Game 67, 2017

Dodgers at Indians, 9:10AM PT, TV: SPNLA, Sportstime Ohio, MLBN (out-of-market only)

Rich Hill (3-2, 3.77 ERA) takes the mound for the Dodgers against the Indians’ Josh Tomlin (3-8, 5.73 ERA) in this early starting day game. Hill’s been good when healthy, but he’s taxed the Dodgers’ bullpen; he’s not gotten into the sixth inning in any of his seven starts this season. He pitched for the Indians and manager Terry Francona in 2013. Tomlin has given up at least three runs in 9 of his 12 starts this year, and his last outing was one of his worst. He gave up four runs (three earned) on nine hits in 2 2/3 innings against the White Sox on Saturday.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1938 In the first night game played in New York City, Johnny Vander Meer pitches his second consecutive no-hitter, beating the Dodgers at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, 6-0. Four days ago, the Reds’ southpaw held the Braves hitless in a 3-0 victory at Crosley Field.
  • 1951The Cubs trade Andy Pafko along with Johnny Schmitz, Wayne Terwilliger, and Rube Walker to the Dodgers for Bruce Edwards, Joe Hatten, Eddie Miksis, and Gene Hermanski. The deal, which prevents the coveted ‘Handy Andy’ from going to the rival Giants, is the first of many to be made by Buzzy Bavasi, Brooklyn’s new general manager.
  • 1996 In the first inning of their 6-2 victory over the Braves, the Dodgers turn their first triple play in forty-seven years. After making a running, back-to-the-plate grab of Chipper Jones’s popup to short left with runners on first and second, Juan Castro throws to second baseman Delino DeShields to double up Marquis Grissom, then the ball is relayed to first baseman Eric Karros to get Mark Lemke, who was also running on the pitch.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    I recall Juan Castro’s TP-starting catch – very difficult play that he made look easy. I did one of those about a decade ago in slow pitch, a foul ball down the third-base line, and it was immensely satisfying.

    • scooplew

      In the sixth grade at Hancock Park Elementary School in Los Angeles, I was playing first in a softball game. There were runners on first and second when the batter hit a soft line drive to me that I caught. Both runners ran as ball hit bat. I stepped on first for a DP and saw the other runner near third base. Ignoring the cries of my friend Carl at shortstop to throw him the ball for a Triple Play, I realized that this indeed was a special moment — one that has never been repeated — and I went to second to touch the base for an unassisted TP. Carl remains a close friend all these years later.

  • WBBsAs

    Taylor starts it off with a walk.

  • Bob_Hendley

    They need to nix that guy with the drum.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Cultural appropriation!

      • WBBsAs

        Worse than tomahawk chop, though?

  • RBI

    Wow, Hill looks terrible.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, seems to have finally found his curve.

    • WBBsAs

      You spoke a bit too soon, I fear.

  • RBI

    Methinks we may not win this one.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Safe bet, though they have shown the ability to comeback lately.

      • HLKLA

        Let us hope, but I am putting my broom back in the closet for now.

  • HLKLA

    Ugh, two more runs. Do we let Hill keep going to save the pen?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing if he gets into trouble again Doc will replace him as we have two long guys in the pen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bellinger with the rally killer.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Cody pounds the glove as well as the ball with his bat.

  • WBBsAs, did you not notice I put up an “NPUT” comment in the previous post? Hmph! Suggesting I’d forgotten it was an early EARLY game indeed!

    • WBBsAs

      There was no NPUT when I made that comment…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tally ho!

  • Lookout, Tribe, here we come!

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers will have to do it themselves for the next few days, can’t expect much help from the Gnats in Denver.

    • RBI

      Aren’t the Gnats due at least one win and the Rox a loss?

      • WBBsAs

        I wouldn’t hold my breath. Matt Moore’s pitching worse than Hill did today.

  • We just got close, don’t give the runs back, Rich. Ah. Bring Stripling in. Probably wise.

  • WBBsAs

    Enough Hill-climbing for today…

    • Bob_Hendley

      So much for relief.

  • Oh nuts.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Oh, Barnes!

    • WBBsAs

      Baserunning error probably cost at least a couple runs.

  • Did the 6th put everybody to sleep?

  • HLKLA

    My wife and I went to a sports bar for lunch so we were able to watch the Dodgers trim the lead to one, then we watched Cleveland pull away. Looks like we will not be able to sweep Ohio.

  • Get a 7 run lead and then put a lefty in is just wrong.

    • Although if that lefty walks the first batter and hits the second that makes up for the Manager being mean.

    • HLKLA

      Apparently Francona agreed with you.

  • scooplew

    Meat Loaf: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrF5bZoE8wk

  • scooplew

    Any word on why Seager was pulled?

    • I am pretty sure it had something to do with the 7 run lead the spiders have plus give Guttierez a practice pinch hit opp.

      • scooplew

        Good observation. I worry about these things.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s Hatcher time!

  • WinnipegDave

    Just checking in. Looks like Belly good and Hill bad. But nice to have won 2 out of 3 in Cleveland anyway.

  • WBBsAs

    Thanks, Cleveland. Not fun, but hard to be too upset after a six-game win streak… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VJQEPgrGHs

  • HLKLA

    Bellinger says he would be open to playing in the Homerun Derby, to which I say: Noooooooooooooo!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Didn’t do Seager any harm. Many point to Joc, but he was already trending down before the ASG.

  • This ain’t good:

    Dodgers: 1B Adrian Gonzalez received a second opinion on his back injury, which confirmed he has a herniated disc. He’ll likely receive an epidural. LHP Julio Urias (shoulder inflammation) has been shut down indefinitely. The 20-year-old phenom is on the disabled list at Triple-A Oklahoma City after being up with the Dodgers earlier.

  • RBI

    Rockies are already mashing the gnats, 5-1, only the second inning.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, there’s always Schadenfreude…

      • RBI

        Did I say 5-1? Sorry. 7-1. Why are we the only team that struggles against the Gnats?

  • WBBsAs

    In three innings v. the Rox, Gnatt Moore struck out seven, while allowing eight runs on 11 hits. He threw 76 pitches.

    • RBI

      Gnats must have heard my plea! 9-8, Rox at the moment.

      • WBBsAs

        The Gnats are still losers, though.

        • RBI

          Yup.10-9

          • WBBsAs

            It’s karma, and likely to continue for many years. Their farm system is empty, and even the Pads have talented young players.

  • Dodgers got good news on young southpaw Julio Urias, as Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports (Twitter links). While he’ll still be shut down until the soreness in his shoulder subsides, Urias did not exhibit any structural issues in an MRI.

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