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)

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59 thoughts on “Game 49, 2017

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

  2. 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.

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

    • 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.

      • 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).

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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