Arizona is hot again. The Dodgers are hot. Both teams are 8-2 in the last 10 games as they start pulling away from the pack. The Dodgers are breathing down the D-Bags backs. The Dodgers are now back to leading the National League in Home Runs and are just six runs behind the Braves for the league lead. The even better news is that the Dodgers pitching staff has moved up to 7th in the NL in team ERA and are actually 4th in WHIP.
Dodger starting pitchers are now 2nd in ERA and the bullpen has climbed from last to 7th. Everything is trending the right direction. There’s a good chance Kenta Maeda pitches tonight and Rich Hill is not far behind. Then, by the All-Star game you should see Clayton, Ryu, maybe Koehler and Cingrani. Do the Dodgers have to do anything at the trade deadline? I don’t think so. That means they don’t have to overpay, but if the right deal comes to them, then they might.
I could see Caleb Ferguson being a nice bullpen piece this year. It won’t hurt him and he might learn a new pitch from guys like Hill or Kershaw…. or Jansen. It was also good to see Daniel Corcino pitch well last night. He has been a good soldier, working on his game and getting the opportunity to show what he can do. Good for him. He’s part of the Dodgers touted “depth” which has kept them in the race.
Rants & Raves
- After a monumental disaster the first 45 days of the season, this team is coming together to be what I thought it would be. It’s not how you start – it’s how you end up.
- I am really happy for Joc Pederson. Hopefully, he can keep it up. If he does, the entire look of the team changes.
- Walker Buehler’s injury may be a blessing in that he will miss a few starts and be able to pitch the rest of the way. He could miss 3 or 4 weeks.
- It was sad for me to see Adrian Beltre back at Dodger Stadium. I’ll never get over that…
- Ryu and Kershaw both threw bullpen sessions. I think Ryu will be back around the first week of July… Kershaw sooner!
MINOR LEAGUE REPORT by AlwaysCompete
With OKC off for a travel day, three non DSL teams played with two coming up with victories. The two DSL teams split their games.
Tulsa 3-1 Loss to Springfield Cardinals
Mitchell White started for the Drillers and went 3.2 innings. White allowed all three runs, 2 coming off of a 2 run HR. White allowed 4 hits and issued 2 walks to go with his 6 K’s. Karch Kowalczyk, Shea Spitzbarth, and Corey Copping pitched the final 4.1 innings allowing only a single hit. This was a well-pitched game by a very inconsistent bullpen.
Offensively there was not much to write home about. The Drillers got 3 singles from Errol Robinson, Luke Raley, and Zach Reks.
Rancho Cucamonga 4-3 Win over Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres)
Cristian Santana hit a 2-run HR in the 7th to take a 3-2 lead. The Storm tied the game in the 8th on a RBI double by Hudson Potts off Quakes reliever Ryan Moseley. After the double, Moseley unleashed a wild pitch to put Potts at 3rd with nobody out, and with the help of two K’s, Potts was left stranded to keep the game tied at 3 going into the 9th. The Quakes put together a HBP, an error, and groundball to score the eventual game winner.
All-Star Tony Gonsolin started and completed 5.0 IP, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, with 6 K’s. Michael Boyle pitched 2 scoreless innings. Marshall Kasowski relieved Moseley to start the 9th and retired all three batters, two by strikeout. Kasowski warrants additional attention going forward. In 20 games between Great Lakes and Rancho, Kasowski has garnered a 2.36 ERA, 0 .99 WHIP, and .125 BAA in 34.1 IP. What is really eye-opening is the 61 K’s and only 2 HRs allowed in those 34.1 innings. He has already been promoted once this year, and could get another to AA before the season is over.
Offensively, Santana added a single to his 9th HR for a 2 hit night. LF Cody Thomas had 3 hits, and is now 7-11 over the last two games. In his last 10 games, Thomas is batting .385.
The win put the Quakes in a tie with Lake Elsinore in the California League South with 5 to play in the 1st half. Next week’s All Star game will feature 4 starters…SS Gavin Lux, 3B Rylan Bannon, C Connor Wong, and OF Logan Landon. The All-Star pitchers include two Quakes…Tony Gonsolin and tonight’s starter Dean Kremer.
Great Lakes – 3-2 Win over West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers)
Great Lakes got a well-pitched game from starter Leo Crawford and reliever Max Gamboa. Crawford started and went 4.0 IP, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, with 3K’s. Gamboa went the final 5 for the win. Gamboa allowed 2 singles and registered 5 K’s. What was hopeful was that neither Crawford or Gamboa issued a walk.
2B Marcus Chiu hit a 2 run HR, his 8th on the season. C Garrett Hope (2), and SS Moises Perez (9), both had doubles.
DSL Dodgers Guerrero – 14-8 Loss to DSL Cubs 1
LF Jaime Perez – 3 for 3 with a double (2) and HR (3), and 4 RBI’s.
SS Jesus Valdez – hit his 4th double.
DSL Dodgers Robinson – 5-4 Win over DSL Rays 1
DH Yunior Garcia – 2 for 3 with a triple (3)
SS Carlos Santiago – 2 for 4