… and that includes Dave Roberts.
Last night was a classic example of what is wrong with the Dodgers. Trailing all of the game, in ther bottom of the 9th inning, the Dodgers Kike Hernandez homers off a RH pitcher (Write that down, Doc-a RH pitcher) to tie the game. Chris Taylor quickly strikes out and Alex “I am screaming to be sent back to AAA” Verdugo meekly grounds out. Oh well, now if Kenley can just hold them it will be fine. Kenley does his job and in the bottom of the 10th, Yasmani Grandal walks and Cody Bellingers get an infield single. Runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs.
Next Matt Kemp flies out to CF (he did his job) and pinch runner Ross Stripling goes to 3rd base. So, now there are runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out and the D-Bags walk Joc Pederson to load the bases. Kyle Farmer HAS to just hit a fly ball – the Dodgers will send Stripling no matter how deep. You have to do that. Kyle “Send me back to OKC” Farmer strikes out and the guy who is supposed to be the heart and soul of the Dodgers Chase “I’m in a two-month slump” Utley weakly strikes out.
Even Ray Charles Can See What is Wrong With the Dodgers
Yes, Yimi Garcia gave up a 3-run homer to officially lose the game, but it was not his fault becausde it never should have gotten there in the first place. Major league players do their jobs, which, in the 9th inning was just to move the runner. All Farmer had to do is hit a flyball to the outfield or the Right Side of the infield. With one out, Ross has to go on contact, if the ball is on the ground. It takes a perfect play to get him. A fly ball scores a run. You don’t have to get a hit – you just need to follow the fundamentals and do your job.
Right about now, the Dodgers some weak, sorry hitters on the team who do not belong. Let me list them:
- Kyle Farmer – Just looks totally overmatched, except against the Giants – bring him up for that series but he has to go to OKC.
- Alex Verdugo – he started out good but can’t hit in the clutch now. Back to AAA.
- Chase Utley – Put him on the DL – he looks exhausted.
- Max Muncy – The expermint is over.
- Joc Pederson – Yes he is hitting .260, but with no power. He cannot hit the ball hard, but he can walk.
- Chris Taylor – Very close to being on this list. In fact he is. He is on track for 175 strikeouts. Too many from the leadoff spot. Cut down on that damn swing!
- Tim Locastro – Doc plays him very little, se we have no clue.
Yasiel Puig was hittless last night at RC, but you might as well bring him up. Shoot, activate Justin Turner – even though he has been out all year, I’ll bet he could have found a way to get a flyball in Farmers place. Toles, Ramos, Peters, Diaz, ANYBODY but these chumps! Call up Logan Forsythe. Do something. Get kicked out of a game, Doc. This guys are following your lead ands feel no urgency. Light a fire. Set someones hair on fire. There are no more excuses.
I like Yasmani, but why is he hitting ahead of Matt Kemp? That’s felony stupid! Right about now, this is what the lineup should look like TONIGHT:
- Locastro CF
- Hernandez 3B
- Kemp LF
- Bellinger 1B
- Grandal C
- Barnes 2B
- Tasylor SS
- Puig RF
Forget the matchups – It’s not working anyway! Call Toles up as soon as he is activated and get Ramos here too. I would have a “come to Jesus meeting” with Turner Ward – Except for Grandal, everyone he has been coaching for over a year just sucks! The excuses are over.
MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE by AlwaysCompete
OKC – 8-3 Loss to Memphis Redbirds (Cardinals)
After going 15-0 at home to start the season, the OKC Dodgers have dropped their last two games at home. Last night’s game was forgettable affair as Guillermo Moscoso started and lasted 5 innings, allowing 6 runs on 6 hits, 2 BB, 2 K, and 2 HR. Joe Broussard followed and did not fare much better allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, 0 BB, 1 K, and 1 HR in his 2.0 innings of work. While Scott Alexander pitched a scoreless inning, he did allow 2 hits. The one bright pitching performance was by Pat Venditte. No baserunners in his 1.0 inning, with a strikeout. Pat Venditte in his last 10 games:
No earned runs in last 10 games
No runs at all in last 9 games
No walks in last 8 games
4 hits in last 8 games
12.1 IP in last 8 games
Throw out his 4/15 game where he allowed 2 runs in 0.00 IP, Venditte has been down right dominant. For the season he has 17.2 IP, 5 Runs (3 earned), 10 hits, 6 BB, 19 K, 1.53 ERA and 0.91 WHIP – NO HOME RUNS.
Offensively, Kyle Garlick and Rocky Gale had 2 hit nights. Garlick and Dany Espinosa both hit their 1st HR on the season.
Tulsa – 5-3 Win over Springfield Cardinals
Dennis Santana pitched another outstanding 6.0 innings, allowing 1 run (HR) on 5 hits, issued no walks, and registered 11 K. In 34.0 IP, Santana sports a 2.12 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. I would expect to see Santana in OKC by June. June is a favored month to shuffle rosters in anticipation of filling 2 rookie league teams after the amateur draft.
After Dylan Baker blew the save in the 7th, and Corey Copping pitched a scoreless 8th, Josh Sborz struck out the side in the 9th to record his Texas League leading 6th save.
The offense was led DJ Peters and his 2 HRs and 3 RBI. DJ now has 7 HR’s on the season. Keibert Ruiz was 2-3. We need to remember while Ruiz’s slash line is .271/.327/.365/.692 by itself is not overly impressive, but the fact that he is doing this in AA as a 19 year old catcher tells you he is a star in the making. Errol Robinson and Drew Jackson also had 2 hit nights.
RC – 6-1 Win over Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres)
Andrew Sopko started and pitched a strong 6.0 innings (73 pitches), allowing 1 run on 2 hits, 2 BB, and 4K. Sven Schueller and Isaac Anderson finished and preserved the win for the Quakes. Offensively, Omar Estevez went 2-5 belting his 3rd HR on the season. Donovan Casey, Rylan Bannon, and Sterve Berman each had 2-4 nights.
The RC story continues to be Gavin Lux. With a single last night, Lux has hit in 11 consecutive games, but more impressively, in the 24 games following his 1-20 start, Gavin has reached base in every one of those 24 games…22 with a hit. I am officially on the Lux bandwagon (even though I remain a huge Bo Bichette fan). I would love to see what Lux can do as a 20 year old at Tulsa. I think Lux is poised to jump back into the Top Ten Prospect list come mid-season.
Great Lakes – 3-2 Loss to Beloit Snappers (A’s)
Melvin Jimenez had another disappointing start. In his latest start, he lasted 2.2 innings allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, 1 walk, and 1 K. Austin Hamilton, Zach Pop, and Dan Jagiello restored order over the final 5.1 scoreless innings. For Zach Pop, after his first two games where he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) in 2.2 IP, Pop has pitched in 8 games, 11.2 IP, 0 runs, 6 hits, 6 BB’s, and 18K’s. Pop still needs to limit his base on balls, but his swing and miss pitch is really starting to work. He throws hard, and should be watched on his climb up the organizational ladder.
Brayan Morales and Brandon Montgomery each had a 2 hit night, and both contributed stolen bases, with Morales getting 2. Morales now has 15 stolen bases and is leading the Midwest League in that department.