Game 32, 2017 (PPd.)

Dodgers at Padres, 1:40 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD, KTLA

It’s not clear (ha!) whether the weather will allow this game to be played, but if it is it will be RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-0, 3.10 ERA) for the Dodgers and Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.60 ERA) for the Padres. This may portend well for the Dodgers:

McCarthy’s greatest success has come against the Padres. He is 8-1 with a 3.79 ERA in his career against San Diego, and he beat them, 10-2, on April 6 in Los Angeles.

Two years ago Cahill was in the Dodgers’ minor league system rehabilitating his career; now he’s pitching against them in the bigs. He lost in the opening series of the season to them. He’s been striking out a lot more hitters than usual this year: 30 percent of them instead of the 17 percent he’s averaged over his career. It may be his curveball: opponents are 2-34 against that pitch this season.

Regarding the weather, there’s this:

There have been only two rainouts in Petco Park history, the most recent coming on July 19, 2015, between the Padres and the Rockies. The other took place in 2006, two years after the park opened.

Today in Dodger history:

  • 1959 At the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Yankees defeat the Dodgers, 6-2, in an exhibition game played to benefit Roy Campanella, who was paralyzed in an auto accident prior to the team moving to the West Coast in 1958. The game, which draws the largest crowd ever for a baseball game, 93,103 fans with another estimated 15,000 turned away from the sellout, begins with an emotional ceremony in which Pee Wee Reese pushes the wheelchair-bound catcher into the darkened stadium that is totally illuminated by fans holding candles or matches.
  • 1960 The Sherry boys become the tenth pair of siblings to appear as battery mates in a major league game when Norm replaces John Roseboro behind the plate in the top of the eighth to catch Larry, who is starting his first inning in relief. The backstop will hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the 11th inning, assuring his brother of a victory in the Dodgers’ 3-2 walk-off win over Philadelphia.
  • 1969 Willie Davis, furious with the Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums because of their continual verbal abuse of him, tells his Dodgers teammates that he wants to hit a home run in the middle of the group, which he does in the sixth inning to tie the score. The LA center fielder exacts a bit more more revenge on the heckling horde when his 12th-inning two-run round-tripper proves to be the difference in the 4-2 defeat of the Cubs.
  • 1970 At Shea Stadium, Wes Parker hits a triple off Jim McAndrew to beat the Mets in the tenth inning, 7-4. The three-bagger completes the cycle for the Dodger first baseman.
  • 2011 After a first-inning walk in the Dodgers’ 4-2 loss to the Mets, Andre Ethier goes 0-for-4, ending his 30-game hitting streak. The L.A. outfielder falls one game short of the franchise record set in 1969 by Willie Davis, who enjoyed a 31-game hitting streak that season.

Lineup when available.

  • WinnipegDave

    Imagine the liability insurance premiums today on having 93,000+ people all holding candles or matches? We won’t see that happen again anytime soon.

    • I suspect no candles were allowed for this 2008 game between the Sawx and the Dodgers celebrating 50 years in LA.

  • scooplew

    The game has been postponed and will be part of a day-night DH on Saturday, Sept. 2.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hard to imagine how different the roster will be for the Dodgers then. Of course the rosters will have just been newly expanded…

  • WBBsAs

    Good of the Pads to call the game early rather than having everyone wait around. The Dodgers should be well-rested for the Bucs, who are facing a cross-country flight after facing the Cerveceros in Pittsburgh today.

  • So, Bellinger. Do they keep him in the bigs when the DL denizens come back healthy?

    • WBBsAs
    • Bob_Hendley

      They have 7 games before AGon is eligible to come back. FO will need to be creative to make space that would allow him to continue to get PA while AGon gets to show what he can do. Do you platoon Puig? He is actually killing righthanders and dismal against lefties. Work out some sort of rotation with Toles or Toles and Joc against righties? Assuming you might want Franklin as well in the outfield mix, do you go with 12 pitchers on a staff that already has its own bottlenecks? Chris Taylor also presents an issue that is likely to force the FO’s hand to DFA Chase. Taylor could become the right handed bat in LF or they could just go with Cody to see what he can do against southpaws, but not sure they want to DFA Franklin at this point.

  • scooplew

    Reds scored two in the first vs. the Giants — Hamilton led off by reaching on an error by Arroyo, playing short — and lead 2-0 after two. Remarkably, the Reds didn’t score in the second inning. In 18 innings of at bats in this series that was only the fourth time they did not score.

  • scooplew

    Final: Reds 4, Giants 0

    • WBBsAs

      Gnats, however, break string of double-digit losses to Rojos. Gnatfans starting to talk about who can be dealt at trade deadline for a rebuild. Cueto clearly the leading candidate but, with an opt-out after this season, he might not bring as much as they think.

  • Rainout reading: via Jon Weisman comes a link to a story about the making of a documentary of the 1982 Braves’ season. That documentary won an Emmy.

  • WBBsAs

    Following the Rox victory at Coors, the Dodgers now occupy second place by percentage points over the Snakes.

  • WBBsAs
    • The Gods are angry.

      • WBBsAs

        Faust has received notice…

  • WBBsAs

    Something to look forward to tonight: the Bucs have MLB’s first African player: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/08/sports/baseball/gift-ngoepe-south-africa-pittsburgh-pirates.html

    Oddly, he replaced the first Lithuanian player: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/04/pittsburgh-pirates-lithuanian-south-african-neverauskus-ngoepe-mlb

  • Bob_Hendley

    Who woulda thunk it!? Klayton (9.8) is ranked third among starters in K/9, behind Maeda (10.2) and Wood (9.9) and tied with Ryu. Urias is at a dismal 4.2 along with a BB/9 rate of 6.8!

  • WBBsAs

    According to Grant, the Gnats could get lots worse before they get better… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/861632475428265985

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