Game 13, 2017

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

RHP Taijuan Walker (1-1, 4.91 ERA) takes the mound for the D-Backs and LHP Rich Hill (1-0, 1.80 ERA) comes off the 10-day disabled list to pitch for the Dodgers. Walker lost his grip on his last start against the Giants when he threw away (video) a comebacker with the bases loaded in the 4th:

With the bases loaded and one out, Moore tapped a dribbler that Walker fielded halfway up the first-base line. He threw wildly past home, enabling Brandon Crawford to score. Catcher Jeff Mathis scooped up the ball but misfired past Walker, who was covering home. Joe Panik scored on that play. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt caught up with the ball and threw home, but Jarrett Parker slid under Walker’s tag.

Hill missed his last start with a blister on his pitching hand. His curve is devastating to hitters but it hurts him as well, apparently. In his first and only start so far he was very effective, giving up only two hits and one run over five innings to the Padres on April 5.

The Dodgers will have to option someone to make room for Hill on the roster. Trayce Thompson goes down. Forsythe’s hammy leaves him available for pinch-hitting duty today. He’s expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Thompson goes down leaving Dodgers with 12 position players.

    • WBBsAs

      I think Hatcher is out of options, so any team could claim him first. He’s looked better lately, in low-leverage situations, but Fields got sent down after looking lights-out because he has options. They may also have to make room for Urías before too long.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yeah, Urias seems like a June decision. I suppose that Stripling might also be a candidate in the short term or even Hill if he gets blisters again (heck, I suppose they could use the 10 day DL all season long with him getting in every other start)

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc flashing the leather!

  • WBBsAs

    Easy inning, in retrospect.

  • Wotta catch, Joc!

  • scooplew

    Rockies got three in the top of the 1st off Samardzija. Blackmon led off the game with a homer, Arenado later doubled in a pair. Giants now batting. Weather is bad. The A’s game across the Bay has already been postponed.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Another variation of the ugliest uniform in baseball.

    • WinnipegDave

      Easter Sunday edition.

      • WBBsAs

        In secular Uruguay, Tourism Week edition.

        • WinnipegDave

          Fair enough!

          • WBBsAs

            This is the centennial of Uruguay’s 1917 Constitution, which does not acknowledge religious holidays.

          • WinnipegDave

            Fascinating. I never knew that about Uruguay.

          • If you’re like me, you couldn’t swear which country was Uruguay and which was Paraguay. I know very little about S.A. and I’d like to know more.

          • WinnipegDave

            I used to be able to identify any country on a blank map of the world but no longer. And as for knowing much about Uruguay, Paraguay or really any of the other S.A. countries – I’m with you Link in wanting/needing to know more.

          • WBBsAs

            Uruguay is a smaller Argentina without the chaos. Paraguay is a classic kakistocracy – once, when a Wall Street Journal reporter interviewed a local businessman about the impact of the new Mercosur common market, the response was “We may have to stop smuggling things and start producing things.”

          • Refreshing honesty.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s a tie with the Gnats.

  • Grrr. Bases-loaded walks are absolutely the most annoying way to give up a run in all of baseball.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hmm – this is not what I was hoping from Hill’s return… He is definitely struggling.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Adios Hill.

    • WinnipegDave

      Dodgers have depth. Dodgers have depth. Dodgers have depth.
      And it looks like they are going to need it.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not really of value unless you do use it, no?

        • WinnipegDave

          I like valuing healthy starters every so often too though. 😉

    • WBBsAs

      Over the Hill…

      • WinnipegDave

        Up Hill battle.

        • Bob_Hendley

          That’s rich.

  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      That is frustrating. Especially for Hill, I would imagine.

      • Yeah. If it annoys the fans, imagine how he feels.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puigy!

  • WinnipegDave

    Utley has been absolutely lost at the plate to start the year. But I’m alright with Stripling going another inning.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Two hard hit ground balls, but to a shifty infield.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s been rolling over too much, hitting directly into it.

        • RBI

          Case in point with this at-bat.

          • WBBsAs

            Drinking during the game?

          • RBI

            You are too fast for me, WBB.

      • foul tip

        OK, while checking in you definitely got me to re-read the word “shifty.” 😉

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doctor DP.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox swat Gnats again.

  • WBBsAs

    If healthy, the Rox could be the Dodgers’ strongest division challenger. They have some really good young players, with an especially promising pitching staff. They’ve taken some early blows, though, and lack the Dodgers’ depth, I think.

  • Bob_Hendley

    A speedier Baez with a slider.

  • scooplew

    Rodney enters the game with an ERA of 12.46 this season.

  • scooplew

    Since Opening Day Grandal and Pederson have combined for no homers and 1 RBI (Pederson).

    • Bob_Hendley

      Still managing to be productive in that period, Grandal with .371 OBP and Joc with .343.

  • scooplew

    Pretty dismal day for the Dodgers and their fans.

    • WBBsAs

      Off-topic, but there’s an interesting NYT article today about the Monterey Pop Festival, in which I learned that none of the performers were paid – it was a charity event. There will be a 50th anniversary event this summer (with a contemporary lineup, but the same producers).

      • If I remember rightly, Jefferson Airplane performed at all three of the most famous festivals — Monterey Pop, Altamont and Woodstock — the only band that did. I wonder if they got paid for the other two.

        Link to the article.

        • WBBsAs

          I directed this to Scoop because he’s a Monterey resident. I’ve only seen the movie, but I was around for Altamont. Woodstock eventually made money, I think, though I have no idea how much went to the musicians. Still, it certainly promoted their music (Altamont not so much…).

          • Bob_Hendley

            Saw a list of bands and what they were to be paid for Woodstock. Not sure they actually received the money though.

  • WBBsAs

    Hendley will probably appreciate this, and perhaps wine people as well…https://twitter.com/southernconetrv/status/854055877979938817

    • Bob_Hendley

      Fan of bone marrow as well!

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