Game 47, 2017

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

RHP Mike Leake (4-2, 2.03 ERA) tries to recapture his lead in the NL ERA race one night after he was overtaken by the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (2.01 ERA after last night’s gem). He’ll face the Dodgers’ Rich Hill (1-1, 2.77 ERA), who’ll be pitching on seven days’ rest.

Leake has been impressive all season; in fact he’s the only NL pitcher to post a quality start every time he’s gone to the mound in 2017. This will be Hill’s second start since coming off the 10-DL; he hasn’t faced the Cardinals since 2008.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1947 Carl Furillo hits a three-run homer as a pinch-hitter in the first frame of the Dodgers’ 4-3 ten-inning loss to Philadelphia at Ebbets Field. The unusual substitution occurs when Phillies manager Ben Chapman uses his right-handed starter Al Jurisch to pitch only to Brooklyn’s first two hitters, Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson, and then brings in southpaw Oscar Judd, who had been warming up from the start of the game, to face the next three lefty hitters, Pete Reiser, Dixie Walker, and Gene Hermanski, the batter replaced by Furillo.
  • 1973 In a 19-inning marathon, LA outfielder Willie Davis collects six hits in a 7-3 loss to the Mets at Dodger Stadium. The two clubs establish a National League mark by hitting into a combined nine double plays.
  • 2000 Sixteen Dodger players and three coaches are suspended by the commissioner’s office for going into the stands during the Wrigley Field scuffle with fans on May 16. The suspensions totaling 60 games for players and 24 games for coaches is the harshest penalty ever handed down by major league baseball.

In non-Dodger history I thought this was interesting:

  • 1964 The major league mark for shutouts in one day is broken as seven of the twenty major league teams do not cross home plate. The Twins, White Sox, Yankees, Mets, Phillies, Cardinals, and Pirates are all blanked. The record is now eight, set on June 4, 1972. Yes, the Dodgers were participants. Claude Osteen lost to Bob Gibson 4-0.

Lineup when available.

Puig’s ribs can’t hurt him too much if he’s in the outfield again tonight.

  • HLKLA

    Good news/bad news: I can watch the games here in Iowa against the Cardinals, but I have to listen to their announcers AND the games do not start out here until 9 pm.

    • WBBsAs

      On the bright side, you needn’t listen to Steiner (nor do I, since I’ll have the video feed).

  • WBBsAs
    • Heh. I wonder how Yasiel feels about that description.

  • WBBsAs
    • scooplew

      Taylor has never played in an inning in the outfield in the majors. In the minors he played three games in the OF, all last season with OKC and all in CF.

    • Bob_Hendley

      With the range displayed last night by Puig and Bellinger, the Dodgers might be able to get away with having AGon out there in CF.

      • scooplew

        Ha!

      • Agon’s lack of range would help him avoid Puig and Bellinger as well. Joc could have made two great catches on his bobblehead night and instead, he gets body slammed left and right. Ump struck him out twice as well.

  • In praise of the curve ball on the occasion of its 150th birthday, featuring Clayton Kershaw.

  • scooplew

    My wife and I saw “Hamilton” in San Francisco last night, tickets courtesy of our daughter. It is a tremendous musical; we thoroughly enjoyed it. When we arrived at the theater, the Dodgers were up 1-0 in the 4th. At the first intermission, the Dodgers and Cardinals were tied 1-1 in the 9th. At the conclusion, they were tied 1-1 after 12. By the time we got back to our hotel, the Dodgers had won.

    • WBBsAs

      So, you’re just minutes away…

    • If I’d ever married and had a child I hope that child would have been so loving! I may turn green with envy.

    • WinnipegDave

      So cool! Love musicals in general and certainly that one in particular!

  • WBBsAs

    Amazing catch by the novice CF Chris Taylor.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Cardinals helping out with blister avoidance by swinging early. 5 pitch inning.

  • Come ON, Hill.

  • Pfui.

  • Walking the pitcher?

  • Right where Hill left off in the 2nd. Walk, single…

  • WBBsAs

    This is what you expect out of a 20-year-old September callup.

  • WinnipegDave

    I may have sworn a bit when I heard that Colorado and Arizona both won again.

    • WBBsAs

      Especially when even Fernando Rodney couldn’t turn it around in Phoenix.

  • WBBsAs

    On the bright side, the Cubbies hang on against the Gnats.

    • RBI

      I’m more concerned about the d-backs and Rockies.

      • WBBsAs

        Yeah, but it’s always nice to see the Gnats inch closer to the Pads.

      • WBBsAs

        Ideally, the Gnats will finish just poorly enough that their first-round draft pick is unprotected.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill already at 70 pitches with one out in the 4th. Stripling is definitely coming in to pitch tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bring in Ross.

  • WinnipegDave

    And that might be enough baseball for me tonight. Tough night for Hill. Tough play for Bellinger.

    • WinnipegDave

      And by tough I mean rough.

    • WBBsAs

      Not that tough a play. He just butchered it.

  • RBI

    What the heck happened to Hill tonight?

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers need starting pitching. Urias sent down. Hill not right. Ryu not right. Maeda not right.
    Feels like we have Kersh, Wood, and McCarthy – and then a whole lot of question marks.

  • WinnipegDave

    Mike Leake. Your 2017 NL All-Star Game starting pitcher.
    Apparently.

  • WinnipegDave

    Time to watch some Black Mirror and check back in later to this one.

  • WBBsAs

    At some point, Mike Leake will come back down to Earth. Probably not tonight, though.

  • scooplew

    Just got back to tonight’s game. Looks like I picked a good one to take a pass on. Regarding your comments of a couple of hours ago, yes, my wife and I have a wonderful daughter. Fortunate, blessed, lucky. Choose your adjective. We like all of them. She is 30, an only child, and we are close to her, both personally and geographically. She lives about 2 1/2 hours north of us. The tickets to Hamilton blew us away. She joked that they were our Christmas, Hanukkah and birthday presents all at once. We were staying at a hotel near the Orpheum in San Francisco, so by the time we walked back there the Dodgers had won.

    • I am also glad I missed it as well. I might get a Hamilton bumper sticker whether I ever see the play or not. Happy for you Scoop.

  • scooplew

    Romo has now been scored upon in four of his last five outings.

  • When your starter walks seven in 4 1/3 innings you’re unlikely to win the game unless their starter is equally generous. Why on earth did the Giants let Leake walk after a half-season a couple of years ago?

    • For the same reason Hill walks Cards?

  • WBBsAs

    As it turned out, the highlight of last night’s game was the first-play catch by Taylor in CF.

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