Game 62, 2017

Reds at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-O

The Reds have lost their last six games at Dodger Stadium, their last five series there and were swept in last year’s three-game series for the first time since 2009.

YALHP Amir Garrett (3-4, 7.17 ERA) pitches for the Redlegs and Rich Hill (2-2, 4.15 ERA) goes for the Dodgers.

Garrett has been hit hard in his last three starts (21 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings). He spent time on the 10-day DL and came back off just to get lit up by the Braves, lasting only 2 2/3 innings while giving up nine runs (eight earned). Hill has had trouble with finger blisters and with control: his strikeout-to-walk ratio is 1.44 (Kershaw’s is 7.2; McCarthy’s is 3.4). Hill’s WHIP has jumped from 0.79 in his six starts for the Dodgers last season to 1.54 in six this season.

Is this the year Kershaw surpasses Koufax?

Meanwhile, if the arguments about Koufax and Kershaw right now are too close to call, this is probably the last year we can have that debate, if it’s not too late already. Because Kershaw shows no sign of slowing down, and with each passing season he sets a new standard for Dodgers pitchers. In fact, among pitchers with at least 1,500 innings, Kershaw’s 160 ERA+ is the best of all time.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1919 Dodger standout pitcher Rube Marquard breaks his leg running the bases, ending his season with a record of 3-3. The hard-throwing southpaw will finish his 18-year Hall of Fame career in 1925, after compiling a 201-177 record along with an ERA of 3.08.
  • 1973 Rightfielder Rusty Staub becomes the pivot man in a very unusual double play during a 4-2 Mets victory against the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. Racing in from the outfield, ‘Le Grand Orange’ gets a throw near second base from first baseman John Milner and tags Davey Lopes, who was picked-off from first, and then throws home to nail Tom Paciorek trying to score from second during the P-1B-SS-1B-2B-1B-2B-RF-C rundown.
  • 1990 Eddie Murray ties Mickey Mantle’s major league mark, hitting a homer from both sides of the plate for the tenth time in his career. The switch-hitting first baseman’s second home run of the game, batting left-handed against Eric Show, proves to be the eventual winning run in the Dodgers’ 5-4 victory over San Diego in the 11th inning at Jack Murphy Stadium.

That action enable the following lineup to be put forward.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Reds have fallen on hard times, but seem a bit up this year. (Still waiting at home to read is the new book on the 1970’s Reds-Dodgers rivalry, which our fearless moderator turned me on to). Old friend Schebler seems to have found a regular spot in RF for them and is tied with Zimmerman for NL dingers.

    • Good lord, this is outrageous. The Kindle price for that book is $28.44!

    • WinnipegDave

      Speaking of books my friend surprised me to today. He was in the States a few weeks ago and bought me a copy of “The Best Team Money Can Buy.” Better late than never for me to read it.

  • scooplew

    I became intrigued by the odd play cited above from the game of June 9, 1973, so I called up the box score and play by play:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/NYN/NYN197306090.shtml

    • Game Duration: 2:25 !!! Also, Matlack won this game to make his record 3-8. He recovered to go 14-16 for the year. The Mets lost the Series to the As 4-3 in 1973.

    • HLKLA

      Tom Paciorek would make Adrian Gonzalez look like a sprinter.

  • WBBsAs
  • RBI

    JT is back!

    • package206

      Hey Mama, you happy? You know what they say, if Mama ain’t happy, nobody is happy. If Grandma ain’t happy, RUN!! Ha!!

      • RBI

        Package! Nice to hear from you again. And (grand)mama very happy, tonight. I am up to 5 grandchildren, including a new little girl, Iris, born in April 15th.

        • package206

          Congrats Grandmama, I bet Iris is a sweetheart. stay happy, I am too old to run. Ha!

  • WBBsAs

    That moment when… I cringe at the sound of Steiner’s voice.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT, welcome back!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      He was missed. 🙂

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Especially these last several famine-filled games.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Rich — gotta shut ’em down after you score!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This bleeding started with a walk.

    • Walks not appreciated enough when Dodgers get them and always seem to haunt the Dodgers when they give them up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    DP stopped the bleeding.

  • Joc has a home run today at OK

  • Where was Garrett hit?

    • Palm of the pitching hand but with a 103 mph ball.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Another leadoff walk . . . to the pitcher!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill is to pitches as Baez is to clocks.

    • RBI

      Hilarious.

      • WinnipegDave

        It’s my Math degree peaking through.

  • HLKLA

    A tight game so far, but I need to get some sleep here in the hot Midwest. I hope I wake up to a game where we are so far ahead that Hatcher gets to pitch.

    • WinnipegDave

      I hear you on the hot mid west. 30 degrees C here today.
      Rest well.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        We don’t know the C word here, Dave — just the F word. (Especially since Nov. 8) How does that translate?

        I’ll be dropping 30 F degrees going to San Diego on Sunday.

        • WinnipegDave

          86 F

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            And if it’s like our midwest, humid?
            It’s a cliche joke about Vegas, but the dry heat DOES make a difference, at least in my experience!

          • WinnipegDave

            Hot and humid for sure. I believe dry heat would make a difference.

          • Many are thinking 86 a lot since Nov 8.

  • WinnipegDave

    Both this game and the basketball game are slooooow.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Won’t look those gift runs in the mouth!

    • WinnipegDave

      Defense counts.

      • package206

        Ice Cream tonight?

        • WinnipegDave

          Hey Package. Feels like it’s been a long time since you have been around!

          And tonight it was strawberry sherbet. 🙂

          • package206

            Hey Dave. Thanks for answering. You are 1st class. Hope you enjoyed the ice cream. It looks like the Dodgers are doing well. Hopefully they will continue and get the ring.

          • WinnipegDave

            No problem in answering. I would have sooner but I was watching basketball with my son and then doing some bedtime stuff with him.

            I also hope the Dodgers get to the top of the mountain this year. But first they have to climb to the top of the NL West!

          • package206

            I think they are close. If injuries don’t get em I think they can do it.

          • WinnipegDave

            Agreed!

  • WinnipegDave

    Where did JT get hit?

    • WBBsAs

      It just brushed him, apparently.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks. That’s good to hear.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers stretching the lead is a good thing.

    • package206

      Is 6-1 enough?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Return of the Bats!
    And Rich settling down!

    • package206

      How will Maeda do in relief?

      • RBI

        Boom. Great.

        • WinnipegDave

          Yeah – this starter to the bullpen thing is working very well.

          Except of course for the part where they are starters and shouldn’t need to be in the pen.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            — and the part where the starters need the pen soo often and soo early.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha. That’s true too.

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Good.
      Baseball should be competitive, not injurious.

      • WBBsAs

        It was never intentional. He erred by sticking his hand out.

  • RBI

    Maeda pitching like a starter.

    • WinnipegDave

      I was going to say “at least he’s starting too” but then I groaned…

    • package206

      Maeda is a pro.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kenta just missed that one! Hitting like a starter now too!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Should we circle this date on the calendar as a Turn(er)ing Point for the Blue?

      • WinnipegDave

        Can think of a witty reply. So, sure!

      • RBI

        Orel thinks it’s because they all danced last night at the gala to Earth Wind and Fire.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Orel should ask EWF what they’re doing through October . . . Guggenheim Group can certainly book ’em for a private, multi-month gig, right?

  • RBI

    Maeda hitting like a starter.

    • WinnipegDave

      Beat ya to it!

      • RBI

        Ha!

    • package206

      Are you still doing a few games each year?

      • RBI

        Yes. This year I’ve picked lots of Fri night and Sunday games so I can take grandkids. Going with twin 9 year olds this Sunday!

        • package206

          Good for you, thats the Dodger Fan I know!!

        • WinnipegDave

          How’s your youngest grandchild doing?

          • RBI

            Spent all day with her. She’s bright and sweet but pretty colicky, so lots of singing and rocking.

          • package206

            Gosh, I didn’t know you could sing too?

          • RBI

            Welllll.

          • WinnipegDave

            That’s good grandmother-ing!

  • RBI

    Even Forsythe is getting in on the hit parade.

    • WinnipegDave

      Be great if he started finding his stroke now too.

      • RBI

        I would love that. He’s looked terrible at the plate.

    • package206

      I am a big Cody fan. I hope he can continue to do well even though he strikes out a great deal.

      • RBI

        Me, too. I really like Bellinger.

  • RBI

    Maybe when Maeda not happy that’s a good thing.

    • package206

      I think he can really contribute out of the bullpen as he was always pretty good the first few innings in his starts.

      • RBI

        Well, except for the first inning – this year at least. But he looks great tonight.

        • package206

          Agreed.

        • WinnipegDave

          Maybe all he really needed was Hatcher or someone pitching the first and then he could come out and pitch innngs 2-7 or 8.

          • package206

            Hey, maybe you are on to something. Bringa a reliever to start the 1st inning and then bring in Maeda. Dave, you are a smart guy.

          • I like the idea of bringing Maeda into the game in the second but not sure what is gained if Hatcher pitches the first.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda looks like he could pitch the 9th as well.

    • package206

      Are you saying that he could close?

      • WinnipegDave

        Just thinking the Dodgers don’t need to bring in another reliever tonight.

    • RBI

      Nobody in the pen!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hernandez with a nice swing there!

  • RBI

    Did I tell you guys about the game I went to against the Marlins? There were about forty young Japanese men (and a few women) all dressed in school uniforms. They sat patiently until Ichiro came up to bat in the fifth inning I think as a pinch hitter. Then all the phones came out. One pitch, a lot of flashes, one ground out, and then they left! Talk about faithful fans!

    • package206

      Good Fans for sure!!

  • RBI

    Kiké! A little late. I was writing the tome below.

  • package206

    I feel a woo hoo coming on. What about it RBI?

    • RBI

      I am prepared.

  • package206

    Votto did it but it was close.

  • RBI

    Bellinger thought that was three. He’s blushing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kenta . . . really hope he gets the save.

    • RBI

      Me, too.

  • WinnipegDave

    Close it down here Maeda.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!

  • RBI

    So thrilled for Kenta!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • package206

    Thanks RBI and Dave. Go Dodgers

    • WinnipegDave

      Talk to you later Package.

  • RBI

    Night all.

  • RBI

    Dbacks just lost.
    Now, night all.

    • WBBsAs

      Dodgers regain second place.

  • package206

    Hey Link, do you still post here ?

    • Of course! But these games start at 4:00 PM my time, so I switch to news from 5:00 PM through The News Hour when it concludes at 7:30 PM. I miss most of the action while I’m cooking, serving and eating.

      • HLKLA

        I am glad you can still stomach watching the news. I gave up watching on a certain day in November.

        • Like Dorothy Parker and her doorbell, I watch to learn “What fresh hell is this?”

  • WBBsAs

    Cubbies continue to roll over and play dead for the Rox.

  • NPUT