Game 45, 2017

Marlins at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-F, KTLA

The Marlins ask RHP Vance Worley (2-5, 4.43 ERA in AAA New Orleans) to make his 2017 debut against the Dodgers, a team he’s faced in four games (three starts) over his career and posted a 5.63 ERA for his trouble. He first got to the major leagues in 2010 with the Phillies. He spent two more years with them, then one with Minnesota, two with Pittsburgh and one with Baltimore. He’s 33-30 for his career with a 3.75 ERA, and over that time righties have hit him better than lefties, .758 OPS vs. RHB, .747 OPS vs. LHB.

The Dodgers will send RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-1, 4.15 ERA) to the hill to recover his pre-disabled list form when he gave up two runs or fewer in his first four starts. This will be only the second time he’s faced the Marlins; the first time he gave them only three hits in a 1-0 complete game for the D-Backs in 2013.

This day in Dodgers history:

  • 1952 The Dodgers score a major league record fifteen first-inning runs en route to a 19-1 rout over the Reds at Ebbets Field. After retiring the first batter, the next 19 Brooklyn batters reached base (10 hits, 7 walks, and 2 HBP). Captain Pee Wee Reese reaches first base three times in the inning.
  • 2000 Major League Baseball has its first six grand-slam day less than one year after establishing the mark with five, with Garret Anderson (Angels), J.T. Snow (Giants), Brian Hunter (Phillies), Jason Giambi (A’s), and Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green (Dodgers) all contributing to the record. The NL also set a league record, blasting four of the six base-loaded homers.

Julio Urias has been optioned to OKC and Josh Ravin has been brought up.

Lineup when available.

  • WinnipegDave

    I sure hope the Dodgers won that game in 2000.

  • scooplew

    Brooklyn’s bottom of the first, May 21, 1952:
    Ewell Blackwell facing 1-2-3
    Billy Cox Groundout: 3B-1B (one out)
    Pee Wee Reese Walk
    Duke Snider Home Run; Reese Scores (2-0)
    Jackie Robinson Double (LF-CF)
    Andy Pafko Walk
    George Shuba Single to RF (Line Drive); Pafko to 2B; Robinson Scores (3-0)
    Bud Byerly replaces Ewell Blackwell pitching and batting 9th
    Gil Hodges batting, Pafko Caught Stealing 3B (C-3B); Shuba to 2B (two outs)
    Gil Hodges Walk
    Rube Walker Single to RF (Line Drive); Hodges to 3B; Shuba Scores (4-0)
    Chris Van Cuyk Single to LF (Line Drive); Walker to 2B; Hodges Scores (5-0)
    Billy Cox Single to LF (Line Drive); Van Cuyk to 2B; Walker Scores (6-0)
    Pee Wee Reese Single to LF (Ground Ball); Cox to 2B; Van Cuyk Scores (7-0)
    Herm Wehmeier replaces Bud Byerly pitching and batting 9th
    Duke Snider Walk; Cox to 3B; Reese to 2B
    Jackie Robinson Hit By Pitch; Cox Scores; Reese to 3B; Snider to 2B (8-0)
    Andy Pafko Single to LF (Line Drive); Robinson to 2B; Snider Scores; Reese Scores (10-0)
    Frank Smith replaces Herm Wehmeier pitching and batting 9th
    George Shuba Walk Robinson to 3B; Pafko to 2B
    Gil Hodges Walk; Robinson Scores; Pafko to 3B; Shuba to 2B (11-0)
    Rube Walker Single to RF (Ground Ball); Hodges to 3B; Shuba Scores; Pafko Scores (13-0)
    Chris Van Cuyk Single to CF (Line Drive); Walker to 2B; Hodges Scores (14-0)
    Billy Cox Hit By Pitch; Walker to 3B; Van Cuyk to 2B
    Pee Wee Reese Walk; Walker Scores; Van Cuyk to 3B; Cox to 2B (15-0)
    Duke Snider Strikeout Looking (three outs)
    15 runs, 10 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB

    • scooplew

      Fourteen consecutive batters reached base with two outs.

  • RBI

    AJ! Just got a big round of applause from the fans here.

  • A-Gon!

  • WinnipegDave

    Going better than yesterday already.

  • scooplew

    I expect that Urias will be back before too long. I think sending Pederson to OKC to work on his swing would be a good idea. Since Opening Day he has no homers and five RBIs and is batting .200. The emergence of Bellinger is another factor, although we are without Toles.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not a bad idea, but really don’t have a CF to replace him on a regular basis.

      • scooplew

        Hernandez can play center. Can Bellinger? I am worried that Pederson will lose his self-confidence (if he hasn’t already).

        • Bob_Hendley

          First step may be jettison the idea of giving him regular starts and go back to platooning with Quique. If you stick Bellinger in center you don’t have a lefthanded bat in LF. Nothing likely to happen until Puig is ready to go. He needs to put on his big boy pants and work his way through this.

          • Bob_Hendley

            That’s a start!

  • scooplew

    Thirty pitches through three innings for McCarthy.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah – fun start so far.

  • WBBsAs

    Just got back from a 30-mile bike ride that took longer than I expected, so I missed the first two innings. Still, pleased with the results so far, and especially that McCarthy’s been so efficient.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rumors of AGon’s demise may have been a bit premature. Thank goodness.

    • WBBsAs

      Thank Dog!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Taylor having trouble with his throws from the hot corner.

  • Joc, 44 games after the first one, finally gets his 2nd HR of the year.

    • Averages one in every 22 games.

  • WBBsAs

    Just when somebody was complaining about Joc…

    • scooplew

      I must have motivated him.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Worked for Grandal and Utley.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Scoop is our resident slump breaker!

      • scooplew

        Maybe I should say something about Romo?

  • WinnipegDave

    Out for a family dinner at my parents. Hoping for an interesting result.

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh man – timing. Well at least hope for a win!

    • Bob_Hendley

      I am sure they will like you!

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha ha! Thanks Bob!

  • WBBsAs

    I’d like A.J. to get a base hit, on a ball that hits the runner for the third out.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Perfect scenario.

      • WBBsAs

        Not quite as I planned it.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Runner didn’t cooperate.

          • WBBsAs

            Given where A.J. hit the ball, it would have been difficult.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Still.

  • RBI

    AJ got his RBI hit. I feel okay about it!

  • RBI

    Here with my son and grandson!

    • Try uploading the photo again!

      • RBI

        See above!

  • Bob_Hendley

    AGon AGain!

  • scooplew

    For those watching, was Pederson deliberately hit by that pitch? Any warnings issued?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not obviously so. No warning issued.

      • scooplew

        Thanks. And I presume the same thing when Utley was hit later in the inning.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Actually, Chase sort of stepped into the pitch and let it him him. Hence the Ron Hunt Memorial AB.

  • WBBsAs

    Chutley has the Ron Hunt Memorial AB.

  • WBBsAs

    Ryan Schimpf of the Pads has the strangest stat line ever. He’s hitting only .167 but, among his 21 hits are two doubles and ten homers.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Quique, hitting .253 has 21 hits with 12 doubles, a triple and 3 dingers.

  • WBBsAs

    Bellinger gets rung up on a pitch that nearly bounces on the plate.

    • RBI

      Really dumb call.

  • WBBsAs

    Steiner unable to pronounce Avilán, which he thinks is “Avalon.”

    • Maybe Charlie lives on Catalina Island and is used to that pronunciation?

      • WBBsAs

        It’s a long commute by water… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I7zMKptjRs

        • scooplew

          Cubs had spring training on Catalina Island from the early 1920s until 1951, I believe, with the exception of WWII. They were the first team to train on the West Coast. Wrigley had them on the island, keeping them out of possible trouble on the mainland. He named the field Wrigley Field — natch — after the one in Chicago but predating the one where the old L.A. Angels of the Pacific Coast League played. I think there is a plaque where the field used to be on the island.

          • WBBsAs

            I’ve never been to Catalina, but would be curious to go. I’d be more interested, though, in the Channel Islands, but first I’d need to read Coraghessan Boyle’s http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/books/review/Kingsolver-t.html

          • I think I’ve been there once back in the early 1960s when I was barely a teenager.

          • That looks interesting.

          • WBBsAs

            He’s a tremendous writer.

          • HLKLA

            I have been to Catalina and the Channel Islands and I prefer the Channel Islands just because they are less developed than Catalina.

          • HLKLA

            I believe that at one time the Wrigley family owned the island.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Coming in Dodgers leading MLB with 91 doubles in 44 games. Six more so far today.

  • RBI
  • RBI

    Sideways picture of a great game. Grandson Gus has been eating cherries.

  • I spun the photo below.

    • RBI

      Thank you!

  • AJ was able to make Joc laugh. I haven’t noticed if he has been talking with other Dodgers when they were at bat. I miss AJ.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Giving everyone an earful.

    • WBBsAs

      A.J. will always be an old BFF.

      • I still like Loney as well.

        • WBBsAs

          Sadly, it seems James’s big league career is likely over.

          • He just signed a minor-league contract with the Braves.

          • Two of the Jacksonville 5 back together in Atlanta’s organization.

          • Bob_Hendley

            WGJ just asked to be released from the Braves organization. What with the Adams trade and all.

          • From the Atlanta newspaper: “Braves general manager John Coppolella said after the Saturday trade that the Braves wouldn’t have signed Loney if they’d known they were going to be able to finalize a deal for Adams…”

          • WBBsAs

            Given Freddie Freeman’s injury, I suppose there’s a chance. I once thought Loney might be the new Mark Grace. which would’ve been fine.

          • Bob_Hendley

            They just picked up Matt Adams as well, so WGJ will have to wait to see how that works out

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager thought better about swinging at that 3-0. Last time it caused a stir (according to Donnie).

    • Only a 4 run lead but an inning later so who knows what Donnie’s formula might have suggested what was appropriate.

  • Steiner might not have known that was a HR before it cleared the fence but Jansen knew it immediately.

    • WBBsAs

      Steiner knows nothing until he sees the TV replay.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • Until Tuesday…

  • HLKLA

    Game day box score had Either on the bench. I bet they meant Eibner.

    • scooplew

      Ethier way.

    • WBBsAs

      Small sample size, but Eibner’s been very productive. I was surprised the Atléticos let him go for Billy Burns, who’s now back with the Royals. At 28, Eibner’s not a kid, but he might have some value.

  • WBBsAs

    The Gnats are stuck in each other’s throats… https://twitter.com/extrabaggs/status/866431546240184321

    • Posey acting like an on-field coach. While I like that it seems like the bench coach should have been involved in positioning Belt.

  • WinnipegDave

    Family dinner over.
    We win!

  • WBBsAs

    He’d be working on seven years’ rest… https://twitter.com/BillShaikin/status/866446140165586944

    • HLKLA

      I saw this. Very interesting idea. I believe the Padres have a similar player this year.

      • WBBsAs

        The Pads sent Bethancourt, who was supposedly a promising catcher, to the minors because he couldn’t throw strikes at all.

        • Well, I’ve seen pitchers whose only job is on the mound have that problem, so that’s no disgrace.

          • WBBsAs

            Before getting sent down, Bethancourt allowed six hits and eight BBs in 3-2/3 innings, for a WHIP of 3.82. throwing barely 50 percent strikes. That’s DFA territory unless, like him, you’re just starting out.

            I dunno what Kenley did in his earliest pitching outings, but I do know he hasn’t walked anybody at all yet this year.

          • Bob_Hendley

            In his first year, Kenley BB/9 was at 5.0.

          • WBBsAs

            That’s nowhere near Bethancourtlandia.

    • …..He’d be working on seven years’ rest…Add Gagne and the bullpen really would be rested.

  • WBBsAs

    End of the line for Loney, it would seem… https://twitter.com/Braves/status/866757376472489984

  • SUMMARY Career 9.137 years over 11 seasons
    WAR 11.7
    AB 5023
    R 528
    H 1425
    BA .284
    HR 108
    RBI 669
    SB 38
    OBP .336
    SLG .410
    OPS .746
    OPS+ 104

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Loney

    Est. Earnings salary $34,440,500 signing bonuses $6,500,000

    Baseball was very good to James.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Nice resurgence at the end with the Devil Rays is responsible for much of that salary. He received about $3.5 million per WAR, which is about half the market rate, over his career.

      • WBBsAs

        Great to see the Devil Rays acknowledged by their rightful name.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Calling them the Rays would be like calling the Reds the Redlegs.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Off to see the Nats-Mariners.

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