Game 38, 2017

Dodgers at Rockies, 12:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM, MLBN free game of the day

LHP Julio Urias (0-0, 1.06 ERA), the Dodgers’ youngster, goes to the mound to try to beat the Rockies’ RHP Antonio Senzatela (5-1, 2.86 ERA) and move the Dodgers past the Rockies into sole possession of first place in the NL West.

Urias has made three starts since his April 27 callup and hasn’t allowed more than a run in a start this year, posting a 1.06 ERA and pitching at least five innings each time out. He hasn’t gotten a decision yet. Senzatela was NL Rookie of the Month in April, he’s tied for second best in the league in wins with five (Kershaw leads with six), and his 2.86 ERA is eighth best. He’s gone at least six innings for his last six starts in a row.

Today in Dodgers history:

  • 1981 With a 3-2 win over Montreal in front of the largest Dodger Stadium crowd in seven years, rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela improves his record to 8-0. The 20 year-old southpaw, who has started the season with five shutouts and a miniscule ERA of 0.50, gets the victory when right fielder Pedro Guerrero hits a lead-off game-ending home run off Steve Ratzer in the bottom of the ninth inning at Chavez Ravine.
  • 2011 For the first time since 1914, the Dodgers are defeated after allowing just one hit, losing to the visiting Diamondbacks,1-0. Chad Billingsley, the hard-luck loser, gives up a leadoff double in the second to Stephen Drew, who scores the game’s only run when shortstop Jamey Carroll fails to cover the bag in an attempted pick-off play.

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106 thoughts on “Game 38, 2017

  1. I’m puzzled. By my records this is the 40th game of the year, but MLB’s and ESPN’s standings show it to be the 39th. I’ve been back and looked to see if I jumped a number when posting game threads and I don’t see it. You’re all invited to figure it out.


  2. Former umpire Steve Palermo died today. He was the ump who chased down some muggers and was shot and paralyzed by them back in 1991. He went on to work for MLB as a supervisor of umpires.

    • That was my first thought, but it IS Coors Field — it makes even the greats look human, as we’ve seen.

  3. Ah well. Goodbye Coors field. Hopefully the next time the Dodgers play here they will have already clinched the division.

    • From your keys . . .

      BTW, Dave, last night I had a diversion which is up your alley in at least one way:
      I attended “One-Man Star Wars” . . . by Canadian (B.C.) Charles Ross. He acts out all three films of the original (real) trilogy, complete with music and sound effects, all generated by him. Very nice. He also does “Lord of the Rings” and “Dark Knight” trilogies.

  4. This series began and ended the same — with hope wrapped amongst frustration.

    • A split at Coors is nothing to be sniffed at, particularly how the Rox are playing this year. I do hope, however, we do better at Phone Booth.

    • The Blue have shown toughness as well — more than earlier in the season.

  5. I was hoping for better results that last inning, considering who we had coming up to bat.

  6. So, Pederson, who hasn’t homered since Opening Day, represents the tying run against a right-handed pitcher in Colorado.

    • Giants ahead 7-0 in the second inning vs. Cincinnati and are likely to win their third in a row. It has proven difficult for us in the last few years to win at generic telephone company park. We start a three-game series there tomorrow night.

  7. You aren’t hitting well enough to get those calls Utley. Have to swing there.

  8. Both pitchers didn’t record their first out until their 20th pitch.

    • So is good fortune. That ball was rolling foul and then just stopped right on the line.