Game 31, 2017

Dodgers at Padres, 5:40 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

Lefty Clayton Kershaw (4-2, 2.61 ERA) twirls for the Dodgers and lefty Clayton Richard (2-3, 4.29 ERA) goes for the Friars. Kershaw beat the Padres on April 3, giving up only a solo HR to Ryan Schimpf over seven innings. Richard shut the Dodgers out for eight innings on April 4.

Both pitchers have done well against the opposing team: Kershaw is 15-6 lifetime against San Diego with a 2.03 ERA in 30 starts; Richard is 7-4 with a 1.93 ERA against the Dodgers in 20 games.

On this day in Dodgers history:

  • 1937 Dodgers and Giants fans attending afternoon ball games at both the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field are thrilled to have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Hindenburg when the passenger airship appears over New York, nearing the end of its maiden voyage of the season from Germany. A few hours later, the majestic German zeppelin will explode on a landing strip in Lakehurst, N.J., killing 36 of its passengers.
  • 1947 In a small office high up behind home plate at Ebbets Field, National League president Ford Frick meets with seven Cardinal players individually, revealing he is aware of their secret plan to strike as a protest to Jackie Robinson playing for the Dodgers.
  • 1978 After going deep as a pinch hitter on May 2, Lee Lacy becomes the first major leaguer to pinch-hit home runs in consecutive at-bats. The Dodgers’ super sub will make it three in a row on May 17.
  • 2009 With a 10-3 victory over Washington, the Dodgers break the major league mark for consecutive victories at home to open a season with their 13th straight win in L.A. The previous record of 12 was established in 1911 by the Tigers.

More Dodgers history of a sort: Here’s Bill Shaikin’s column about Vin Scully’s induction into the Dodgers’ Ring of Honor.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    At Wrigley, old friend Brett Anderson leaves his start with an injury, after surrendering five runs to the Yanquis in 1-1/3.

    • foul tip

      The Dodgers would make Scott Kazmir available…cheap! Just pick up his contract. 😉

  • WBBsAs
  • foul tip
    • WBBsAs

      For all Gagne’s transgressions, I always found him likeable, and hope he does well enough to catch on with somebody.

  • WBBsAs

    Meanwhile, in Cincy, the Gnats appear to be repeating yesterday’s implosion. 8-2 Rojos with one out in the third, v. SF’s ostensibly top starter prospect.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_Hendley

    “I ain’t going anywhere!” Toles’ response since Bellinger was called up on April 25: .324/.342/.568.

  • WBBsAs

    Quique channels Puig!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Puig stands by admiringly.

      • While thinking of cutting in front of Kike’

  • Bob_Hendley

    Austin scoots!

  • WBBsAs

    Clayton Richard is starting to really annoy me.

  • scooplew

    Not sure this has been revealed to this group before. It mentions old friend Ruggiano (from SBNation): About a month after outfielder Drew Stubbs signed a deal
    with the Giants, the club designated him for assignment and recalled
    outfielder Justin Ruggiano in the corresponding roster move, the club
    announced Saturday. Stubbs, 32, struggled to produce in the playing time the
    Giants gave him. Over 10 games, he posted a .091/.167/.091 batting
    average without a home run or an RBI.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I was actually just thinking of Justin seeing Franklin out there and recalling what a big bat Ruggiano was for us from the right side.

      • scooplew

        He was, but we hardly got to know him. Ruggiano gave us .291/.350/.618/.968 in 21 games in 2015. The Giants are his eighth team in nine seasons. The Giants must not have much in the OF in the high minors. At Sacramento, he was .259/.298/.352/.650 in 15 games.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnatfans have a gnickname for LHP Josh Osich but, out of respect for Rule No. 1, I will refrain from mentioning it.

  • Bob_Hendley

    They have a book on Cody that induced them to shift?

    • WBBsAs

      He just performed an edit.

  • WinnipegDave

    We will take that run!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Herges really didn’t have much of a window on that one.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Launch one Puig!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good enough.

  • scooplew

    I was hoping that we’d get three for our Clayton, which means three off theirs.

  • Steiner tells me Kershaw’s record with a 4-0 lead is 87-0. 3-0, something like 107-3.

  • Bobble and wild throw. 2 Es, one play.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Fielded it cleanly, though!

  • WBBsAs

    Grant delivers the summary before the game is over… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/861033350341033984

  • scooplew

    Every Dodger in the lineup except for Quique and Clayton has reached on a hit or a walk (or both) through four innings.

  • I just realized each battery is a Clayton pitching to an Austin. How unusual is that?

    • WinnipegDave

      Baseball. Always something new.

      Or always something you think could never possibly have happened before that has happened like 17 other times.

      • scooplew

        Great observation, Link.

    • Maybe it’s not unusual at Choate or Groton or others of those fancy East Coast prep schools.

  • Kiké on the board!

  • scooplew

    Everybody loves Saturday night.

  • scooplew

    In their 13-3 win over the Giants last night the Reds scored in seven of their eight at bats, four times scoring two or more runs. In their 14-2 win over the Giants tonight the Reds scored in six of their eight at bats, four times scoring two or more runs.

    • Big Red Machine redux.

      • WBBsAs

        More the Big Orange Pumpkin.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Got it and can’t wait to read.

  • That was a wonderful fielding play on both ends from Seager to Bellinger. There was a great shot of Kershaw watching the throw and as Bellinger short-hopped it for the out Clayton raised his arm toward Corey and got this huge grin on his face.

  • foul tip

    Did you all hear about the Dodger locker room door found knocked off its hinges and completely splintered? The footprint in the middle of what was left of it was traced to Cody Bellinger.

    • scooplew

      Hmmm. I just returned to the site. Do you mean that they can’t keep him out of the locker room because of how good he has been or am I missing something?

      • foul tip

        Alluding–maybe not as well as hoped–to the maxim about minor leaguers proving they belong in the majors by kicking the door down, as Cody has. 😉

        • scooplew

          Understood. Thanks.

  • Sometimes I wonder if Kershaw gets a guy to look at that curve and has to turn his head away to keep from giggling in front of the poor hitter who just watched it drop in.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    More important than the loss of the shutout is Kersh’s high # of HRs allowed, including to lefties.

    • WinnipegDave

      And 4 walks is not too fun either.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I’m hearing that could be on the fill-in ump?

  • scooplew

    Why allow Kershaw to throw so many pitches in a 5-1 game?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      My guess is because it WAS a shutout until this inning . . . and the count went up with the last two batters.

    • WBBsAs

      He had an easy seventh.

  • WBBsAs

    Kershaw really got squoze on Myers.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    EXTREMELY efficient first batter for Baez . . . do it again, please!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K and get out of this mess!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    From 0-2 to bases loaded.
    Suddenly the need for Kenley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    From coasting to a win to the tying run at the plate.
    Things really don’t come easily to the Dodgers . . . or their fans!

    • WinnipegDave

      Are we back to coasting now?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Definitely — but why did Kenley go back out? The only thing I can think of is for the S.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, KJ, end this nightmare!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!!!!
    Whew!

  • WBBsAs
    • WinnipegDave

      Meaning they shouldn’t have won so many against the Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Only looking at the scoreboard – you would never guess that Jansen would be in line for a save tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cody Grandstanding now!

  • RBI

    Cody!!!!!!’n

  • WBBsAs

    The pitch he hit was incredible – up and in, that most hitters can’t even foul it off.

  • WinnipegDave

    Does Cody now have a solo, 2 run, 3 run and grand slam home run in his career?

  • HLKLA

    Just checking in and looked scary for awhile, but Cody takes the fear away!

  • WinnipegDave

    Remember that time when Kershaw was pacing nervously back and forth in the dugout?

  • WinnipegDave

    This should still work (leaving Jansen in).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No save anyway and lots of extraneous pitches for the closer. Hope it doesn’t come back to bite the Dodgers in future games.
    I know, hindsight is 20/20 but I didn’t like it when I saw he went out for the 9th.

    • WBBsAs

      Probably getting rained out tomorrow.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That’s definitely finding a silver lining amongst the clouds!

  • WinnipegDave

    Garbage time run for the Padres.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    Sloppy game for the Dodgers with 3 errors and 5 walks.

  • 5 HR, 14 RBI for Bellinger in his first 11 games. Better than any other Dodger ever. Cary Osborne tabulated the best first 10 games, and the names include Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Corey Seager, Jason, Repko, Mickey Hatcher, Bill Russell, and Norm Sherry (!).

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wow!

  • NPUT @ 1130 PT