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:


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

53 thoughts on “Game 34, 2017

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

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

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