Game 65, 2017

Dodgers at Indians, 4:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, SportsTime Ohio

This will be the first time the Dodgers play an American League team this year; they’re the only team which hasn’t played an interleague game yet in 2017.

Cleveland is frustrating its manager.

The visiting Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw (8-2, 2.20 ERA) to the mound to face the 2016 World Series runners-up Indians’ starter Trevor Bauer (5-5, 6.10 ERA). Austin Jackson, Edwin Encarnacion and Abraham Almonte (10-day DL) are the only three Indians who have ever faced Kershaw. They’ve combined to go 1-for-10 with two strikeouts. This will be Kershaw’s second career start against the Indians and his first career start at Progressive Field. His home start was in 2008, the sixth start of his career. He gave up four runs on four hits and three walks and struck out five in five innings. Bauer has made two career starts against the Dodgers and gone 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in 11 2/3 innings. In his last start he gave up four runs on five hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings to the Twins.

From MLB.com:

23. Los Angeles Dodgers: OF Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt
[MLB.com Draft and prospect expert Jim] Callis: I know the industry soured on Kendall a bit because of his strikeout rate at Vanderbilt, but I love this pick at No. 23, and personally, would have taken him in the top 10. Yes, he swings and misses, as evidenced by his 74 whiffs in 261 at-bats, but he has the best tools in the college ranks, and he’s been a very productive player at a top program. He has a chance to be a 15-HR, 30-steal guy while playing a quality center field.

The Dodgers picked RHP Morgan Cooper of the U of Texas in the second round. Details about him here.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1957 In a game which features the ejection of Johnny Logan and Don Drysdale, Clem Labine loses for the first time in ten months and 38 relief appearances when the Braves beat Brooklyn, 8-5. The Milwaukee shortstop charged the mound after getting drilled in the ribs by the Dodger right-hander, resulting in banishment for both players.
  • 1973 The Dodgers infield, a quartet which will be together eight and a half years, setting a major league record for longevity, plays together for the first time. First baseman Steve Garvey, second baseman Davey Lopes, third baseman Ron Cey, and shortstop Bill Russell are in the lineup in the 16-3 defeat to the Phillies.
  • 1998 The first triple play ever completed at Dodger Stadium is turned by Darren Dreifort (p), Eric Young (2b), Jose Vizcaino (ss), and Bobby Bonilla (3b). With Colorado runners on first and second base, the 1-6-4 double play becomes a triple killing when Jamey Wright is thrown out at third base by the LA second baseman, who covered first base for the second out.
  • 2010 The Angels, with their first sweep at Dodger Stadium, complete their 14-game road trip with 11 victories, the most for the team on a single trip since 1962. In the 6-5 decision over their crosstown rivals, Halo hurler Jered Weaver strikes out his older brother, Jeff, who came into the game as a long reliever in the third inning, for the first time since they were kids.

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140 thoughts on “Game 65, 2017

  1. The 1994-96 Indians were quite a team, especially in the batter’s box with Belle, Thome, Ramirez, Murray, Baerga, Franco, Lofton and Vizquiel at short. Orel pitching there in his late 30s, benefited from those bats earning almost a fourth of his career victories in three years, including the shortened 1994 season. The team winning percentage was .628.

    • Perhaps Clayton is referring to an outfielder who played briefly with the Dodgers as a rookie in 1961 and had the first name of Carl: “Alas, poor Warwick! I knew him well, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.”

  2. In three games at OKC, Joe went 3-for-9 with two HRs and a single and 4 RBIs. He struck out twice and didn’t walk.

    • Joc is off to a slow start for 2017 but here are Joc’s ave. obp. slg. and ops after the all star game in 2016: .260 .380 .520 .900
      The .900 ops and his .520 slg were each third best for all center fielders in both American and National league and obp was 5th best. Stats include everybody with more than 200 at bats after the all star game.

  3. This is the first time that Puig has ever started a game in the 9th position in the batting order. Of course, that would only be a realistic possibility in interleague games on the road.

  4. McCutchen just hit a solo HR for the Pirates in the 4th. They lead the Rockies, 1-0. Diamondbacks lead the Tigers, 6-0, in the 3rd,

  5. Kershaw with several 2-0 and 2-1 counts tonight. This time it cost him with Bradley getting the single and rbi,

  6. That inning was as easy as 3,2,1 for Kershaw. As in 3 pitches to the first hitter, 2 to the next, and 1 to the last.

    • The crazy thing is, i have begun to expect it to happen. I was actually waiting for Kershaw to give up a solo homer.

  7. Greinke and the Snakes have blown a six-run lead to the Tigres in just one inning. Bucs lead Snakes 5-1 going into ninth.

  8. We are witnessing (or following on Gameday) a remarkable start to a major league career.

  9. If Taylor hits a HR here I will type Bellinger! – just to even it up.

  10. Snakes fail to score after loading bases with nobody out, still tied in Detroit.

    • For a nice easy save, some like today’s make up for the ones he really has to work hard for it

  11. Cody now tied for 3rd in NL dingers and just outside top ten and in ribs.

  12. I know the team keeps Hatcher because of his arm and his potential. And I’ve been slow to say it, but I’ve come to think he has to go. There are just too many mistakes, too many gopher balls. If not, baseball being baseball, Doc is likely to have to use him at some critical point, likely resulting in disaster for the Dodger season.

    • As a fan, Bellinger’s start is the best I have experienced. Puig’ first 45 games produced 9 dingers, 22 rbi and OPS 1.012. Following the O’s in 1986, Jim Traber, who had appeared in 10 games in 1984, produced in first 38 games in 1986 11 dingers, 38 rbi and OPS .949, and then fell off a cliff.

  13. Old friend Edinson Vólquez will not throw his second consecutive no-hit, no-run game. He walked in a run in the first inning, and surrendered a double to the leadoff hitter in the second.