The rookie right-hander arrived in Oklahoma City for a rehab assignment on Wednesday only to board a 6:15 a.m. flight Thursday to LA. He came off the DL where he had been nursing a rib microfracture. The Dodgers needed him with four others unavailable in the bullpen. Buehler, who has been starting this season, refused to use the travel as an excuse. These guys are good. You can’t make pitches like that, he said. I didn’t execute. Manager Dave Roberts said Buehler would toss a bullpen session and then return to the rotation.
Brault said it was pretty weird to have two guys from the same high school pitch consecutively against their hometown team.
If you told us six years ago, seven years ago, that that would happen, we’d probably both go, `That’s ridiculous, he said. Just for it to actually happen, and for us to get a win out of it, and Joe pitched so well tonight, it was just awesome to see. It was cool.
Two grand slams in a year is pretty cool. Some guys don’t hit one their whole career, Hurdle said after Moran’s slam helped carry the Pirates to a 7-5 victory against the San Diego Padres on Sunday. In his rookie season, too. He hunts pitches. He’s got a lot of confidence when he goes to the plate. He prepares.
In fact, none of Hurdle’s 32 home runs over a 10-year career came with the bases loaded.
Armstrong is confident a change of scenery will help O’Reilly.
I’ve certainly been guilty of saying things I was thinking and wishing I didn’t say them. He probably would add that to the list of things he wishes he could’ve kept internal, said Armstrong, who is familiar with O’Reilly during the time they’ve spent together as part of Canada’s national team at international tournaments.
He’s got great passion for the sport. He’s got great passion to compete and win, he added. And hopefully, this gives him the boost that he feels is necessary that he can come in here. And quite honestly, we need that boost.