Game 61, 2017

Nationals at Dodgers, 12:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN, MLBN (out-of-market only)

This looks like a wonderful pitcher’s duel, so each pitcher will probably be shelled and out of the game by the third inning. It’s RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-1, 2.91 ERA) going for the Nats and LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.28 ERA) for the Dodgers. These two were supposed to meet last year during the regular season but Strasburg strained his upper back and was scratched.

Strasburg has won his last three starts, striking out 33 and putting up a 1.33 ERA. Kershaw hasn’t had a decision in his last three starts.

Alex Wood will come off the DL this weekend and take either Maeda’s or Ryu’s spot in the rotation. In another bit of intriguing news, Eibner has thrown six bullpen sessions.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1954 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella steals home in the top of the 12th inning in a 7-5 victory over St. Louis at Sportsman’s Park. Campy had added an insurance run with an eighth inning round-tripper, but the Redbirds scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score.
  • 1957 Howard University awards honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recently retired Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson. In the coming years, the former baseball great and the Baptist minister will often appear together at Civil Rights rallies, fundraising events, and demonstrations.
  • 1982 Joining Lou Gehrig, Everett Scott, Billy Williams, and Joe Sewell, Dodger infielder Steve Garvey becomes only the fifth player in major league history to play in 1,000 consecutive games. The first baseman, establishing a National League record, will appear in 1207 consecutive games, before the streak ends next season when he breaks his thumb in a collision at home plate, playing for the Padres.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Speaking of position players on the mound, Twins backup catcher Chris Gimenez has thrown four times already this season: http://www.startribune.com/twins-catcher-chris-gimenez-pitched-again-and-made-history/427048601/

  • WBBsAs
  • scooplew

    First time to two today wins?

    • WinnipegDave

      Glad you said two and not one. Kershaw gives up another solo homer.

  • WinnipegDave

    IIRC – Kershaw is closing in on Hershiser’s career K’s with the Dodgers.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or not. I thought Hershiser had 2014 K’s with the Dodgers but that was his whole career.
      So Kershaw will pass Orel on the all time list soon.

  • RBI

    Okay Logan, surprise me.

  • RBI

    Forsythe is losttttt at the plate. Totally totally lost.

    • WBBsAs

      Painfully overmatched.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’m guessing this is not helpful, but Brian Dozier not the same hitter as last year either.

    • WBBsAs

      Turner’s return should consign him to the bench.

  • Puig & Bellinger tied for team lead in RBI. I didn’t realize that.

    • RBI

      We could use one here.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Been pretty much neck and neck forth past three weeks.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers not taking advantage of bad pitches from Nats pitchers this series. There haven’t been many, but certainly Puig just missed that last one from Starsburg.

    • Bob_Hendley

      ? He put pretty good wood on that one.

      • WinnipegDave

        It was a pitch that could have been hit to the wall or over it.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Wow. It was a hard line drive that could have reached the wall if he hadn’t hit it at someone.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! Good point. I humbly stand down and remove my original conjecture.

          • Bob_Hendley

            You listening to Monday?

          • WinnipegDave

            Yep.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I guess at this point we are relegated to arguing on the quality of outs.

  • WBBsAs

    I really detest Michael Milken, a shameless scammer.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw is walking opposing pitchers now? This is not the best of Clayton.

  • scooplew

    I don’t like the way this game is going. Don’t mean to be a summer soldier, but I am going to step away and avoid what may well be another two hours of aggravation. Had too much of that lately. If they win, I will find that out later today and feel happy about it. Good luck.

    • RBI

      Wise.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw has now passed Hershiser (and others) on the career k list and sits at 74 most all time. Next up are 2 more former Dodgers: Dazzy Vance (2045) and Fernando Valenzuela (2074).

  • RBI

    Offense is AWOL.

  • WBBsAs

    I’m getting tired of waiting for runs.

    • RBI

      At this point I’d celebrate a hit with a happy dance.

      • WinnipegDave

        Happy dance time!

        • RBI

          Jigs!

  • WBBsAs

    Perhaps this might be more gratifying? https://twitter.com/SkovdeSaints/status/872553523791220741

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes! Seager!

  • WBBsAs

    Finally! What we’ve been waiting for!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Seager with the big fly!

  • WBBsAs

    Swing at ball four, and still get on base…

  • WBBsAs

    Lobatón having a rough inning.

  • RBI

    I forgot what this feels like.

  • yay!

  • RBI

    Grandal with the clutch hit!

  • WinnipegDave

    A lead! How thrilling!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice to have the lead and Strasburg less likely to go another inning.

  • RBI

    Logan overcutting that ball, but at least he made contact.

  • WinnipegDave

    Colorado up 4-0 vs Cleveland.

    • WBBsAs

      Yeah, the Indígenas are rolling over and playing dead.

      • WinnipegDave

        At the exactly wrong time. They will probably be more lively when the Dodgers play them this month.

        • RBI

          Happens to us a lot.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Love his bat, but Taylor in CF can be scary at this point.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ugh!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw done at 7 IP at 95 pitches or do they run him out there for one more inning?

    • Bob_Hendley

      You want to be the one to stop him!?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Kenley for the 4 out save?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Wow! Doc does it.

  • RBI

    Puig chasing that slider outside again.

  • Ack!

  • WBBsAs

    I was second-guessing Doc even before Turner’s triple.

    • WinnipegDave

      You wanted Kershaw to remain or Jansen to come in?

      • WBBsAs

        Kershaw’s handled Turner really easily.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was very helpful.

    • WinnipegDave

      Good D by the Dodgers!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Scary guy to have in a rundown.

  • WBBsAs

    Meanwhile, if you’re looking for souvenir of this season… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/872565232060780546

    • RBI

      Sign of these crazy times.

  • RBI

    Unbelievable inning.

  • RBI

    No mercy with these guys.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s do this Dodgers. Close it out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad Murphy didn’t get to third there.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • RBI

    This is one of those huge wins.

    • scooplew

      Absolutely.

  • RBI

    Scooplew! Come back!

    • scooplew

      Here I am! Hey, hey, hey! I just went to Gameday, and saw the final score. How About That! (Mel Allen), and Well, I’ll Be a Monkey’s Uncle (family saying). Thanks to all of you for steering our club back into the victory lane. It looks like it was a breeze. Ha!

      • RBI

        Total nail biter. You saved yourself some needless suffering.

  • foul tip

    Had a chance to check in and see this in the box score but not mentioned in comments:

    BASERUNNING
    CS: A Gonzalez (1)

    Someone please ‘splain the reason for sending Speedy Gonzalez?

    • WBBsAs

      I think he went on his own, trying to catch the Nats sleeping (and Lobatón had a terrible game behind the plate).

      • It happened in the 8th inning, and he made the last out of that inning.

        • WBBsAs

          Please remember that last year, for a brief shining moment, he lead the league in steals.

  • HLKLA

    A win is a win! I still hope our bats can start up again.

    • WBBsAs

      Against the Rojos this weekend, I expect the Dodgers will hit a bit better.

  • WBBsAs

    For anybody who had even considered acquiring that souvenir… https://twitter.com/NBCSAuthentic/status/872627131141849088

  • In case anybody missed it, here’s the Pedro robs Harper, gets Turner at home after rundown play.

    • HLKLA

      I am not sure why they called the rundown a debacle. They got the out on three throws, 1-2-5-1. It worked.

      • WBBsAs

        Usually they don’t want the pitcher to get involved in the rundown and make the tag. That said, Báez used to be an infielder, and he also showed a third baseman’s reflexes on Harper’s grounder.

        • Baez was an infielder? I didn’t remember that.

          • WBBsAs

            Báez is a converted third baseman. Like Kenley, he didn’t hit much but had a great arm.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh righting the Dodgers from a tailspin . . . again!
    Bats, please return!

    All this pales to the “game” playing tomorrow in D.C. )Since this is current events and not politics, I THINK I’m on firm ground vis a vis the rules.) I sure hope certain testimony is as effective as many think/hope . . . and we’re not Steinered on a much more important stage than any baseball game.

    • You could almost call it current “affairs.”

  • WBBsAs
  • RBI

    2 1/2 back and 3rd place again. Tough division!

    • HLKLA

      It is also surprising at who the teams above us are!

  • NPUT @ 0900HST, 1200PDT

  • WBBsAs

    Meanwhile, as the amateur draft approaches… https://twitter.com/TNPMuseum/status/873208715280875521