Miles to sleep before he goes

Angels at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Dee Gordon, SS
Elian Herrera, CF
Juan Rivera, LF
Andre Ethier, RF
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B
A.J. Ellis, C
James Loney, 1B
Juan Uribe, 3B
Nathan Eovaldi, P

Aaron Miles, who re-signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers during their May injury wave, is now going to retire, according to Christopher Jackson of Albuquerque Baseball Examiner. (In addition, minor-league third baseman Jeff Baisley has been released.)

“All the things with him, no spring training, all the things he was trying to get done here, the bottom line with him was that passion, that fire that’s allowed him to continue … it wasn’t there,” Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy told Jackson.

Matthew Pouliot has a wrap-up of Miles’ career at Hardball Talk, while you can read my Remembering 2011 piece on him here.

  • Anonymous

    Wilson and Eovaldi matched up against each other for the last exhibition game of the season, a midweek day game that my wife and I went to.
    Pujols hit a home run into the loge where we were sitting. It was very loud.
    I’ve been to one regular season game this year. And Rivera hit a home run into the loge.
    I’m going again on July 1. I demand another loge homer!

    • Blue-eyed Gal

      Preferably not served up by a fella named Albert.
      But I think that’s a fine idea.

      A pity about Miles. Who knows how he was this year, but I find it hard to believe he was less useful a utility player than Kennedy. 

  • Anonymous

    >> How often does our starting lineup have 3B hitting 8th?

    Not often enough!

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t Dave Kingman hit a HR into the loge section?

    • Anonymous

       Frank Howard hit one into the third deck off Whitey Ford, if I recall correctly.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ElJefedor Jeffrey Thomas III

    Sad to hear about Miles, I was just wondering about when he might come up. Oh well, I guess we get more Kennedy.

  • Anonymous

    Prior to tonight, the Dodgers have had their 3B bat in the 8 slot, twice. Justin Sellers once and Adam Kennedy once.

    I count 7 from last year. Four with Miles and three with Mitchell.

  • KT

    Interesting 1st pitch

  • KT

    Speed caused that error
     
    Nice pick off throw

    • Anonymous

      I think you can charge that pickoff to Trout. Eovaldi isn’t exactly the second coming of Andy Pettitte when it comes to pickoff throws.

      • KT

        Yea he was going first move

  • Anonymous

    Loney missed the tag – but that’s one of those “neighborhood” calls – the throw beat him, so he’s out.

    • Anonymous

      Looked like Loney swiped and got part of Trout’s sleeve.

    • KT

      no he actually brushed him twice on the front shoulder and on the back of the same shoulder

  • Anonymous

    1. i like the lineup tonight, esp Hererra at 2.
    2. I think with his limited abilities, Miles was a good fit for us at the time and I’m sorry to see him retire

    • KT

      me too on both accounts
       
      Miles was good for us then but not now

  • Anonymous

    I have a certain respect for Miles, but he’s ultimately fungible (except when his replacement is Kennedy).

  • KT

    Good eye Elian way to work a walk
     
    Come on Juan

  • KT

    Hunter tracked that on easily

  • KT

    Dre!!! with the gapper

  • KT

    I don’t see how they missed Dre on that good relay

    • KT

      Missed tag…Dre slide to the outside and was never touched…wow

  • bcmaiden

    I’m so impressed with Elian. He rarely has a bad AB. Fire in the house Eman. The iceman has melted. 

    • KT

      Yea I think he should take over Uribe’s job permanently

      • bcmaiden

        Uribe is a better defender. I like Elian as the super utility sub who plays almost everyday. Dump the guy we can’t mention when Ellis & Sellers return. 

  • KT

    Well that lead didn’t last long…but better than being behind

  • KT

    so far very good at bat by james

    • KT

      He really battled for that single…nice to see him hit the lefty

  • bcmaiden

    The thing that scares me about EO is his straight fastball. Guys in the majors can hammer a fastball with no movement. 

    • Anonymous

      It doesn’t look that straight to me, and it looks it really jumps at the end. I think he’s looked much better than last year.

      • bcmaiden

        The homerun pitch was straight as an arrow watching the gameday video highlights.

  • bcmaiden

    Giants leading 5-0 behind Cain who has been unbeatable since he signed his extension. They’re in an easy part of the schedule and taking full advantage by winning a lot. 

    • Anonymous

       This will balance out.

  • Christopher Staaf

    Man, that was close. 

  • Anonymous

    Thought for sure Dee was going to get that one.

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Awe. Some. 

  • Christopher Staaf

    James Loney proving his worth with that Gold Glove. Great DP. 

  • KT

    I just facebooked to my friend at the game here’s to a 1-2-3 DP….I was off a little

    • Anonymous

      Loney really unloaded that well.

      • KT

        Hey Bob…I guessing you were some where else because you haven’t been here so I’ll say welcome back
         
        ^_^

        • Anonymous

          Been lurking and biting my tongue as regards he who shall remain nameless.

          • KT

            ^_^

  • KT

    Way to get out of that inning U-less

  • Christopher Staaf

    That was  good recovery by young Nathan. Loney definitely did his part. 

  • bcmaiden

    Out of the jam with no damage. Stop benching Loney. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M43RQUOKRIFBFM3DK5T2TERQ6U Old Bear

    Walk Pujols here.

    • KT

      you ask so shall you receive

  • KT

    way to go U-less

  • Christopher Staaf

    Way to get out of another jam! 

  • KT

    Start it off Elian

  • bcmaiden

    Man, why can’t we get this kid some run support. Score now, dangit. 

  • KT

    Good at bat Juan
     
    Come on Dre

  • KT

    A little trickery will get you in trouble…hand caught in the cookie jar scenerio

    • Christopher Staaf

      Yes, Aybar tried to pull a Loney! Good interpretation of the rule. 

      • KT

        yea but loney never touched it just let it drop straight out

        • Christopher Staaf

          Exactly! Which is another reason why Loney is gonna have a Gold Glove and Aybar won’t!!!

          • Christopher Staaf

            I realize that Loney’s situation was a pop up and Aybar’s was a slow line drive. 

  • KT

    Come on Jerry make it hurt

  • KT

    vinny giving a special situation alert for San Francisco game

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M43RQUOKRIFBFM3DK5T2TERQ6U Old Bear

    Despite the score — 10-0 Giants over Astros after 5 1/2 — there is nonetheless an interesting game going on in Baghdad by the Bay, which the late, great columnist Herb Caen used to call it.

  • KT

    Make him pitch to you AJ because they want to go after Loney

  • KT

    Come on James…Make him pitch to you

    • KT

      James that’s not making him pitch to you

  • Anonymous

    When the pitcher’s been that wild, you need to take until he’s thrown a strike.

    • KT

      exactly

  • Anonymous

    I’m excited to see if we can pick up a first baseman who can hit, should be fun

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

      maybe one who dosen’t lead baseball in runners left on base and in scoring position please!

  • Anonymous

    The Mets are appealing the official scorer’s call of a hit in the first inning of Dickey’s one-hitter today.

    After Santana, the Mets now have a taste for blood when it comes to no-hitters.

  • KT

    Nice play Jerry!!

  • KT

    definitely a good call

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Has Uribe always thrown like he’s got alligator arms?

    • Christopher Staaf

      That was not a good throw. 

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Wow, that play in SF was pretty amazing.

  • KT

    Come on DP

    • Anonymous

      Ask and you shall receive.

      • KT

        ^_^

    • Christopher Staaf

      Delivered…Uribe got saved by Jerry again. I hope that’s not gonna be a recurring theme. 

  • KT

    Another Excellent play by Jerry…Fine turn on a bad throw…He’s looking much more comfortable at second now

  • KT

    still special after 6.5 in SF

    • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

      Did you see that catch?

      • KT

        Just now…fantastic

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Matt Cain has a Game Score of 90 through seven innings.

    • Anonymous

       Is that good or bad?

  • Anonymous

    Uribe actually took a pitch. Even Kennedy usually makes the pitchers work a little more.

  • KT

    Come on Dee make him pitch to you

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    So, here’s a question for you… The minimum amount of pitches a pitcher can throw to have a perfect game is 27, right? What’s the least amount of pitches that have been thrown for a perfect game? 

    • Christopher Staaf

      Right off the top of my head, I know Don Larsen threw 87 pitches in his. David Wells was well over 130. 

      • Anonymous

         For the earliest perfectos, probably no records.

  • KT

    way on the second base side on that popup Dee

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    The broadcast team in SF is a jinx machine up there…. Sheesh, even showing Cain’s wife.

    • KT

      sorry I won’t switch my game to watch the Gnats do anything…even lose ^_^

    • Anonymous

      The dullest Dodger game is inherently more interesting than the most absorbing Gnat game.

      • KT

        Yes

        • Jibin Park

          I’d have to respectfully disagree with that.  I dislike the Giants, but it’s quite awesome to see the ending of a perfect game.  It’s happened only 22 times.  Glad I’m subscribed to MLB.com for the month of June!

          • KT

            If you not there in person does it really matter…It’s not like I haven’t seen a perfect game before

  • KT

    I winning at solitaire again Dre…Let’s go

  • Blue-eyed Gal

    I can’t believe I’ve got Vin Scully’s volume turned low so I can watch the last inning of a Giants game. (Multiple screens woot).  I hope I don’t go to Dodger purgatory for this. 

    • KT

      Blasphemy

  • KT

    Dam I knew it was gone as soon as it hit his bat

    • KT

      Time for Javy to get better again…Tag team closers

      • Christopher Staaf

        I dunno if I would go that far but maybe look to the trade deadline to get someone else. Jansen just gives up way too many HRs for my liking. 

  • Christopher Staaf

    Man, Aybar?? Really?? 

  • Anonymous

    Terrible pitch by KJ, to a weak hitter.

    • bcmaiden

      Another straight fastball right down the pipe. The thing that bothers me is that our hitters can’t hit HR at all, while weak hitters everywhere do it. 

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Wait, what. Coffey is coming in? is Donnie giving up? I’m confused.

    • KT

      He’s expecting to go extra innings

      • Christopher Staaf

        Let’s hope it does go into extra innings. 

    • Anonymous

      Probably didn’t want him to throw too many pitches. He’s been working a lot recently.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/M43RQUOKRIFBFM3DK5T2TERQ6U Old Bear

        Jansen — 10 pitches Monday, 24 last night, 14 tonight before being removed..  Mattingly has to be more judicious in his use of Kenley.  I don’t think using him three days in a row is the right way to go.

  • KT

    Good Eye AJ

  • KT

    Make him pitch to you James…Take until you get a strike

  • Anonymous

    You have to run for AJ!

    • KT

      he won’t again

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Cain ties Koufax and Ryan for second-best game score (101) in MLB history for nine-inning game. bit.ly/KHTAdZ

    bit.ly/aXQk2C

  • KT

    BGJ!!

    • Christopher Staaf

      That was awesome…I would say pinch hit for Uribe but the alternatives aren’t that much better. 

      • Christopher Staaf

        Take that back. Where is Abreu????

  • Anonymous

    Can Uribe make contact?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

    Uribe in his brain is figuring out a way to hit a 5 run homerun right now 

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    I don’t think I’ve been so scared of a double play all season. 

    • Christopher Staaf

      That was great base running by Ellis and Loney. 

    • Jibin Park

      Or triple play.

  • KT

    Good play by James

    • KT

      And AJ staying in the rundown

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    Man, I think the Angels could have ended the game right there. 

  • KT

    Come on Tony

  • Anonymous

    I’m amazed Uribe even made contact. At least Mattingly isn’t using Kennedy to PH.

    • Christopher Staaf

      But Abreu was available. 

      • Anonymous

         Really, a much better choice unless he’s unavailable for some reason.

        • Christopher Staaf

          He’s up now. Come through for us Bobby. 

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Seriously, MLB.tv goes on the fritz now?

    • KT

      Bobby batting for Dee after Tony struck out

  • Jibin Park

    Really? Gwynn?  No swing?

    • Anonymous

      I can’t blame him for not swinging at that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

         Well it was a bad pitch but with 2 strikes with RISP down a run in the ninth, you just can’t get caught looking. I learned that when I was 8

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

    have they been calling that a strike all night?? jeez

    • KT

      no

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

         I didn’t think so. I have been watching. Not every pitch as I was getting the kids to bed, but most pitches. I didn’t want to be THAT guy cause I think umps are part of the game u just have to deal with it, but that was a terrible call. Then again a good hitter fouls it off. Gwynn isn’t a good hitter.

  • Anonymous

    OK, the strike zone starts at the ankles. Why not Abreu earlier, Don?

    • KT

      very low strike

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M43RQUOKRIFBFM3DK5T2TERQ6U Old Bear

    Watch.  Abreu will hit what wold have been a sacrifice fly with no outs.

  • KT

    ump wants this game over with

  • Anonymous

    Well, in this series Mattingly outmismanaged Scioscia.

  • Jibin Park

    squeeze with gwynn would have been best bet, IMO…

    • bcmaiden

      I know, our bunt happy manager fails to use the squeeze in opportune situations. 

  • Christopher Staaf

    Optimist…40-24, still the best record in the league. 

    Pessimist: closer situation isn’t resolved and the offense still needs vast improvement. 

    I still want to know why Abreu wasn’t hitting for Uribe. If the game gets tied and goes to extras, Herrera or Hairston can move to 3B. Oh well. 

    See you all in a couple of days when Kid K goes against the White Sox.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with your pessimist view, we won’t be able to hold onto the best record for long if we keep throwing games like these out there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713935344 Jason Ungar

       we pay Uribe 8 million a year that’s why.

  • http://farinella.com/ David Farinella

    Well, that was a let down.

  • Anonymous

    Wow that was pretty ugly. Man on third, no outs and we can’t even get ONE run?

  • http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/ Jon Weisman

    NPUT

  • Anonymous

    The called 3rd strike to Gwynn was definitely low. Then another to Bobby there was low AND outside. Ump wanted game over.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M43RQUOKRIFBFM3DK5T2TERQ6U Old Bear

    Meaningless correction of my own recent error:
    Jansen’s pitch count this week — 24 on Monday, 10 on Tuesday, 14 tonight.
    Good night, all