Game 43, 2017

Marlins at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-F

The Marlins have caught on too: they’re trotting out YALHP Justin Nicolino (0-0, 1.50 ERA). He was just promoted from AAA and gave up one run in six innings against the Braves last week. On April 27, 2016 he threw 7 1/3 shutout innings against the Dodgers in his first start of the year. He’ll face the Dodgers’ Alex Wood (4-0, 2.27 ERA), the reigning NL Player of the Week. Part of Wood’s success can be attributed to a 37.4-percent strikeout rate over the last 30 days, second only to Red Sox ace Chris Sale.

This day in Dodgers history:

  • Nothing involving the Dodgers was very notable, but a future Dodger made his MLB debut on this date in:
  • 1984 Joining the club in St. Louis, Eric Davis makes his major league debut, grounding out to short as a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of the Reds’ 9-1 loss to the Redbirds. The 22 year-old rookie is forced to wear a numberless jersey when Cincinnati forgets to pack an extra road uniform. That seems emblematic of all the good he did the Dodgers when he played for them in 1992-1993

The Dodgers and JT dodged a serious bullet: his hamstring is merely strained. They’ve put him on the 10-day DL and brought up Eibner.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
    • HLKLA

      They seem to own the Dodgers though.

  • WBBsAs
    • Spanish, how does it work? Lesionados = Disabled?

      • WBBsAs

        Literally, “injured,” but the root is from Latin “laesionem” in both English and Spanish.

        • I see “lesions” in there and start thinking scrapes and skin abrasions. Ah well, I studied French and Russian way back when.

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  • HLKLA

    I remember Chris Heisey, currently of the Nationals, complaining about his year with the Dodgers and all of the uncertainty of going back and forth between the minors and the Dodgers and how it affected his life and family. I sure hope Eibner does not have the same issues.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s part of the profession. On the bright side, you have a long off-season during which you don’t have to work – at one time, players had to have off-season jobs to get through.

    • I can sympathize, but on the other hand the goal is to force the big league team to keep you by being so good they don’t want to send you back down. I’m pretty sure Van Slyke didn’t expect to be sent down to OKC at this stage of his career, but lack of production and a lot of outfielders did it to him.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Got to be tough for sure. And if you are good and stick, your family is stuck in OKC so you don’t even see them when you are “home”.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox running up the score on Reds, 9-1 in the sixth, but Redbirds have taken 1-0 lead over Gnats in the third. Snakes and Pads play later at The Litter Box.

  • RBI

    Any possibility AJ will be their catcher?

    • WBBsAs

      In a four-game series, I expect he might catch the Sunday game (day game after a night game for Realmuto).

      • RBI

        Thanks.

      • RBI

        Thanks. We are going. My husband will be disappointed.

  • foul tip

    This, from ESPN, didn’t seem to get as much play as you’d think–

    @ESPNStatsInfo

    .@Dodgers bullpen Thursday vs Marlins:3 2/3 IP, 0 H, 10 KIt’s 3rd time in last 100 years that a bullpen didn’t allow a hit and had 10 K

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  • WBBsAs

    I thought it would be a while before I’d get Steinered again, but I was wrong.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Just tuned in. Dee sent it to the warning track!?

  • Taylor really likes the big leagues; he keeps performing.

    • HLKLA

      I hope they keep him when Logan returns.

  • Dodgers now hitting .270 with RISP, per Monday on the radio.

  • WBBsAs

    Taylor on a baserunning adventure clinic tonight.

  • It’s Kevin Kennedy on the radio with Monday. I wonder where Steiner is.

    • WBBsAs

      Steiner, unfortunately, is on the video. Joe Davis has another weekend commitment.

      • Yeah, thanks, when I got to the kitchen and flipped the TV on I figured that out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Very difficult flip by Taylor to start the DP.

  • scooplew

    It may be the end of the line for Ichiro, unfortunately. He is hitting .167 in 48 ABs for the Marlins.

    • Bob_Hendley

      25th season, between Japan and MLB.

    • WBBsAs

      I expect that’s the case, but the HOF is waiting for him.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Steiner is going on and on about a Franklin groundout to short. Calling it small ball.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s Steiner, Jake…

  • RBI

    Eibner!!!!

    • HLKLA

      You beat me to it!

      • HLKLA

        My auto correct changed Eibner to dinner for some reason.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Depth sends it deep!

  • HLKLA

    Taylor on cycle alert.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Taylor uses Steve Earle for walkup music. One of my favs,

  • WinnipegDave

    Just joining in. Looks like it has been a fun game so far. Taylor and Eibner rocking HRs and Wood pitching well.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig with a tweak. Get SVS on the phone!

    • RBI

      What got tweaked?

      • WinnipegDave

        Mid-back tightness.

        • WinnipegDave

          Whatever that means.

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    • WinnipegDave

      Imagine if Wood turns out to be the strong number 2 starter that the Dodgers have had/wanted to pair with Kershaw. Like Greinke in 2015.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Kershaw will have to up his game for that to happen. 😉

        • WinnipegDave

          Anything to motivate that slacker.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wood ERA dips below 2.

    • WinnipegDave

      It is on between him and Kershaw.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Franklin with more small ball.

    • HLKLA

      And probably more Steiner.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wood is dealing!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Telecast showing bar above pen at DS. My favorite seats when the Dodgers are in DC are those right above the pen. Great view of Kershaw warming up to come in to relieve Kenley in game 7 of NLDS.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Between Ks and groundballs Wood very effective.

  • WBBsAs

    Wood is absolutely breezing.

    • Bob_Hendley

      83 pitches. Most he has thrown this season is 88. Threw only 77 in 6 shutout innings against the giants.

  • WinnipegDave

    So both AZ and Colorado have had 8 run innings tonight to hold serve on the Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice job by Wood tonight. Time for the pen to lock it down.

  • WinnipegDave

    Stripling keeps Wood’s era at 1.88.

  • WinnipegDave

    Enrique just missed that one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger!

    • WinnipegDave

      Still has the sweet stroke on that one!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Hit the ball hard twice last night and lined out sharply earlier in this game.

        • WinnipegDave

          True that.

  • WinnipegDave

    If Stripling doesn’t make an out, Taylor would get one last shot of hitting a triple and getting the cycle.

    • WinnipegDave

      And nope. Stripling goes down on strikes.

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess the circus is in town. Lots of clowns on the field.

    • WBBsAs

      Ramos shoulda got tossed.

      • WinnipegDave

        Absolutely. It was clear that he was intentionally throwing at Eibner.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Steiner with the scrum call.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Donnie went after Geren.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hatcher after all.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joe Pos just wrote a piece about Atlanta “professionally” throwing at (and hitting) Batista.

  • WinnipegDave

    The game was moving along nicely until this point.

    • Bob_Hendley

      It ain’t hockey!

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Looked more like rugby.

  • WinnipegDave

    Stanton down on strikes.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hatcher-Barnes ex-Fish battery.

    • WinnipegDave

      With Hernandez not far away at third.

  • WinnipegDave

    Another late inning HR given up by the Dodgers.

  • RBI

    Come on Hatcher. Bear down.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Off tonight.

  • RBI

    Kenley warming up, just in case.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Doc is a little paranoid.

  • scooplew

    Gameday acting silliy. What’s happening in the 9th? (And thanks for everyone for getting the game to this point, 7-0. I just joined in.)

    • Bob_Hendley

      A little noise from the Fish after a melee over throwing at batters.

    • WinnipegDave

      Gameday had Stanton getting hit by a pitch. He was thrown at but not hit. So Gameday had to go back and fix that up.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO! Fireworks after the fireworks.

  • Yahoo!

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