Game 14, 2017

Rich Hill spoke to Alanna Rizzo about his recurring blister problem.

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

I think the other National League teams have concluded that the Dodgers are vulnerable to left-handed pitching, and until proven otherwise they’re going to keep starting them. Thus today the Diamondbacks send LHP Robbie Ray (1-0, 2.19 ERA) out for the finale of this four-game series. He’ll be opposed by RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.50 ERA) for the Dodgers.

Ray has a 2.96 ERA in his career against the home team. Among current team members only Kiké Hernandez and Yasiel Puig have had great success against him.

McCarthy has been a very pleasant surprise for the Dodgers since coming off last year’s surgery. He held the Padres to two runs over six innings in his first start and last time out he blanked the Cubs for six innings. Only one of the current D-Backs has even 10 at-bats against him in his career. He pitched for the D-backs in 2013-2014 and went 8-21 with a 4.75 ERA in 40 starts.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_Hendley

      Sedegin up! Hill went to DL?

      • WBBsAs

        Yes, Hill to the DL. Could he be a candidate for a skin graft?

        • He thought of Superglue in that discussion with Ms. Rizzo.

  • David Pinto on Al Leiter talking about blisters.

  • scooplew

    Has a catcher ever thrown out three would-be base stealers in the same inning?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Link will surely recall Len Sakata.

      • Yes I do. Tippy Martinez for the win!

      • WinnipegDave

        I recall watching that game on TV – Baltimore vs Toronto.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Oops, sorry for the sore subject.

          • WinnipegDave

            No worries. While I guess I did cheer a bit for Toronto back in those days, I recall being more amazed then anything at that inning. I think it amused my 13 year old baseball sensibilities.

    • WBBsAs

      Good question. In theory, it could be more than three.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Huh?

        • WBBsAs

          You could have a CS on which the runner was called out, but the infielder dropped the ball, and it would still be a CS. In a similar vein, my slow-pitch team once hit three sac flies in an inning.

          • scooplew

            Very good knowledge.

  • scooplew

    So, are Hill’s fingers tougher than Kleenex?

    • WBBsAs

      Well, maybe as tough as a paper towel…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turner’s glove work tha past couple of seasons has been something else.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to see Segedin up and getting a chance. Also – good for AGon to sit and get a rest.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ray not quite Kershaw-esque when it comes to walks.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Logan.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Logan dropping the knee down and hitting it like a cricket player.

  • WinnipegDave

    Would have been good to score more than one run there that inning. Need to capitalize on walks and errors when they are gifted to you.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nice to get a run generated by the bottom of the lineup.

      • WinnipegDave

        Very true. I suppose I was rooting for the top of the lineup to keep it going.

        • Bob_Hendley

          So was I, but nice to have a bird in the hand, given recent troubles.

          • WinnipegDave

            Are you saying it was a cheep run? 😉

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah, but as you say too bad the top of the lineup laid an egg.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha!

  • Jack Dawkins

    Puig’s belly slide was about 5 feet short.

    • Bob_Hendley

      But nice try In attempting to evade the tag. 🙂

  • Bob_Hendley

    Mac ‘n cheese!

    • scooplew

      What does Mac ‘n cheese mean in that context?

      • Bob_Hendley

        MacCarthy and his fastball. (Around 94 mph).

        • scooplew

          Got it. I thought there was some esoteric meaning.

  • WBBsAs

    “Stay fair!” sounds as if Hershiser’s channeling Hawk Harrelson.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! Not a nice thing to say.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s Vin nostalgia…

      • WBBsAs

        I sorta like Hawk, in limited doses. In 1969, I was in the LF bleachers in Seattle’s Sicks’ Stadium, he held a running conversation with us – very simpático.

  • WinnipegDave

    3 K’s but 1 HR seems like a good trade off for the Dodgers.

  • RBI

    Phew. That Goldschmidt strikeout came just in time.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turning into a k-fest.

  • scooplew

    An improvement: Entering tonight’s game the Dodgers were 10th in the NL in batting average against lefties at .225. In 2016 they were last in the majors in the same category at .214.

  • scooplew

    I just watched Rizzo’s interview of Hill. He is thoughtful, well-spoken and gracious. Rizzo is a good interviewer.

  • RBI

    Hatcher, please don’t be Hatcher.

    • WinnipegDave

      He has been the good Hatcher so far this year.

      • RBI

        Still suffering from PTHS.

        • WinnipegDave

          Pitt Hopkins Syndrome?

          • scooplew

            Please Trade Hatcher Soon?

          • RBI

            Post Traumatic Hatcher Syndrome. Obviously.

          • WinnipegDave

            I still think it is Please Throw High(er) Strikes.

          • RBI

            Love my Link posters.

  • RBI

    Yes!

    • WBBsAs

      I had my concerns about Hatcher v. Goldschmidt.

      • RBI

        And yet…

  • WinnipegDave

    I thought the D’Backs pen was supposed to be the team’s soft under belly.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hatcher blinked first.

  • scooplew

    Now that’s the Hatcher I remember.

    • WBBsAs

      In fairness, Hatcher should not be put in the position of facing Lamb in the late innings.

      • scooplew

        Yes, you are probably right. And Hatcher had been good to that point.

  • scooplew

    After piling up the runs and the hits in the first two games of this series, our bats have certainly gone silent. Still, we have the 8th and 9th innings to make amends.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Same description goes for the whole season — great start, inconsistent since at the plate.

  • scooplew

    Somewhat of an Easter synergy: A Hatcher and a Lamb.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good start JT!

    • RBI

      Lotta good it did us.

  • WinnipegDave

    Yikes. A 5 pitch inning??!

    • RBI

      Opposite of productive after JT’s great start.

  • RBI

    Come on, Dodgers! Miserable at-bats.

    • Bob_Hendley

      No eyes here, so didn’t see the at bats. Results certainly not good.

      • RBI

        Three first (or second) pitch weak-swinging pop-ups.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Well, the fellow was k-ing people, so guessing that he has been around the plate, so perhaps that is why they were being aggressive. Again, no eyes here.

          • RBI

            Good point. But not to advance JT to third with no outs stung.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Always nice to advance a runner, but shouldn’t be the objective of the 4-6 hitters with a guy on second.

  • RBI

    As Package would have said, Mama not happy after that inning.

  • RBI

    As Joe Davis is noting, this will be very disappointing if we split this series.

    • WinnipegDave

      I really saw us taking at least 3 games against AZ.

  • WinnipegDave

    Big run for the Diamondbacks.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ugh.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Save us Rodney!

  • RBI

    Very annoying game.

  • RBI

    Yup. Ugh says it all.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Miserable.

  • RBI

    Rodney grandstanding after the final strikeout.

  • WinnipegDave

    Whimper, whimper, whimper.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely no bang.

  • WinnipegDave

    I can’t quite figure this 2017 Dodger team out yet.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Their opponents can.

      • WinnipegDave

        As my son would say “charcoaled” (instead of burn).

    • Bob_Hendley

      Difficult at this point. April is the month that least correlates with a team’s overall season.

      • WinnipegDave

        Absolutely. I’m curious not concerned.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Early returns suggest to me that the West could be a bear with the rise of the Rox and the Snakes. Hold on to our hats!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Regarding the “can’t hit lefties” situation — if the Dodgers couldn’t mandate their hitters work on it during the off-season, you would think they would work on it themselves, so as to earn their millions by being able to even hit a pitcher who throws with both arms — simultaneously.

    • RBI

      Bob not happy either.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Does it show? 🙂

        • RBI

          Misery loves company.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not enough southpaw relatives to throw to them. My dad was a righty, but still couldn’t hit them, or lefties for that matter, despite backyard reps.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, the platoon did its job and generated two runs. The regulars, not so much.

  • Saw the recap of that Turner double followed by 3 popups. That was bad enough after the game was over; it must have been really annoying watching it live.

    • RBI

      Seriously annoying.

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