I once refused to print Manny Ramirez’ name for over 2 months in the off season because I was sick of hearing about the holdout, and after 24 hours I am just as sick of it. The photo at the right is a shot of the media circus (AKA/Press Conference) about Manny. Everybody is hashing and re-hashing, cussing and dis-cussing and speculating what happened. He tested positive for a banned substance! End of story! Why, what, when, where, how – do you really expect the truth? It is what it is and that is all I am going to write about it, AND I will not mention his name until after July 4th when his suspension is over. If for some reason, I have to write something about him (which I doubt), I will call him “That Guy Whom I Won’t Name.” That’s all, folks! One final shot: “That Guy” and A-Rod have the same agent. Coincidence? I think not! All I know is that the two highest paid players in the game are clients of Scot Boras, and both are connected to steroids. Make of it what you will.
Before Thursday’s game, Joe Torre said that the Dodgers were sad about the suspension, but as if on cue, in the first inning, they exorcised those demons, punctuated by Matt Kemp’s Grand Slam. “GAME OVER – WE WILL CARRY ON!”is what the Dodgers’ bats said. The only problem was that they played like they thought the game was over and didn’t hit anymore. Then the arsonists in the bullpen torched the joint! It was coyote ugly! Troncoso, Ohman, Wade and Leach pitched like Single A pitchers. It was pathetic! It was fitting that Joe Beimel needed 40 pitches to retire the side in the 8th inning. It was the Classic Tortisevs. the Hare. The Hare Dodgers jumped out to a 6-0 lead and then laid down and went to sleep. The Hare plodded along and scored 11 runs. The Dodgers woke up at the end and tried to catch the Tortise, but alas, they were too late. And they lived happily ever after….
RANTS & RAVES
- Randy Wolf was solid again. So far, he has a 2.95 ERA (thanks to a corrected scoring error – the official scorekeeper was unaware of the appropriate rule), andalong with Orlando Hudson, Mark Loretta, Juan Castro and Brad Ausmus, he has proven to be an excellent pickup by Ned Colletti.
- Ned has indicated that after May 15th, when we needs a 5thstarter again, is when Eric Milton will be recalled. He said that Estes was not really on the Dodgers radar and that Mark Muldar was not an option. He stated that he is getting good reports on Milton, andhas sent several scouts to check him out. He feels that in another start or two, Milton’s arm strength will be sufficient and he will be re-called. Officially, Milton could get his releasenow, but the Dodgers and his agent have evidently agreed that he will be called up later this month.
- It was strange, but cool, to rub elbows with Vin Scully, Rick Monday, Steve Lyons, Tommy, TJ Simers, Bill Plaschke and a plethora of other writers. Most of this column was composed where I sat in the pressbox. Thanks to Josh Suchon for taking the picture. While it was fun, I would not want to watch 162 games from the press box, unless it was my full-time job. It’s a lot of work in a work environment.
|Ohman pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.
Leach pitched to 3 batters in the 8th.WP: Troncoso.
IBB: Zimmerman, R (by Leach).
Pitches-strikes: Zimmermann, J 95-63, Villone 11-6, Beimel 40-26, Wells 19-13, Wolf 109-73, Troncoso 16-10, Ohman 2-2, Wade 31-19, Leach 8-4, Mota 7-6, McDonald 24-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Zimmermann, J 8-6, Villone 0-2, Beimel 1-1, Wells 1-1, Wolf 4-9, Troncoso 2-0, Ohman 0-0, Wade 1-0, Leach 0-0, Mota 0-1, McDonald 0-0.
Batters faced: Zimmermann, J 26, Villone 3, Beimel 7, Wells 7, Wolf 25, Troncoso 5, Ohman 1, Wade 6, Leach 3, Mota 3, McDonald 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Ohman 2-2, Wade 1-0, Leach 2-2, Mota 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Angel Campos. 1B: Brian Runge. 2B: Bill Miller. 3B: Derryl Cousins.
Weather: 73 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to LF.
May 7, 2009Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
The Great Lakes Loons won 5-1, behind JonMichael Redding who threw six shutout innings Thursday. Redding (4-1) struck out five en route to his fourth win, moving him into a six-way tie for first in the Midwest League in wins. Josh Walter surrendered a run in two relief innings. JavyGuerra struck out the side in the ninthin a non-save situation. The Loons struck for their first run in the second on a solo home run by Kyle Russell. He now moves into a tie for first in th six andmoves into first place all by himself in RBIs with 26. Then in the fourth, Great Lakes struck for three runs with two of the runs scoring on triples – one by Nick Buss and the other by Matt Wallach. Travis Vetterstacked on a final run for the Loons in the eighthwith a solo home run, his first ever with the Loons. Vetters finished the game a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs and a walk. Tony Delmonico extended his team-high hitting streak to 12 with a seventh inning single.
The Inland Empire 66′erswon 13-3 behind Steve Johnson who pitched 6 innings, striking out 10 and allowed just 2 runs. TrayvonRobinson was 2-6 with hit 4th HR and 2 RBI, Scott VanSlyke was 5-5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, Baez was 2-4 with 3 runs scored and Tommy Giles was 3-4 with his 4th HR and 4 RBI.
The Chatanooga Lookouts won 5-4 behind Josh Lindblom who went 5 innings, allowing 1 ER andstriking out 6. Jamie Hoffman was 2-3 with a double, triple and 3 RBI. Lambo was 0-3 with 2 K’s and is now hitting .282.
The Albuquerque Isotopes won 7-0, behind starting pitcher Eric Milton, who did not allow a run, leading the Albuquerque Isotopes (12-14) to a 7-0 win over the Oklahoma City RedHawks (10-15) Thursday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Milton and relief pitcher Henry Bonilla combined to allow the ‘Hawks just two hits while racking up Albuquerque’s secondshutout of the season, both of which were started by the lefty Milton. Milton (3-2) dominated right out of the gate, retiring the first 15 batters he faced through five perfect frames. Any thoughts of a perfect game or a no-hitter were dispelled when German Duran led off the sixthwith a bullet into the hole at short that was knocked down by a diving Chin-Lung Hu, whose hurried throw to first was not in time, allowing Duran to reach on an infield hit. Kevin Richardson followed with a single to center, but Milton coaxed Jose Vallejo into a 1-6-3 doubleplay and struck out Julio Borbon to erase the threat. Milton finished the night allowing just the two hits in six innings while striking out five and walking none. The six shutout frames extended his road scoreless streak to 18.0 straight innings. The two-hitter is the first thrown by Isotopes pitchers since a trio of Albuquerque hurlers (Yusmeiro Petit, Logan Kensing, and Brad Clontz) tossed a two-hitter at New Orleans on April 22, 2006. Meanwhile, the Isotopes wasted no time battering RedHawks starter Tommy Hunter. After Hu roped a one-out single in the first, the hot-hitting Blake DeWitt hammered a double to left that scored the runner all the way from first and put the Isotopes up 1-0. Albuquerque added more in the third when Danny Ardoin hit a leadoff single andadvanced to second when Hunter misplayed a Jason Repko sacrifice bunt. Huadvanced bothrunners90 feet with another sacrifice before DeWitt plated Ardoin with an RBI single to increase the Isotopes lead to 2-0. Hector Luna then drove home Repko withan RBI single before advancing to second on an error and scoring on a single by John-Ford Griffin to give the ‘Topes a 4-0 lead. The hit parade continued in the fourth, when A.J. Ellis led off the frame with a single and scored on a triple by Repko to boost the advantage to 5-0 Albuquerque. One batter later, Repko trotted home on a single by Huto put the visitors up 6-0. With a three-hit night Repko, increased his team-high hitting streak to seven straight games. Hu and Ellis also contributed three-hit performances as part of a 14-hit attack for the ‘Topes.