Game 52, 2017

Dodgers at Cardinals, 11:15 AM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-M

Rich Hill (1-2, 4.76 ERA) for the Dodgers, Mike Leake (5-2, 1.91 ERA) for the Cardinals.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1905 According to legend, Dodger hurler Elmer Stricklett introduces the spitball, helping Brooklyn to beat the Giants, 4-3. Prior to the the 1921 season, the spitball will be totally banned except for 17 existing spitballers who are allowed to keep throwing the slippery pitch legally until they are retired, including including Burleigh Grimes, who will be the last player to legally throw a doctored pitch before retiring in 1934.
  • 1928 At Ebbets Field, Bill Terry hits for the cycle to pace the Giants to a 12-5 victory over the Robins (Dodgers). The New York first baseman is the first player in major league history to include a grand slam as part of the cycle.
  • 1956 In a 10-1 loss to the Dodgers at Forbes Field, Dale Long is held hitless by Don Newcombe, ending his consecutive-game home run streak. The Pirates’ first baseman had established a new major league mark by homering in the last eight Pittsburgh contests.
  • 1979 At Dodger Stadium, Dusty Baker, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Garvey, Gary Thomasson, Derrel Thomas, Joe Ferguson, and Davey Lopes set a team record by hitting seven home runs as the Dodgers crush the Reds, 17-6.
  • 2000 At the age of 104, Fred Roberts, the oldest living Dodger fan, makes his first visit to Dodger Stadium. Wearing a jersey with the number 104, the World War I veteran cheers as Shawn Green’s sixth inning grand slam helps to beat Al Leiter and the Mets, 4-1.

Alex Wood to the 10-day DL with shoulder joint inflammation.

Lineup:

  • Bob_Hendley

    Olas altas.

  • Bob_Hendley

    No really understanding the Cards’ organist/noise maker.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody! (again! — Disquis wouldn’t let me post only that since I did it on the other thread)

  • Bob_Hendley

    You can’t stop Cody! You can’t even contain him.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hopefully the Dodgers are starting that streak of ROY again . . . and even more hopefully, they lead the Blue to some WS titles!

  • WBBsAs

    That was a no-doubter.

  • HLKLA

    Cardinal announcers are talking about how the Dodgers are using the ten day DL to their advantage.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Why not?

      • HLKLA

        Their point was that they are not following the spirit of the law, but every team can do the same thing, but just do not have the depth the Dodgers do.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This can become ugly really quickly.

    • HLKLA

      Or not!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Not as bad as it could’ve but, but still — a run without a hit cut into the lead.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’d like to take out some insurance, please!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice to see the baserunning aspect has improved . . . leading to at least this run.
    It’s a shame the defense side has deteriorated.

    • WBBsAs

      Pham really messed up the throw from LF, but Taylor might have scored anyway.

  • WBBsAs

    Seager and Bellinger combine to deke the Cards.

  • HLKLA

    Forsythe!

    • WBBsAs

      We had a friend by that name in grade school, and we always called him “Foursides.”

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hatcher game?

    • WinnipegDave

      Sure. What could go wrong?

      • Bob_Hendley

        If his splitter is working should be OK.

  • WBBsAs

    Down the Hatch(er)!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hope all my friends to the south are having a great Memorial holiday! Which helps make sense why this game is on so early today.

  • HLKLA

    Who’s your pitcher?
    Morrow!
    So you can’t tell me today?

  • HLKLA

    Dodgers win!

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe somewhat interesting fact: The Dodgers are in the midst of a 11 game stretch in which every game has a unique starting time!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • John_from_Aus

    7 in the morning here, so only just checked in to the good news

    • WinnipegDave

      Good way to start the day!

    • Bob_Hendley

      11:15 pm here.

  • Bob_Hendley

    They have to pitch, but hats off to how Doc is handling his staff.

    • WBBsAs

      Indeed. Unconventional by recent standards, but it’s working.

  • Woohoo. I had another cable outage for a while, but I’m back for now. Maybe I should pre-publish half-a-dozen games ahead.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and have outages before every game, ensuring a victory!

  • WinnipegDave

    Tomorrow’s game is the MLB.tv free game of the day – for those in the right areas.

  • In case you missed this from yesterday’s game: Dodgers’ ballgirl snags line drive.

    • WBBsAs

      She butchered an earlier play, though.

  • Frank DeFord died this morning. Here are ten of his best Sports Illustrated stories.

    • WinnipegDave

      That explains why Joe Posnanski wrote about him today.

    • WBBsAs

      Tremendous commentator on NPR, also.

      • HLKLA

        Listened to him every Wednesday on NPR. Loved his take on any sport.

        • WBBsAs

          My wife, who’s not a big sports fan, also loved his commentary.

          • He did 1,656 of them. This was his last, on May 3, just four weeks ago.

  • RBI

    Arggghhh. Had to miss the entire game. But woo-HOO nonetheless!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      It was the worst of times. It was the best of times.
      To borrow a phrase.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        One of the greatest beginnings in literature . . . and endings!

  • WBBsAs

    Rox lose, Snakes losing, and phun at The Phone Booth… https://twitter.com/NickBromberg/status/869318991818444801

    • scooplew

      It appeared that Strickland took one flush in the face.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox, Snakes, Gnats all lose. Cubbies in trouble v. Pads.

  • RBI

    So a good day for the Blue. And no brawls on our part, either!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Starting times have already been hard to keep up with (especially here in Spain) and the Dodgers are about to have nine games in a row with different starting times.

  • foul tip

    ESPN Stats & Info

    @ESPNStatsInfo

    In last 100 years, only José Abreu, Dave Hostetler, Kevin Maas & Mike Jacobs hit
    more HR through their 1st career 32 games than Cody Bellinger

    2:15 PM – 29 May 2017

    • None of them particularly notable, although Abreu has 99 HRS for his career and is still playing.

      • Bob_Hendley

        The Cuban didn’t start playing in the Bigs until age 27, but if Bellinger has anywhere near what he had in his rookie year we would be overjoyed.

  • Buster Olney says Kershaw would be in the HoF if he never threw another pitch. Interesting.

    • Bob_Hendley

      His numbers certainly compare favorably with Sandy’s at this point.

    • John_from_Aus

      And with Puig in right, teams better look out

    • Bob_Hendley

      Quite the heave!

    • WBBsAs

      It was a beauty – a strike all the way in the air. Maybe he can pitch, too.

  • WBBsAs
    • We’re Number One! We’re Number One!

      • WBBsAs

        Look where Mattingly is…

        For reasons too numerous to recount, I’m glad he’s gone. He was a terrible choice in the first place (as was Torre).

        • Broxton’s arm would agree with you.

        • Bob_Hendley

          As I recall he never got more of that half of his challenges right when he was piloting the Dodgers, which is pretty bad, but 18% is horrific

  • WBBsAs
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