Game 69, 2017

Dodgers at Reds, 1:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-O

LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-6, 4.42 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers, trying to get his first win in nearly a month. The Reds’ rookie RHP Asher Wojciechowski (1-0, 5.21 ERA) hasn’t won since May 20 himself. Ryu has given up four runs including four home runs in each of his last two starts. Wojciechowski has gone at least five innings in each of his last two starts after giving up three home runs over four innings in his first start with the Reds on May 30.

Before the game the Reds unveiled a bronze statue of Pete Rose in headlong slide, joining statues of Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez outside Great American Ballpark.

Dodgers farmhand Jair Jurrjens was suspended for 80 games by MLB for testing positive for testosterone. He’s 4-3 with a 4.64 ERA in 11 Pacific Coast League outings this season, including 10 starts.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1956 Joe Adcock’s ninth-inning home run off Brooklyn right-hander Ed Roebuck, his second round-tripper of the game, proves to be the game winner in the Braves’ 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. The blast to left field, which clears an 83-foot wall at the 350-foot mark, is believed to the only homer ever to land on the roof at Ebbets Field.
  • 1956 Fred Haney, named yesterday to replace Charlie Grimm , wins two games in his managerial debut with the Braves when the team sweeps a doubleheader against the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 5-4 and 3-1, starting a streak of 11 consecutive victories. The club’s former coach will compile a 341-231 (.596) record, guiding Milwaukee to two pennants and a world championship during his four seasons at the helm.
  • 1976 At Shea Stadium‚ Dave Kingman hits a walk-off homer to give the Mets a 1-0 victory over the Dodgers. Sky King’s game-ending blast comes off Charlie Hough in the 14th inning.
  • 1992 Dodger farmhand Mike Piazza, believing he was low balled in his contract negations, takes exception to the team giving a reported bonus of $500,00 to top draft pick Ryan Luzinski, a 220-pound catcher from Holy Cross High in Delran, New Jersey who will never play in a major league game. Next season, Piazza will be selected as the National League’s Rookie of the Year, and will hit .331 in seven seasons for LA.


113 thoughts on “Game 69, 2017

  1. That Seager – Bellinger play in the ninth was super. Hopefully we will see similar ones by those two for a long time to come.

  2. And a very pleasant Saturday afternoon (or evening) to you wherever you may be.

  3. This is Ravin’s first MLB appearance of the year. He went to Chatsworth High in the San Fernando Valley near L.A. Drafted by Cincinnati he spent eight years as a Reds’ farmhand and never had a winning record for a season.. He has spent all or part of four seasons as a Dodgers farmhand — and played in the majors in 2015 and 2016 — and never had a losing record as a Dodgers farmhand.

  4. Does Puig know more than Orel about balls lodged under a fence? Orel said Puig should have left the ball under the fence until an umpire could go out there and verify that it was lodged. Meanwhile the runner keeps running…

  5. Can someone with eyes or ears on the game explain how a person tripled on a pop up to first base?

    • Who are the “untouchables” for the Giants? (Not to be confused with India’s caste system.)
      Not many: Dirt bike Bumgarner, Posey, Panik and the former phenom Arroyo, who is back in the minors, will be back. Crawford and Melancon probably stay. After that I can’t think of any who will definitely return and certainly no outfielders. The Giants minor league teams are bad. A recent article in the Merecury noted that each of them was in last place.

      • No market for BadGums coming off a dirtbike shoulder injury anyway. Melancon stays because of a horrible contract for a mediocre pitcher. Cueto maybe, but he’s not pitched well and can opt out but, if he continues to pitch badly, the team that has him will be stuck with an albatross. Basically, they’ve got nothing to offer.

        • I don’t think Cueto wants to be back with the Giants next season and I don’t think the team wants him to return. But the way that he has pitched this season, and given the contract that you cite, staying may be his only option.

          • He’s pitched like a No. 3 or 4 starter. In SF, though, that makes him a No. 1.

  6. At the start of play today the three times in the NL with the highest winning percentage were:
    1. Colorado
    2 Los Angeles and Arizona (tied)
    4. Washington
    5. Milwaukee
    No other team in the league was above .500

    • Reminds me of a joke about a bad outing by the late Fillies pitcher John Boozer – “Boozer was fine until he reached the bottom of the fifth.”

  7. That inning started off so well for the Dodgers. I guess Bellinger is human after all.

    • I like to see the Gnats play just well enough not to have a protected first-round pick, but it seems unlikely they’ll be able to pass the Padres, who have plenty of raw talent.

  8. Bad bad inning for Ryu. Almost inexcusable to walk in a run after getting the five spot.

    • Was thinking the same thing. Perhaps those three games with OKC gave him something to ponder. Who knows?

  9. Shades of Gonzo and Grandal getting tossed a few weeks back. Temper, temper boys.

  10. In what should be the BP opportunity of the year, the Rox are facing Gnatt Cain at Coors.

  11. Best Presidential promotion ever?

    2004 At New Hampshire’s Holman Stadium, the Nashua Pride of the independent Atlantic League celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the Watergate break-in by giving away Richard Nixon bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans in attendance. The minor league promotion, which included free entrance to anyone named Woodward or Bernstein and 18 1/2 minutes of silence to match the time of the gap in the infamous Watergate tape, had no reports of stolen signs during the game.

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