Game 36, 2017

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:40 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM, MLBN (out-of-market only)

LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.40 ERA) searches for his sixth win of the season, his ninth in 18 career starts at Coors Field. He’s 19-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 34 career starts against the Rockies. His opponent will be RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.74 ERA), who was 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA against the Dodgers last season.

This day in Dodger history:

  • 1956 At Ebbets Field, Carl Erskine tosses his second career no-hitter when he holds the crosstown rival Giants hitless in the Dodgers’ 3-0 victory. The right-handed ‘Oisk’ also threw a no-no against the Cubs in 1952.
  • 1958 In a 12-3 rout of their West Coast rival, Willie Mays homers twice against the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum contest. The ‘Say Hey Kid’s’ second round-tripper, a fifth inning shot off Ed Roebuck, is the first grand slam ever hit by a San Francisco Giant.
  • 2004 In one of the most remarkable at-bats in big league history, Alex Cora fouls off 14 consecutive pitches and then hits the 18th thrown to him by the Cubs’ Matt Clement over the right-field fence for a two-run home run which doubles LA’s lead to 4-0. The Dodger Stadium crowd cheered each foul ball as the total started to be displayed on the scoreboard. (Video)
  • 2009 In a 5-3 victory over LA at Citizens Bank Park, Jayson Werth steals home to complete his journey around the bases that also included the swiping of second and third base. In addition to becoming the first major leaguer to complete the stolen base cycle since Eric Young accomplished the feat in 1996 with Colorado, the Phillies’ right-fielder ties a team record established by Sherry Magee (2, 1906) and Garry Maddox (1978).
  • 2015 Giancarlo Stanton becomes the fourth player to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium, joining McGwire (1999), Mike Piazza (1997), and Willie Stargell, who accomplished the feat twice (1969, 1973). The jaw-dropping first-inning blast off Mike Bolsinger, estimated to have travelled 475 feet, proves to be the only bright spot in the Marlins’ 11-1 loss to LA at Chavez Ravine. (Video)

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Klayton’s ERA at Coors is 4.71, which is better than Ryu’s that now stands at 5.52 there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nobody home tonight at my place. Watching Bad Day at Back Rock while waiting for the game to begin.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Link, I tried both videos and got an error page for both.

    • I blew it. Try ’em now.

      • WinnipegDave

        They work. Just spent a very pleasant 5 minutes watching and reliving the Cora at bat!

  • WinnipegDave

    Show time!

    • WinnipegDave

      Or not. Just realized it starts at 7:40. 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice start Joc.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ugh! Gotta keep running Joc.

    • WBBsAs

      I couldn’t believe plate umpire called that a swing.

      • WinnipegDave

        Neither could JT or Joc apparently.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 innings. 2 lead off batters get on.

  • WinnipegDave

    Triple threat Utley!

  • Utley seems to be getting untracked.

  • Puig has 13 walks this year. That’s half as many as he had last year and half as many as he had the year before, 24 and 26, respectively. Granted he was injured in each of those years, but his patience seems to be improving.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And he held off on a pitch in the dirt, similar to what got him twice last night.
      We always knew he had the talent . . . hopefully he’s turning them into well-trained skills.

  • WinnipegDave

    Can we tack these runs onto last night’s game and then start today’s game fresh after this inning?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      ‘Twould be nice.
      Still, they all may be needed today!

  • Bob_Hendley

    That was a nice outburst.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m always wary of a pitcher running the bases (other than PR specialist Strip), but the busted bunt still turned into a run . . . yahoo!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    (shaking head) Coors Field definitely has weird occurrences!
    C’mon, Kersh!

  • WinnipegDave

    Need a ground ball.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Kersh!

    • WinnipegDave

      Ask and ye shall receive.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Smart guy who said that!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-ershaw!
    C’mon, one more out!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-ershaw!
    EXTREMELY impressive shutdown after scoring, considering Kersh was on the bases and that terrible mess.

    • WinnipegDave

      Lots of pitches but Kersh not concerned about things like that.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Just don’t want CO to get back in the game . . . we know how that can happen!
        But Clayton then reminded them that he’s CK.
        And more likely than not for the Blue, having CK = OK

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Kersh – hold them to one run here.

  • Utley looked like he was in a big hurry to get off the bag.

  • RBI

    Puig and Utley have switched cluelessness during their at bats.

    • Utley would have to laugh at that one RBI

  • WinnipegDave

    Alright let’s get that run back and more!

  • Kershaw has not been entirely himself the last couple of times out.

    • RBI

      Agree.

  • HLKLA

    Good to check in and see that we do not have to play from behind tonight, but it is Coors Field.

    • RBI

      And so far it’s a weird and somewhat sloppy game.

    • WinnipegDave

      That is so true. And yet for all his struggles, his ERA is still only a tick over 2.50.

      • WinnipegDave

        Clearly I meant this for Link’s comment below. 🙂

  • WBBsAs

    Valaika’s coming off the bag was a big break.

    • RBI

      Phew!

  • Although that replay went the Dodgers way, I don’t like it when someone makes it to the bag in plenty of time but comes off the bag for a tenth of a second and a replay overturns the the call

    • WinnipegDave

      I agree completely. I think it is crazy to micro-analyize that particular play. Different if a runner over slides the base.

    • WBBsAs

      I disagree 100 percent. The runner needs to stay on the base. If he comes off it, he’s out.

      • WinnipegDave

        So before replay was around did you care if a runner’s slide caused his foot to “bounce” up off the bag for a split second?
        I know I never even thought of it much less cared.

      • Sliding does seem like a lost art. Lots of late slides.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Puig.

    • The game needed a little of Puigball.

      • The trying to stretch the hit didn’t bother me much, but being nonchalant about that fly ball did.

        • I was hoping for a replay. I couldn’t tell if Puig misjudged the ball and was late getting back or was actually lackadaisical like Joe Davis said.

          • He broke late. Whether he misjudged it or he was just careless could depend on the eye of the beholder.

          • WBBsAs

            I thought the ball took off a bit, as did the one that Joc barely got a glove on.

  • Rusin has done a good job for the Rox so far.

  • WinnipegDave

    1 more inning from Kershaw and then 1 from Jansen sounds like a good game plan.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or not. As you say, he is done for tonight.

    • RBI

      I think Kershaw is done.

  • RBI

    Cody!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Cody!

    • Bob_Hendley

      For whom the bell toils? Dodgers!

  • The kid’s a treat, isn’t he?

    • WinnipegDave

      Team leader in HR’s.

  • WBBsAs

    Does anybody seriously think Bellinger will ever go back to OKC?

    • WinnipegDave

      I do not.

  • RBI

    I loathe first batter walks late in the game.

    • WBBsAs

      But I like the K in BlacKmon…

  • RBI

    Get him out, Pedro!

  • RBI

    Yes!

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes again!

  • WBBsAs

    Báez gets the job done!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pedro!

  • HLKLA

    The pen strikes out the side!

    • WinnipegDave

      They almost had as many on one inning as Kershaw had in 7.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • RBI

    This was a big win.

    • WBBsAs

      Significant, but not crucial.

      • RBI

        Yes. More psychologically big than statistically.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw is the first 20 game winner vs Colorado in their franchise history.

    • WinnipegDave

      20-6.

  • HLKLA

    Good win for the Dodgers, even with Kershaw not at his best.

  • Nice win. I hope Kershaw figures out what’s wrong soon; we’re all used to more dominance and fewer walks from him than we’ve been seeing recently.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would be nice, yes. But lets keep in mind that the tendency is to compare him with last season, which, while shortened, was one of the most dominant performances by any pitcher ever. His current BB/9 ratio at 1.3 is obviously not as good as last year’s 0.7, but it is better than his career average of 2.4 and better than in any season from 2011 through 2015, when he won 3 CYA and placed second and third. As well, we also forget that, if anything, he is a slow starter.

      • I stand corrected! It just seems like he’s a little off.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I think many of us can see that he seems a little off. Just trying to put it into context.

  • Utley is 7 for his last 10, raising his average 99 points, to .197. One more fun fact: When Clayton Kershaw gets four or more runs of support, he’s 89-0.

    • HLKLA

      I wonder if he did the math and realized that unless he got better, he would find himself off the team, as players returned from the DL.

      • WBBsAs

        Even if he did, I doubt it made any difference in the results.

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  • scooplew

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