Game 49, 2017

Cubs at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ABC 7, MLBN (out-of-market only)

The Cubbies come to LA for the only time this season. Tonight’s opener of the three-game series features the Cubs’ RHP Jake Arrieta (5-3, 4.80 ERA) returning to the scene of his first no-hitter in August of 2015. He’ll face the Dodgers’ LHP Alex Wood (5-0, 1.88 ERA), who’s been far better than anyone thought he’d be going into the season.

Arrieta is 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers, but in his last 16 innings he’s shut them out. Wood started against the Cubs in April, giving up two runs in 3 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers claimed infielder Mike Freeman and RHP Chris Heston from the Mariners and transferred Andrew Toles & Scott Kazmir to the 60-day DL.

Today in Dodgers’ history: Nothing unusual happened. In the pennant-winning year of 1974 the Dodgers beat the Giants 9-5 behind Doug Rau, with Mike Marshall going 3 1/3 innings to get his sixth save of the year. Elsewhere:

  • 1959 Pirates’ hurler Harvey Haddix pitches 12 perfect innings, but loses 1-0 to the Braves in the 13th inning. The heart-breaking winning run scores on a Don Hoak error, a sacrifice, a walk, and a two-bagger by Joe Adcock. A subsequent rules change stupidly removes this game from baseball’s list of no-hitters (Ed.).
  • 1993 Carlos Martinez hits a fly ball to Jose Canseco that caroms off the Ranger outfielder’s head over the fence for a home run. The fourth inning solo homer will prove to be the difference when the Indians edge Texas at Cleveland Stadium, 7-6. (Video)

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    No knocks on Wood!

    • None needed this year.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ever? I guess the Braves GM had some, to his regret.

        • WBBsAs

          With Eddie Floyd, at any time… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzRs6vCxzC4g

        • foul tip

          Their GM has apologized at least once to their fan base for the Wood trade.

          Got to appreciate his buck-stops-here attitude.

        • If there is a knock as in a negative, it would be that his throwing motion could lead to injury whereas his skill level is good enough that it does not need the luck obtained from knocking on wood.

  • WBBsAs
  • Lasorda surgery successful.

  • Bob_Hendley

    All the best to the Dodgers and you guys. It’s after three here in Madrid. Time for bed, I suppose.

    • WBBsAs

      In Madrid, that’s almost dinner time.

  • WinnipegDave

    I love the This Day in History additions Link. I grew up hearing about Hard Luck Harvey Haddix from my dad. He loved to say “he bunched up his hit” – meaning simply he gave up his one hit at the wrong time. In today’s parlance, we would bemoan the sequencing.

    • WinnipegDave

      Also I love that MLB loves replaying the off the head of Canseco HR.

    • WinnipegDave

      He had a game score of 107 – which has to be one of the highest for a losing pitcher.

    • I’m glad you like them. Somebody or a team of somebodies at nationalpastime.com does the work. You can select for a single team or for all teams. I do the latter just because there are days like today when the Dodgers weren’t involved in anything very interesting, but Haddix’s no-hitter (MLB rules be damned, that was a no-hit game!) certainly qualified.

      • WBBsAs

        Like the “imperfect game” in Detroit a few years ago, it was not a no-hitter. Both were memorable, though.

    • I had to look this up as I never knew how it was calculated.
      Game Score is a metric devised by Bill James to determine the strength of a pitcher in any particular baseball game. To determine a starting pitcher’s game score:
      Start with 50 points.
      Add one point for each out recorded, so three points for every complete inning pitched.
      Add two points for each inning completed after the fourth.
      Add one point for each strikeout.
      Subtract two points for each hit allowed.
      Subtract four points for each earned run allowed.
      Subtract two points for each unearned run allowed.
      Subtract one point for each walk.

      On June 18, 2014, Clayton Kershaw posted the 2nd highest ever game score for a 9-inning, no-hit effort. Kershaw struck out 15 while walking none, and the only baserunner was the result of a throwing error. His game score of 102 is the third-highest for a 9-inning game in MLB history (50 + 27 +10 + 15).

  • WinnipegDave

    St. Louis Cardinals: they never win when you want them to, only when you don’t. (Losing to the Rockies.)
    Although I will not complain too much since the Dodgers won 2 out of 3.

  • WBBsAs

    Lotsa pitches for Wood so far.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ha! Up late enough here to see rage beginning of this one.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wow you are a true fan Bob!

      • Bob_Hendley

        It’s Madrid, Jake.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox running up the score on the Cards, but Cerveceros have taken lead over the Snakes in the eighth.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers off the field and Cubs batter and runner still on. Funny.

  • WinnipegDave

    Chase Utley with the blast!

  • WinnipegDave

    You can almost hear the pride in Steiner’s voice when the crowd reacts to a long fly ball and his voice remains calm. Which, of course, is quite funny.

    • WBBsAs

      Because Steiner doesn’t have a clue…

  • WinnipegDave

    Just noticed the All Star ballet on the lineup. Interesting that you can vote for Forsythe but would have to write in for Taylor and/or Bellinger.

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess we can’t pitch Ryu in relief again tonight. Wood may need some help tonight because of his pitch count.

    • WBBsAs

      Well-rested pen, though, except for Ryu.

  • John_from_Aus

    On the Utley homerun, the guy who got the ball lost all of his food over the railing, but he didn’t seem bothered

    • WinnipegDave

      Fair trade off I guess.

  • John_from_Aus

    Yes!!

    • WinnipegDave

      Grandal doubles and Seager scores from first!

      • John_from_Aus

        I saw the in play (run/s) and was hoping for something better, but I’ll take it

  • John_from_Aus

    that was way out of the zone

  • HLKLA

    Just checking in, but headed to bed. I hope Wood has another great outing.

  • WinnipegDave

    Tie goes to the runner!

    • WBBsAs

      Nope.

      • WinnipegDave

        Well it should.

        • WBBsAs

          It wasn’t a tie.

  • WinnipegDave

    Is Chris Heston related to Charlton Heston? That would be fun.

  • WinnipegDave

    Gonzo!

    • WinnipegDave

      His first of the season.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wood was great tonight but I’m sure he would love to pitch deeper into games. Something to work on for next time.

    • WBBsAs

      Cubbies made him work. They have a tough order.

      • WinnipegDave

        Good point. And they have been hitting lots of HRs recently.

  • WinnipegDave

    Baez with 2 strong innings of work. Well done Pedro!

  • WinnipegDave

    Quiet night for Chris and Cody but not Chase and Corey.

    • WinnipegDave

      Except for great defensive gems that is. Nice sliding catch by Bellinger.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Just home from Pet Sounds concert with Brian Wilson at the Pantages. Woo-HOO!!! Good vibrations!

    • Wow. On the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper’s release, too.

  • Nicely done, Messrs Wood et. al.

  • HLKLA

    I think Wood has convinced the FO that he can be a starter.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s plausible.

  • WBBsAs

    Para que sepan, ya hay alineación, aunque tenga un error… https://twitter.com/LosDodgers/status/868562472332034049

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