Game 39, 2017

Dodgers at Giants, 7:15 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBCS-BA, MLBN (out-of-market only)

RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-0, 3.10 ERA) takes on RHP Matt Cain (2-1, 4.54 ERA) at AT&T Park this evening. We learn now that the unspecified injury which put McCarthy on the 10-day DL was a dislocated shoulder. He threw a 4-inning 60 pitch simulated game on Wednesday and is “chomping at the bit,” says his manager Dave Roberts. Cain did well in April, posting a 2.30 ERA in five starts, but has struggled so far in May, giving up 12 runs (11 earned) in two starts spanning 8 1/3 innings for an 11.88 ERA.

Today in Dodgers history:

  • 1919 After 12 scoreless innings at Ebbets Field, the Reds score 10 runs in the 13th inning to beat Al Mamaux and the Dodgers, 10-0. Cincinnati starter Hod Eller, who tossed a no-hitter in his previous start, is the beneficiary of the blowout.
  • 1956 Sal Maglie, obtained on waivers by Cleveland last season from the Giants, is shipped to the Dodgers for a hundred dollars after impressing Brooklyn in an exhibition game. The ‘Barber’ will post a 13-5 record along with a 2.89 ERA for the eventual NL Champs, finishing second to teammate Don Newcombe in the balloting for both the Cy Young and MVP awards.

The Dodgers made room for McCarthy by optioning Brett Eibner back to Oklahoma City. Poor guy. He hits the longest HR any Dodger has this year, and that’s the recognition he gets.

Lineup when available.

  • 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.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, the team’s record is 22-16 and, to the best of my recollection, there haven’t been any ties. There was the rainout at The Litterbox, though.

      • Hmm. I’ll look at that sequence.

        • And that was it. I titled the following game #33 rather than #32. Thanks.

  • The Dodgers have the NL Player of the Week for the second week in a row.

    • Bob_Hendley

      HihipHooray! Way to go Woody!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Amazed that the Barber came in second in MVP voting after Newcombe. Mays, Snider and Aaron all had big years. Frankie Robinson won NL ROY.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Justin gets his rest, well at least not starting. Big change from the past couple of years when his wheels required weekly benching.

  • HLKLA

    My son the Nat’s fan, said we can have Joe Blanton back for a “game of jacks.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      FO dodged the bullet on that resigning and Baez has stepped up. When we signed Kenley, at a lower price I might add, the Nats plan B was to try to find a closer from their existing pen, i. e not taking a risk on Holland. Not working out so far.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I might add that living in DC the Nats are a fun team to watch and the stadium is a joy.

        • I could live there if not for the high cost of living and the climate.

          “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”

          • Bob_Hendley

            The weather yes, but hard to imagine that Honolulu is all that much cheaper.

          • It’s not, I’m sure, but selling the house here and using the entire proceeds to buy in DC wouldn’t be sensible. I’d have little left over for prop. taxes. 😉

          • Might be a vacancy available that will pay you to live there. There is a catch 22 though as there are chores that go along with the House.

        • HLKLA

          Saw a Dodgers Nats game there myself. Great stadium and fans. Unfortunately for the Nationals Kershaw was pitching the game I saw.

        • WBBsAs

          My only game in DC was an exhibition at RFK between Orioles and Cards in 1989. Later that I saw Orioles and Mariners at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

      • WBBsAs

        Holland’s worked out pretty well for the Rox.

  • WBBsAs

    Now to be Steinered…

    I hate blackouts.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Haven’t seen Span in quite awhile.

    • Last seen chasing a ball.

  • This is at least the second day in a row that Roberts has green-lit Cody on 3-0.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Didn’t want to take the BB, but did look at the third strike.

      • Hurts seeing him strike out more that way.

  • Span could make the all unique stance team

    • Grandal would be on that team as well.

      • Bob_Hendley

        The O’s Hoiles and the Angels Downing belong on that team. Perhaps Wes Covington as well.

        • Turner comes close to making that team due to him putting his right foot almost in the strike zone.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I think I meant Tettleton of the Os.

  • Watching Puig on that play was priceless.

  • Dodgers have a few balls that were hit hard so far after two innings. Good sign.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yasmani es grande.

    • Doubles into triples ally.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He is grande after all.

        • He is off and on for sure. Hope he keeps it going.

          • Bob_Hendley

            At OPS 1.142 over the past two weeks, seems unlikely to keep that up.

  • Bob, are you a stay up late guy? I’m giving the day up.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’m here for my shift. 🙂

      • Tag, you’re it then. NH out.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Got at least another hour in me.

  • WinnipegDave

    The best the Giants can do – broken bat hit and a bloop hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Giants getting numerous breaks tonight.

  • RBI

    These bloop hits are crazy-making.

  • WBBsAs
  • RBI

    Ugh. Let’s shut these guys down here, please. So annoying.

  • RBI

    I hate this game already.

    • WinnipegDave

      Such lucky hitting.

      • RBI

        It’s like we are cursed the minute we arrive in this ballpark.

        • WBBsAs

          Candlestick was so much better.

          • WinnipegDave

            And Polo Grounds.

  • WBBsAs

    Crawford may be the most deplorable of the Gnats (on the active roster, since BadGums is No. 1).

    • RBI

      I agree. I mean, what’s with his hair? Does he ever wash it? (Not in a good mood about this game, can you tell?)

  • RBI

    Like I said.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers unravelling here.

    • RBI

      May have to take a little break here. I had a really long day as it is – not bad, just long.

      • WinnipegDave

        I get that. I was wondering about doing the same thing myself.

  • RBI

    So Nunez stole third?

    • WBBsAs

      Apparently. That’s what Gameday says, and I trust it over Steiner.

  • RBI

    I would love to come back strong and break their hearts tonight.

  • WBBsAs
    • RBI

      He is by far the best thing about the Gnats.

  • WBBsAs

    According to Steiner, Quique lined out to Brandon McCarthy.

    • RBI

      I feel your pain.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well to be fair, McCarthy was in the on deck circle so it could have theoretical happened.

  • WinnipegDave

    Flukie to the max.

  • RBI

    Poor McCarthy. He did not deserve that fourth inning.

  • RBI

    Oh man. That was a really dumb pitch.

  • RBI

    We are toast.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s win this thing.

    • WinnipegDave

      He says randomly and without any real context or enthusiasm.

      • RBI

        I prefer your attitude to mine.

  • RBI

    We need to start hitting bloops.

  • RBI

    Alright, alright I got it. Cain had his best night and only win since the last time he pitched to the Dodgers. grrrr.

  • WinnipegDave

    Haha. Dodgers knocked Cain out of the game. Kinda, sorta, not really at all.

  • WBBsAs

    No matter how bad the game, it’s always worse with Steiner.

    • RBI

      I usually really enjoy Joe Davis, but he’s annoying me tonight as well.

      • WinnipegDave

        Only good thing is that at least this isn’t a Kershaw start.

      • WBBsAs

        I’ll take Joe over Steiner any day.

  • WinnipegDave

    I love how ticked we all are here tonight at Elysian Fields.

    Grumpy group talk makes me feel better.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dismal game.

    • WinnipegDave

      Slightly redeemed by the large Dodger banner unveiled in the stands.

  • WinnipegDave

    If this score holds, it will be the Dodgers largest defeat since those 2 brutal games against AZ back in April 21-22.

  • RBI

    I even hate Buster tonight. Why can’t we beat this team in SF?

    • WBBsAs

      He’s far from the worst jerk on the team.

      • RBI

        High praise from you!

  • RBI

    I’m sorry but that’s it. I’m gone.

    • WinnipegDave

      See you tomorrow RBI. All shall be well, all manner of things shall be well.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to watch something more upbeat and cheerful – like Black Mirror.

  • WBBsAs

    This is when you use Hatcher…

    • WinnipegDave

      And/or Romo.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, at least the game isn’t tense. Not sure how many more of those I can take.

  • WinnipegDave

    Torn between reality and fantasy. The Dodgers aren’t going to come back and win – unless they 1 in 1000000 miraculously do.

  • RBI

    She’s baaaack…

    • WinnipegDave

      Welcome back to the fight…

      • RBI

        Kept half an eye on Game Day just in case.

  • WinnipegDave

    Take away that ridiculous 4th inning and this is a 1 run game with the tying run on third.

  • WinnipegDave

    If Bellinger bats this inning, then this game got a whole lot more interesting.

  • RBI

    SVS should have taken that pitch.

    • WinnipegDave

      Absolutely.

      • RBI

        Overly anxious. I understand.

  • RBI

    Dang.

  • WinnipegDave

    Tonight’s game is dead to me.

  • Rats. When I switched to news it was 1-1. Checked before serving up and it was 5-1. Turned it on after The News Hour and it was over 8-4.

  • I got up this morning, get a cup of coffee, watch a little news, and then return to the Dodgers game. Yikes. Glad I didn’t stay up longer. But, the comments in here about the game started my day off in a good mood. RBI was in great form.

  • HLKLA

    Matt Cain, at this point, is probably wishing he could be traded to whoever is playing the Dodgeers, for the rest of the year.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He certainly has us for lunch. We,are probably too familiar with the old Cain, but the new Cain has only been bombed in 2 of his 8 starts, so we are not the only ones.

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