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.

Lineup:

  • 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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  • WBBsAs

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

  • This is a really big deal this morning out here. The voyaging canoe Hokuleia is sailing into the harbor after three years circumnavigating the globe.

    • WBBsAs

      I’ve been to Rapa Nui at least half a dozen times, but never to Hawai’i.

      • It’s a 5 1/2 hour flight from the West Coast. Not all THAT hard.

        • WBBsAs

          Rapa Nui’s always been more convenient. Only 4-1/2 hours from the West Coast.

  • WBBsAs

    To break the morning’s mood, there’s the voice of Steiner.

  • So far Dodgers either strike out or hit doubles.

    • scooplew

      At the start of play today the Dodgers were tied for the NL lead with the Nationals for doubles, fifth most in strikeouts.

  • Who’s the Korean equivalent of The Flying Wallendas? That’s who Ryu seems to be emulating today. 50 pitches to go two innings.

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • WBBsAs

    What were all the Rojos fans upset about?

    • WinnipegDave

      Umps calling balls and strikes.

      • WBBsAs

        I stepped into the kitchen for a few minutes and missed that.

        • scooplew

          The called third strike to Hamilton, with two on and two outs, seemed a bad call, but one that benefited the Dodgers.

          • RBI

            It was a strike. Right at the knees.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doubley good.

  • WinnipegDave

    2 runs in.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger!

    • Bob_Hendley

      This park can’t contain him.

      • scooplew

        Could the Grand Canyon?

  • RBI

    Taylor and Belly make our lineup terrifying.

    • WinnipegDave

      Our version of NYY Judge and Hicks.

  • RBI

    Joc!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc joins the fun.

  • WinnipegDave

    Jocular!

  • RBI

    Boy, if Joc keeps this up, good news for our team!

    • scooplew

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

  • WBBsAs

    Ryu is not sharp. Very high pitch count.

  • RBI

    Oh, Ryu. Bear down, my friend.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is not very shut down.

    • RBI

      More like door wide open.

  • RBI

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

  • RBI

    Fabulous DP by Ryu! I take it all back!

    • WinnipegDave

      Shut the front door!

  • HLKLA

    We were very fortunate that last inning!

  • RBI

    The Gnats are so bad right now, and the Rox are so good.

    • WBBsAs

      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.

    • WinnipegDave

      I guess the same could be said re: the Reds and the Dodgers.

      • RBI

        Reds seem like more of a threat to get runs than Giants, although the SF-CO scores say otherwise.

        • WBBsAs

          Today the Gnats reverted to form.

  • HLKLA

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

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s not candy bars and home runs all the time.

      • Babe Ruths?

        • WinnipegDave

          Reggie Bars.

  • RBI

    Puig!

  • WinnipegDave

    HR Derby!

  • scooplew

    Ryu certainly persevered to get five innings in and be in-line for the win.

    • In the newspaper stories of the game it’ll say he scattered eight hits.

      • scooplew

        The word “scattered” has been used more in baseball stories than in any other context that I can recall. It is also sometimes used in describing military battles, such as Custer’s troops scattered at the Little Big Horn after their leader was killed. If you have never been there, it is a fascinating place to visit.

        • WBBsAs

          How about tweets by a prominent public figure?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Scattered showers right up there.

          • scooplew

            I forgot that usage.

        • HLKLA

          I had a friend who worked for the National Park Service and was assigned there for several years. It is in the middle of nowhere, but as you said, a fascinating place.

          • Where?

          • There is no there there.

          • We missed that battlefield in 1968. Saw the Badlands and Rushmore and Wall Drug, but missed the Custer Nat’l Monument.

          • Very hot there anyway, that is when it is not very cold.

          • Wall Drug used to be way off the freeway and now it is right next to it.

          • scooplew

            Wall Drug! No comment. (Except that my 7-year-old was fascinated by the whoopee cushions.)

          • HLKLA

            Little Big Horn!

          • scooplew

            It is in Montana, not far from Yellowstone. Great history. There are white markers in the ground signifying where the bodies of each member of the 7th Cavalry were found. We were there in 1994 when my daughter was 7. After spending the day there, we found a motel where I could watch the All-Star Game. Piazza starred.

          • scooplew

            I majored in history in college and I have always been a huge baseball fan.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Yasiel my belle!

    • scooplew

      These are words that go together well.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnats lose to Rox again, Fillies trail Snakes 1-0 in fifth.

    • WBBsAs

      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.”

  • scooplew

    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

    • Thank heaven the home field advantage for the World Series is no longer given to the winner of the All Star Game.

      • scooplew

        Agreed. Which league has it this year?

        • Good question. “Home-field advantage in the World Series will now be determined by regular-season records of the two pennant winners.”

          https://www.sbnation.com/2016/12/1/13804504/mlb-all-star-game-world-series-home-field-advantage-cba

          • WinnipegDave

            Judge vs Bellinger in the HR Derby. Winner gets HFA.

          • scooplew

            Ha! And by the way, how was your bocce/frisbee evening with your students last night? At what level do you teach?

          • WinnipegDave

            Thanks Scoop. It was a very fun evening. Yeah – I get to hang with university students.

          • scooplew

            That’s great. What university?

          • WinnipegDave

            University of Winnipeg.

          • Wesmen? What is a Wesmen?

          • WinnipegDave

            It used to be a Wesleyan College. Back in the early days of the institution young men used to head out on horseback to share their faith with others. They were called Wesmen. Of course now, the mascot is Wile E Coyote type character.

          • scooplew

            Quite a change in mascots. What do you teach (besides baseball history)?

          • WinnipegDave

            To be honest (and with apologies to WBB) I’m not a Professor but rather a Chaplain. But yes – I have a history degree – and a 4 year BSc in Mathematics. Both feed into my love of baseball.

          • scooplew

            I expect that WBB will accept you as a person (and a big Dodgers fan). For the record, I am Jewish and my wife is a minister in the Church of Religious Science, which has some similarities with Unity. So, we have a rather ecumenical family.

          • Better HFA than DFA.

          • scooplew

            Hey, thanks.

  • WBBsAs
    • scooplew

      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.

      • WBBsAs

        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.

        • scooplew

          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.

          • WBBsAs

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

      • Washington might want Melancon.

  • HLKLA

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

    • WBBsAs

      High pop straight down the line, with Puig too far away. Bellinger came close, though I thought Utley had a better angle.

      • HLKLA

        Thank you.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Mesoraco is one Red who will miss the Dodgers.

  • 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…

  • HR 2 today!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig with dos 2 doce.

    • Who is the best #8 hitter in baseball? My answer is Puig.

      • scooplew

        Do you know why Puig homered? He wanted to make certain that Bellinger would get one more at bat.

      • Bob_Hendley

        IIRC Torre used to bat Matty there a bit.

        • Bob_Hendley

          In 144 PA, Matty had OPS 1.072 batting eighth.

  • scooplew

    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.

  • WinnipegDave

    I like our chances here.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig just missed his third one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager flashes the leather and the arm!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Manager doing Cozart a favor by reviewing.

    • WBBsAs

      But we must speed up the game!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • scooplew

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

    • Bob_Hendley

      2am for me, so thanks and goodnight.

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

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

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