Game 51, 2017

Cubs at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CSN-C, MLBN (out-of-market only)

Two lefties go at one another in a Sunday afternoon game: Jon Lester (3-2, 3.19 ERA) of the Cubs faces Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.01 ERA) of the Dodgers. The last six times the Dodgers have beaten the Cubs they’ve shut them out.

Lester pitched a four-hit complete game against the Giants his last time on the mound, giving up one run, striking out ten and still keeping his pitch count at 99. Kershaw didn’t get a decision in his last outing against the Cardinals despite going nine innings and giving up only one run and three hits with a pitch count of 104.

Numerology: “Kershaw has a 2.18 ERA vs. the Cubs and has limited Chicago batters to a .218 batting average.”

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1957 Walter O’Malley and Horace Stoneham are given permission by the National League to negotiate deals with cities on the West Coast, with the proviso that the future location of their respective clubs, the Dodgers and the Giants, be known by October 1. The Brooklyn and New York owners both deny there is any significance to the unanimous vote other than being given an opportunity to explore all the available options for their possible relocation of their clubs.
  • 1988 The Expos scored a run in the 10th off Jay Howell in Montreal as the Dodgers wasted a nine-inning five-hitter from Fernando Valenzuela.
  • 2001 In an 11-inning slugfest with Colorado, LA catcher Paul Lo Duca goes 6-for-6 in the team’s 11-10 victory at Dodger Stadium. The backstop’s five singles and a three-run homer tie a National League record for hits in an extra-inning game.

Lineup when available.

  • foul tip

    From ESPN Stats & Info

    Dodgers: back-to-back shutouts of Cubs, allow 3/fewer hits in each. A reigning WS champion hadn’t had that done to them in almost 100 years

  • Jack Dawkins

    Sheesh, 2 pitches, and 2 broken bat bleeders that drop in.

  • RBI

    Phew.

  • I suspect that was more energy expended than Clayton and the Dodgers wanted in the first inning of a day game.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Dinner time!

  • Even at that it was only 16 pitches, 12 strikes.

  • Bob_Hendley

    What happened to Franklin?

  • Puig pinch-hitting in the first inning? Monday speculating Gutierrez didn’t/couldn’t run real hard after that fly ball in the top half of the inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not too surprising the Dodgers gave up a run today to the Cubs. They do have some talent on their side of the field.

  • Bob_Hendley

    42 pitches. Look forward to some easier innings. Pen nice and rested in any event.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Lester himself with 44.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well that was a nice thing to do for the team Cody!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Cody gets the run back with a couple more to boot!

  • HLKLA

    I Happ(en) to join the game in progress with a Happ strikeout!

  • Kershaw is not long for this game. 67 pitches in 2 2/3.

  • HLKLA

    Not the sharp Kershaw today.

  • HLKLA

    Whew!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw still with a chance of getting through 5. But needs some quicker innings to be sure.

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad to see the Dodgers getting some soft contact, well placed hits too.

  • 19-25 hits for XB!

    What that means is that Hernandez has 25 hits this season and 19 of them have been for extra bases. I was caught up in the moment. 😉

  • HLKLA

    Hernandez!

  • WinnipegDave

    That works. OK Kersh – let’s get some more innings out of you for the win.

  • HLKLA

    Get two on hit a three run homerun, rinse and repeat.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Happy, happy, joy, joy!

  • HLKLA

    Kershaw giving his lead back.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice to have some padding.

  • Bob_Hendley

    A slugfest!

  • It’s hard to imagine, but he might not go five innings.

  • Bob_Hendley

    His last batter, one way or the other?

  • WinnipegDave

    That last half inning (and Kershaw’s performance in general) was not super fun. To make me more frustrated, I just returned from a very rainy weekend of watching my son’s Ultimate team go 0-6 in their tournament.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Klayton makes the case for staying in. He can hit!

  • WinnipegDave

    I wonder if that last 9 inning game from Kershaw left him more depleted today?

  • HLKLA

    There goes our pattern of hitting 3 run home runs.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is where the pitching win is clouding the issue of whether Kershaw should stay in – or how much longer he does.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I think Doc just wants to get at least another inning out of him with the bottom of the order before going to the pen.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is just dumb.

  • There he goes.

    • WinnipegDave

      Should have been out sooner to be honest. He didn’t have it today.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Has the lead, needs to get his work in and the bottom of the order.

        • WinnipegDave

          Can’t agree. He had gotten 99 ineffective pitches of work in already.

          • WinnipegDave

            Obviously not all 99 were ineffective. But he was clearly struggling. And we have a good pen!

          • Bob_Hendley

            You don’t need to agree, but not a crazy decision by Doc.

          • WinnipegDave

            I guess I would say it would depend on Doc’s reasons. If it was to try and get him the win – then I think it was not a good decision.

  • WinnipegDave

    Steiner just said Kershaw gave up 6 runs today. Only 4 so far – but it feels like 6. And it still could be.

    • HLKLA

      Steinered!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig flashes the leather!

    • WinnipegDave

      Wow!!

  • Heck of a stretch and crash into the wall.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice 1-2-3 inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      No argument from me on that! 🙂

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ha! You wouldn’t last long if you were a Rox fan.

        • WinnipegDave

          I, however, am a Cleveland Browns fan from since the mid 1980’s.

  • RBI

    Let’s go Romo. (Lots of Cubbie fans here today.)

    • WinnipegDave

      Can certainly hear them on Gameday audio.

  • In case you’re wondering when Liberatore got back…

  • Also, the Dodgers traded Darnell Sweeney to the Reds. Poor Sweeney has been property of the Dodgers twice now and been traded away twice, once to get Utley in 2015 and now for “future considerations.” They reacquired him in return for Howie Kendrick last off-season.

  • HLKLA

    Let’s get some more runs Dodgers!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig goes bigly!

  • RBI

    Puig!!!

  • All we need is a grand slam and we’ll have homered for the cycle.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Do we see Kenley this weekend?

    • RBI

      He’s warming up.

    • RBI

      Or rather, standing up in the bullpen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Who wudda thunk it? So far the only pitcher that the Cubbies has scored on this series is Klayton.

    • And he still out dueled Lestor

  • John_from_Aus

    don’t see that often, left fielder and catcher switching places

  • RBI

    Here comes Kenley.

    • That’s usually a good thing

      • RBI

        Love to watch him pitch.

        • Especially if he does it immaculately

  • Too bad Kershaw wont get the win

    • RBI

      Not his day.

  • Dodgers to be tied with Nats for second best record in NL

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • HLKLA

    Good win for The Dodgers, especially on a day when Kershaw was not at the level we have come to expect.

  • Hooray, huzzah, and I can imagine Kershaw muttering to himself after this one.

    • HLKLA

      Maybe we should go back to when we only scored two or three runs for him and he had to pitch his best if he wanted to get a win.

  • RBI

    Somehow I managed to lose my hat leaving the stadium. What?

    • HLKLA

      Oh no!

    • Maybe you threw it in the air when you yelled out Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Cards came in to Dodger Stadium in first place in the NL Central and left in 2nd.

    Cubs came in to Dodger Stadium in first place in the NL Central and left in 3rd.

    • RBI

      And now we are in second place!

  • WBBsAs

    I’m guessing Link doesn’t awaken in time to post a new game thread.

    • Bob_Hendley

      No idea about how others might be doing, but Wood seems like a good candidate for NL pitcher of the month at 5-0, ERA 1.27 and 41 Ks in 28 innngs.

    • I’m here. Late, but here.

  • WBBsAs

    We’ll see whether, after a great homestand followed by a long flight and late arrival, the Dodgers can take a Leake.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hill looking good.

    • WBBsAs

      Compare and contrast with previous effort…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Utley chased that one out of there!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Fooled Davis.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That gives Steiner a bit of an alibi .

    • WBBsAs

      The camera work was bad. Steiner, of course, said it was fouled straight back…

  • WBBsAs

    Rumors of Chutley’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice run.

  • Bob_Hendley

    A lot is stathead chat from the booth today.

  • NPUT.

    Somebody knocked over a power pole at the bottom of my hill around 4:00PM yesterday afternoon and took my cable TV, Phone and Internet with it. It came back on five minutes ago.

    • WBBsAs

      Not a typhoon?

      • Wrong side of the Dateline. We call ’em hurricanes. No, more likely someone who’d had a liquid lunch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody!