Game 60, 2017

Nationals at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN 2

RHP Max Scherzer (6-1, 2.56 ERA) pitches for the Nats and Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 3.38 ERA) for the Dodgers.

Scherzer is 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA, 24 Ks and two BBs over 17 2/3 innings in his last two outings. In his career he’s 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 31 2/3 innings (five starts) at Dodger Stadium. McCarthy only went four innings in his last start due to blister problems, but he says there was no recurrence of it during a long bullpen session Sunday.

Will the Dodgers add to their rotation and bullpen at the deadline?

This day in Dodgers history:

  • 1944 Baseball cancels today’s scheduled eight-game slate due to the Allied invasion of Normandy known as D-Day. The military operation has 60,000 Allied troops, including six minor leaguers who will be killed in action, landing along a heavily protected 50-mile stretch of the coastline in France to fight Germany to begin an offensive assault against Hitler and the Nazi party.
  • 1957 After an 86-minute delay, the first fog out in major league history occurs at Ebbets Field when the umpires call off the Dodgers’ game against the Cubs due to extremely poor visibility. Brooklyn has a 1-0 lead when the game is postponed with one out in the bottom of the second inning.
  • 1968 The day after Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles, Maury Wills refuses to play in a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, his former team. The 35 year-old shortstop stays in the Chavez Ravine training room, reading RFK’s book, To Seek a New World.
  • 1994 Mike Piazza hits the longest home run recorded in the history of Joe Robbie Stadium when his first career grand slam is estimated to travel 477 feet. The catcher’s Ruthian blast, one of four Dodger round-trippers during the Florida contest, isn’t enough to thwart the Marlins’ 11-10 come-from-behind victory.
  • 2006 When Eric Gagne, who will earn his first save in over a year, throws his first pitch to his receiver Russell Martin, the pair become the first All-French-Canadian battery in major league history. The pitcher and catcher both attended Polyvalente Edouard Montpetit High School, one of the few schools in Montreal which had a baseball program.
  • 2006 On the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year of the century, the Dodgers score six runs in the sixth inning during the sixth game of the homestand, beating the Mets, 8-5. On 05/05/05, the Twins scored five times in the fifth inning en route to a 9-0 victory over the Indians.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • HLKLA

    I hope that our bats show up, but it will be a tough row against Scherzer.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Over the past week the offense has been ranked last in the NL in OPS. Pitching, however, ranked at fourth best in OPS against.

      • John_from_Aus

        It has been the Dodgers story of at least the last 5 years or so, generally very good at pitching, generally not so good at batting

        • Bob_Hendley

          That is not actually the case. Using OPS+ and ERA+, starting in 2013, for batting Dodgers have been ranked 1,1, 1, 7 and currently 4. Pitching ranked 3,4,6, 5 and currently 2.

  • RBI

    Today I wish that Forsythe remembers how to hit.

  • RBI

    Blink, and they’ve scored. Jeeze.

  • RBI

    Scherzer schooling the youngsters.

    • WBBsAs

      Too lazy to look it up, but I seem to recall Dodgers have done pretty well v. Scherzer.

      • RBI

        He’s dealing tonight.

  • KKK KKK but tied at 1

  • scooplew

    Well, Scherzer is unlikely to fan 27 tonight (although he could get four Ks in an inning).

    • scooplew

      There you have it. He’s back on course to fan 27 with four in the third inning.

      • RBI

        Ha! That’s wild.

  • RBI

    Nothing Taylor could do but flail.

  • RBI

    I hope our guys are noticing how productive many of these Nats outs are. Moving the runner over. What a concept.

  • WinnipegDave

    Save us Chase Utley.

    • RBI

      I’m begging you, Chase.

  • WinnipegDave

    A fly out at least is not a strikeout.

  • RBI

    Two of those Cody strikes were balls. He doesn’t need your help, ump!

  • RBI

    Solid out for Taylor, at least.

  • RBI

    So far, Trea Turner’s speed is the difference.

  • scooplew

    Since returning from the DL, Forsythe is 4-for-41 (including tonight, thus far), dropping his average from .295 to .200.

    • RBI

      Didn’t get my wish tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers need to hang on again until the bullpen comes into play.

  • WinnipegDave

    Really strong outing by McCarthy. Kept the Dodgers in this game.

    • RBI

      He pitched his heart out. Very good to see.

  • WBBsAs

    Scherzer’s pitched extremely well, but he’s also benefited from a generous strike zone.

    • RBI

      Especially later in the game.

  • WBBsAs

    Suggested nickname for Báez: “Full-Count.”

    • scooplew

      If MLB wanted to speed up the games it would ban Baez for life.

  • scooplew

    Torpor: a state of physical or mental inactivity, lethargy, sluggishness, inertia, lifelessness, listlessness, languor, lassitude, sloth, acedia. “The feeling of torpor in the Dodgers’ bats lingered for days.”

  • WinnipegDave

    Houston is human after all. They were up 7-1 but lost 9-7 to end their 11 game winning streak.

  • RBI

    At what point will our offense decide to show up?

    • WinnipegDave

      When JT (and possibly Joc) return?

      • RBI

        Missing JT’s fire for sure.

      • scooplew

        Yes re the former, no re the latter, me thinks.

  • RBI

    Ugh. Five more outs to do something.

  • RBI

    Four.

    • scooplew

      In reference to?

      • WinnipegDave

        Outs left to work with I think. Of course it’s down to 3 now.

        • RBI

          I ran out of steam.

          • WinnipegDave

            So – you are no longer angry then?

          • RBI

            Overcome by torpor.

  • scooplew

    Max Scherzer is Max Scherzer, but Oliver Perez?

  • scooplew

    I believe that’s the game’s first hit since the 4th inning, but I could be wrong.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dayton seemed to take a lot longer to pitch than Baezzzzz.

    • scooplew

      That is very good.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks. I’m feeling sleepy so the zzz’s came to mind.

  • scooplew

    Hatcher? That’s like adding ignominy to insomnia.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha!

    • RBI

      I needed this laugh.

  • RBI

    I may never get over my Hatcher dread, even though he got the out.

  • RBI

    Wait, what? A hit?

  • RBI

    Pleeeease, Forsythe?

    • WinnipegDave

      I say Puig drives in a run this inning.

      • RBI

        Ain’t gonna be Logan.

        • WinnipegDave

          He just missed getting a hit.

  • scooplew

    Tonight we have brought you “Logan’s Zeroes.”

  • RBI

    Two good takes by Puig.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ugh.

  • RBI

    And then a bad one.

    • WinnipegDave

      Really bad.

  • scooplew

    Time to send Pederson and/or Puig packing. Enough is enough.

    • RBI

      I feel like Puig has been doing better.

      • scooplew

        Actually, he has, but I am feeling disillusioned, disgusted and “distempered.”

        • RBI

          Forsythe is the one annoying me tonight.

    • Joc gets beat on whether he is in the lineup or not. What, is he having a bad DL?

  • RBI

    What’s Glover’s problem?

  • WinnipegDave

    4-2. 2-1. What’s next, 1-half?

    • RBI

      Ha.

  • RBI

    Glover being a jerk.

    • WBBsAs

      Try to channel BadGums. He should go do a wheelie on his dirtbike.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well night all. Here’s hoping Kersh can right the ship tomorrow.

    • scooplew

      vs. Strasburg.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Gotta pitch a shutout and play for the tie.

  • scooplew

    RBI and WinnipegDave: Enjoyed chatting with you.

    • RBI

      Me, too.

  • scooplew

    Was there an incident after the game ended? Not watching or listening.

    • RBI

      Glover gestured and stared Puig down so Puig approached and then the benches semi-emptied before the umps broke it up.

      • scooplew

        Got it. Thanks.

  • Rats. One-run losses. Wasted a good McCarthy performance, it looks like.

    • RBI

      He was really really good.

  • NPUT @ 0700HST, 1000 PDT