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.

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153 thoughts on “Game 11, 2017

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

    • 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..

  2. 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.

    • 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.

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

      • 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.

      • 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).

        • 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.

    • 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.

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

  3. 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.

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

      • 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!

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

      • 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.