Game 116, 2014

Dodgers at Angels, 7:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSW

The Dodgers hope to take the series 3-1 behind Hyun-Jin Ryu, who’s got 12 quality starts in his last 14 and is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his past four. In 21 starts this season, Ryu has allowed two or fewer earned runs 14 times. He’s 12-5 with a 3.39 ERA overall. His opponent will also be a lefty, C.J. Wilson. He’s having an up-and-down year for the Halos; he’s 8-7 with a 4.74 ERA overall and trending downward.

Wilson limped into a stint on the disabled list with a right ankle sprain following a rough outing on July 9. That wrapped up a four-start stretch that saw Wilson’s 3.34 ERA increase by nearly a full run. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Wilson’s return to the hill was also tough.

He surrendered six earned runs on six hits in only 1 1/3 innings against the Rays on Saturday. His ERA in his past five turns is 12.50.

Nonetheless, this is a guy with an 81-59 career record and a lifetime ERA of 3.71.

In acquisitions news, the Dodgers have acquired Roberto Hernandez from the Phillies for two “low-level minor leaguers.” He’s the guy who used to be Fausto Carmona. He’s 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 23 appearances for the Phillies, 20 of them starts.

A source told that he will take the place of Josh Beckett in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Beckett has been attempting to pitch with a torn labrum in his hip. But this deal is an indication he could be injured more seriously than was previously thought.

Happy Birthday, Mike Trout! Celebrate it with a bunch of hits and runs after the Dodgers series is done, please!

Lineup when available.

I can’t find an explanation for Gordon’s absence from the lineup.

62 thoughts on “Game 116, 2014

  1. Let’s play “what if’ . . .

    The first Angels baserunner was when Ryu hit one of them. This was after a Dodger had been hit, but I didn’t hear anything about it being retaliation. . . . Say Kersh has a VERY interesting game going, 8th or 9th inning — no baserunners allowed. Then a Dodger is purposefully hit (or so perceived). Does Kersh give up his possible perfecto and retaliate? Just to make it interesting, Hanley is NOT out on defense.

    (I say he shouldn’t — he has a chance for history and his teammates know how he protects them.)

  2. Just saw the video of Puig’s great catch . . . I agree with one of the Elysian Fielders who wrote that Vinny is coming back just to drool over Puig’s plays..

  3. Great job, guys!
    After Zack’s game and a few innings into Kersh’s — with Haren going the next day – NEVER did I think LA could take 3 of 4 from the Angels!

  4. ANOTHER hit with a RISP . . . whatever they’re doing differently, do it for the next 2 1/2 months!

  5. How’d you like to be Hernandez, joining a rotation with Kersh and Zack and coming off of these last two gems by ace-in-waiting Ryu and much-maligned Haren? Hopefully the mojo is contagious!

    • I didn’t hear it, but doesn’t Matt have a short leash as well? At least he did when he was struggling — we can’t afford to have him tossed from a game when he’s on fire!

      • He wasn’t that bad. Argued a little bit over two checked swing called strikes. Close calls, and the home plate ump never asked the first base ump to weigh in. But it didn’t look that heated, when boom! Matt was ejected.

      • And again — TWO bases-loaded hits by the Dodgers in the same game . . . against a quality team . . . could this be the turning point for the offense?

  6. This is a showcase for the Dodgers today: great starting pitching, timely hitting, and great defense.
    Hopefully it will continue for the W.

  7. Ryu’s last 2 pitches clocked at 95. Fastest I’ve seen him, if Gameday accurate.

  8. Didn’t see it, but from what I’ve heard about Hanley’s play lately, I don’t think he would’ve made that.

  9. Gameday has Ryu at 94 couple times, 93 some others. So much for the original naysayers who claimed he couldn’t touch 90.

    Interesting that Ryu recently said he thought one of the big differences between him and the Big 2 of Kersh and Greinke was that they were more consistent with their fastballs, while he was inconsistent. But working on it.

    Meanwhile it took until the 5th for a potent Angel lineup to get its first hit.

  10. Sounds like a great play by Uribear!
    And sounds like there are A LOT of Dodger fans there. Great for them and the team . . . but a bit confusing when trying to figure out if the play is good for Blue or red.

  11. Great to see the 3. . . including Hanley’s key bases-loaded hit . . . it CAN happen!
    Then disappointed to see they ran out of the inning. What’s the consensus — was Hanley suitably aggressive . . . or dumb?

  12. So Fausto Carmona became Roberto Hernandez. Sounds like he was a player to be named later.

      • As much as I wanted Kershaw to be the first to 14 wins, Peralta is allowed to get there first, as it was in beating the Gnats

        • I’m rooting for Kersh to get all the individual accolades . . . but I mostly want him to be a World Series champ, wearing Dodger blue!

  13. No report yet on which team claimed Hamels on waivers, is it permitted to hope that it was the Dodgers? I hope it’s not the Giants.

    • Darn! I just heard something on the MLB channel, and now I can’t remember, but definitely NOT the Giants. Cubs, maybe?

  14. “Unfortunately for Los Angeles, Wilson’s return to the hill was also tough.” Actually, it’s fortunately for Los Angeles; unfortunately for Anaheim.

          • Huh? Despite Wikipedia’s shortcomings, I will quote it here: “The Port of Oakland is the busiest port for San Francisco Bay and all of Northern California. Oakland is the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth-largest city in the state, and the 47th-largest city in the U.S. with a population at the 2010 U.S. Census of 390,724.[10] Incorporated in 1852, Oakland is the county seat of Alameda County.
            It serves as a major transportation hub and trade center for the entire
            region and is also the principal city of the Bay Area Region known as
            the East Bay.”

          • I think he’s just applying your ESPN “logic” to the north . . . that’s how I took it.

          • Just a gentle tweak because I knew he lived in Oakland sometimes. I lived in Orange County many years so I was well aware how far away San Diego is. None of this geography is worth fighting about…

    • Due to their legal gerrymandering, the Angels are also Los Angeles. But what’s in a name?