Game 33, 2017

Pirates at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTPIT

RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.14 ERA) will take the mound for the Pirates versus LHP Julio Urias (0-0, 0.84 ERA). Nova has gone six innings in each of his six starts this year, but his last time out he lost to the Reds when he allowed four runs on a season-high 10 hits. Urias will be making his third start of the year; he’s gone 10 2/3 innings and walked eight while striking out five.

Each pitcher has faced the other team once: Nova gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings to the Dodgers last August 12, while Urias threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief against the Pirates the following night.

This day in Dodgers history:

  • 1947 After leading his team in verbally abusing Jackie Robinson with racial slurs during yesterday’s game at Shibe Park, Philadelphia manager Ben Chapman, who admits he had been ‘kinda loud’, sends word to the Brooklyn clubhouse that he would like to make amends by posing with the Dodger first baseman for the newspaper photographers. The orchestrated gesture, which Robinson agrees to, admitting later that is one of the hardest things he ever had to make himself do, is prompted by the bad press created by the Phillies manager’s intolerance and the wrath of Commissioner Chandler.

Bad news for André Ethier and the Dodgers:

Lineup:

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bad news on Dre was last week. 60 day just a formality. So in that sense not more bad news.

    • WBBsAs

      I’ve always liked Dre, but I think his career is drawing to a close. He gets a small buyout for next year, and maybe an NRI from some AL team needing a DH.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Shorter term issue is what would be done with him in June.

      • 24 ABs for Andre all of last year, none so far this year and he’s 35 years old.

  • WBBsAs

    Waiting for save opportunities is stressful… https://twitter.com/PavlovicNBCS/status/862081881688420352

  • Bob_Hendley

    It was noted yesterday that Puig hits into a lot of DP. Here is the analysis. First, he is getting a lot of opportunities. Secondly, he is hiting a lot of ground balls. Thirdly, he is hitting them hard at people. http://dodgersdigest.com/2017/05/08/yasiel-puig-is-hitting-into-a-lot-of-double-plays/

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doc says that Forsythe won’t be activated until after upcoming series with Rox and giants.

    • WBBsAs

      Given how well Taylor is playing, there’s no rush.

      • Bob_Hendley

        As well, AGon said to be on “slow” program, so critical roster decisions may be put off for awhile.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Article from Bob T. on following the Dodgers. Sure do miss his comments and insights. http://www.laobserved.com/intell/2017/05/tracking_the_distant_signals_o.php

    • WBBsAs

      Over the last several years, I see the Dodgers more than ever because of MLBTV – except when there’s a Gnatblackout.

    • WinnipegDave

      Bob the Librarian was an amazing sidekick to Jon the Writer.

      • WinnipegDave

        Just read the article. I don’t know whether to feel melancholy or enlightened by his general view of how he is following (or increasing not following) a team he has loved since childhood.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager used AGon’s walk up music. Tribute to him and Mexican Day at DS.

  • Bob_Hendley

    African up!

  • Bob_Hendley

    The decline of Cutch is a loss to baseball. Fantastic player.

  • WBBsAs

    Julito’s been pretty efficient so far.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice to see Yas unload!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Both he and Joc seem to be coming around.

  • WinnipegDave

    Game is rolling along nicely. Nice to see a reasonable pitch count for Urias through 4. 😉

    • Bob_Hendley

      Interesting.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow – that DP really shortened what was a very long inning considering there were only 3 batters. 20+ pitches for 3 batters.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Very nice bunt hit by Julio. He now has more hits than…

    • WinnipegDave

      Careful there Bob. 😉

      • Bob_Hendley

        Rich Hill.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha! I thought you were going to say Eugenio Velez! (Took me about 10 minutes to remember that name – was thinking it was Perez for some reason.)

  • WinnipegDave

    Well pitched inning by Urias. 83 pitches through 6 though.

  • WBBsAs

    I doubt they’ll let Julito go more than another inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ugh. Not good. Toles is down and out.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Looks like he just hit his knee, not an ACL.

  • WinnipegDave

    I wonder if Toles would have gone after that ball in the same way if it hadn’t been an active no hitter.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Probably not.

      • WinnipegDave

        Well that is even more unfortunate then.

        • RBI

          What happened to Toles? Just got home.

          • WinnipegDave

            Injured himself trying to track down what ended up being a ground rule double.

          • WinnipegDave

            Knee I think.

  • WBBsAs

    Quique butchered that one.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ball finds Quique for the second game in a row.

  • WinnipegDave

    I had such high hopes for Romo. At the beginning of the season that is. Not tonight.

    • WBBsAs

      That one wasn’t his fault.

      • WinnipegDave

        Even so… the run still scored.

  • WinnipegDave

    That run doubled Urias’ era from 0.53 to 1.06

  • WinnipegDave

    Dumb inning of baseball.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Chase!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Redemption time for Quique.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Weird call by Doc. Hope it works out.

    • WinnipegDave

      Nope. It did not.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Dang.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh my goodness! I hope Seager is OK!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Curve hit him on the back of the shoulder. Should be ok.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah. Initially heard it hit him in the head.

  • WinnipegDave

    Waste not, want not, Dodgers.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely wanting now.

  • WBBsAs

    The African kid looks pretty overmatched at the plate.

  • John_from_Aus

    this is unraveling fast

  • WinnipegDave

    Reverse Steiner’d on that HR.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sure sounded like Puig had it under control.

      • Bob_Hendley

        About 8-10 inches beyond his glove.

      • WBBsAs

        He got close, but not that close. Had he climbed up, maybe, but still a long shot.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Chase’s ball was closer to going out than Puig was to catching that one. Even closer was Toles catching Cutch’s ball.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bring THIS runner home!

  • WBBsAs

    Snakes have lost to Tigres, so Dodger cannot lose any ground to them. Rox split with Cubs, so Dodgers will gain or lose half a game.

    • WinnipegDave

      And SF and SD lost too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice thing about 2 out doubles: Next batter not ordered to sacrifice the runner over.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C;mon, cash in this gift!

  • WinnipegDave

    A’s vying for walk off win number 4 in a row. Down by 4 in the 9th but have 2 on and no one out.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ok, thanks.

      • WinnipegDave

        And I jinxed it. Angels win 7-3.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Don’t jinx ours!

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager gets on. Now Turner gets on too.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Another gift . . . bad manners not to be appreciative!
    C’mon, Blue!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Belly Boy!

  • WinnipegDave

    Tie ballgame!

  • WinnipegDave

    Shoot. I’m so tired and now of course it goes into extra innings.

    • John_from_Aus

      I’m tired as well and its only 3.40 in the afternoon here 🙂

      • WinnipegDave

        Hmm I guess living in the future like that is tiring.

        • John_from_Aus

          I wish i knew all the results first, ala back to the future

  • John_from_Aus

    time for a walkoff

  • WinnipegDave

    Good inning by Jansen. Now let’s blow up the Death Star and go home.

  • Got back to the tube just in time to see Bellinger drive in the tying run. Come ON, Dodgers!

  • John_from_Aus

    is Stripling fast?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Than Grandal, yes

    • Bob_Hendley

      Fast enough!

  • John_from_Aus

    ball in play would have been good

  • John_from_Aus

    need Puig to ‘lift’ one here

  • John_from_Aus

    Stripling ever stolen a base?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Doubt it.

    • WBBsAs

      Didn’t need to!

  • Barnes!

  • RBI

    Barnes!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • John_from_Aus

    Austin!!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Beautiful.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Sleep soundly.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks! See everyone tomorrow night.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wonder what Hurdle was complaining to the Umps about there?

  • RBI

    What a great finish. Stripling pumping around the bases!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Chugging!

      • RBI

        Great verb!

  • Well, that was a nice way to end the game. Pitcher pinch-running, backup catcher doubling to the gap, opposing team’s manager brushed off by the umps…

    Yahoo!

    • Bob_Hendley

      What was Hurdle all about?

      • Steiner and Monday signed off without knowing, therefore without relaying to the listeners.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Hmm. Now to find a Pirates blog.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Didn’t find any discussion about it.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Seems that Hurdle questioned whether Ross touched third or not.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      In some ways, more impressive than the blowouts — coming back after giving up the lead and soo many players contributing.

    • HLKLA

      There is a quote by Stripling, that some people thought he had missed third base, “…but I nailed it!” I wonder if that was the issue?

  • John_from_Aus

    I see the plan, have the first 2 guys strike out in order to ensure that Stripling is running with the pitch and gets a head start

  • WBBsAs

    Somehow, Dodgers dodged Hatcher.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Stripling has scored the winning run both times he has been a pitch runner.

  • Lindblom pitched in Korea the last two years before pitching for the Bucs last night, but here’s why he came back to the US:

    Monday’s outing marked Lindlom’s return to Dodger Stadium, the ballpark where his career began; he made his Major League debut for the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 1, 2011. It’s been a long road back to the big leagues for the 29-year-old, who pitched in Korea from 2015-16 before returning to the United States when his daughter was born in October with a rare congenital heart defect.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Off to the Nats-O’s at National Stadium. Always a lively time!

  • RBI

    Drat! Toles has a torn ACL and will have surgery.

    • HLKLA

      OH no!

      • RBI

        Terrible news. Out for the rest of the year.

        • HLKLA

          Does that mean they keep Cody up for the rest of the year?

          • WBBsAs

            That was already going to happen.

          • HLKLA

            I do not think he was a lock to stay up until the injury.

          • WBBsAs

            He keeps making his case. He’s in LA for good.

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