RANTS & RAVES
- Russ Martin couldn’t buy a hit, so he took a walk to win the game. That’s “blooming where you are planted!” Now, he needs to sit about 2 games to clear his head. Maybe Joe could play him at 3B against a tough LH (Blake to 1B, Loney rests).
- Change Is Not Always Good, But It Is Always Constant! Diamond Leung and Tony Jackson – GONE! The OC Register, The Riverside Press-Enterprise and The Daily News are all out of the baseball business… maybe out of all business soon! Tony and I talked about this possibility – he knew it was coming, but he didn’t think it would happen so soon. Frankly he’s relieved. I will be meeting with him in LA next week. Hummmmm. What’s that about? Stay tuned!
- Something tells me Tanyon Sturtze will soon be a coach (manager, advisor, scout, secretary) in the Dodgers system. The Dodgers didn’t just decide to release him – he asked for and received his release. If no one picks him up (and I doubt it), I think he’ll be with the Dodgers soon.
- Last night was indeed The Kershawshank Redemption! He didn’t have his best stuff, but he pitched to contact and recorded 7 shutout innings. He showed he belonged in the rotation. Actually, he showed he is a valuable part of the rotation.
- Kuo is headed to the DL – I told you a couple of weeks ago that something was wrong, and it’s his elbow, according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com. With 4 surgeries on it, this could be the end of the line for him. I would not be surprised if he retires. Enough is enough! THis means we need another reliever – L or R – Doesn’t Matter. Mota looks to be toast so we need another (Lindblom?).
- Milton or Estes will take Kuo’s place on the roster and McDonald’s place in the rotation – Maybe McDonald will be that additional arm in the pen…
- BTW Harold, I never thought YOU were criticizing me, but if you did, it would be fine – YOU have earned it!
- Dylan Hernandez of The LA Times on Russ Martin:
Russell Martin was too busy to spend much time talking about his batting slump. Why? He had to talk to Kershaw, his starting pitcher that day.
“His catching and his dealing with the pitchers, he’s really been consistent in that regard,” Manager JoeTorre said.
Torre went out of his way to compliment Martin on Thursday night, telling him that he was making a difference even though he hit .205 in April and was hitless in his last 13 at-bats of the month.
“The catching part of it is taking up most of his time,” Torre said. “He’s here when I get here and I’m here pretty early. He’s watching his videos, sitting with pitchers — a lot of things that weren’t going on last year.”
That’s something Martin said he has forced himself to do this season. But he said he’s not trying to force anything in the batter’s box, even though he described himself as being too relaxed earlier in the season.
“I think I’m just not even thinking about it,” Martin said. “It’s not going to happen overnight. I’m not going to get 12 hits in one day.”
IBB: Ramirez, M (by Sanchez).
HBP: Hairston, S (by Belisario).
Pitches-strikes: Peavy 115-79, Sanchez 32-15, Kershaw 99-61, Belisario 13-6, Ohman 7-5, Broxton 20-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Peavy 6-10, Sanchez 1-0, Kershaw 10-8, Belisario 0-1, Ohman 1-0, Broxton 1-0.
Batters faced: Peavy 27, Sanchez 6, Kershaw 27, Belisario 3, Ohman 2, Broxton 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Ohman 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Rob Drake. 1B: Tim Timmons. 2B: Jeff Kellogg. 3B: Mark Wegner.
Weather: 64 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 6 mph, L to R.
May 1, 2009Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
The Great Lakes Loons lost 6-4 as Nathan Evoldi went to 0-3 with an 6.61 ERA. Evoldi has been disappointing, to say the least! Russell Martin’s replacement-to-be, Tony Delmonico, went 2-4 and is now hitting .306.
The Inland Empire 66′ers lost 10-4, but Scott Van Slyke and Preston Mattingly hit HR’s. Van Slyke drove in 3 of the 4 runs as well. Adolfo Gonzales was 3-4 to raise his BA to .370.
The Chatanooga Lookouts won 5-4 and Andrew Lambo was 1-4 with another BB (.310 BA).
The Albuquerque Isotopes lost 6-5 as Eric Milton went 6 innings again with 6 hits, 3 Runs and 6 K’s. Either Milton or Estes will get the call-up today!