Game 47, 2016

Before we get to the game details, have a look at a new book featuring a whole bunch of Dodgers from the 1960s teams: “The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers.”

Leahy places these men’s lives within the political and social maelstrom that was the era when the conformity of the 1950s gave way to demands for equality and rights. Increasingly frustrated over a lack of real bargaining power and an iron-fisted management who occasionally meddled in their personal affairs, many players shared an uneasy relationship with the team’s front office.

Since that was the period in which I became a fan, I’m looking forward to reading this.

Now, on to today’s game.

Reds at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CIN TV

The Dodgers sent Stripling down to AAA after his three-inning relief stint on Sunday in order to bring another starter back up, and it’ll be Mike Bolsinger, (0-1, 6.23 ERA). He’ll pitch against Daniel Wright, who’s making his MLB debut after a nine-inning complete game win at AAA Louisville May 16.

This is hard to believe, considering how hard-fought those Dodgers-Reds games were in the 1970s and 1980s, but over the last decade the Dodgers have a 45-23 record against the Reds, their best winning percentage against any team in the National League.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Three in a row has been our longest roll this season. Actually wasn’t that long ago that we last did it (NY; StL, StL) May 12-14. Would be nice to attain those heights again tonight.

    • WBBsAs

      The Dodgers will have to do it without me, I’m afraid. Slept poorly last night, and a long tiring day today.

  • John_from_Aus

    Good start, a run without even an out yet

    • WinnipegDave

      And then nothing else more.

      And now down 2-1.

  • John_from_Aus

    just came back to see us leading again

    • WinnipegDave

      Me too!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bolsinger did okay but wish he could gone one inning longer.

  • WinnipegDave

    Reds are pitching like they know Puig will want to try and steal second. To make up for showboating what should have been an easy double but wound up a single.

    • John_from_Aus

      Did he think it was a HR?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes he did. But it hit the base of the wall. Roberts had words for him when he got back to the dugout. He scored a run, but he is not back out in the field this inning!

        • John_from_Aus

          Good way to handle the situation

          • John_from_Aus

            looking at video, it appeared Puig hurt himself scoring, so that could be why he was removed

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig makes up for his earlier mistake with some speedy base running.

  • WinnipegDave

    This seems like a good spot for Baez to get some non stressful work in.

    • RBI

      Let’s hope!

    • RBI

      Yup!

    • WBBsAs

      Báez has been a bipolar reliever – either at the top or on the bottom, rarely anything in between.

  • RBI

    At some point the Gnats have to come back to earth, yes?

  • RBI

    Padre reliever Hessler about to pull a Tsao. Bases loaded on a double and two walks.

  • RBI

    And gives up a triple. Gnats now up 6-1.

  • RBI

    8-1 gnats.

  • RBI

    Any idea when Ethier and SVS will be back?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Appears SVS back early June after road trip.

  • RBI

    I’m so relieved Seager’s knee is okay after the HBP.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes. Getting hit in the thigh has to be so much better. The knee seems so painful.

  • RBI

    JT!

  • RBI

    Nice easy stroke by Turner.

  • WinnipegDave

    And I think the clock just struck midnight for the Reds (CST).

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers are hopefully using the Reds to find their groove. They face much stiffer competition after this. Until the Dodgers find their stride, it doesn’t much matter what the Giants do.

    But it would be so nice for the Giants to lose!

    • WBBsAs

      You continue to misspell “Gnats.”

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh. Maybe Puig was injured and not benched for showboating. We will see.

    • Alanna and the post-game show guys seemed to think it was for not running the single into a double.

      • WinnipegDave

        Well, that’s better than being injured – I think. A physical problem usually just takes X amount of time to heal. Mental problem – who knows?!

      • HLKLA

        How patient are the Dodgers going to be with this guy?

        • WBBsAs

          He has a high upside. He lacks maturity, but he’s getting better despite occasional lapses.

  • WBBsAs

    Just reviewed the highlights, suggesting a decent but not dominant outing by Ballslinger v. a weak-hitting team. He did manage a good number of K’s, and the curveball was working.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Need to get that book as well!

    • WBBsAs

      I became a Dodgers’ fan in 1956, the year after they won their first Series, primarily because my cousin was one. The loss to the Yanquis in ’56 was a tough one, and I saw some of the games on TV.

      I also recall hearing occasional Dodger games on weekends in the Pacific Northwest and, after they moved to LA, KFI’s signal blasted into our broadcast area after dark. I heard Vin call Sandy’s perfecto, and recall Perranoski stranding Dick Groat after a leadoff triple in extra innings in a key game in St. Louis.

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