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.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    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.

  • Re the first appearance of The infield, a tweet.

    • WBBsAs

      I knew Ron in high school, but have only seen him once since, at Berkeley, when his son was playing in a game there.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Did he introduce you to Yoko?

        • WBBsAs

          No, Yoko was not there.

          • scooplew

            That one went way over my head. What am I missing?

          • Expand that tweet by clicking the “see more” link below the photo.

          • scooplew

            Got it. I read right through the caption.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Need to look at Link’s link on the Dodger infield.

  • WBBsAs

    How quickly will tonight’s game proceed? https://twitter.com/ClickHole/status/874704617891876865

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha! Baez muttering to himself is not very stirring.

    • Ol’ Yoric was a teammate of Candy Cummings back in the 80s. The 1880s.

    • scooplew

      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.”

  • scooplew

    Now batting in the 9th position, Yasiel Puig. Really! Really?

    • scooplew

      Really!! (The best DH ever to hit 9th?)

      • WinnipegDave

        Except Utley is the one DH’ing tonight.

        • Facts have a way of ruining a perfectly good story.

          • scooplew

            Shucks, I will amend my comment as follows: The best batter ever to hit 9th? That doesn’t have the same ring to it.

          • WinnipegDave

            Sorry!

          • scooplew

            It’s all good.

  • scooplew

    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.

  • John_from_Aus

    nice Puig

  • WBBsAs

    I didn’t think Puig had hit that ball so well.

  • John_from_Aus

    hopefully 2 is enough for Clayton

  • scooplew

    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.

    • John_from_Aus

      maybe he should bat there more often

    • Bob_Hendley

      He has now batted in all 9 slots in his career.

      • WinnipegDave

        Which is different than hitting for the cycle. 🙂

        • scooplew

          Would be on a bicycle built for two, with someone running behind it.

  • Did you guys hear what Orel just said about hitters in the 3 hole hit .181 while Turner was on the DL?

    • scooplew

      No, what did he say?

  • scooplew

    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,

  • scooplew

    So how does Kershaw look?

    • Could use a haircut and shave.

      • Puig has a haircut however.

        • scooplew

          Uh, thanks. Always wanted to be a straight man.

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, Forsythe does have a glove (and an arm).

    • Still missing a bat.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Has a hat.

  • HLKLA

    Puig is apparently having trouble with his middle fingers.

  • Jay Jaffe’s dates are different, but he has a lot of the backstory of the Longest Running Infield (his caps).

  • WinnipegDave

    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.

    • scooplew

      And 0 to the fourth hitter.

  • scooplew

    What kind of pen does Cleveland have? (Serious answers only, please.)

    • Bob_Hendley

      A phenomenal one!

      • Miller time?

        • scooplew

          I think we were served Miller Light.

  • Ack!

  • scooplew

    That’s not supposed to happen.

    • WinnipegDave

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

  • Clayton has never given up more than 16 HRs in an entire season. That was number 13 this year.

  • Bob_Hendley

    See if Joc can get something here.

    • Bauer refused to give in and walked Joc.

  • WBBsAs

    Two-run pinch homer by Jaso puts Bucs ahead of Rox, 3-1 in the seventh.

  • Miller looked like Miller. Puig had a challenge. Miller won.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nifty DP.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ok. Let’s get some runs for Petey to work with.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bella, Bella, Bella!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger!

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal got greedy. Greedy Grandal.

  • WBBsAs

    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.

    • WinnipegDave

      Bucs lead the Rockies 5-1. Had me confused there for a moment.

      • WBBsAs

        Sorry, I have changed it.

  • C’mon, Joc.

    • By not striking out, Joc gets a run in.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Thanks Carlos!

  • Not pretty, but we’ll take it.

  • WinnipegDave

    One more hit here would be so helpful.

  • WBBsAs

    Against an elite reliever, Bellinger hits it not quite so hard no so far.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Petey not messing around out there.

  • WinnipegDave

    Petey brought his A game tonight.

    • scooplew

      Mr. Delay of Game is having a fine season.

  • Face two guys, give up two hits, you’re gone, buddy!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wow!

  • WinnipegDave

    Taylor!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Huh?

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah my bad. I was watching some video highlights on MLB and just saw Taylor score the 4th run. And then typed in his name instead of Cody’s.

    • WinnipegDave

      And even better Bellinger!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Have your heroes mixed up.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I see.

  • scooplew

    Robert Redford will play him in the movie.

  • scooplew

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

    • Shhh. There have been rookie sensations before. Don’t jinx the kid. 😉

      • WBBsAs

        Nothing quite like this, in my memory.

        • Joe Charbonneau. 23 HRs his rookie year, out of MLB two years later with only 6 more.

          • WBBsAs

            Charboneau suffered a lot of injuries. Wikipedia tells me he appeared as an extra in “The Natural,” as one of Robert Redford’s teammates.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Game has been Hatcherized!

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha! Love it.

      • He’s had a weird year so far. Look at his stats, particularly his ERA. It starts high, drops two points, one bad outing and it’s back up two points.

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan been having some better plate appearances

  • WBBsAs

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

    • HLKLA

      Dodgered!

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers seem to be a 4th quarter team so far this year.

    • Bob_Hendley

      They have really been defined this year by their ability to hold leads as compared to last year. So great 4th quarter defense.

      • WinnipegDave

        That might be statistically true. But I would say that they are more memorably known for their late inning comebacks (or even almost comebacks).

        • Bob_Hendley

          Which is why you have statistics.

          • WinnipegDave

            And why you enjoy your memories.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Just finished the latest Michael Lewis book, The Undoing Project, which puts some light on how the human mind seems to work in this regard.

          • RBI

            I so want to read this!

          • Bob_Hendley

            It’s mostly about the partnership between the two,people that turned psychology on its head and laid the groundwork for behavioral economics. But he is a good storyteller and makes much of it easier to understand.

          • NYT review. It sounds fascinating.

          • Every once in a while one can find a good book here for next to nothing.
            https://www.bookbub.com/

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!
    Dang it. I saw strike 3 and then heard the radio.

    • Where’s RBI?

      • RBI

        Walking, listening to the radio, and grinding her teeth!

  • HLKLA

    Good win for the Dodgers!

    • HLKLA

      Hatchered!

  • Oops, not yet!

  • Wild pitch, two on, two out.

  • 7-5 Dodgers after 3-run HR.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hatcher hatchering big time tonight.

  • WBBsAs

    Maybe this game isn’t Hatcher-proof.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doc no happy.

  • Kenley in.

    • John_from_Aus

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

  • NOW we win.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win! Take 2.

  • WinnipegDave

    First place!

  • Bob_Hendley

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

    • RBI

      Remarkable young man.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!!

  • foul tip

    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.

    • Bob_Hendley

      This might have just been the last straw and to think he had the guy struck out.

      • scooplew

        I think Hatcher will follow Romo to the DL or perhaps be DFA’d.

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_Hendley

      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.

  • WBBsAs

    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.

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