We all knew that at some point the Dodgers would lose a game or two, but going into last night’s game the Dodgers were hitting against Ricky Nolasco, career journeyman who was 2-9 on the year with an ERA over 5.00. Ricky “Freakin” Nolasco! Nolasco pitched 6.1 strong innings and made the Dodgers look like chumps. OK, it’s baseball and on any given day… but Ricky Nolasco? OK, I’m over it. Nothing to see here’ folks… move along!
Seriously? Ricky Nolasco? I’m talking about Ricky Nolasco…
Well, the good news is that Rich Hill was really Rich Hill. He pitched 7 strong innings with 7 K’s and was close to dominant. He gave up one extra base hit and 3 singles to go with 2 BB and 7 K’s. He was just very unlucky but he wasn’t getting hit hard. OK, that’s one less thing for FAZ-BASHERS to bitch about. Move on to something else. “Olivera – yeah, that’s the ticket. That was a really bad signing!” Blah, Blah, Blah!
With Hill Wood and Kershaw at the top of the rotation and Brandon McCarthy pitching well… except for his last outing, this rotation is solid and Oaks and Barlow are ready at AAA. So, I am sure we do not know the extent of McCarthy’s knee problems. I am sure the Dodgers aren’t saying, but is it chronic or just a tweak or a lingering injury? We don’t know, but I do know that this is the second time we have heard about it. I am betting he could miss some time… especially if he has to get it scoped. That’s the blessing of depth.
What Andrew Friedman is doing with depth is the envy of other teams who invested heavily in inning-eating “studs” who, a year later, turned out to be duds (no names will be mentioned to protect the innocent). Friedman invested in depth and it has and is paying off. When you have depth, it doesn’t make much difference if a pitcher pitches 5, 6 or 7 innings – just fire up that OKC shuttle!
Sergio Romo reverted back to being Sergio Romo and gave up a bomb last night. Yawn! Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor came to play last night, the rest of the guys (except Hill) were resting… I’m joking! Puig threw a 96 MPH laser to nail Calhoun last night… off flat ground. I’m thinking he could hit 102 off a mound! Hummmmm……
- Puig – 7th
- Baez -8th
- Jansen – 9th
All are converted position players. I’ll bet no hitter would feel safe with the Knucklehead on the mound! Maybe I’m onto something… no more likely, I’m on something!
Quick – who leads the Dodgers in Doubles? Corey Seager with 19. Who is second? Kike Hernandez with 18… in 100 less AB’s
Minor League Report
- Scott Barlow and 2B Jose Miguel Fernandez were both promoted to AAA OKC and promptly paid dividends. Barlow went 6.1 and allowed 0 ER while getting his 1st AAA win and Fernandez went 2-2 with a BB.
- That moved Willie Calhoun to LF… most likely forever (or not).
- Dickson hit his 17th HR
- At RC, Scott Kazmir went 3, allowed 4 hits and 1 ER wile walking and striking out ZERO. He allegedly touched 90 MPH once.
- Yadier Alvarez had his best outing of the season, going 6 innings while striking out 7 and walking one. He gave up 3 ER.
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