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.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • Justin Turner goes all out for Mother’s Day.

  • scooplew

    Happy Mother’s to RBI and to everybody else.

    • WinnipegDave

      Good call Scoop.

  • Eight pitch walk to start the game. Like it.

  • Great game to watch on TV today in New Hampshire. Rainy and breezy today.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager with the bomb!

    • Followed by a Texas Leaguer. Small ball, big ball. Now what?

  • WBBsAs

    Butchered squeeze, bad baserunning.

    • Looked more like a safety squeeze.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ugh.

      • CO pitch count was climbing as well.

        • WinnipegDave

          Just a really bad call and even worse execution.

  • So, a good bunt is possible.

    • WinnipegDave

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

  • WinnipegDave

    Grrr. Not liking this start for Urias.

    • Day game in Colorado. Could be a wild game.

      • WinnipegDave

        And it’s not his pitching just the outcomes.

  • WinnipegDave

    Drat!!

  • RBI

    Killed by bunts and bloopers so far.

    • WinnipegDave

      And a missed catch by Utley.

      • Prefer that the Dodgers were still hitting in the first.

      • RBI

        I missed that missed catch.

        • WinnipegDave

          It was tricky play down the right field line in foul territory bit he turned the wrong way or he would have had it.

        • WBBsAs

          Not an easy, and unfamiliarity with the position and the field certainly played a role. Not an error, but a makeable play for many 1Bs.

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • RBI

    Could have been much worse, or much better.

    • WinnipegDave

      But can’t say it was just right.

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • RBI

    Puig!

    • WinnipegDave

      You are always just a touch faster than me.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ok, let’s start over.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandal es grande!

  • RBI

    Great D by DJ.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandal es grande.

  • Whoops on the basepaths.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner with the leather.

  • scooplew

    Grandal, 2-for-2 today, is now on a 13-for-21 run.

    • scooplew

      14-for-22.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugh.

    • WinnipegDave

      Unhelpful.

      • WinnipegDave

        The HR that is – not your comment.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Ha! But correct on both counts.

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad we have a guaranteed split in this series.

    • scooplew

      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.

  • WBBsAs

    Grandal’s a really streaky hitter.

    • scooplew

      And I was highly critical of him less than two weeks ago.

      • Bob_Hendley

        And willing to bet against him, as I recall.

        • scooplew

          Yes, I was. Who did I pay off and how much?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ha, ha. He still needs to hit 16 more dingers to reach 20, so the jury is out.

  • RBI

    Gosh darn it, as they say.

  • RBI

    Romo not doing it for me.

  • RBI

    Still, four innings left and their bullpen up, right?

    • Yep, and our bats have been hot. We’ll see.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yeah, there kid close to 100.

  • scooplew

    Drop Sergio and pick up Tony.

    • WinnipegDave

      Took me a second!

      • It could be the Dawn of a new ERA!

        • scooplew

          Brilliant.

          • Aw shucks.

          • scooplew

            Romo has been PUNishing us.

  • scooplew

    Utley reaches .200.

    • Poor Mario Mendoza, forever immortalized in a bad way.

      • scooplew

        I consciously didn’t bring up his name.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Great fielder, as he had to be to stick in the Bigs. Known as Silk Hands.

      • HLKLA

        Kind of like Tommy John.

        • WinnipegDave

          And Wally Pip. And Fred Merkle.

  • scooplew

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

    • scooplew

      Never mind.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        High hopes.
        Low results.

        • scooplew

          When they brought the lefty in to face Pederson, the scenario changed radically.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This baserunning specialist, Stripling, is a decent pitcher!

  • HLKLA

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

  • RBI

    Perfect time for a DP.

  • Dodgers meet Peanuts shirt.

  • RBI

    We need a big at bat here, Corey!

    • scooplew

      Riding high in April, shot down in May.

  • Turner comes through.

    • WBBsAs

      As Blackmon will tell you, dinkers count.

  • Bellinger!

    • WBBsAs

      He adapts…

      • scooplew

        19 RBI in 18 games.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandal es grande.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hatched!

  • WBBsAs

    Hatchered.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hatchered job.
    But it IS Coors, Jake.

  • RBI

    Ugh ugh ugh!

  • RBI

    Man, this team is tough.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

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

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Dodgers — the drama only heightens!

  • RBI

    Boo-HOO!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

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

    • Bob_Hendley

      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.

  • WinnipegDave

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

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      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.

      • WinnipegDave

        Very enterprising – and entertaining too I’m sure.

  • Well, rats. Why is it they keep Hatcher around again?

    • scooplew

      On the bright side, Hatcher kept us within three runs.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

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

  • 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.

  • Bob_Hendley

    A very detailed review of Kershaw’s recent troubles (we should all be so troubled) and the last three innings in Coors. https://theringer.com/2017-mlb-los-angeles-dodgers-clayton-kershaw-slider-improving-43d7492c00e3

  • 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.

    NPUT