Game 40, 2017

Dodgers at Giants, 7:15 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBCS-BA

LHP Rich Hill (1-1, 3.38 ERA) tries to avoid blister problems while making his third start of the year; after each of his first two he had to go on the 10-day DL while his fingers healed. He pitched five innings Wednesday in a rehab assignment with Rancho Cucamonga with no physical effects. The Giants counter with YALHP Ty Blach (0-2, 4.88 ERA), who has taken Madison Bumgarner’s spot in the rotation while Bumgarner recovers from his dirt bike accident. Blach has gone 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA in three games (two starts) against the Dodgers in his career. In the game he won he shut out the Dodgers over eight innings on three hits. That was in October of 2016.

To make room for Hill the Dodgers optioned Grant Dayton to Oklahoma City.

Today in Dodgers history:

  • 1967 Reliever Phil Regan loses his first game in 77 appearances. The ‘Vulture’ gets pinned with his first defeat in over a year when Astros’ third baseman Bob Aspromonte hits a two-run triple in the tenth to beat the Dodgers, 5-3.
  • 2000 After a fan steals Los Angeles’ catcher Chad Kreuter’s hat and hits him in the back of the head, many Dodgers, including coaches John Shelby and Rick Dempsey, go into the stands and start fighting with the Wrigley Field faithful. When the melee ends, several fans are arrested as the game is delayed nearly ten minutes, and there is litter all over the field.

Lineup when available.

No Bellinger, no Seager. González is with Rancho Cucamonga for his first-ever rehab assignment.

  • Bob_Hendley

    YALHP – Dodgers line is currently .243/.343/.372 at OPS+ 104, so we are doing better than average so far this year against lefthanded pitching. Those numbers are .277/.370/.454 in May, so big turnaround.

  • John_from_Aus
  • Bob_Hendley

    Corey and Cody sitting tonight.

  • WBBsAs
  • Dodgers just letting teams know that if they start a lefty against them they will have to face a stacked lineup of righties.

    • scooplew

      But Hernandez batting cleanup? With these starters, I would have put Puig in the cleanup spot. And Seager should be starting virtually every day.

      • Monday’s been talking about this on the radio. First, Puig. Here’s his slash line against lefties this year: .171/.239/.195 with no HRs and 3 RBIs.

        This is Bellinger’s first day off since he got to the bigs. Roberts told Monday he just wanted to give the kid a breather. Seager’s played in 13 straight, and here’s his slash line for May: .216/.298/.353 with one HR and 4 RBIs.

        • scooplew

          Good points.

  • Bob_Hendley

    At Buddy Guy concert, hope to join yawl later!

  • scooplew

    I am loathing the Giants more and more every day, and I am generally a fairly tolerant person. I sincerely hope we can post a win tonight.

    • WBBsAs

      The Gnats are deplorables.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

  • WBBsAs

    Blach’s a guy who can’t throw strikes, and you can’t help him out.

  • HLKLA

    Here is hoping for a nice quiet 5-0 Dodgers shut out.

  • scooplew

    Regarding the last two wins by the Dodgers: On Friday night, Kershaw beat the Rockies 6-2 to push his win-loss record to 6-2. On Saturday night, Wood beat the Rockies 4-0 to push his record to 4-0. Hill enters this game with a 1-1 record. So we should win 2-1 behind Hill.

    • WinnipegDave

      Love it!

    • WBBsAs

      Advanced statistical analysis…

    • WinnipegDave

      There’s San Fran’s one run. Time for us to get 2.

  • scooplew

    OK, guys, playing for a scoreless tie is not going to cut it.

  • WinnipegDave

    It seems like Blach is having his way with the Dodgers thus far.

    • WBBsAs

      He throws barely 50 percent strikes.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seems like we have had a lot of runners thrown out at home on infield hits or bunt recently.

  • scooplew

    Arrrgh! The Giants’ infield was playing back, conceding the run on a grounder to the right side. So why was Turner’s first step back to third? Starting with first inning on Sunday — a squeeze play that turned into a DP — we have been making dumb plays on the bases and in the field. I need to chill for a while.

  • scooplew

    This is the 260th game in Hernandez’ MLB career. He has never before batted in the cleanup spot. Now I will chill.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Steiner. Casually – Puig going back on the warning track. Still casually – The ball is high off the wall. Surprised – it’s a HR.

    • WBBsAs

      Steinered again. Just assume the opposite of what he says.

      • WinnipegDave

        This one seemed classic Steiner. But maybe in terms of fly balls and Steiner’s calls they are all classic.

        • WBBsAs

          Poor vision and depth perception, compounded by logorrhea.

    • Jerry Doggett reincarnated.

  • WinnipegDave

    Must be the 4th inning…

    • WinnipegDave

      Yep it sure must be.

  • WinnipegDave

    C Tay!

  • WinnipegDave

    Still no rush coming back Logan. Second base is in good hands.

  • WBBsAs

    Steinered again!

  • scooplew

    Puig rarely seems to deliver in the clutch these days.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hasn’t been delivering clutch or otherwise over the past month.

  • scooplew

    Top four in the lineup: 5-for-10. The rest: 0-for-12.

  • Bob_Hendley

    This has normally been Romo’s spot.

    • scooplew

      Romo’s spot should be in Oklahoma City.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Where the wind comes sweeping down the plain?

        • WBBsAs

          *whistling through the plain…

        • Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plain
          And the waving wheat can sure smell sweet
          When the wind comes right behind the rain

  • scooplew

    Time to say auf wiedersehen to Van Slyke and Romo, with Hatcher waiting in the next room.

    • WBBsAs

      SVS goes down when AGon comes back, almost certain.

      • scooplew

        And probably doesn’t return barring an injury. Or perhaps for September call-ups.

  • WBBsAs

    Taylor continues to make his case.

    • scooplew

      Taylor made?

  • scooplew

    The only thing quieter tonight regarding the Dodgers than this site: the Dodgers,

    • WinnipegDave

      Not much to say really.

  • Bob_Hendley

    I had thought that Fields had been sent down again. Not something I would have favored.

  • scooplew

    Top four in the lineup: 7-for-14. The rest: 0-for-15

    • Bob_Hendley

      That’s why they are the top four?

      • scooplew

        Yes, but we need to get something — anything — out of the rest.

  • WinnipegDave

    I would take 3 9th inning runs for the Dodgers again tonight.
    Please and thank you.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Going in opposite directions — SF won 5 in a row, Dodgers lost 4 of 6.

    • WinnipegDave

      May Kershaw be the equalizer tomorrow.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        May the bats back him up.

        • scooplew

          A quasi-must win tomorrow or am I getting ahead of myself?

    • scooplew

      But these three consecutive losses were preceded by a pair of wins.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Which were preceded by a loss.

    • Bob_Hendley

      At 12-5 Over the past 17, second best record in the NL. You can’t win them all.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Not many vs. SF.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Take our overall record anyday over our record versus the giants.

  • scooplew

    Pederson makes the last out for the second straight game. At least he hit the ball to end this one.

  • RBI

    Had to miss this one. Sounds like it was a good one to miss. Mama definitely wouldn’t have been happy.

    • I missed it as well. Decided to call it a night early and wound up not sleeping well anyway.

  • Bah. Against us the Giants are playing like the Cubs did last year .

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