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.

72 thoughts on “Game 40, 2017

  1. 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.

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

    • 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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