Game 44, 2017

Marlins at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-F, MLBN (out-of-market only)

RHP Dan Straily (1-3, 3.56 ERA) goes for the Marlins against LHP Julio Urias (0-1, 3.343 ERA) of the Dodgers. Straily took a line drive off his right forearm in his last start but hasn’t let that stop him. He hasn’t allowed more than four hits in any of his last seven starts and averages an NL-leading 5.02 hits per nine innings. Urias had a terrible experience in Denver his last time out when he gave up six runs in four innings, which ballooned his ERA from 1.06 to 3.43. This will be his first start against the Marlins.

This day in Dodgers history:

  • The Dodgers did nothing very interesting on this date in baseball history, unless you count Don Sutton being knocked out in the first inning of a game against the Pirates in 1966. He gave up hits to Alou, Clemente, Stargell, Clendenon and Pagan with a walk to Alley thrown in and was relieved by Bob Miller.

Lineup:

Turner remains on the shelf. Taylor plays 3B and Utley goes back to his long-time spot at 2B.

  • WBBsAs

    Rojos rock Rox 12-8 with a big comeback (down 8-3 at one point). Dodgers in position to gain a game.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sutton yanked before getting to the soft part of the lineup! Those 1960s Filibusteros could sure hit.

    • And for a while they could pitch too. I remember Roger Angell suggesting someone should study why the Pirates had so many monsylabically-named pitchers:

      • WinnipegDave

        I loved reading Angell’s books when I was growing up. The Summer Game. Five Seasons. Late Innings. They were so influential to me as a young baseball fan.

        • They’re still fun to read.

          • WinnipegDave

            Yeah. I should re-read them. He and Boswell – I have lots of their books on my bookshelf.

  • WBBsAs

    Julito is struggling early.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ground ball double plays are a helpful thing.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Got off lightly.

  • Pitcher’s best friend!

  • WinnipegDave

    Urias not sharp tonight. Which is rare for a home start.

  • Took Kike’ quite a while to get to that ball.

  • Seemed a little early to play the infield in.

    • The decision to do so has caused Urias to pitch 15 plus pitches and counting. Oh, and a run.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well there are the Fish’s 2 runs. Now we just need to score 7.

  • WBBsAs

    This is becoming painful to watch.

    • Somebody looked really fast going to second.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Behind by three and feeling strangely that this is both lucky and unlucky.

    • Marlins playing ball control. Of the 34 minutes played so far, their offense has been up something like 30 minutes.

  • 41 pitches, 26 strikes. In two innings. He needs a short 3rd and 4th.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Where is Joe Davis tonight?

    • 3 – 2 count. A rally.

    • WBBsAs

      A network job calling the Gnats-Cards.

  • Despite appearances, Seager has struck out three more times on the year than Joc has — 33-30. Puig is also at 30, Grandal at 28 and Bellinger at 25 (all before tonight’s action).

    • Misery does like company.

    • Bob_Hendley

      If you take appearances of the plate variety into account, that is a lot for Joc and for Bellinger.

    • WBBsAs

      Joc, however, spent a shift on the DL.

  • I hope Joc can leave his frustration at the park and not take it home. He seems to be staying calm.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He seemed to have taken it out to the field.

      • Redeems two hitters later.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Saw that. The flub wasn’t damaging either, but suggests his mind is elsewhere or trying too hard to make up for his plate appearances.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dodgers dogging it tonight.

  • Bob_Hendley

    So Donnie squeezes ahead by 7 runs? Ha.

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess the Marlins feel like they have been bottom feeders long enough.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Where is Hatcher when you need him?

  • WinnipegDave

    Unless there is a 18 run swing the Dodgers will be back in third place tonight. AZ up 8-0 in their game, Dodgers down 8-0.

  • WBBsAs

    On the bright side, there are lots of dogs in the park.

    • WinnipegDave

      Man’s best friend are not amused.

      • WBBsAs

        Canines are always a joy.

        • WinnipegDave

          Not if you are a rabbit. Or have rabbits as pets.

    • Dodger Dogs.

  • WinnipegDave

    Woof! This game is ugly.

  • HLKLA

    I stopped to check in. We are in Hatcher territory, I am tired, it is late here in Iowa, so good night all.

  • WinnipegDave

    Best way to break up a no hitter/shutout. Hernandez with the HR.

  • WinnipegDave

    Feels like the Dodgers always have an eye on their runs for and against differential. Trying to close the gap in this one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Joc. That was a missed opportunity there to get back in the game.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger!

  • WinnipegDave

    This is similar to the Colorado game, where they were down 10-0. It would be great if they could somehow comeback further in this one!

  • WinnipegDave

    Is Gonzo done? He does not look good. I hope there is still something left.

  • How about that? Last I knew it was 9-0 for the Fish. This was a welcome surprise.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need a very large 2 out comeback here.

  • WinnipegDave

    Back to third place.

    • WinnipegDave

      But at least they are the best third place team in baseball. In fact, they have more wins than any other 2nd place team besides AZ.

  • Oh well. Poor Julio, now 0-2 on the year.

  • NPUT @ 1100 PT.

  • Bob_Hendley

    This seems interesting, if only time-wise: From Dodger Insider “On May 20, 1972, the fastest game ever at Dodger Stadium occurred, with Al Downing tossing a 3–0 win in 90 minutes for the Dodgers”.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Donnie’s corollary? If teams shouldn’t swing at 3-0 pitches when up by 5 in the seventh, should they be allowed to try to win if behind by 10 after 4 1/2 innings, or should they just roll over? Asking for a friend.