Game 11, 2017

Epitaph for the Cubs series from the LA Times:

On 24 occasions during these 27 innings, a Dodger came to bat with a runner in scoring position. Only once did a Dodger supply a hit. The team stranded 26 runners and managed only four runs in all.

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Today it will be a treat: Clayton Kershaw v. Zack Greinke, two guys who were 1-2 in the Dodgers’ rotation in 2013-2015.

The duo went 104-34 during their three seasons together. Greinke finished second in National League Cy Young award voting in 2015, while Kershaw finished third. Kershaw won the award in 2013 and 2014.

Other info:

Kershaw has started 24 games in his career against Arizona and is 12-8 with a 2.75 ERA in those contests. Last season, he faced the D-backs once and struck out 11 in 7 1/3 innings.

Greinke has started seven games against the Dodgers and is 3-2 with a 3.80 ERA.

Lineup when available.

  • It’s a weekend for ball park statuary: the Mariners just unveiled this one of The Kid.

    • WBBsAs

      The greatest player of his era.

  • And tomorrow the Dodgers will unveil their first-ever statue at Dodger Stadium. It’ll be of Jackie Robinson, of course.

  • Bob_Hendley

    It’s actually impressive that we had RISP in 24 of the 27 innngs. The other part, not so much.

  • WBBsAs

    Part of this contrasts Puig with a former teammate (though the author could just as easily have used BadGums): http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2017/04/seventy_years_after_jackie_robinson_mlb_is_still_a_white_man_s_sport.html

    • Bob_Hendley

      This reminds me that I just finished reading Michael Leahy’s “The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers”. Highly recommend it for anyone who grew up with the Dodgers of that era with Maury Wills, Tommy D, Three Dog, Koufax, Drysdale, etc.

      • WBBsAs

        I saw Willie D play in the minors with Spokane when they visited with Tacoma, and was once on a plane with Peter O’Malley from Spokane to Seattle.

        • Bob_Hendley

          His father and Buzzie don’t come off too well in the book. Of course all owners and GMs in those days were pretty tough on players, shielded by the Reserve Clause. But the book shows some of the beginnings of the players revolt with Koufax and Drysdale.

      • There was a lot more Wes Parker in it than I anticipated.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Same here. Guess he was particularly talkative.

    • All these “keepers of tradition” ought to retire, be they players or sportwriters. It’s a game, and joy should be a part of it..

      • WBBsAs

        Start with BadGums.

  • HLKLA

    I have not been to Dodger Stadium since the ’90’s when my parents were still in Norwalk. Then when they moved into the Inland Empire it was too far to go for a game.. It would be nice to go sometime and see all the improvements.

    • WBBsAs

      Where are you now? I hadn’t gone since the late 1990s until two years ago, when I saw Kershaw lose to the Cerveceros. I’ve gone to The Phone Booth to see Dodgers play the Gnats there, but won’t ever go back – I much preferred Candlestick. I did go to an interleague series v. the Atléticos, though.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Haven’t been to DS since 1976, but have seen the Dodgers play in RFK, Foro Sol, National Stadium and Wrigley.

      • HLKLA

        I saw the Dodgers play two games (well one and a half) at Nationals Stadium a few years ago. One of the games was the night the lights failed.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I remember it well.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Come to think of it, I also saw them in Camden Yards.

      • WBBsAs

        I was at Jack Murphy Stadium the night that Hershiser broke the scoreless innings record, the only game I’ve ever seen in SD. I’d like to go to a game at the Litterbox, though.

        In ’94, I saw three games at Mile High Stadium just before the strike, and a couple years ago a similar series at Coors. My other major league stadia have been in Seattle (Sicks Stadium, Kingdome, Safeco), Fenway, Baltimore (Memorial Stadium) and DC (RFK, a pre-season exhibition), and SF (Candlestick, The Phone Booth).

        • Bob_Hendley

          Reminds me, of course, that I used to see the Dodgers regularly at Jack Murphy, when I lived in San Cali Ding Dong, including the Toy Cannon’s three dinger night.

      • I saw them maybe half-a-dozen times in the 80s at Dodger Stadium but not since.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Had plans last year to see them in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati but those fell through. My buddy in DC, who is also a Dodgers fan, saw them in Philly once but had a bad experience and I can’t get him to return.

    • WinnipegDave

      I am still looking forward to my first visit to Dodger Stadium. In fact, I have not seen the Dodgers play anywhere.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Well, you do have RBI’s eyes.

        • WinnipegDave

          True enough!
          Is she at the game tonight, I wonder?

          • Bob_Hendley

            She better be, we need a win!

          • RBI

            Ha! We shall see.

          • RBI

            I am indeed.

          • WinnipegDave

            So – no granddaughter then.

          • RBI

            Still waiting.

          • WinnipegDave

            You chose a nice spot to wait. 🙂

          • RBI

            Come join me one day!

          • WinnipegDave

            That would be awesome! At this point, I believe I would be equally excited to see friends from here as I would the Dodger game.

      • WBBsAs

        Milwaukee’s relatively close, isn’t it? One-day drive…

        • WinnipegDave

          Minneapolis is the closest – but my family is not too interested and I don’t have a lot of baseball buddies with whom I could travel.

          • WBBsAs

            Dodgers play every year in Milwaukee, but not in Minneapolis.

          • WinnipegDave

            Yep.

  • WinnipegDave

    Didn’t realize that Kershaw is traditionally a slow starter and that April is his least successful month. 11-12 win loss record, ERA over 3 and most HR’s given up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Knew he was great late in the season, but didn’t realize either that he had such trouble in April.

      • WinnipegDave

        My info is curtousy of Charles Steiner.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ok, just don’t trust him on fly balls. (how did he play those last two?)

          • WinnipegDave

            Sounded underwhelmed on the Gonzo fly ball and more excited about Turner’s.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Turner’s was a monster, but to the deepest part of the field.

          • Steiner = Doggett.

          • WBBsAs

            AGon’s nearly went out, Turner’s deep but routine.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugliest uniforms in baseball?

  • WinnipegDave

    Sounds like Gonzo just missed one.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Is that what Steiner said?

      • WinnipegDave

        Said it was caught with the fielder right up against the wall.

    • I think he gave everything he had but not yet enough given the cooler temps. Hopefully his elbow will heal and he will get more power in his swing.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Looked like it hit the wall on slo-mo!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager’s yips on throws to 1st almost continue.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nomar says it shows he did not get enough reps in ST because of the injury.

      • WinnipegDave

        That seems logical.

  • RBI

    Both big hits looked like they might leave the stadium.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc saw plenty of pitches.

  • That away Joc. I didn’t want to jinx him by saying Greinke said Joc was an easy out.

  • RISP

    • WinnipegDave

      Hopefully RISP doesn’t mean RIP for hits and runs tonight.

  • RBI

    Update: contractions getting stronger! ( A granddaughter for those wondering.)

    • WinnipegDave

      Exciting!

    • WinnipegDave

      I should ask if this will be your first grandchild or not.

      • RBI

        Fifth!

        • WinnipegDave

          Oh haha! Now that you say that – I think I recall you previously mentioning a few visits from other grandkids in previous threads last year.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Viewing and babysitting as I recall.

  • RBI

    Rats rats rats.

    • “Come on, Kershaw, whaddya think we pay you $33M a year for?”

      Sez some drunk in the stands.

  • WinnipegDave

    Darn sequencing.

  • RBI

    I actually think we could have scored on the double.

    • Even with Grandal running?

      • RBI

        Bobbled in outfield and then again on the throw.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw leading the pitch count battle if nothing else.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Waves hello from Mammoth Lakes, a SNLA desert.

  • WinnipegDave

    Greinke probably even money to get the first hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to see Kershaw’s ERA starting with the number 2 again.
    Now to get Greinke’s back to that number.

    • Greinke’s could jump to more than that If I get my way.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Toles thinks he has found a new offensive weapon.

    • I think that made 3 times in a row.

  • WinnipegDave

    Here we go again!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Eggs and butter!

  • RBI

    Lifting the curse!

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes you are! 😉

      • Bob_Hendley

        If the name fits…

  • John_from_Aus

    happy with more singles

    • Bob_Hendley

      Reminding me of that country song “Drinking Doubles and Acting Single”

      • Jack Dawkins

        That in turn reminds me of an old Navy toast: Here’s to living single, drinking double, and sleeping triple. One hopes this only skirts the rules!

        • WinnipegDave

          One might plead the 5th after that sequence – especially depending on what happens with the number 4!

        • Jack Dawkins

          The other classic toast at Navy officer formal functions is: To our wives and girlfriends, may they never meet! Now back to this one…

  • WinnipegDave

    And that changes Greinke’s ERA from 1.90 to 3.20…

  • RBI

    Ooph that was a bad swing by Grandal.

  • John_from_Aus

    was Joc trying to squeeze Adrian home on that second pitch?

    • WinnipegDave

      Sounded like it to me.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just trying to get a hit facing the shift.

      • John_from_Aus

        Ah thanks, I couldn’t imagine Adrian hustling home any other way

    • Just trying to take advantage of the shift.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Klayton doing his Charlie Brown imitation.

    • WinnipegDave

      Did Schroeder come out from behind the plate to give him some encouraging words?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Practically undressed by a shot up the middle.

        • WinnipegDave

          That’s what I pictured. 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    DP would be great right here.

  • John_from_Aus

    nice!

  • WinnipegDave

    Got out of it!

  • Bob_Hendley

    How is the Snakes pen?

    • WinnipegDave

      Can’t be as good as the Dodgers, I would guess.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I see that Fernando Rodney is their closer at 40 years old.

  • WinnipegDave

    JT!

  • WBBsAs

    This is not the Greinke of old.

  • Woohoo!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw dealing right now. Must be fun to see. Am I right, RBI? 🙂

    • RBI

      So smooth.

      • WBBsAs

        Where are you seated?

        • RBI

          Reserve section 7 row U just to the left of home.

          • WinnipegDave

            Pretty nice view of the action.

          • WBBsAs

            So, you’re quite a ways up there…

          • RBI

            Closer than it looks. Great view.

          • WinnipegDave

            Glove or no glove? 🙂

          • RBI

            No glove. But last game I was further down and just missed a foul ball.

          • How steep are the steps up there?

          • RBI

            Not steep at all.

        • RBI
          • John_from_Aus

            cool, it looks not far from where I saw one of my games in 91, I was a bit more central, but I think I was about that high

          • RBI

            I love it here. Great fans.

  • WinnipegDave

    Apparently Greinke’s curve is more hitable than Kershaw’s tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig with the professional at bat.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Klayton not using the slider as his K pitch as much as I am used to.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yep. They just said 5 of the 6 K’s have been of the looking variety.

      • WinnipegDave

        Good observation Bob.

  • WinnipegDave

    Must admit, I love it when the strikeouts at least equal the innings pitched for Kershaw.

    • Bob_Hendley

      9.8 per 9 for his career, so you must be a happy fellow.

      • WinnipegDave

        Well yes, I suppose I am now that you mention it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw batting. So likely to pitch the 9th. Which makes sense since his game score (89) is currently higher than his pitch count (87).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice power display by Toles.

    • WBBsAs

      Toles was an absolute steal.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Stolen from a supermarket, no?

        • WBBsAs

          Shoplifted.

  • WinnipegDave

    I often think back to Jon Weisman’s new definition of a “perfect game”: a team only using the 9 players in the game’s starting line up.
    Dodgers could accomplish this relatively rare event tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You and Jon are weird.

      • WinnipegDave

        This has been a good night for me. First an invite to watch a Dodger game with RBI. And now I have been compared favourable to Jon Weisman.

        Oh and the Dodgers are winning.

  • WinnipegDave

    There’s a slider for a K.

  • RBI

    Too bad. Such a close play at home.

    • WBBsAs

      On the other hand, we got to see the real Pedro Báez.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Baez. Hold the fireworks!

    • RBI

      Slow as always.

  • RBI

    Game comes screeching to a halt.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Night all. Chat again tomorrow.

  • RBI

    What a fun game.

  • Well done, Kershaw, Toles, Turner and you all.

  • NPUT @ 0900HST, 1200PST

  • HLKLA

    I believe Toles is a keeper.