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Tony Gonsolin Throws Another Masterpiece

Tony Gonsolin goes 7.2 (92 pitches) allowing only a Trent Grisham monster HR on a fastball he left out over the plate.  But other than that, he allowed only a pair of doubles to Jurickson Profar and a single to Grisham.  He is now an MLB best 10–0 record, a MLB lead in ERA (1.54), MLB lead in WHIP (0.82), and an MLB lead in BAA (.156).  Other than that, he is just an average pitcher.

Gonsolin had to be special as his opponent, Blake Snell was also brilliant.  He was able to go only 5.0 IP, but he struck out 12 in those 5.0 IP.  He had 22 whiffs, with his slider producing 11.  He threw 107 pitches.  As much as we LAD fans have complained about the umpiring, Blake Snell has a whole lot of complaining with HP umpire, Scott Barry.  There were multiple missed pitches, including more than a couple in the 3rd on walks to Freddie Freeman and Will Smith.  But he got Justin Turner to strike out for the 3rd out.

Gonsolin had 18 whiffs of his own on the night. He did not walk a batter and had 8 Ks.  But none better and more satisfying than Manny Machado PHing in the 8th with Trent Grisham on 1st.  He struck out CJ Abrams for his final batter faced in the game.  With a tenuous 3-1 lead, a runner on, and Jurickson Profar coming to bat, a decision was made to let Evan Phillips take care of Profar.  I was very much in agreement with the call.  Profar had already doubled twice against Tony on the night and was 5-7 in his career.  Phillips got Profar to ground to Freddie Freeman for out number 3 in the 8th.

Craig Kimbrel has not pitched in B2B games much this year, and after retiring the side with 2 Ks on Thursday night, he came back out in a non-save situation and retired the side in order again on Friday.

 

Not all was pretty for the good guys.  After Joe Musgrove struck out 10 on Thursday and 12 LAD batters went down in total, Blake Snell punched out 12 with 17 Dodger batters going down in total.  That is 29 Ks in two nights.  They were still 1-10 WRISP, and that was Freddie Freeman.  Although they did score their final two on outs: a sac fly by Cody Bellinger, and a hard hit ground out by Austin Barnes on a great play by CH Abrams to score Trayce Thompson.

 

Besides the ground out RBI by Barnesy, Austin continued his mastery over Blake Snell with a double in the 3rd.  He promptly stole 3rd, but was left stranded.

On Thursday it was JT who got hot for a night with 3-3 including 2 HRs.  Last night, it was Max Muncy who slugged a line drive HR down the 1B line and a 1-0 lead.

 

 

Snell was lifted after five, and Craig Stammen came in to pitch.  After Stammen struck out the first two batters he faced, Belli crushed a long HR and a LAD 2-1 lead.

After a Trea Turner single and SB, Freddie Freeman doubled to score Turner.  Freddie reached and drove the pitch into left center.  He did not try to do too much with it.  That AB should be mandatory viewing by all LAD hitters as to how to approach a RISP scenario.

 

Over the last two nights, there were certainly things to build on:

  • Trayce Thompson 2 doubles on balls that were absolutely smoked.
  • Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger hit HRs on a night after JT hit a pair.
  • This was Crain Kimbrel’s fifth B2B night, but only once in June.
  • The team scored a pair of runs on outs.
  • The bullpen overall was brilliant over the last two nights.
  • They beat a good San Diego team for the 4th time this year out of 5 games.
  • They are now 3.5 games ahead of SD and 7.5 ahead of SF Giants.

 

I refuse to get too excited over the Max and Cody HRs.  After JT’s 2 HR night, he drew the collar.  It sure would be great if only one of the three were to get hot and roll off 12-15 games with good offense.  I am also not going to get too excited about the two runs scored on outs, as opposed to leaving runners stranded with Ks.  They were still 1-10 on the night.  29 of their 54 outs in the last two games were strikeout.  That is more than 50% of the outs are K’s.  But a win is a win.

Saturday the Dodgers get to face off against Yu Darvish who has throttled the Dodgers in the past.  Tyler Anderson will hopefully get back on track at home.

 

 

 

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Michael Norris

Made it home last night. I drove straight through and was home by 9 my time. 225 bucks for gas,,dispicable. Got home intime to watch the last 4 innings. This team strikes out way to much. Before everyone loses their minds over Bellinger, he is hitting 46 points higher and has more home runs than he did all last season in less at bats. Not the 2017 model, but an improvement. He is on track to hit 20 bombs.

Badger

Straight through? Are you nuts?

yeah, probably

Glad you’re home safe.

Bluto

Just a really good team. Fun and easy time to be a fan!

Fred Vogel

Who is this Evan Phillips fellow anyway? Such a great surprise, so far.
I’ve turned a 180 on my confidence when Tony G is pitching.
The strikeouts are so frustrating, especially when our beloved Bums freeze on a fastball third strike right down the middle.
WHEN Trace makes contact, it sounds powerful.
I was surprised to learn that Chris Taylor leads the majors in batting average on balls hit that are hit in play.

Sam Oyed

Not surprised to see that. Seems like Taylor strikes out half the time but has an average around .245. So if he hits it good chance it’s a hit. Wonder how long that will be the case.

Bumsrap

Taylor ranks 183 in average exit velocity at 87.9 mph. That’s last place among the Dodger regulars. Some have said he doesn’t make contact often but when he does, he hits it hard. Apparently not.

I have always felt Taylor gets more hits than anyone else that are seeing eye ground balls and bloopers. He has a lifetime average exit velocity of 87.7 against the MLB average of 88.4

Taylor ranks 114 in barrels per plate appearance at 6% this year.

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Fred Vogel

Joe Davis mentioned it on last night’s broadcast.

Badger

Wow.

The first thing I thought was – there’s one name that doesn’t belong in that group. The second thing I thought was – Chris Taylor strikes out a lot.

Badger

I see the K’s as a problem but I doubt the Dodgers do. 17 Ks and 1 for 10 WRISP sounds like a bad night, but as you say, a win. And a win against the Padres. This is a strange team. They can at times look like the little sisters and still win.

Gonsolin. 81.2 innings on July 1st. Gulp. He’s been amazing. Will he keep it up? There just has a point he’s given some time off… right?

Imanol Vargas. Who’s he? He’s 24 and tearing up A+. Playing 1b. Oh.

Harold Uhlman

This is from last September 14 Badger.

The third Vargas is in his fourth year of minor league ball having signed with the Dodgers on July 2, 2017, out of Bonao in the Dominican Republic. The 23-year-old 6’3”/185-lb. left-handed hitter has played the entire 2021 season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

Imanol Vargas, 23, started out as an outfielder but has been a first baseman for the past two seasons. On the season in 65 games, he has slashed .253/.344/.527 with 16 home runs and 51 runs batted in. But that is not the news.

In his last 21 games (August and September) he is hitting .336 with 10 home runs and 31 runs batted in.

Quick Hits

Eighteen-year-old catcher, Yeiner Fernandez, has eight hits in his first 14 at-bats with the Quakes.

Right-hander Gavin Stone might be the gem of the 2020 draft. He is red hot with the Loons. Although his ERA of 3.86 seems a bit high at the High-A level because of his debut game with six runs, his WHIP is 1.00 and he has recorded 37 strikeouts while walking five over 21 innings pitched. In his last four games over 17 innings, he has allowed 10 hits, three earned runs, struck out 29, and walked five. On the season between the Quakes and Loons he has struck out 138 and walked 25 in 91 innings pitched.

Harold Uhlman

When he pitches he just looks like he is playing a game and not in a pressure situation. He just gets the ball and pitches.He doesn’t or hasn’t waited for the pitch clock to run down. Sometimes the hitters seem to be trying to make him wait, perhaps to try to disrupt his rhythm.

Just a couple of inches taller than Pedro and at this time about five pounds heavier.

Bumsrap

Pedro II. Works for me unless Dodgers trade him.

OhioDodger

I know striking out is more a part of the game now than it has ever been. I guess we have to live with it. What I can’t accept however is striking out with a runner at 3rd base and less than 2 outs. Choke up, shorten your swing and put the damn ball in play. Good grief..

Badger

I think it’s silly yelling at a tv. I know I feel silly every time I do it.

Yeah, there have been times when I knew he wasn’t going to win the challenge, but there have been times when I was sure he was going to win and didn’t. I’m pissed at umps a lot more than I’m pissed at the Dodgers manager.

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