Game 53, 2016

Dodgers at Cubs, 5:00PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ESPN (out-of-market only), ABC7

The last time the Dodgers saw Jake Arrieta it was a Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN in which Jessica Mendoza made her second ESPN appearance and he threw a no-hitter against them. That was last August 30. Since then he’s thrown another no-hitter, hasn’t lost a game yet this season, and is currently 9-0 with a 1.72 ERA. Scott Kazmir (4-3, 4.84 ERA) has been improving (he’s 3-1 in May with a 4.13 ERA) since a poor start, but he’s got his work cut out for him. He’ll need to hold the Cubbies at bay and hope the Dodgers can get a couple of runs off Arrieta.

Oh, the Cubs have won all of the last 23 starts Arrieta has made. That ties a Major League record.

Lineup when available.

Personnel news: Julio Urias will be brought back up to replace Alex Wood, who’s been placed on the 15-day DL with elbow soreness. Yasiel Puig has been scratched from today’s game with a sore left hamstring and Alex Guerrero has been designated for assignment.

  • HLKLA

    We got this!

    • John_from_Aus

      And we did!

      • WinnipegDave

        Yes!

  • WBBsAs

    In Seattle today, James Shields of the Pads achieved a game score of -1 (yes, minus one). Quite a feat.

  • WBBsAs
    • Amplification of above.

      Wood will be placed on the DL with elbow soreness (a non-structural
      issue) and that the team has not yet decided how to line up its pitching
      rotation. Starter Kenta Maeda is dealing with a swollen hand and
      questionable for a Thursday start.

  • HLKLA

    Looks like Guerrero is on his way out the door.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Without eyes or ears. What’s the deal on the delay? Rain I imagine.

  • WinnipegDave

    Gonzo gets a hit which is great start against the Jake.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was interesting. Nice throw by Montero!

  • WinnipegDave

    That was less interesting. Crawford – speed never slumps – if you use it!

  • HLKLA

    The Dodgers have doubled their hit total from yesterday!

    • More than that, they’ve gotten more off Arrieta than the Cubs have off Kazmir!

  • WinnipegDave

    Good game so far. Very well pitched on both sides.

  • WinnipegDave

    So hard to know. Pull Kaz or let him bat and pitch longer. If only there were not 2 outs.

  • WinnipegDave

    And Turner strikes out. Not good.

    • Squandered a chance, and Arrieta doesn’t give you many.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good news is that Jake is at 107 pitches so he won’t go much longer either.

  • Nice, Mr. Blanton, nice.

  • New pitcher Richard has an ERA of 6.00. Can’t be as good as Jake, I’m guessing.

    • WBBsAs

      The Cubbies had to use almost their whole pen yesterday.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes. Gonzo is the man right now.

  • John_from_Aus

    surely we can convert this chance

    • WinnipegDave

      And hopefully we can keep on converting!

  • WinnipegDave

    Good at bat by Howie. I’ll applaud the SF to drive in a run.

  • WinnipegDave

    Don’t count outs Dave. Don’t count outs.

    • WinnipegDave

      (3 outs to go.)

  • WinnipegDave

    Ha ha. True.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager. Yes. Thank you.

  • WinnipegDave

    I like our chances!

  • WinnipegDave

    Until this inning, I had been thinking – I’ve seen this game before. As in, last night vs the Cubs (2-0, only 1 hit.)

    But as of right now, we are out Cub-ing the Cubs!

  • WinnipegDave

    The pitching linescore makes it look like Kershaw pitched tonight:
    8 innings – 1 hit, 1 walk, 10k’s and no runs.

    • WinnipegDave

      Make it 9 innings – 1 hit, 1 walk, 10 k’s, and no runs!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • John_from_Aus

    A very pleasing, unexpected win

  • WinnipegDave

    At worst now, we finish the Cubs series 6.5 games behind SF. Which, considering they are playing the worst team and we are playing the best, is not too bad. Better than 7.5 or 8.5 anyways.

  • WinnipegDave

    The Dodgers are playing good ball so far on this road trip.

  • WinnipegDave

    15-12 this month. Much better than the 12-13 record from April.

    • John_from_Aus

      Let’s hope for something like 20-7 for June

      • WinnipegDave

        My mistake. The Dodgers were 16-12 in May. Even better!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!! Just got home. What a great surprise!

  • One hit for the Cubbies after we got only one yesterday. Turnabout is fair play!

  • I’m puzzled. If you look at the schedule page at ESPN, you’ll see the attendance figures for prior games way off on the right. Yesterday (the opener with the Cubs) they drew 41,470 with Hammel starting. Today with Arrieta starting they drew 34,681. That seems bassackwards. Wouldn’t you expect the game that showcases the 9-0 pitcher whose starts the Cubs have won 23 consecutive times to be a sellout?

    • Bob_Hendley

      I believe that a place like Wrigley gets a lot of tourist fans (I know that I have done it several times), who combine a visit to the Windy City with a day at the park to see their team play the Cubs – you can hear a lot of cheering when the visiting team does something good. Yesterday was a holiday day game.

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