Game 34, 2017

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

The visitors send RHP Chad Kuhl (1-2, 5.54 ERA) out to face the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (2-2, 5.81 ERA). Kuhl managed to beat the Dodgers twice last year despite posting a 4.09 ERA while doing so. Maeda’s last two starts were his best of the season (12 innings, three earned runs, 16 Ks).

Here’s a scheduling quirk: today’s game will be the third of 35 consecutive games the Pirates will play outside of the National League Central.

Today in Dodgers history:

  • 1953 With a double and home run, Roy Campanella drives in all the runs in the Dodgers’ 5-0 victory over the Phillies at Ebbets Field. Campy’s total of 40+ RBIs in the first 30 games will not be matched until Tino Martinez accomplishes the feat in 1997 with the Yankees.
  • 1955 Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe faces only 27 batters when he one-hits Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-0. Newk’s bid for perfection is ruined by a fourth-inning single hit by Gene Baker, who will be thrown out trying to steal second base.

Injury update:

Lineup:

We see the immediate impact of Toles’s injury, as Bellinger moves to left field and Utley plays 1B.

  • WBBsAs

    Toles brought a true burst of energy to the roster, and I will miss him. He was enormous fun to watch.

    • DXMachina

      It’s terrible news, especially considering how hard it was for him to make it to the bigs. It’s being reported elsewhere as season-ending surgery.

      • WBBsAs

        Actually, once he applied himself he made it pretty quickly. It’s a significant loss, but the Dodgers still have some depth to call on.

    • WinnipegDave

      The Pete Reiser of the 2017 Dodgers.

      • WBBsAs

        Not exactly. Toles didn’t knock himself unconscious.

        • WinnipegDave

          ACL is the new concussion.

  • WBBsAs

    When the Gnats rallied today, it was their first in exactly two years after trailing through eight, though they almost blew it in the bottom of the ninth. So far this season, for what it’s worth, they have not yet hit a three-run dinger.

  • RBI

    Has Utley played at first much?

    • WBBsAs

      I can’t recall if he’s played there at all.

      • 34 games at 1B in his 15 years in the bigs, including 2 games there with the Dodgers in 2015. One error in 236 chances.

  • More DL and callup news:

    In addition to putting Toles on the 10-day disabled list, the club put left-handed reliever Adam Liberatore on the 10-day DL with a groin strain and recalled outfielders Scott Van Slyke and Brett Eibner from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Right-handed pitcher Josh Ravin was also reinstated from the DL and optioned to Oklahoma City. He began the season on the DL with a right groin strain.

    Toles was hitting .375 in his last 11 games and was scoring runs in those games as well. He’s a big loss.

    • WBBsAs

      There’s no other Dodger with his combination of skills.

      • RBI

        I will miss his speed and his delight at playing and his humility. And of course his bat.

  • WBBsAs

    Bellinger’s beyond belief.

    • Willie Mays was 0-24 and distraught when he first came up. Bellinger’s the opposite.

  • WinnipegDave

    Man – miss a little, miss a lot! He is redefining the term Belly Up!

  • WinnipegDave

    There’s another double play that Puig is involved with! That guy is a rally killer… 😉

    • WBBsAs

      Toles would not have GIPD’d on that one.

      • WinnipegDave

        Sigh. Toles.

    • scooplew

      Ha!

  • scooplew

    So sorry to learn of Toles’ serious injury. He is a player who is talented, earnest and hard-working. He seemed to take nothing for granted. He will be missed. I hope Toles has a full recovery. His rise last season from A+ to AA to AAA to the majors may not have been unprecedented, but it was extremely rare. One thing he has going for him is that he is young. He turns 25 two weeks from today. Here’s hoping he is back and ready to go when spring training starts next year.

  • RBI

    Utley at first? No problem, says he.

  • WinnipegDave

    In slightly fewer than 100 at bats – Bellinger and Taylor have combined to produce 9 hrs, 24 runs and 29 rbi’s. That’s very good production.

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal’s bat is coming alive.

  • WinnipegDave

    Utley is not all dead apparently. I guess he was only mostly dead.

    • RBI

      He’s putting on a clinic tonight!

  • RBI

    The team is looser, having fun together right now. It shows.

  • WBBsAs

    Chutley looking pretty good at 1B.

  • RBI

    Kenta already completed seven shut out innings and only 69 pitches. Wow.

    • WinnipegDave

      You win.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda at 69 pitches through 7. Works for me.

    • RBI

      Looks like he’ll go eight!

  • WinnipegDave

    So fun!

  • WinnipegDave

    Uncharted territory for Maeda. The 8th inning.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Just in from seeing the Nat’s overcomme the Os with five runs n the last two innings. They have some live bats!

    • WinnipegDave

      I was away all last week and missed the fact they beat the Mets 23-5. Live bats indeed.

      • Bob_Hendley

        With Zimmerman rebounding bigtime, he is slotted between Harper and Murphy.

  • WinnipegDave

    MLB Gameday has stopped working tonight.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s been erratic all day.

  • WinnipegDave

    May Maeda is doing much better than April Maeda.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good night so far for the NL West – except for SD.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yas seems a little hot.

  • WinnipegDave

    Drat.

    • RBI

      Maybe shoulda quit at 8. But hindsight, and all that.

      • WinnipegDave

        And playing the “if you had told me” game – definitely take 2 runs over 8+ innings.

  • RBI

    Huge standing O for Kenta.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Very nice!

  • WinnipegDave

    Too bad. Kenta had dropped his ERA down to 4.50 range. But it is back over 5 now.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bring on the Rockies.

  • Well pitched, Maeda-san!

  • NPUT