It was a night for the ages and a night that the Dodgers broke a 98 year-old record for most consecutive home wins to start a season. It now stand at 13, with no end in sight! The game was the highlight of an amazing evening thanks to Josh Rawitch of the Dodgers. First, the game: Even when Clayton Kershaw is not sharp and does not have his best stuff, he still battles and keeps you in the game. He doesn’t seem rattled when runners get on and he has an uncanny ability to keep them from scoring. He’s learning and he’s a work in progress, but let me say it again – he is something VERY, VERY Special! This guy will make Dodger fans smile for a long time. James McDonald came in relief of Clayton and only needed 13 pitches to retire the side in the 6th. Joe was wise to take him out after that successful inning as his problem is confidence, nothing more. He has to be feeling better about himself right about now. Mota again looked awful, and at some point, when the Dodgers scale back to 12 pitchers, he has to be a candidate to be DFA’ed! He has certainly been a disappointment so far this year. I don’t know whether there was more cheering for James McDoanld in the 6th inning or Brent Leach when he closed out the game. Both hit 94 on the gun,
RANTS & RAVES
- Brent Leach is going to be a nice LH option out of the pen – he can get that critical K, but he also walks too many people – he has to get that under control… and if he does, he will be unreal as a LH specialist!
- Raffy and the O-Dog set the plate last night and even cleaned it!
- Matt Kemp is reverting back to his old ways at the plate. Ned did say that Matt is much more receptive to coaching this year than in the past and restated that no one in theorganization has his “tools.” Ned also emphasized that Matt is still raw and feels the weight of the expectations so days, but that his play in CF has greatly improved.
- Ned says he worries about Russ Martin. He stated that while he is not in the habit of asking a player about a signing or trade, he did ask Russ about Brad Ausmus and Russ endorsed bringing him in as a ”teacher” . Ned says that Russ was an over-acheiver throughout his career and got where he as at by hard work, which slipped last year due to his partying lifestyle (not a big secret). He said that Russ is now working hard, studying film and beating himself up more than he should. He thinks he is trying too hard and pressing, and he worries about that. He also said that sometimes when you start going badly, it’s hard to get out of that rut.
- It was truly a team victory last night – some players let us down, but others picked them up and that’s what it is all about.
- The Dodgers have also realized what impact bloggers are having on the game and are giving us more access – so you can look for better articles and more inside information in the future.
- I came away from the game last night with a sense that the Dodgers are building a brand that will soon rival or even surpass the Yankees brand. After all, no other team has their own Zip Code – Dodgertown, CA 90090. McCourt is doing things the right way, and behind the scenes he is building a dynasty!
- Miguel Salcido is going to take a more active role with this blog and actually become a “partner” in this site. Look for some big changes… and soon. That’s Mark and Miguel above. Mark is the good-looking one. HA! Actually, Ken Levine and Josh Suchon were also there and said that I have a voice for radio (Translation: I don’t have a face for TV!)
|Hinckleypitched to 2 batters in the 6th.WP: Beimel, Mota.
IBB: Ethier (by Kensing).
Pitches-strikes: Cabrera, D 85-44, Hinckley 8-3, Kensing 28-16, Beimel 13-8, Kershaw 99-54, McDonald 13-9, Mota 36-22, Leach 18-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Cabrera, D 11-4, Hinckley 0-0, Kensing 3-2, Beimel 2-1, Kershaw 5-5, McDonald 0-2, Mota 3-1, Leach 1-1.
Batters faced: Cabrera, D 27, Hinckley 2, Kensing 10, Beimel 4, Kershaw 22, McDonald 3, Mota 8, Leach 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Hinckley 3-2, Kensing 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Derryl Cousins. 1B: Angel Campos. 2B: Brian Runge. 3B: Bill Miller.
Weather: 73 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to LF.
May 6, 2009Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
The Great Lakes Loons lost 5-1, even though they turned a triple play. Kyle Russell accounted for the Loons only run with a HR, his 5th, and 23rd RBI.
The Inland Empire 66′ers lost 12-10. The 66′ers had 18 hits and Pedro Baez was 3-6 with 2 HR and 3 RBI, and has raised his BA recently to .296 – maybe we’ll forget about converting him back to pitching for wa while. Robinson was also 3-6 and is hitting .350. Eduardo Perez is at .398! We’ll see some of these guys move up.
The Chatanooga Lookouts game was postponed.
The Albuquerque Isotopes won 9-3 behind 4 hits by Blake “Rake” DeWitt who is hitting on;y .379. Charlie Haeger got the win, his 3rd.