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Dodgers Look To Win One For Dad On Father’s Day

Turner

The Dodgers fattened up on Milwaukee pitching on Saturday night with an impressive 10-6 victory to take a 2-1 series lead. The Dodger offense exploded and scored 10 runs on 14 hits as Justin Turner stayed hot slugging another home run and driving in three runs. Joc Pederson (who batted lead-off last night) homered and had three hits and Adrian Gonzalez notched three base knocks as well. Chris Hatcher tossed 2.1 scoreless innings and shockingly got his first MLB RBI single with a base hit up the middle. The Dodgers needed all of it because Mike Bolsinger was predictably horrendous.

Bolsinger allowed 5 earned runs on 9 hits over 2.2 innings before being pulled in the third. It appeared as if he re-aggravated his oblique injury, but we still don’t know. Even Howie Kendrick homered. It was a good night and the Dodgers were able to keep pace with the Giants. The Dodgers will now look for the series win over the Brewers as Matt Garza will counter Kenta Maeda on Father’s Day.

Dodgers Lineup vs. Milwaukee

Utley 2B

Seager SS

Turner 3B

Gonzalez 1B

Thompson RF

Pederson CF

Kendrick 2B

Ellis C

Maeda P

Matt Garza-0-1 vs. Kenta Maeda-6-4

Game Time – 1:10 PM – TV- SNLA

Garza is making only his second start of the season after being shelved all year with a variety of injuries. There was a strained Lat muscle, and a shoulder injury. The Brewers shut down Garza last year after he posted a 5.63 ERA in 25 starts. In his only start of the season he struck out 5 and walked 1 while allowing one earned run on 8 hits over 4 innings. In one career start against the Dodgers Garza is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. The current Dodgers are batting .296 (16 for 54) with 3 home runs and an .874 OPS. Howie Kendrick is batting .533 (8 for 15) with a home run and two extra-base hits versus Garza.

Garza vs. Dodgers

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Howie Kendrick 15 15 8 1 0 1 2 0 2 .533 .533 .800 1.333 0 0 0 0 0
Chase Utley 15 13 3 1 0 1 4 1 1 .231 .333 .538 .872 0 0 0 1 0
Will Venable 10 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 .200 .200 .200 .400 0 0 0 0 0
Adrian Gonzalez 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Turner 5 5 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 .400 .400 1.000 1.400 0 0 0 0 0
Yasmani Grandal 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Joc Pederson 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Bolsinger 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 59 54 16 3 0 3 9 4 13 .296 .356 .519 .874 0 0 0 1 0

 

It’s amazing Kenta Maeda is making his scheduled start today after being hit in the knee with a line drive. He’s also been hit in his hand as well. Maeda has suffered some scrapes and bruises but despite all of that has endured to pitch very well for the Dodgers. Maeda is 6-4 with a 2.75 ERA in 13 starts. He’s whiffed 71 and walked 21 over 75 frames while posting a 3.06 FIP. Maeda has struck out 8.5 per nine and allowed 7.2 hits per nine innings. He’s been really good. Maeda has won four of his last five decisions and he has a 1.96 ERA in the month of June.

The Washington Nationals come into Dodger Stadium on Monday evening which is supposed to mark the return of Yasiel Puig from the disabled list. Keep an eye on Yasmani Grandal as he was pretty banged up on Saturday night. He took several foul balls while behind the plate.

Justin Turner is on fire right now. He’s homered three times over the last two games and now has 9 home runs and 30 RBIs. His average is up to .248 and his slugging percentage is now .420. Turner getting hot is something the Dodgers need more than anything. If the rest of the lineup starts hitting then maybe, maybe they can actually start making up some ground in the National League West. At the very least the Dodgers could give all of the fathers out there the perfect father’s day gift; a win.

National League West Standings
#
Team
W
L
PCT
GB
HOME
AWAY
L10
1
Giants
43
26
.623
22-13
21-13
8-2
2
Dodgers
37
33
.529
6.5
19-15
18-18
5-5
3
Rockies
32
35
.478
10.0
15-16
17-19
6-4
4
Diamondbacks
31
39
.443
12.5
13-25
18-14
6-4
5
Padres
28
42
.400
15.5
17-22
11-20
3-7

To all of the fathers out there, including mine I want to wish you all a very happy and safe father’s day. Go Blue!

Scott Andes

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19 thoughts on “Dodgers Look To Win One For Dad On Father’s Day

  1. Dodgers are playing better baseball now. Last 10 games = 5-5.

    Giants are playing like champs. Last 10 games = 8 -2.

  2. I hear you on that Giants. And as I type this, they just took a 2-1 lead.

    All we can do now is start to play better ourselves; they’ll cool off. But regardless of them, as long as we win, we put ourselves in a position come September. If we win today we take 3-4. I’ll take that

  3. In case you haven’t been following the prospects, Willie Calhoun, after a few weeks adjusting to the league, has been tearing the cover off the ball for Tulsa. He hits often and hits with power, but he has a lot of work to do on his defense around second base (or so they say). I think that we will be hearing the name Willie Calhoun a lot in the future.

          1. That anytime someone says anything good about a prospect, you usually rain on their parade… right on cue!

            By the way, I think Willie Calhoun will be a very, very good MLB 2B. I have watched Tulsa quite a bit and his glove is not nearly as bad as some say. I have seen him make some excellent plays and he has MAJOR POP in his bat. Reminds me of Brandon Phillips. The Dodgers are having him work with Jose Vizcaino and others on his glove.

          2. Right on cue as well.

            I like the name. I too announce him as my favorite prospect.

          3. I’ve never seen him play so all I can go on is:
            1 – the recent history of signing infielders who can’t field
            2 – the opinions of others who say Calhoun can’t field

            Here is Dodgers’ Digest 2016 top prospects:
            “Calhoun has a short and stocky stature, and will need to work to maintain his athleticism and improve his agility to stay in the infield. Most scouting reports are not kind to Calhoun on his defense, with many predicting a future move to left field. From brief looks at his pre-college showcases, Calhoun is not a natural mover at second and his hands work a little stiff, but that was two years ago. He made 18 errors at the position in just 73 professional games…”

            Here is Baseball America last year:

            “Now the downside—he’s short, stocky, doesn’t have much physical projection left and his defense is poor.”

            It’s just that fans have been promised middle infielders with offensive upside and it turns out that they can’t field.

  4. It’s mid-June, we’re 6.5 games out. However, as of now we’re in that 2nd wild card slot! Behind Miami, of all teams haha

    Like I said earlier, we just need to keep playing well and winning games. The rest will take care of itself. SF will slow down; they’re on fire right now

    Meanwhile, if the Yanks put Miller and/or Chapman on the block, how high would that prospect haul cost??

  5. I’m not a big Kenley fan but there are few who can match him. I take it for granted we offer him the $16MM kiss of death. Or $60MM for 5 years. I really don’t think FAZ goes that strong.

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