Game 59, 2017

Nationals at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN, ESPN

YALHP Gio Gonzalez (4-1, 3.03 ERA) takes the hill for the Nats. He’ll face the Dodgers’ LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-5, 3.91 ERA). Gonzalez has hit a rough patch. After putting up a 1.62 ERA during April he ballooned to a 4.37 ERA for May. Ryu had his best start of the year his last time out, allowing just one run in six innings against the Cardinals.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1977 On Old Timers’ Day, the Dodgers retire former manager Walter Alston’s uniform number 24. ‘Smokey’ compiles a 2040-1613 (.558) record along with seven pennants that results in four World Championships during his 23 years in the dugout.
  • 2000 The Marlins select 16-year-old Adrian Gonzalez as their first overall pick in the first-year player draft. The first baseman, a student at Eastlake High School in Bonita, California, comes to terms with Florida on the same day he is drafted. Note: He was 18 according to Dodgers.com

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    The Nats (gnot the Gnats) have a fearsome lineup and great starting pitching. On the bright side, they have a terrible bullpen.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice start by Ryu.

  • Gopher ball bites Korean.

  • WinnipegDave

    I thought Hernandez got his foot on the bag first.

    • WBBsAs

      Nope.

  • WBBsAs

    Ryu started well, but ended up having to work hard that inning.

  • WBBsAs

    Nice baserunning by Puig!

  • 40+ pitches in two innings? Even as good as our bullpen is, we can’t keep using them up from the 6th inning or earlier.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Deja vu all over again — same lament from last year . . . and — unfortunately — equally true.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 runs is insurmountable for the “famine” Dodger bats. Hopefully the “feast” bats from Milwaukee will show up.

  • HLKLA

    I am with Bob. What happened to our bats?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Feast or Famine, Part 2 —
      That last road trip could have been 7-0 since they scored a total of one run in the three losses . . . but it also could have been 2-5.

      • scooplew

        And we scored more than two runs only once in the last five games of the road trip. This team has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality at the plate.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Totally agree.

          • WinnipegDave

            Could be starting pitching they are facing – but to be shutout it takes a whole staff…

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            And any postseason play will be against such SP.

          • scooplew

            A good point, unfortunately.

  • scooplew

    The Dodgers have won 25 of their last 36 games. We’ve gone from third place, four games behind Colorado, to second place, a half game behind Colorado in that span,

  • WinnipegDave

    Have to hold them at 3 and then try and beat them late against their pen.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      First part of that is now moot — unfortunately.

      • WinnipegDave

        Curve balls up in the zone tend not to go well.

  • scooplew

    Not much of a homecoming. . . thus far.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Dodgers. Let’s get that leadoff walk all the way around to home.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ask and receive!

      • WinnipegDave

        🙂

  • RBI

    Nice hit, Seager.

    • WinnipegDave

      He has been attacking first pitch strikes recently.

    • WBBsAs

      Seager’s had a real power outage lately, though.

      • WinnipegDave

        True. Lots of singles.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Feast Bats awoke?!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Taylor with the double! He is on fire!

  • RBI

    Taylor drove that ball!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cut that deficit in half . . . let’s get another one!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Reaching Gonzalez AND increasing his pitch count.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nats starters average 102 pitches.

    • WinnipegDave

      Gio is above average.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Feast, bats, feast! Bwahahahahaha!

  • WinnipegDave

    Come on Barnes. Single up the middle.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or not.

  • WinnipegDave

    Back into this game at least. And the bullpen is probably only an inning away.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ryu at 70 strikes and 27 balls. That’s quite good, n’est pas?

  • WinnipegDave

    Great job by Ryu actually. Went full 7.

  • scooplew

    Will our swords be mightier than their pen?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice line . . . but blunt swords so far.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig on with the leadoff walk.

  • WinnipegDave

    Still 6 outs left.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager with the double. Let’s do this Dodgers.

  • scooplew

    I expect that Gutierrez is as surprised as anyone when he looks at the lineup and sees that he is the cleanup hitter.

  • RBI

    B team at bats.

    • WinnipegDave

      Missing JT.

      • scooplew

        It has caught up with us.

      • RBI

        Can’t strand a lead off double and win against a team this good.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Hernandez it’s up to you. Cash in Cory.

  • scooplew

    This is Enny Romero, for goodness sakes. He entered the game with an ERA above 5.

    • WinnipegDave

      Saving the comeback for the dramatic 9th inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Frustrating.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Silver Lining Dept.: if this holds, they’ll only lose half a game.

  • WBBsAs

    Bad decision by Barnes.

  • RBI

    B team fielding.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha! B for Barnes.

      • RBI

        Clever, but not on purpose.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          “Claim mistakes were planned.”
          “Evita” . . . “Art of the Possible”

          • WinnipegDave

            “One rarely acts the same way twice.”

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Yes . . . except for slumping Dodger bats.
            BTW, I was reminded of “Rainbow High” when our president returned from his foreign trip and claimed victory.

          • RBI

            In that case…

  • WinnipegDave

    Thought that throw by Puig might have been closer to getting Rendon at 3rd.

    • WBBsAs

      Puig was pretty deep, and Rendón is fast.

      • WinnipegDave

        True enough.

  • WinnipegDave

    Go time, show time.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “No” time.

  • RBI

    Umps killing us so far in June.

  • RBI

    We need some two out magic.

  • RBI

    Belly! Okay Grandal. Up to you.

  • WinnipegDave

    The ESPN announcers rather Bellinger hit a HR then be walked.

    • RBI

      How about a double?

  • RBI

    Who’s left on the bench if Yasmani gets on?

  • RBI

    Oh, AGon.

  • RBI

    C’mon Grandal, you can do it!

    • WinnipegDave

      He is hacking.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Just teased us.

  • RBI

    Rats.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — no bats.

  • RBI

    I’m with Winnipeg Dave. Ready for Justin to get back.

    • WinnipegDave

      What is his ETA?

      • RBI

        From the Dodgers official website: Turner will make his first rehab start Monday night at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Turner went on the DL May 19 with a strained right hamstring.

        Roberts said Turner will play five innings on Monday and will play in another game on Wednesday.

        “The plan is to get him back some time this weekend,” Roberts said. “It could be Friday, it could be a day or two later.”

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers lose again when I get to watch them on TV. Still haven’t “seen” the Dodgers win yet this year.

  • scooplew

    The next while umpiring youth baseball that I miss a strike/ball call I will reflect upon the called third strike on Utley leading off the inning. Atrocious call.

    • RBI

      Terrible call at a terrible time.

  • Foo. I walked into Subway down 4-0 and figured that was it. Probably just as well I didn’t know we’d halved the lead but couldn’t get closer.

    • RBI

      Not a fun game to watch, especially as I clogged the kitchen sink midway through and spent the next several innings unsuccessfully plunging the drain while vocalizing rule one violations.

      • I went to Subway because last Thursday our fridge/freezer starting emitting a very loud noise, indicating the vents that channel air flow weren’t working. No repair appointment was available until this coming Wednesday. I’ve had to throw out a whole lot of formerly-frozen food. Sears will pay up to $300 for damages of that sort when their equipment fails, and you’d better believe I’m gonna claim it.

        • RBI

          Thanks for making me feel better.

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