Game 9, 2017

After the first ten days of the season we can say the NL West is showing depth beyond the Dodgers and Giants. Whether the D-Backs and Rockies can keep up their good play remains to be seen, but so far the division looks more competitive than anticipated.

Dodgers at Cubs, 5:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN (out-of-market only)

Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 2.00 ERA) goes for the Dodgers against John Lackey (1-0, 4.50 ERA) of the Cubs. McCarthy allowed two runs on four hits in six innings last Thursday against the Padres. Lackey went 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA at home last season; this is his first start at Wrigley this year.

The Cubs got their banner Monday; tonight they’ll get their rings.

Late news: Franklin Gutierrez goes on the 10-day DL with a strained left hamstring.

Lineup when available.

138 thoughts on “Game 9, 2017

  1. I didn’t like the cheer I heard on radio when Bryant hit that, but I guess the fans were watching with their hearts (and nearly stopping mine!).

    C’mon, bats!

  2. Lackey at 81 pitches. I was going to say this game is flying along but perhaps it only feels like that after Monday’s 2 hour delay of game to start.

  3. Baltimore hit five homers before there were any outs in the third tonight at Boston to take a 9-0 lead. It is now 9-5 Orioles in the top of the 6th.

  4. The Dodgers’ unusual run-scoring this season:
    10 or more runs (3-0)
    4 through 9 runs (0-0)
    0 through 3 runs (1-4)
    In eight games we have scored 42 runs (an average of 5.25) and allowed 25 (3.13).

    • Don’t know if Brandon is a horse rider or not – but did hear a story that he doesn’t like to share his dessert with anyone. Apparently he is as deadly serious about that as Adrian Beltre is about not wanting his head touched.

  5. I am enjoying being a part of the fuller comment thread tonight. Nice to be in conversation with many here again!
    Yay for our little Dodger community! 🙂

  6. One could argue that all of the current division leaders are a surprise to be there. Certainly Arizona, Cincinnati, Detroit, and LA Angels. And to lesser degrees NY Mets and Baltimore.

    • –and unfortunately, he;s not the only one on the team . . . 1 per game now, right?
      If you’re not getting the runs, you can’t be giving them away . . . hopefully this won’t amount to that.

      • Jinx!
        You owe me water . . . since my kidney stone earlier this year precludes just about everything else!

        • Yikes. A buddy of mine had kidney stones.
          Not. Fun.
          Take care of yourself Bob.

          • Thanks, Dave — I’m trying.
            Speaking of trying, the stone hit Jan. 19 and continued until the next night. So not only was I in physical pain, I was suffering because the 20th was the inauguration.

          • Thanks, Scoop. Drinking lots of water, not adding salt and avoiding (for the most part) caffeine and dark-colored soda.
            Never have I wanted a phrase to be true as I did for “This, too, shall pass.” Lol
            (Tho I didn’t know it at the time, I had it easy — mine lasted less than 48 hours. A colleague had some hit the Sunday after me . . . the next Thursday morning, they finally had to operate on him!)

  7. Been loving Stripland in the bullpen. Along with Wood (prior to Monday), Dayton and even Romo – they seem pretty solid.

  8. It’s still frustrating, but I’ll be happy if it’s true tonight: The first shall be last (scoring).

  9. I saw a segment on TV showing how Hershiser had been working with Avilan to build up his self-confidence. So far, so good.

  10. I saw “swinging strike” and Gameday and assumed the inning was over. Remarkably, it isn’t. Bob’s WOW! was the tipoff.

    • Getting nice messages from the future is always nice! — been there, done that.

  11. That must have been one heckuva throw by the catcher for Utley to score from first, even with him running on the 3-2, two-out pitch.

  12. Like Scoop, saw the Toles K on Gameday and thought it was the end of the half inning. Lo and behold.

  13. One more, Kenley . . .
    Taste of things to come, 6 months from now?
    Definitely plenty of tension for this early in the year!

  14. Took a break to finish washing the dinner dishes, just returned to the computer, and Voila! Very nice, important early-season win.

    • The last regular season one-run game that the Dodgers won was Sept. 25, 2016. You might remember it as the Culberson walk off, division clinching, last Vin broadcast at DS game.

    • Last one run win was against these here Cubbies at Wrigley, with Klayton winning 1-0 in second game of the NLCS.