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.

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88 thoughts on “Game 60, 2017

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

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

      • 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

        • 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.

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

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

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

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

  6. 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.”

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

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