Game 73, 2017

Mets at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, SNY, ESPN (out-of-market only)

The Mets ask RHP Tyler Pill (0-2, 3.75 ERA) to take the hill tonight. They’d originally planned that Rafael Montero would start this game, but he had to throw 3 2/3 innings of long relief Monday night. LHP Rich Hill (3-3, 5.14 ERA) will get the start for the Dodgers.

PIll, a San Dimas native, made two starts earlier this season, posting a 3.48 ERA despite a fastball that averages less than 90 mph. His manager says he has to change speeds or he won’t be effective. Hill is coming off his worst start of the year; he gave up seven runs in four innings against the Indians last week. He has yet to record an out in the sixth inning this season.

Even more astonishing, perhaps, is that the guys holding down positions 2 and 3 are not only active but are in tonight’s lineup: Seager and Pederson each hit 26 in their respective rookie years.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1957 In his first major league start, Von McDaniel‚ who graduated from Oklahoma’s Hollis High School last month, two-hits the Dodgers at Busch Stadium‚ 2-0. Brooklyn does not get a hit off the 18 year-old bonus baby until the sixth inning.
  • 1998 Bill Russell is released as Dodger manager and is replaced in the dugout by Glenn Hoffmann. In the front office, Tommy Lasorda assumes the general manager duties of the third-place club from Fred Claire.
  • 2016 Dean Kremer becomes the first-ever Israeli to sign a contract with a Major League baseball team when he comes to terms with the Dodgers, after being selected in the annual amateur draft earlier this month. The 20-year-old right-hander, who won Europe’s Most Valuable Pitcher award in both 2014 and 2015, has hurled for Israel’s national baseball team for the past three seasons. (Note: Kremer is currently 1-3 with a 6.69 ERA for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Dodgers’ Advanced A team in the California League)

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    It was delightful to watch A.J. break up Scherzer’s no-no – in the eighth, with an infield single! – and then see the Nats (gnot the Gnats) lose the game. Washington still has a good record, but they’ve played the weakest schedule of any contender.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Big time problems with their pen. Hatcher has a better ERA than their current closer.

      • WBBsAs

        They’ll probably have to overpay to address that issue. They’re fortunate to be in a weak division with a big lead.

        Are you still in bacalao-land?

        • Bob_Hendley

          In pastaville now. With team back on west coast, these games are 4am starts for me, but enjoying the good news over an espresso each morning. Next week on to Greece.

          • WBBsAs

            Where in Pastalia? My wife’s family came from the north, and she’s entitled to Italian citizenship though she doesn’t have it yet.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Carate Urio on Lago di Como.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    I vaguely recall Von McDaniel (mentioned above), whose career was brief. These days, it’s impossible to think of having a high school kid come straight to the majors, let alone letting him throw a complete game. His older brother Lindy debuted at 19, but had a longer career trajectory and is still alive at 81; Von died young, at 56.

    • DXMachina

      I don’t remember Von at all, but Lindy was a pretty good pitcher for a very long time for some very bad clubs (like the early 70’s Yankee teams). And now that I’ve looked his record up, 21 years of 110 ERA+, mostly as a reliever. Never played in a post-season game, which is a shame.

  • DXMachina

    They need to pound Pill early and often tonight, because I have the feeling that the Mets will be doing the same to HIll.

    • WBBsAs

      When he played for the Atléticos, Rich should have lived in this neighborhood near ours (particularly appropriate for tonight) – https://localwiki.org/oakland/Pill_Hill

      • DXMachina

        Hah!

  • WBBsAs

    Snakes have taken a 5-1 lead over the Rox in the fourth.

  • WBBsAs

    The Snakes have now scored 10 in the fourth, and it would appear the Dodgers have a good chance of taking over first place tonight.

    • RBI

      Wow, that happened fast!

    • WinnipegDave

      Except that Hill is pitching tonight.

  • John_from_Aus

    Game on tv here again, but it might be more of a tape it and watch it later job. Currently college World Series is on LSU vs Florida state, with the Dodgers to follow.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Hill. Not a good start.

    • RBI

      Ugh.

      • WinnipegDave

        He turned it around nicely. Yay.

    • RBI

      Could have been a lot worse.

  • RBI

    Can Hill get through six, that is the question.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill looking a bit better.

  • Chase, you sly devil!

  • scooplew

    It was a delight for me last night to meet RBI and her husband at the game: friendly, charming and thoughtful people. WOO-HOO! to them both. (And the game was n’t half bad either.)

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc getting on base again.

  • WinnipegDave

    The Mets with the big error there.

    • RBI

      We just repaid them.

      • WinnipegDave

        Big time.

  • WinnipegDave

    Watching the game on a Canadian sports channel. Man, I love the Dodger home uniform. And Dodger Stadium.

  • WinnipegDave

    I thought Utley had that one. So close.

  • WinnipegDave

    Shoot. Utley with a big drop there.

    • RBI

      Puig couldn’t find it. That didn’t help.

  • WinnipegDave

    One down. Need a ground ball DP now.

    • WinnipegDave

      Or another K works too.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’ll be honest. I am Canadian. I have followed hockey for a very long time. I still have no clue as to what most of the NHL awards represent.

    • WinnipegDave

      To be clear – I know the Hart is MVP and Vezina is top goalie. Beyond that – Lindsay? Selke? Masterton? – I always have to look them up.

  • WBBsAs

    Hill still throw loads of pitches.

    • WinnipegDave

      The K’s were helpful however.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger with the single stretched into a double ending up on third with the error!

    • WinnipegDave

      And then trots home on the double by Forsythe.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc with another walk.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice

  • RBI

    Puig!!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Jinx! — you owe me a water.
      PLENTY of water, with another record-tying day here, I believe (what’s another digit or two when it’s at least 115?)

      • RBI

        Actually you beat me to the punch. I was finishing up my exercise routine, whooping as I stretched.

  • WinnipegDave

    Halfway to 10! Lol.

  • WBBsAs

    My MLBTV is awful tonight. Puig’s AB took about ten minutes of buffering (probably a local issue).

    • WinnipegDave

      Spoiler: He ends up hitting a HR.

    • foul tip

      Game’s on ESPN, if you have it.

      • WBBsAs

        Nope, we cut the cable years ago.

    • RBI

      Hate when that happens.

      • WBBsAs

        It’s just improved – sharp focus on the iPad now.

    • HLKLA

      That is about how long Puig took to run the bases.

  • WinnipegDave

    I would be surprised if Hill pitches the 6th. He’s at 90 pitches already.

    • RBI

      And now two walks in a row.

      • WinnipegDave

        Hoping he gets this last out.

        • RBI

          He can’t find the strike zone suddenly.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Walks to Rich are what homers are to Kersh this year.
            Still, I’m sure Rich would easily trade for Clayton’s record!

  • RBI

    Well phew. Hill gets out of it.

    • WinnipegDave

      In sync again… 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    Lower case p “phew”.

  • WinnipegDave

    Romo. When did he get back?

  • WBBsAs

    Old friend Matt Kemp just hit an 11th-inning walkoff to beat the Gnats 5-3.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sweet!

  • WinnipegDave

    Weird stat from ESPN. Hill first pitcher in MLB history to have 9 starts in a row going 5 IP or fewer.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m sure the bullpen is aware of that!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yas, sir!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal with another dinger!

  • WinnipegDave

    Solid outings by both Romo and Dayton.

  • RBI

    Morrow! Where did he come from?

    • WBBsAs

      OKC, but I think he was up briefly once before.

      • RBI

        I don’t remember him very well. Was it early?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yas, sir AGAIN!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hopefully these bats will rock the Rockies this weekend!

  • RBI

    What is going on????

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I haven’t thought of the Dodgers as a power team since ’77!

      • WBBsAs

        You slept through Piazza, Karros, Shawn Green, Beltre?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Don’t think they were 4 x 30, were they?

  • WinnipegDave

    Feeling great Grandal!

  • RBI

    I really like the Joe and Orel duo. They have good chemistry. They know when to talk and when to shut up, and banter, but mostly talk about the players and not themselves.

    • WBBsAs

      Orel is knowledgeable, but his references to the Dodgers as “we” annoy me. Something that Vin would never do.

      • RBI

        Maybe because he played as a Dodger and Vin didn’t.

        • WBBsAs

          It comes across as homerism, which I deplore.

          • RBI

            As do I. See above.

      • RBI

        I appreciate that they give credit where it’s due, to either team, and also criticism where it’s appropriate, to either team. I can’t stand it when the announcers are clearly biased.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not a great night for Chase.

    • RBI

      Can you explain why he purposely let the fly ball drop?

      • WBBsAs

        To get the faster runner Granderson off the bases.

        • RBI

          Ah. Thank you!

  • WBBsAs

    Bellinger looks great around the bag at first – potential Gold-Glover.

    • RBI

      Cody Long-legs.

  • RBI

    So close to a home run there.

    • WinnipegDave

      High off the wall to be sure.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!!
    First place!!
    Best in the NL and #2 in MLB.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! First place!

    • HLKLA

      Let’s hope we stay in first longer than our other forays to top.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great contribution by the 6-8 batters: 3 hits (dingers all!), 4 BB, 6 runs and 5 RBI.

  • HLKLA

    Being the fatalist I am, I did not check in on the game last night, since Hill was pitching, but I did enjoy the fifteen hours of sunlight, going for a daylight walk at 9:30 pm was very enjoyable. I am glad Hill made it to five innings and the bullpen backed him up.

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