While we wait for the fallout, and/or any discipline from Tuesday night’s bench-clearing affair between the Dodgers and Astros in Houston, I’m reminded of this quote from Alex Wood during spring training:
“Somebody will take it into their own hands, and they’ll get suspended more games than any of those guys got for the biggest cheating scandal in 100 years,” Wood said back in February.
But for now, let’s think back to Tuesday’s game. The benches clearing was the main story, and the Dodgers’ five-run fifth inning got them the win. That turned around a 2-0 deficit into the eventual 5-2 final score.
But it could have easily been 4-0 Astros before the Dodgers even got on the board. Adam Kolarek relieved Walker Buehler with two out and two on in the fourth inning, and immediately wild pitched the runners up one base.
Then, this Josh Reddick line drive looked like it might have been a two-run single (Baseball Savant said the liner had an expected batting average of .600), but Corey Seager’s diving stop ended the inning, and kept the Dodgers deficit at 2-0.
Links & notes
- Clayton Kershaw threw a 32-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday in Houston, and the plan is for him to throw another bullpen session Thursday in Phoenix. He isn’t a candidate to start Friday, Dave Roberts said, so the Dodgers will likely call on another reinforcement or just go with a bullpen game, or both.
- In his scouting notes from the first four days of the season, Keith Law at The Athletic was high on Dustin May’s Opening Day start. “This is top-of-the-rotation stuff, with control, and the athleticism to see his command improve too,” Law wrote.
- Jim Callis at MLB.com talked with Dodgers’ second-round draft pick Landon Knack. Find out what made signing scout Marty Lamb say, “You’ll never guess what I just saw.”
- A classic Vin Scully call (“Little roller up along first ... BEHIND THE BAG”) was chosen by Joe Posnanski at The Athletic as the No. 10 moment in baseball history.
- Bill Shaikin at the Los Angeles Times wonders as more players test positive for coronavirus, can MLB protect them?
- The Dodgers teamed up with Postmates to offer some Dodger Stadium food for delivery in Hollywood and West Hollywood, including Dodger Dogs, helmet nachos and more.
- More from Brusdar Graterol’s scoreless fifth inning, to earn the win Tuesday: