8.

In the middle innings, Kelvin Bautista pitched for the Loons, retiring all nine he faced.

In the seventh, Great Lakes added a run, and Lake County plated two. Kyle Nevin singled home a run, and the Captains attained five walks, scoring two. Livan Reinoso struck out Cooper Ingle stranding the bases loaded.

Brandon Neeck worked a six-out save, extending his scoreless streak to 7.2 innings. Lake County only had two runners reach in the final three frames.

  • Noah Miller – 2-4, 1 BB, 1 run, 2 RBI
  • Josue De Paula – 1-2, 3 BB, 2 runs
  • Chris Newell – 1-3, 2 BB, 2 runs, 3 RBI, HR (20)
  • Thayron Liranzo – 2-4, 1 BB, 1 run
  • Jake Vogel – 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, double (3)
  • Double – Dylan Campbell (15)

 

Box Score

 

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5 – Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego) 4

The Quakes got a huge assist from Mother Nature in Sunday’s ninth inning, as they rallied from behind for a 5-4 win over the Lake Elsinore Storm at The Diamond.

Tied at 4-4 in the ninth, a two-out pop-up on the infield off the bat of Samuel Munoz was lost in the sunny sky by Lake Elsinore third baseman Alain Camou, as Sean McLain raced home to give the Quakes a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Joseilyn Gonzalez fired three innings of scoreless relief and earned the win as he recorded the final nine outs.

Rancho led 2-0 against Storm starter Isaiah Lowe after just two innings, as RBI doubles from Jesus Galiz and Munoz gave them the early advantage.

The Storm tied the game against Rancho’s Roque Gutierrez, as he surrendered a two-out, two-run single to J.D. Gonzalez in the fourth, making it a 2-2 affair.

The Storm took the lead against Waylin Santana in the sixth, as Jose Sanabria and Chase Valentine collected two-out, run-scoring hits for a 4-2 lead.

Rancho chipped away though, getting a run in the seventh on a Wilman Diaz RBI groundout, then another in the eighth, on an RBI groundout from Alexander Albertus, evening the game at 4-4 against eventual loser Will Varmette, who surrendered the game-winner in the ninth.

Eriq Swan is slated to throw for Rancho on Monday.

  • Samuel Munoz – 2-5, 2 RBI, double (5)
  • Oswaldo Osorio – 2-5, 2 runs, 2 doubles (9)
  • Doubles – Jesus Galiz (9), Cameron Decker (3)

 

Box Score

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Norris

I hate losing to the Giants, that being said, there were some good things that came out of the weekend. Taylor had 3 hits in 4 at bats including a homer and a double. Although Heyward only had one hit, it was a triple that scored two in the big 11th inning of game 2. He only struck out once in the series, but he hit several balls very hard, just at someone. Freeman and Ohtani combined to go 4-22 with 2 doubles a homer and 3 RBI’s. Your big guns have a weekend like that, you are not going to win many games. Muncy coming back will stretch the lineup out. Also, I do not understand giving Smith a day off when they have Monday off and he just seems to be regaining his stroke. 4-10 in the series with 4 runs driven in. The pitching will work itself out. Giants changed their approach and were hacking from the first pitch instead of being selective. They should have won game one, two bad pitches cost them the game, they were never in game three.

Jeff

When is Muncy supposed to reappear?

Dionysus

Right after all-star break

Michael Norris

In about 2 weeks.

Wally Moonshot

Muncy was hitting .223 with 9 HR and 50 strikeouts before he went down. He’ll fit right in.

Michael Norris

Well one thing about Muncy, he can get hotter than hell. And he can carry the team on his back. He has done it before. You put his slug in there and it lengthens the lineup. You don’t pitch around a hitter to get to Max because he can bite you.

Badger

Muncy coming back isn’t going to help the pitching. It could be a long summer and it started in San Francisco. Glasnow, Yamamoto, Buehler, Miller, Stone, Paxton, Kershaw – when healthy is there a better staff in baseball? But….. all of them need time off.

I think the offense will be fine. Hopefully CT has righted himself. Kiké will be a .200 hitter with the occasional extra base hit. Freddie needs time off. Mookie and Muncy will return and do what they do but both may be somewhat reduced initially. I’m still hopeful Lux will be replaced and my choice for that remains Bichette. We need starters, whether from the system or trade we need a couple of guys who can eat innings in August and September. Getting them now would be preferable but I don’t expect that to happen. 4 weeks to the deadline.

Put this series in the rear view. Win 6 out 10 the rest of the way. The West is still ours. I don’t see us f’n that up.

Dave

If Lux should be benched for not running out a ball but isn’t whose fault is that? The manager!

Singing the Blue

Lux is the poster boy for playing the game passively. He seems to accept failure as if it was preordained.

Even his batting stance seems passive. Looks like he’s hiding in the closet with a broom hoping the burglar won’t open the door and find him.

Phil Jones

Great line, STB.

Scott Andes

His bat is a broom.

Fallito

The happiest guy to finally see we were leaving San Francisco is Andy Pages!!

Michael Norris

I think Paxton, Ohtani, and Glasnow were pretty stoked too.

OhioDodger

In 14 games and 36 AB’s in June, Taylor is hitting, .278/.333/.528/.861 with 2 HR. Encouraging if he can keep it up.

The Lux show is getting old. Put him in a trade for someone useful.

Singing the Blue

A number of us have decided that Lux isn’t hitting enough or hustling enough to stay on the team.

So what team is going to take him in a trade for someone useful? Ya gotta give to get.

Michael Norris

Brewers-Cubs-Marlins

Duke Not Snider

Either Chicago team. Lux is a boy from the Midwest and might just need that change of scenery stuff.
Lux for DeJong is a place to start.

Last edited 12 days ago by Duke Not Snider
Bluto

Good amount of positive press about Wepf.

Michael Norris

Dodger Blue says the Dodgers are looking for an impact starting pitcher. I agree. Staff is thin and there are too many question marks about the guys who are injured.

Bobby

Jeff’s plan isn’t bad. It worked quite well last season. Oh wait.

Do you guys have any worries that Crochet is also coming off injuries and very few innings the past couple years as compared to this first half so far?

Seems he’s another one, like Glasnow and Stone, who may need a 2 week vacation in late July to refresh.

Last edited 13 days ago by Bobby
Scott Andes

The old hope and pray strategy. We’ve seen this before.

Singing the Blue

Do you think Lance Lynn is available?
Maybe we should try it again. 😎

Michael Norris

Just reporting what they said. He has paid for pitchers before, most notably, Scherzer and Darvish. The one thing I am sure he will not do is get into a bidding war with another team. Two I am pretty sure will be on the market, Kikuchi and Flaherty.

Last edited 13 days ago by Michael Norris
OhioDodger

Kikuchi has pitched 88.1 innings in 17 starts this year. A 5 inning pitcher. He is a #4 or 5 starter at best and not a playoff caliper starter. Might come cheap and be able to eat some innings thru August and September.
Flaherty would be a nice pickup. What do you think it would take to get him?

Last edited 13 days ago by OhioDodger
Michael Norris

They need prospects. Maybe someone like Hurt and say Newel, or even Lipcius.

Duke Not Snider

Newell is one of several minor leaguers I wonder about. He and others put up impressive numbers–yet you don’t find them very high on the prospect lists.
It would be very interesting to know the Dodgers internal evaluation. Avans and Ward are two others. They perform well at OKC, but the Dodgers brass seem to have judged them as 4A players.
How much closer to the majors would these guys be if they got traded to the White Sox or Angels or Marlins? Sluggers like Ward and Newell would certainly fare better in franchises that don’t have a $700-million DH.

Bluto

I don’t have any faith on Dodger Blue nor his access to legit info.

I know I’m in the minority but i still see a plus bat as waaaaaaay more likely than a plus arm or a plus arm and plus bat.

Bluto

Good info from Torobio.
appreciate that.

agree with the rest, the fun part of trade season for me is trying to get inside the minds of the Boston and LA GMs

Dionysus

Who?

Bluto

Per Plunkett:

#Dodgers have lost a lot of talent to the IL. With a big lead in the division though, GM Brandon Gomes says the focus as the trade deadline approaches is on “bigger-picture moves.

Exact words follow:
“I think right now it’s kind of evaluating how this group is playing. It’s still quite a talented group,” General Manager Brandon Gomes said. “Make sure we’re playing well and not having to step on anybody too much. But a lot of it will be wait-and-see on that front.

“We’re fortunate enough to be in a good spot in the division right now. So that will dictate a lot of it. So depending on how things progress – do we have to make moves that are more focused on the now or can we continue to evaluate and focus on bigger-picture moves?”

Last edited 13 days ago by Bluto
Duke Not Snider

Does “bigger-picture” mean long-term contracts rather than rentals?

Singing the Blue

If Bichette isn’t going to be available (and we both know they could very well change their minds on that), is there a second baseman out there that would be worth getting? I really don’t want to rely on MiggyRo to play every day, so we could keep Mookie at short, the new guy at second with Rojas getting starts all around the infield a few times a week, including 3B when we go against tough lefties.

Singing the Blue

I hadn’t realized what a nice year IKF was having. He’s got 1.5 years of control remaining while the other two have 2.5.

Hoerner would be my first choice but the Cubs would ask a lot for him.
I’d be OK with the other two as well, although I think IKF and Kike are probably a duplication so if we got him I would try to trade Kike.

India would probably be my last choice, although I like his attitude. On the other hand, especially if Mookie stays at short, we should have an above-average fielding second baseman, I think.

My guess is that both IKF and India are available but Hoerner would be a tough get.

Singing the Blue

Trade Simulator values Hoerner at 37.4, India at 22.8 and IKF at 1.4. I’m very surprised at the distance between India and IKF.

Would you do any of the following for Hoerner?
Based on Simulator values:

Lux plus Grove plus Frasso plus Noah Miller
or
Rushing plus Hurt
or
Bobby Miller straight up

Duke Not Snider

I’d want to keep Miller, Rushing and Hurt.
The others would look good with the Cubbies.

Duke Not Snider

I’d rather have Mookie at 2B and get a SS. Both IKF and Hoerner would fit the bill. India would not.

Badger

If the Dodgers don’t land a legitimate shortstop I can see them living with Lux in the 9 hole. With Muncy and Mookie both returning, CT3 coming around, the Dodgers may feel the offense is fine and go after only pitching.

Jeff

CT3 coming around? Good luck with that one.
When is Mookie due to come back?
The Dodgers are in a good position to ride out the wave of injuries. Not too worried about them making the playoffs. We will never be happy with the FO and its view of how to construct a team. The corporate mentality is not part of our DNA as a fan. Success is measured differently. Survival is the name of their game and they seem to have come up with a way to sustain it. It will never satisfy the fan. We’ve seen the same mentality for many years now.

Duke Not Snider

Compared to Lux, Taylor is looking good, with an OPS over .800 over the last 30 days while Lux has been around .600.
And Taylor is so much more versatile.

Bluto

Thank you for asking, it’s pretty much your answer from before in different words

Michael Norris

Trying to name players they might go after is all guess work anyway. The Dodgers have not been very open about who they might be targeting at the deadline. I mean, how many of us knew anything about them trying to trade for Rodriguez until after the deal fell through. I was totally taken off guard when they made the trade for Rosario and for Kelly and Lynn. Nats are DFAing Eddie Rosario since they called up their number one prospect. He is having a really bad season. Under the Mendoza like. Even though he has 7 homers. Robert has his avg up to .205. But he went 1-6 in their loss to the Rockies. The game went 14 innings.

Duke Not Snider

Excellent vent.
If Bichette isn’t in play, I’d be fine with DeJong. He’d be cheaper and he’s having a better year. I’d rather have DeJong on the roster than Lux, who I think would head to Sox in the deal.
And surely the Sox will deal Crochet, who reportedly has shown no interest in signing an extension.
What would Crochet + DeJong cost?
And I doubt that the Dodgers have rejected the idea of Robert,

Last edited 13 days ago by Duke Not Snider
Duke Not Snider

FWIW, Taylor has hit to an.861 OPS over the past 30 days. Here’s hoping he can keep that up.
Over the same period, Lux has hit to a .605 OPS.
Not long ago, I was concocting trade scenarios to dump Taylor’s salary. But he’s a lot more versatile than Lux, and Lux’s contract is much easier to deal.
And it’s interesting to read the critiques here of Lux’s body language.
I had figured the Mookie-Rojas-Lux mashup at the keystone might work well, assuming the Lux would deliver on offense. Batting near the bottom of the order, the job is to get on base. For the full season, his OBP is a dismal .270.
And I was really optimistic about Lux. Before the season started, I marveled about the potential of the new offense, because…
Shohei> JDM
Teoscar> Peralta
Lux > Rojas
In fact, Rojas has been far, far superior to Lux. In fact, their offensive numbers could be reversed, and we wouldn’t complain much about Rojas because of his defense.
Seriously, the deal for Rojas might have been AF’s best ever in terms of return. I wish the best for Jacob Amaya, but I’m not sure where he’s playing now.

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