- It is rumored that the Phillies and Dodgers are in trade talks for their managers although the 6-5 Phillies are asking for a GM to be named later if they take the manager of the 4-7 train-wrecked Dodgers. Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here.
- Look, it’s simple! I try to break it down to the simplest explanation. The Dodgers only have four problems: (1) Can’t Hit; (2) Can’t Field; (3) Can’t Pitch; and (4) Can’t Manage. Fix that and you fix the Dodgers – Simple. Next problem….
- I imagine there will be a few changes: Wilmer Font will likely be gone as will Joc Pederson. He looks pathetic up there. I would recall Stewart – he is due to pitch today and make him the long guy and call up Andrew Toles – ENOUGH ALREADY! I believe Andrew will be a spark!
- Grandal and Kemp are the only ones really hitting… but the others aren’t looking totally over matched. Joc is.
- FAZ was hoping that Joc could seize the day, so he would have some trade value… but it wasn’t to be. Back to OKC to re-tool… again.
- Yimi Garcia is a couple to four weeks away.
- They could always put Buehelr in the pen for a while….
- That’s all I got…
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT by AlwaysCompete
While Mark writes his post about last night’s debacle, I thought I would at least start today with a little positive Dodger baseball news with the very hot hitting OKC Dodgers. Of course that is also followed by two less than stellar games from the two A Ball teams (Quakes and Loons). The Tulsa Drillers had the day off. I absolutely concur with Mark on Toles. It is time to bring him back. In my original post, I had a picture of Toles in his LA Dodger hat hoping it would happen sooner rather than later.
The OKC Dodgers unloaded on the Round Rock Express (Rangers) with a final score of 19-1. The Dodgers’ line was 19 runs on 19 hits, and committed 1 error. Every starter had at least one hit, with 6 having multi-hit games, and 8 of the 9 position players now sporting a batting average north of .300:
Andrew Toles – 4 for 6 (1 double and 5 RBI) – Now hitting .391
Tim Locastro – 3 for 5 (1 double and 1 triple) – Now hitting .556
Donovan Solano – 3 for 4 (3 RBI) – Now hitting .313
Travis Taijeron – 2 for 3 (2 doubles) – Now hitting .636
Alex Verdugo – 2 for 5 – Now hitting .304
Jake Peter – 2 for 5 – Now hitting .333
Max Muncy – 1 for 5 – Now hitting .313
Breyvic Valera – 1 for 4 (2 RBI) – Now hitting .333
Rocky Gale – 1 for 4 (1 HR and 3 RBI) – Now hitting .154
While the offense took center stage, Walker Buehler was the starting and winning pitcher, surrendering 1 run on 4 hits, 1 BB, and 6 K, in 5 IP (73 pitches). Adam Liberatore (2 IP), C. C. Lee (1 IP), and Pat Venditte (1 IP) each followed and combined for 0 runs on 1 hit, 2 BB, and 6K in their 4 innings.
This game also saw Tim Locastro starting in CF, where I think he is going to get a long look. Future replacement for Kike’? A better bat to ball hitter without the power, but a much faster player in the field and on the base paths. I like Kike’, but I really do like Tim Locastro, and I hope he gets a chance.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA QUAKES:
The Quakes lost for the 5th time in 7 games, losing 5 to 3 to the Stockton Ports (A’s). The Quakes had 6 hits, led by Gavin Lux who broke out with a 3 for 4 night. Cody Thomas went 2 for 3, and is now batting .318. But the big story offensively (or lack thereof) were the 17 K’s wrung up on the Quakes. Only Thomas came away without a K. The Ports’ starting pitcher, 20 year LHP Jesus Luzardo, registered 10 K’s in his 5 IP (85 pitches). Andy Sopko started for the Quakes and for his first 4 innings he was outstanding, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits, 1 BB, and 5 K’s. His second start was very reminiscent of his first start. In the 5th, he allowed 1 run on 2 hits and 1 BB before being lifted by Parker Curry after 73 pitches. Curry promptly gave up a 2 run triple allowing both inherited runners to score giving Sopko the loss.
GREAT LAKES LOONS:
Great Lakes also lost for the 5th time in 7 games, losing 4-1 to the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers). The Loons scored their one run on five hits; 2 by CF Brayan Morales and 2 by Zach McKinstry (double). The starting pitcher was the 13th round 2017 draft choice, Marshall Kasowski (West Texas A &M). He allowed 2 runs on zero hits in his 2 IP. His downfall was due to his 4 walks in his first 2 innings, and then starting the third by walking the first two batters he faced. Andre Scrubb replaced Kasowski and continued the lack of control with 2 more walks and 1 HBP allowing 2 inherited runners to score, giving Kasowski the loss. The one bright pitching spot was the 2 shutout IP by Vinny Santarsiero (1 hit, 0 walks, 3 K’s).
Request for DC – One of your patented prospect reports on 22 year old CF from Ponce, Puerto Rico…Brayan Morales.
Starting pitchers for today’s outings:
AAA -OKC- Manny Banuelos
AA – Caleb Ferguson
A+ – Jordan Sheffield
A – Riley Ottesen