Nine shutouts

30 Jul

That’s how many the Dodger pitching staff has thrown this season — best in the National League. Los Angeles pitchers also have the best team earned-run average in the NL at 3.72. The Cubs are second at 3.84.

The star of tonight’s 2-0 victory over Frisco was Jason Johnson, who pitched six scoreless innings and picked up his first major-league victory in two years. He’s a journeyman who has played for a handful of teams (including last year in Japan). Johnson has been a diabetic since age 11, so you can’t help but root for the guy. He wears an insulin pump on the back of his belt during games.

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An earthquake that measured 5.4 on the Richter scale (or the Phil Spector scale, as my friend Gus says) shook Southern California today. Dodger Stadium was not damaged, and from what I understand, the entire area sustained relatively little damage.

Phil Spector, famous music producer and inventor of the Richter scale (OK, that last part isn't true)

Phil Spector, famous music producer and inventor of the Richter scale (OK, that last part isn't true)

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How ’bout those Cubbies? Two in a row against the Brewers’ two aces. Big statement for the North Siders. Milwaukee’s outfielders looked like Little Leaguers at times tonight.

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The Dyersville Tournament begins this week, my Dad said. Semi-pro baseball in Dubuque County is really special, and I wish I could get back for more games. Every little town has its own ballpark, and most of them have nicely manicured grass infields and lights. Moreover, every town hosts its own 8- or 16-team tournament. I really doubt there are many counties that size in the United States that have equal or better baseball infrastructures.

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Missed my sister Jayne when she was back in Iowa last week. Hopefully she made it back to Colorado without too many travel difficulties. With all this rain we’ve been having lately, the Dubuque-to-Denver trip probably isn’t much fun.

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