The Dodgers have done exactly that. They have seized the day. In a NL West division, that “they” said was said to be incredibly weak (“they” are generally wrong), the Dodgers have just kept up their winning ways and still sit seven ames atop the NL West with less than 20 games remaining in That Guy’s suspension. Not bad.
- I am not going to talk about Andruw Jones – Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish (Andruw, You are lucky I wasn’t the manager of the Dodgers – I would have hit you and then instructed the pitcher to hit you with a pick off throw).
- I am going to talk about Chad Billingsley and how is truly an ACE. Our Ace and in the last year, only Roy Halladay has won more games. C-Bill is one of the Top Ten pitchers in baseball (on his way to top 5). Quick, if you were staring a team today, name 9 starters you would take over Billingsley!
- Respect Russ Martin – he has been too good and works to hard to shut him down. He’s entitled to a “down offensive” year. Look at Dodger catchers in the past: Scioscia, Roseboro, et al. Catchers have more off years than position players. It’s just the nature of the position.
- Now the BIG NEWS: The Dodgers sent Jamie Hoffman an Blake DeWitt back to AAA and recalled AJ Ellis and no one is sure who else, but it is speculated that it might be none other than MITCH JONES who has about 100 HR at AAA. It would be great if at 31, he got a chance to hit in the majors. I am certain that the Dodgers feel that DeWitt and Hoffman are not benefiting by sitting on the bench. We shall find out tomorrow.
- Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com on Clayton Kershaw:
He’s only 21 years old. Seven of the pitchers drafted in the first round of last week’s Draft are already older than Kershaw. Kershaw has 171 2/3 Major League innings and he’s still younger than Chad Billingsley was when he made his Major League debut. That was in 2006 and now, three years later, Billingsley has become one of the best starting pitchers in the league. If Kershaw stays healthy, he’ll probably become the left-handed equivalent of Billingsley. But probably not at age 21. He’s still learning, while being counted on by a first-place club. Four starts back he had a no-hitter through seven innings. Three starts before that he had a shutout through seven innings. In seven of his 12 starts, he’s allowed fewer than three earned runs. If he can do that at his young age, imagine how good he might get.
Tom Shea’s (aka/Lawdog) Minor League Report 6-14-09
THE ALBUQUERQUE ISOTOPES AAA
Isotopes win 4-0.
Our old friend JAMES McDONALD (W, 1-0, 3.26), showed he’s ready for another cup of coffee with the big club pitching 7 innings of 2 hit shut out ball. McDONALD walked one and struck out 13!!! VARGAS (0.00), finished off Round Rock pitching the last 2 innings of shut out ball.
LUNA (.354), hit his 13th home run of the season. JONES (.292), didn’t hit a home run (snapping his consecutive game streak at 4.) He did blast his 12th double. GONZALEZ (.400), hit his 1st double.
HU (.244), must have gotten a new set of contacts as he went 3-5. LUNA and JONES both collected 2 hits.
THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS AA
The Lookouts lose 3-2.
SCOT ELBERT (3.77), lost the game although he pitched well–going 5 innings and giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits, 3 walks and 9 strikeouts. ELBERT has great stuff even when he loses. LINDBLOM (4.28), GARATE (3.27) and FELIX (2.82) shut Montgomery out the rest of the way on one hit.
ROSE (.271) hit his first triple. PEREZ (.307) and GILES (.235) both hit doubles. PEREZ and GILES both had 2 hit games.
THE INLAND EMPIRE 66ERS A ADVANCED
66ERS win 8-4.
BASTARDO (W, 6-2, 3.69), scattered 10 hits over 5 innings to get the win. The real pitching gem was turned in by ALVAREZ (S, 1, 4.00) who blanked Lake Elsinore on 3 hits over the last 4 innings.
CASERES (.270), hit his 8th home run in the 3rd inning. FULLER (.247) hit his 3rd double.
CASERES went 3-4. Both VAN SLYKE (.303), and FULLER went 2-4.
THE GREAT LAKES LOONS A
The Loons win 5-1.
MARTIN (W, 4-3, 4.19), pitched the first 5 innings giving up 1 run o n 6 hits and EOVALDI (S,1, 4.66), finished up with 4 innings of shut out, one hit baseball to earn his first save.
GORDON (.289), whacked his 6th double of the season. GORDON also went 2-4.