Marlins Dee Gordon takes Dodgers Justin Turner out at second, but his throw to first was too late for the double play, during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium on Thursday. Minutes later, Gordon accepted an 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s performance enhancing drug policy. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
How’s this for a strange night at the ballpark: Former Dodger Dee Gordon delivered the game-winning hit Thursday, ensuring a four-game sweep by the Miami Marlins, then was suspended 80 games for performance enhancing drug use minutes after the game.
The game story is here. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The Dodgers’ outfielders are taking advantage of analytics and NFL-style meetings.
Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias threw three innings in relief for Triple-A Oklahoma City without allowing a run today. It was his first regular season appearance out of the bullpen in two years.
Urias, 19, has thrown 18 innings this season after throwing 80 ⅓ across four levels last year. His innings will be limited again, perhaps to around 100. By shifting him to the bullpen at least temporarily, the Dodgers can preserve his innings count until later in the season.
Yasiel Puig’s batting average has fallen from .400 on April 14 to .265 on Thursday. (Associated Press photo)
Yasiel Puig and Howie Kendrick were dropped to fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Dodgers’ batting order Thursday, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is sticking with the two through their free-flailing struggles.
Roberts shuffled his regulars to produce a unique lineup in his 23rd game as manager. Catcher Yasmani Grandal hit cleanup for the first time this year. Four left-handed hitters (Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Adrian Gonzalez and the switch-hitting Grandal) led off against ace Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez.
Puig had a .405 batting average and .500 on-base percentage 10 games into the season. Over his next 12 games, those figures dipped to .140 and .159. This week, Puig reported to the batting cage for early work on the field with hitting coach Turner Ward and coach Manny Mota.
Vin Scully won’t be returning next year by all accounts, but the Dodgers’ radio broadcasts will have some continuity in 2017.
Rick Monday and Charley Steiner have signed new multi-year agreements, the organization announced today. Monday and Steiner have been working together for the past 12 seasons calling games on Dodgers radio broadcasts.
Here’s more from a team press release:
The Dodgers’ offense has been limping for three straight games, and Wednesday they were shut out for the first time this season. The game story is here, the box score is here.
Ichiro Suzuki was Kenta Maeda’s favorite player growing up; tomorrow they can face each other for the first time.