Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 211 – Hill, Granderson, Puig, Kershaw, Darvish

On this episode of Dugout Blues, Jared and I give you that fresh play-by-play of a game that ended 22 hours ago. You know you love it.

Rich Hill was amazing in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. He had a near-perfect game and a near-no-hitter (no, Jared, it wasn’t a no-hitter, you jerk). Too bad, but he didn’t seem too bummed about it.

Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam. He has been a welcome addition to this baseball club.

Yasiel Puig had more heroics this week. He hit the game-winning home run in the first game of the Pittsburgh series. He good.

Alex Wood has been a decent pitcher of late, but he hasn’t been himself. Naturally, he went on the DL.

Cody Bellinger‘s rolled ankle did result in a DL stint. No reason for concern, though, because he’s coming back Wednesday.

Adrian Gonzalez got to 2,000 career hits. Congrats to him. Hope his back holds up for the rest of the season.

Yu Darvish returned. His command was off, but the breaking stuff looked good. He was working on mechanical stuff, so there’s no reason to worry. His velocity was back at its normal level, which is good.

Clayton Kershaw went on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. The home run was off the bat of Jorge Soler and may have been environment-aided. He’s back Friday.

In the minors, Walker Buehler and Keibert Ruiz won the organization pitcher and player of the year awards. Good choices. DJ Peters won the California League MVP, while Matt Beaty won the Texas League MVP. Connor Wong has been on a tear with Great Lakes after starting slow. The Dodgers have incredible catching depth on the farm.

To close, a Q&A session. Please keep them coming.

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About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.