Back at the ballpark
Quite a good game last night, as you can imagine. Brad was dominant and it was fun to watch, especially in his old stomping grounds. I spent most of the game looking up facts and info to pass along to the broadcasters and reporters, much of which wound up on the air and in this morning’s papers. He’s been getting requests from a ton of local media outlets in Miami and Los Angeles, as well as national shows like Baseball Tonight (last night) and the new Cold Pizza on ESPN, which is now called "First Take." He’ll be on that one Thursday morning before our day game.
What’s really ridiculous to think is that Sandy Koufax fanned 14 or more 12 times in his career. Wish I could’ve seen him pitch…
The Jeff Kent chat starts in about 10 minutes…below are some game notes, followed by the lineup.
HE’S A BIG FAN – Brad Penny’s 14 strikeouts last night were the most by a Dodger since Chan Ho Park fanned 14 on Aug. 29, 2000 at Milwaukee. Penny became the ninth Los Angeles Dodger pitcher to fan 14 or more in a game, joining Sandy Koufax (12 times), Hideo Nomo (3), Fernando Valenzuela (3), Don Drysdale (3), Park (1), Ramon Martinez (1), Orel Hershiser (1), Bill Singer (1) and Johnny Podres (1). Penny, whose 293 strikeouts at Dolphin Stadium rank fifth all-time, lowered his ERA to 1.39, the second-best mark in the Majors. Mark Hendrickson (1.30) does not yet qualify.
NEARLY PERFECT – Brad Penny retired the first 11 batters he faced last night and did not walk a batter in 7.0 innings. The last time a Dodger pitcher struck out 14 and walked zero was on Sept. 9, 1965 when Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium. Source: Elias Sports Bureau
A HISTORIC NIGHT – Jeff Kent connected for his 348th career homer and 510th career double last night as he continues to climb Major League Baseball’s all-time charts. Kent tied Rickey Henderson for 39th on the all-time doubles list and George Foster for 75th place on the all-time home run list. Kent’s next double will tie him with Mark Grace for 37th place all-time and he is two homers shy of Chili Davis for 74th place.
QUITE A CLUB – There are only 22 players in Major League history with 300 homers and 500 doubles and five of them are here tonight. Tony Perez and Andre Dawson, both of whom carry the title of Special Assistant to the President for the Marlins, are in the exclusive club. Jeff Kent, Luis Gonzalez and Dodger hitting coach Eddie Murray each have 300/500 as well. There are only 15 members of the 350/500 club, with Kent (348 HR) and Gonzalez (335 HR) close to joining.
SALON DE LA FAMA – Two of the three Spanish-language Hall of Fame broadcasters are here this series. Jaime Jarrín was the Ford C. Frick Award winner in 1998 and Rafael “Felo” Ramirez was honored in that manner by the Hall of Fame in 2001. The first-Spanish language broadcaster to be enshrined in Cooperstown was Buck Canel, the Frick Award winner in 1985. Jarrín and Pepe Yñiguez call the action for all 162 games on ESPN Deportes Radio 1330 AM.
GET WELL SOON – The Dodgers would like to wish a speedy recovery to Dr. Frank Jobe, who underwent back surgery last month. Jobe, who many believe should be in the Hall of Fame, has helped revive the careers of numerous Dodgers with his groundbreaking Tommy John surgery, including Yhency Brazoban and Hong-Chih Kuo, among countless others. Page 43 of the 2007 Information Guide is dedicated to the medical pioneer.
DODGER INSIDER – The Dodgers would like to welcome Advisor, Latin America Scouting and Player Development, Ralph Avila, who is here for the series against the Marlins. Avila was featured throughout FSN Prime Ticket’s “Dodgers Insider – Campo Las Palmas,” which airs again on FSN Prime Ticket tomorrow at 12 p.m. and Thursday at 10 p.m. (this is what those of you who came to the Fox Lot saw that night).