Game 41, 2017

Dodgers at Giants, 12:45 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBCS BA, MLBN (out-of-market only)

LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.43 ERA) goes for his 20th career win against the Giants. His opponent will be RHP Johnny Cueto (4-2, 4.15 ERA), who’s already pitched against the Dodgers twice this year, winning once and giving up three runs each time.

The Dodgers have lost three straight and the Giants have won five straight.

This day in Dodgers history:

  • 1947 At Forbes Field, Hank Greenberg asks Jackie Robinson if the Dodger infielder was hurt in a collision with him at first base earlier in the game and then tells the embattled Brooklyn rookie, “Stick in there. You’re doing fine. Keep your chin up.” Jackie will remark to the writers a few days later that his “diamond hero” is Hank Greenberg, knowing that the Pirates’ first baseman, who due to the bigotry endured as a Jew, can appreciate his difficulty of facing racial injustice every day as the first black player in the major leagues this century.
  • 1978 Pinch hitting for Davey Lopes in the Los Angeles 10-1 rout of the Pirates, Lee Lacy goes deep in the bottom of the eighth inning off Will McEnaney at Dodger Stadium. The utility player becomes the first player in major league history to homer in three consecutive at bats as a pinch hitter.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    I am conflicted. I could avoid the blackout by going to my neighborhood gastro-pub, where there’ll probably be fewer Gnatfans than there would be during a night game. But I don’t want to legitimize the Gnatblackout and pay, even indirectly, for any event at The Phone Booth To Be Named Later.

    • https://www.spyoff.com/en?a_aid=10270&a_bid=47e0d24d

      I can’t remember the name of the IP address changer that I have heard works but maybe this one will work for you. The idea is to get an IPA that is assigned to another state and when you want to watch MLB.com it will block out games in that state instead of the one you are in.

      • WBBsAs

        I used a European IP for the post-season, but I’d rather not during the regular season.

  • WBBsAs

    On the bright side, this is the last time I’ll have to suffer Steiner for quite a while.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good start to this one.

  • scooplew

    Wonder when the Dodgers last had a leadoff hitter, this late in the season, batting under .200. Did Alfred Griffin ever bat leadoff in 1988?

    • HLKLA

      In 1968 Zoilo Versalles led off eight games, one in July, for the Dodgers and batted around .196-.198 most of the season.

      • Yes. And he replaced one of the heroes of the early 1960s, Maury Wills. I remember being shocked when they traded Wills away in 1967.

        • HLKLA

          I never understood trading Wills either.

          • I think it was the O’Malley’s dictum of trading someone before he faded to really bad. See also Garvey and Cey and Lopes.

          • Bob_Hendley

            That book we read suggest that the trip to Japan played a role.

  • scooplew

    I wonder what is the origin of Gorkys Hernandez’ first name. Does he have a brother named Tolstoys? Or Dostoyevskys?

    • WinnipegDave

      Or Chekhovs…

      • Tchaikovsky. Rimsky-Korsakov. Prokofiev.

        The possibilities are nearly infinite!

        • WinnipegDave

          It’s a big family!

          • And one of those family members wrote “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

  • WinnipegDave

    I could handle a 9-0 game. #extrapolation

  • WinnipegDave

    Well I wondered if the interesting might continue longer. Ah well.

  • RBI

    Dipping in from work to say hello. Let’s win this puppy, please…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Thank you Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    So I guess Kershaw is back to being kinda OK again.

    • Appears to be. Monday said so too.

      • WBBsAs

        If Steiner said that, I’d be concerned.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Recent analysis pinpointed the return to the last three innings of the previous game when the slider began to bite again.

  • It’s kind of startling to think that in just ten years Kershaw has beaten the Rockies 20 times and barring a calamity here he’ll have done the same to the Giants. 40 of his lifetime 133 wins (again, assuming today finishes as it stands) will be against just two teams, each in the Dodgers’ division, which adds a lot of value.

    • WinnipegDave

      What’s his record vs AZ and SD I wonder?

      • This doesn’t quite do that, but it’s his record at every stadium, so you can see he’s 5-7 at Chase Field.

        • WinnipegDave

          Finally got a moment to check on Baseball Reference. 16-6 vs SD and 13-8 vs AZ.
          He has a winning record vs every team except Philadelphia (3-4), Pittsburgh (2-3), and Texas (0-1).

  • Yahoo!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

    As is my sons ultimate team.

  • What’s weird about this? The first-place Rockies play the first-place Twins later today.

    • HLKLA

      It is funny that your auto correct changed your comment to say that the Twins and Rockies are in first place.

    • WBBsAs

      Actually, they’re not playing each other today. They got rained out.

  • HLKLA

    Looks like Kershaw found the solution to the walk problem.

    • WinnipegDave

      And the HR issue.

    • Bob_Hendley

      We expect so much from Klayton. Going in his BB/9 was 1.3, which was lower than anytime from 2011-15, when he won 3 CYAs and came in 2nd and 3rd in the voting. Of course, it was almost double the 0.7 from last year, which, though shortened, was perhaps one of the greatest performances by a starting pitcher ever.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!! Very late, but oh so gleeful.

  • There was a play in the game where the second baseman double pumped and then threw too late to first and Utley was safe on first. It was originally ruled an error and then changed to a hit. Joe and Orel couldn’t understand why it wasn’t an error. What I saw was the first baseman in getting to the bag still had his back turned to the second baseman and the second baseman had to double pump to avoid hitting the first baseman in the back. Joe and Orel never noticed what I thought I saw.

    • scooplew

      I was listening to the Giants radio broadcast and they said the same thing about Morse, the first baseman, that his back was turned. It was a mental error, which I didn’t mind.

  • WBBsAs

    Yet, somehow, their dinkers always seem to fall in… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/865237769785937920

  • NPUT