Game 55, 2017

Dodgers at Cardinals, 10:45 AM PT (that’s 7:45PM CEST for Bob Hendley), TV: MLBN (out-of-market only), ESPN, SPNLA, FS-M

RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-1, 3.28 ERA) goes for the Dodgers and RHP Adam Wainwright (5-3, 4.20 ERA) will go for the Cards. McCarthy left his last start against the Cubs after six scoreless innings, complaining of knee tendinitis, which he says he’s had since spring training. Wainwright has made three consecutive quality starts, giving up just one run in his last 20 1/3 innings. This will be his 331st game in a Cardinals uniform, which moves him past Larry Jackson into 10th place on the all time games-pitched list for the Redbirds.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1955 Duke Snider blasts three home runs in the Dodgers’ 11-8 win over Milwaukee. Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, and Roy Campanella also go deep in the Ebbets Field’s contest, helping Brooklyn set a franchise record with six home runs.
  • 1962 In the nightcap of a twin bill at Shibe Park, Don Drysdale beats the Phillies for the 13th consecutive time, continuing a streak which started in 1958. The Dodger right-hander, however, will drop his next seven decisions against Philadelphia after today’s victory.
  • 1997 When Wilton Guerrero scurries to pick up pieces of his shattered bat after grounding out to start the game, home plate ump Steve Ripley becomes suspicious and discovers that the bat has been altered. The rookie Dodgers second baseman is immediately ejected from the game by crew chief Bruce Froemming, and the 21 year-old infielder will also receive an eight-day suspension and a $1,000 fine for his use of a corked bat.

Lineup when available.

  • RBI

    Planning on watching while I write. We’ll see how it goes…

  • scooplew

    I thought that Bellinger should have been given the day off yesterday; he is in a mild slump. I would have sat him today and not moved him up in the #3 slot vs. Wainwright. He is now 2-for-22 with 10 Ks.

    • scooplew

      The Dodgers continue to take full advantage of the 10-day DL policy, using it like a revolving door. I am considering going on the 10-day Linkmeister DL with a sore finger that makes it tougher for me to type my messages.

      • Go and be absolved, my son.

      • Bob_Hendley

        But you would still be better than any AAA commentator trying to replace you!

        • Bob_Hendley

          Got to toughen up and write through it.

  • I am listening to my freezer thaw while hoping that Sears will find a hole in its repair schedule into which the thing can be fit this morning.

    • WBBsAs

      …or will find a hole in the freezer?

      • Whatever. Just get here FAST, please, because otherwise I lose a lot of meats and burritos and frozen veggies.

        • scooplew

          Link: I hope you have better luck than we had when we purchased an over, stove and microwave from Sears last year. Although it ended up well, it took about seven visits from Sears and the subcontractor/installer before everything was taken care of. A lowlight was when Sears said, yes, I was on its delivery schedule for the designated time/day, but, no, they didn’t have a truck in our area that day. Huh? After the microwave was delivered, we waited to open the box until the rest of the merchandise arrived. When we opened it up a few days later, we saw a big dent. Sears first said it wouldn’t replace it because more than three days had passed since we received it and later offered to take $40 of the bill because of the dent. We eventually got a new one in perfect condition after rejecting the $40 offer. All’s well that end’s well, but I did get aggravated.

          • We bought a protection agreement for the fridge after three ice-maker failures in the first year at $200+ per pop. We’ve been told that it’s the most frequent part to fail, but still.

          • WBBsAs

            “Protection agreement…”

          • That’s what Sears calls its extended maintenance contract.

        • WinnipegDave

          Party at Link’s house!

  • McCarthy’s first inning: 19 pitches, 15 strikes.

    • WBBsAs

      Two hits, but both dinkers.

      • WBBsAs

        …and right then they hit one hard.

  • WBBsAs

    Hangs one to the pitcher…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dang!

      • scooplew

        That stings. It is Wainwright’s 10th career MLB homer.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Someone get a rule book!

    • scooplew

      What happened?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Finger hurts too much to tell you.

        • scooplew

          Yours or Rollie’s?

      • Bob_Hendley

        At issue was which runner owned the bag at third.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Doc continues to discuss with umps between innings.

          • Bob_Hendley

            And still discussing with Justin in the dugout.

          • scooplew

            If two runners are on the same bag, and both are tagged, the one who got there first — or had the bag — gets to stay. The other is out. But I didn’t see the play.

          • Bob_Hendley

            That’s what appeared to have happened, but Orel didn’t seem to agree and Doc was discussing with umps.

          • scooplew

            Thanks, all.

        • WBBsAs

          I think Hershiser had it right.

  • scooplew

    Our season is now one-third over (33-21). One can project full-season numbers, which, of course, will be inaccurate. So, Kershaw would go 21-6, Wood 18-0, McCarthy 15-3 and Ryu 6-15. Kershaw has allowed 10 homers already, meaning he would give up 30 for the entire season. He has never allowed more than 16. Jansen would have 24 saves. He had 47 last season.
    Puig would hit 27 homers and drive in 87, Seager 21-72, Taylor 18-57, Grandal 15-69, Gonzalez 3-60. This is Bellinger’s 35th game, so his projections are hard to figure. He is now 11-29. Likewise, it is hard to come up with Turner’s. He is currently 1-17. Puig would strike out 123 times.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wood:18-0! That would be fun.
      Also the Dodgers would finish 99-63 which isn’t too bad.

  • RBI

    I missed the kefuffle. Can anyone fill in the blanks?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Rundown of runner coming home who returns to third by then occupied by another runner. First runner was called out, presumably because second runner owned the bag.

      • scooplew

        I see. So both runners weren’t on the bag at the same time.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yes they were.

          • scooplew

            I guess I am at loss for words (even though my finer has recovered).

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yes they were.

      • WBBsAs

        It recalls the old Brooklyn joke:

        First fan: “The Dodgers have two men on base.”

        Second fan: “Which base?”

  • scooplew

    We need at least one run here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good play by Cards on the groundball snuffed that rally.

  • scooplew

    Time for Barnes to be Noble.

    • WBBsAs

      He got shortlifted.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bellinger responds to Scoop with a double. Another slump broken!

    • scooplew

      Should I get on Puig?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Be my guest.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bellinger then flashes some leather.

  • WBBsAs

    Scoop remarks on Bellinger’s slump, but Seager’s really suffering a power outage.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger could tie the game here. Or give the Dodgers the lead.

    • scooplew

      Maybe I was too kind.

  • scooplew

    Dodgers Pitching in May:
    19-9, ERA of 2.94, 261 Ks in 254 innings

    • WinnipegDave

      I would take 19 wins/month all day long!

  • scooplew

    Dodgers hitting in May:
    .265/.346/.445/.791, 159 runs in 28 games (tops in NL), average of 5.69 per game (tops in NL),

  • WinnipegDave

    Still in this game. Should be the last inning for Wainwright and then it will be time to go to work on the bullpen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wainwright’s last inning?

    • scooplew

      Hope so. He has thrown 101 pitches.

      • WinnipegDave

        And hit the 2 run HR.

  • scooplew

    Dodgers in May:
    Toles .360/.385/.440/.825
    Grandal .337/.374/.523/.897
    Turner .333/.435/.373/.808
    Taylor .322/.430/.511/941

    Utley .314/.402/.571/,974
    Barnes .310/.444/.586/1.031
    Gutierrez .273/.385/.455/.839
    Hernandez .271/.353/.525/.878

    Gonzalez .269/.273/.404/.677
    Seager .255/.371/.388/.758
    Bellinger .245/.314/.566/.880
    Puig .222/.268/.378/.646
    Eibner .222/.300/556/856

    Pederson .182/.287/.291/.568
    Forsythe .160/.344/.320/.664
    Van Slyke .100/.182/.400/.582

  • scooplew

    Dodgers in May
    Wood 5-0. 1.27 ERA
    Kershaw 3-1, 2.43
    McCarthy 3-1, 3.57
    Maeda 2-0, 3.64
    Ryu 1-1, 3.72
    Hill 1-1, 4.50
    Urias 0-2, 6.62
    Jansen 1 win, 1 save, 0.87

  • scooplew

    OK, Yasiel, time to earn your keep.

  • scooplew

    Puig looks lost much of the time at the plate.

  • scooplew

    Forsooth, Forsythe.

  • WBBsAs

    Why the Gnats won’t get better any time soon… https://twitter.com/extrabaggs/status/870369525677473792

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rally caps!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Taylor trying to hit a three run homer.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Like I should be criticizing his approach!

  • WBBsAs

    Great AB by Taylor, in the end.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Terrible for Seager.

    • scooplew

      Presicely. Now let’s take advantage of it.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Too late.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodger offense seems to be as streaky as Andre used to be.
    Currently hitting as well as he is.

  • RBI

    Double plays are killing us!

  • scooplew

    Mayday! Mayday!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s the problem — it’s now June.

      • scooplew

        Juneday?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Came down with the Junebug

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Depressing thing about baseball when your team is losing — can’t score on defense.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Whew . . . three runs seems insurmountable right now.
    C’mon, bats — pull this out!

    • Dinger Bats–three of them

      • Didn’t we do that once this year? There may be a maximum allowable number. 😉

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Plating ONE would be nice — equally yesterday’s meager output.

  • RBI

    Terrible strike three called on AGon.

    • RBI

      And now he’s tossed.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just listening on the radio, but either the Dodgers are completely frustrated or this ump is completely wrong . . . or both.

    • RBI

      Ump way off.

  • scooplew

    If we get to the bottom of the 9th, I think the Dodgers have only eight position players available, including Gutierrez, who hasn’t appeared.

    • RBI

      Whoa.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Moot point.

      • scooplew

        Unfortunately, yes.

    • WBBsAs

      Taylor could have come to the infield, Chutley to 1B, Gutiérrez to OF.

      • Jansen to catcher.

        • WBBsAs

          Not bloody likely.

  • RBI

    Hard to have good at bats when the ump keeps calling wide balls as strikes.

  • RBI

    Really frustrating game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      /two days

      • RBI

        Yeah.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Road trip started in grand fashion, then tanked quickly.
          Hope to right it.

  • scooplew

    Kershaw tomorrow in Milwaukee.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hope it’s the real Kersh.
      And the real offense.

      • scooplew

        He is 4-0, ERA of 1.41, in five career starts at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

  • RBI

    It’s not as if the Cardinals were hitting that well. They can thank their pitchers for these two wins.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Including today’s offense.

  • Dodger pitchers gave the Dodgers a great chance of sweeping the Birds.

  • What will be the Dodger rotation in June?
    Kershaw, McCarthy, Wood, Ryu, Hill?

    • scooplew

      Maybe Maeda in place of Ryu?

      • Will Urias sneak back in? Stewart will soon be available as well.

        • Dave Stewart’s coming out of retirement?

  • WBBsAs
  • RBI

    So, are we in second place now, or third?

    • WBBsAs

      Third, because the Fish messed up against the Snakes, who are tied with Rox for first.

  • WBBsAs
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