Game 53, 2017

Dodgers at Cardinals, 4:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ESPN, FS-M, MLBN free game of the day in non-blackout regions

RHP Kenta Maeda (4-2, 5.08 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers. He hopes his second start against the Cardinals within a week goes as well as the first, when he gave up three runs in the first but righted the ship, went five innings and got the win. RHP Michael Wacha (2-2, 3.66 ERA), on the other hand, wants to improve on his performance last Thursday against the Dodgers, when he went only four innings, allowed seven hits, six earned runs, two walks and lost the game.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1946 In Boston’s 10-8 victory over the Dodgers, Bama Rowell’s long drive hits the Bulova clock located above the right field scoreboard, making the left-fielder the first major leaguer to reach the famous landmark at Ebbets Field. The crushing four-bagger that shatters the face of the clock causing glass to cascade onto Dodgers right fielder Dixie Walker is believed to be the inspiration for author Bernard Malamud having Roy Hobbs, the hero of his 1952 novel, The Natural, belt a similar home run, which also rains glass over the diamond.
  • 1962 Frank Thomas strokes a double off Sandy Koufax in the Mets’ 13-6 loss to Los Angeles, extending his franchise mark of consecutive games with a hit to 18 for the expansion team. The streak, which will be only one shy of Maury Wills’ league-leading total for the season, is halted when the New York left fielder goes 0-for-4 in the nightcap of the Dodgers’ sweep at the Polo Grounds.
  • 1986 In a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium, future home run king Barry Bonds goes 0-for-5 in his major league debut. The Pirates center fielder, batting leadoff, strikes out three times.
  • 1930 Not Dodgers’ history, but for the economists among us, get a load of this prize: Rogers Hornsby receives his MVP award and is given a thousand gold coins by National League president John Heydler at a ceremony at home plate prior to the Cubs’ contest against St. Louis. Ironically, the ‘Rajah’ will break his ankle while advancing to third base during the Wrigley Field contest and will not play again until the middle of August. Ah, when there was a gold standard! (For the record, the price of an ounce of gold was pegged at $20.67 in 1930. If each coin weighed an ounce that was $20,670, not an insignificant amount of cash in that Depression year)

Early returns from this year’s All Star Game voting: Seager at the top, Turner and A-Gon in top five at their respective positions.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs
    • Do I look like Ford Frick?

    • WinnipegDave

      Little did anyone realize what was to come…

      • WBBsAs

        Nobody envisioned BALCO…

  • Roberts on Seager’s day off and Bellinger’s hot start.

  • foul tip
  • DXMachina

    In 1930, since gold coins were still legal tender back then, the value of Hornsby’s pot o’gold would’ve depended on the denomination of the coins, $5, $10, or $20. The $20 coin weighed about an ounce, the others were fractions of that. Which ever ones he was given, that’s a lot of cash, especially considering it was in the middle of the Depression.

    • DXMachina

      Also, I love A-Gon, but no way does he belong in the top five this season.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Lefty hitting OPS .862 since May21. I suppose you could switch him with Chase.

        • DXMachina

          That’s nine whole days. 🙂

        • Bob_Hendley

          Chase has a gaudy 1.137 over the same period.

  • WinnipegDave

    Logan the Leadoff gets on base.

  • WinnipegDave

    Made Wacha work there a bit at least.

  • WinnipegDave

    That should have been strike out throw out double play!

    • WBBsAs

      I thought it was outside.

      • WinnipegDave

        Tracker says it caught the corner.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is not how you win games.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yuck.

    • WBBsAs

      One of the worst OF throws I’ve ever seen.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I think he was trying to throw to second.

        • WBBsAs

          Wouldn’t change my opinion.

          • You need to watch more blooper reels.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I have seen throws end up there when the fellow was trying to throw home. You must have missed those. It was a bad throw to second, however.

      • I missed it. Who threw it?

        • Taylor threw it over the second baseman’s head and it looked like he threw it to nobody as it wound up half way between third and home.

        • WBBsAs

          It was Taylor.

  • WBBsAs

    I may need to open the wine early.

  • WBBsAs

    The elder Seager brother has homered to give the Seattle Seamen a 2-0 lead over the Rox.

  • Maeda has to throw that ball before Chase gets to the bag.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seems like the Dodgers have gotten 4 outs already this inning – but only one counted. (Yes I know that the batter/runner was clearly safe at first there.)

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers acting as if the jetlag caught up with them today.

  • WinnipegDave

    Finally out of it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Chase motoring around the bases on that triple but Hernandez over anxious and pop’s it up.

    • WinnipegDave

      And gets the k on Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda’s fly would have maybe gotten Utley home but it was the third out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Last inning (their half of the first and Dodger half of the second) I no like.

  • Oh blech.

  • Three errors in 1 1/3 innings. 39 errors, most in the NL. And yet most haven’t been all that costly as far as I remember.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Davis notes that this day in 1962, Wills hit a dinger from each side (only hit 20 in his career).

    • Comparing careers, Wills has more home runs than Bellinger.

  • Steiner is going to start his do loop rant of the three true outcomes on Bellinger like he bored us to absolute death on Joc two years ago.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wacha lot.

  • HLKLA

    Good results this inning, Utley with a nice double.

  • HLKLA

    Cardinals are playing like the Dodgers!

  • Now hold the lead!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Record is 22-2 when they have the lead after three innings.

      • WOW

        • What happens if they don’t get the lead until the fourth?

          • Bob_Hendley

            2-22

  • De Leon gets his first win but gives up 4 hits and 3 runs in 2.2 innings.

  • WBBsAs

    On the even brighter side, Seattle now leads Denver 6-0 in the fourth. However, Snakes lead Bucs 1-0 after six.

  • I just watched a chicken play America the Beautiful on a small piano on America Has Talent.

    • A Rhode Island Red?

      • Might have been.

        • Very good comic for the second act. Based on the lack of comments, I guess there is not much happening in the Dodger game.

          • HLKLA

            Everyone is busy watching chickens play a piano.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Bucket!

  • HLKLA

    Sutcliffe is arguing that getting rid of the pitcher’s mound is the best way to improve the offense.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Saw and posted an article here awhile back on the origin of the mound, but now I forget.

    • Maybe raise the batters box instead.

  • HLKLA

    Gonzo with the glove!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Maeda had around 50 pitches after 2, so 80 or so at this point is pretty good.

    • WBBsAs

      Probably won’t go more than another inning.

      Is it hot in Madrid? Any good tapas bars nearby?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Past few days have actually been cool at around 80. Even when it was in the 90s, it got down to mid-60s at night. Seem to have tapas at every corner. First time in Spain, but seems like I have been eating tapas most of my adult life.

        • WBBsAs

          If you like (white) wine, try some Albariño from the Rías Baixas. Refreshing summer wine.

          • Bob_Hendley

            That is a great wine. I find most of the reds they drink here a little on the light side, so I usually go for one from the Toro region.

          • WBBsAs

            I like Tempranillo.

  • The Cardinals’ pitching coach is Derek Lilliquist, who came up with the Braves in the 1990s. I had a memory of him beyond that, though:

    “The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Lilliquist on August 1, 1995, and assigned him to their AAA minor league affiliate, the Albuquerque Dukes. They never called him up to the major leagues. ”

    He’s been coaching since 2001 and replaced Dave Duncan of the Cards permanently in 2012.

  • HLKLA

    A great deal of barking going on at the umpire.

  • Bob_Hendley

    And I thought Wacha lot.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doc challenge?

    • HLKLA

      I believe so.

    • HLKLA

      The shortstop took the throw then did his best Dancing With The Stars move before throwing to first, but somehow barely touched second.

  • HLKLA

    Do we see Ryu?

    • Bob_Hendley

      They said that he is supposed to start tomorrow.

      • HLKLA

        Oh yeah, Wood is on the DL.

  • This game has changed a lot from how it started.

  • HLKLA

    Dodgers go (to)Morrow

    • The fun will come out to Morrow
      Bet your bottom dollar that to Morrow
      There’ll be fun

  • This is way way out there but who would walk through a zoo by themselves at midnight?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Better than a graveyard at the same time?

      • And I’d whistle while walking through each!

        • I think I could walk through a large graveyard but I haven’t figured out if I would walk through say the San Diego Zoo at midnight.

          • WBBsAs

            Once, in Paraguay, we camped alongside the Asunción zoo – formal city campground – and could hear the lions roaring at night.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I can hear them at the National zoo from my house in Mt Pleasant about four blocks away.

          • This blog can be really cool; as cool as hearing lions roar from one’s home.

          • Bob_Hendley

            It’s more than a noise. You can feel it in your bones.

          • The Ghost and the Darkness, based on a true story, Who knew?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah, chilling like that movie.

          • WBBsAs

            I lived several months at 19th and Lamont, and would occasionally walk to GW via Rock Creek Park, but can’t recall hearing the beasts.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Good show Petey!

  • WBBsAs

    Rox lose, so Dodgers can retake first place tonight.

  • HLKLA

    Cardinals take a page out of the Dodgers playbook and strikeout Grandal with a high fastball.

  • HLKLA

    Hatchered!

    • He is either very good or not

  • HLKLA

    Whew!

  • Poor Brox. Now with 6.14 ERA.

    • RBI

      Might go up right about now.

      • My goodness, it’s been six years since he last pitched for the Dodgers. How did THAT happen?

    • WBBsAs

      At one time, he was as good as Kenley.

  • RBI

    Hey, all. Last time I checked in, we were down by 3. Nice recovery!

  • When Barnes is doing better than Puig, you gotta wonder about Yasiel.

    • Barnes setting a pretty high standard for Puig to match though.

  • HLKLA

    Bellinger having a game to forget.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Jinx — sort of — you owe me water.

    • A golden sombrero!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody IS human.
    Hope he can forget tonight quickly.

  • Like Vin said about Joc, the game is not that easy. He might be saying that again about Bellinger.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    1st Place!!!!

  • HLKLA

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! First place.

  • WinnipegDave

    Out at a jazz night but nice to see we won!

  • NPUT