Game 75, 2017

Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM

The Rockies come to town having lost two of three to the Diamondbacks in Denver. They’ll ask YALHP Kyle Freeland (8-4, 3.42 ERA) to put a lid on the Dodgers’ hot home run bats (15 in a four-game sweep of the Mets, a franchise record). He’ll face the Dodger’s lefty Alex Wood (7-0, 1.90 ERA).

Freeland is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers this season. Wood went six innings in his only start against the Rockies this year and struck out ten to get the win.

In the comments to last night’s game Winnipeg Dave asked about the 1936 HR on the scoreboard in Brooklyn. Fortuitously, Jon W. posted a copy of the 1956 Ebbets Field ground rules at Dodger Insider in 2015. Right there under Home Run, item #3 reads “Ball remaining above or behind scoreboard.” So there you have it.

Horrible news: Urias will undergo surgery to repair his left anterior capsule. The timeline for his return may be as long as 14 months.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1930 The Dodgers get twelve consecutive hits in a 19-6 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field. Two of the dozen hits in the eight-run sixth inning include a pair of homers hit by Brooklyn outfielder Babe Herman.
  • 1986 The Braves strand 18 runners on base, establishing a National League record. Enough Atlanta players do score to give the team a 6-5 victory over L.A. at Dodger Stadium.

Lineup when available.

  • See links above.

    • RBI

      Ah, missed that. Thanks.

      • No, you beat me by five minutes, but I put more info into the post, that’s all.

        • WinnipegDave

          14 months recovery? Suddenly Urias just got a lot older. If true, it would mean that he wouldn’t have a full load MLB season until 2020 or possibly 2021 – by which time he would be 24 or 25.

  • WBBsAs

    This is discouraging, not so much for the current season as for the young man himself. I’m no orthopedic surgeon, but I would guess that his youth increases the likelihood of a full recovery.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow – I feel honoured Link to appear in the main part of the post! Thanks for answering my question too – although it still seems like a wonderfully strange ground rule.

    • WinnipegDave

      I mean, above seems tough enough – but behind the scoreboard? You would have to ask the scoreboard operator to hand it to you while he or she was posting up another run!

      • What surprises me is that it was still in place in the 1956 rules. You’d think someone would have recognized the absurdity and changed it.

        • HLKLA

          If I am not mistaken, didn’t the old Toronto Stadium have some funky ground rules regarding some speakers hanging above the infield and outfield?

          • I just read the Wikipedia entries for both Exhibition Stadium and Sky Dome/Rogers Centre and can’t find anything about that. Maybe it was Tampa Bay? I remember that problem but I don’t remember where it was.

          • HLKLA

            I Googled it and there is a video of a fly ball hitting an aux. scoreboard in Texas during a spring game against the Dodgers, and of course it happened in the old Twins dome stadium.

  • WBBsAs
  • HLKLA

    The Dodgers were being so cautious with him too. I do not totally understand the physical demands on a person’s body to throw a small sphere 90 plus miles per hour, but as WBBsAs states, maybe his youth is a plus for a full recovery.

  • Further details about Urias and his injury.

    Current theory is it occurred as a result of one throw, not wear-and-tear.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joe Posnanski mentioned this a few times and I’ve been tracking it since. The Orioles just tied a MLB record by going 20 straight games of giving up at least 5 runs. They are 6-13 (and currently down 11-4 tonight) in those games. Also, they have given up exactly 5 runs 6 times, and double digit runs 5 times.

    Yikes!

    • WinnipegDave

      Ps – auto correct changed Yikes to Toles twice before it let me type Yikes.

    • HLKLA

      Let’s play the Orioles for a four game series!

  • 25 pitches in the first is no way to start, but allowing no runs after all that is pretty good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wood works his way out of first inning toast and jam.

  • WinnipegDave

    Okay Dodgers – let’s get the early lead here.

    • WinnipegDave

      Thank you Cody. SF scores Seager.

  • Big chance for Gutierrez.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not feeling it for him.

  • WinnipegDave

    A bunch of seeing eye hits to load the bases.

  • WBBsAs

    Gutiérrez looks as if he needs a wheelchair out there.

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s only an inning and a half but Gutierrez is not doing it tonight. Looked like he could have gotten to that ball sooner.

  • Wood throws something Gameday is calling a knuckle curve. I wonder what Burt Hooton is doing these days.

    Answering my own question, he’s coaching for the Padres’ Class A team. For heaven’s sake, he left baseball and got a degree in journalism from UT-Austin, then went into coaching.

    • WBBsAs

      Gameday says this all the time, but I don’t think anybody throws it. I used to throw it, when I pitched, and got a lot more break than an ordinary curve ball.

      • Quite a few do, if you believe this article at Baseball Prospectus.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Recall Mussina throwing one throughout his career.

  • WBBsAs

    Mets taking out their frustrations on the Gnats, lead 5-1 in the second.

    Gnats finished game in Atlanta last night after midnight, got to SFO around 5 a.m. Happy flight!

  • Will Forsythe ever get untracked?

  • WinnipegDave

    No no no. Not Seager with the hammy. That would not be good.

  • John_from_Aus

    He can still make it home though!

    • WinnipegDave

      But likely done now.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner got a workout there running 1st to home.

    • John_from_Aus

      Hernandez should just put one over the fence so they can all just trot home

  • HLKLA

    Corey, Justin and Cody doing what 2-3-4 hitters should do.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hoping Wood can have a few more lower pitch innings. Want him to go a full 6 at least.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ya got your wish!

      • WinnipegDave

        Glad to get it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Gutierrez with the box-score beautiful line drive. Meaning blop base hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wood needs to work on bunting.

  • scooplew

    When bunts go bad, a textbook example.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes sir.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wood works quickly.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager with “just a cramp”. Hopefully.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig! Our 8 spot hitter! (Doing well higher up in the order.)

  • John_from_Aus

    We are all over them today

  • WinnipegDave

    JT keeping it going.

  • John_from_Aus

    Gee thats good from Puig, not expecting to play, but still up for it when he comes up to the plate

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Go, Blue!
    Go Phils!

    • WBBsAs

      Fillies have tacked on another run, and now lead Snakes 2-0.

  • scooplew

    To be among the qualifiers for leading the league in certain categories, including batting average, a player must have 3.1 plate appearances for every game his team has played. For a full season that equates to 3.1 times 162 or 502.2 plate appearances, which is rounded to 502. Before tonight the Dodgers had played 74 games (48-26), so a player would have needed 229.2 PAs, rounded to 229. Turner entered the game with 181 ABs, 18 BBs, 9 HBP, 1 Sac and 1 SF for a total of 210 PAs. (I couldn’t find stats on reaching on catcher’s interference). So that is why he doesn’t qualify for leading the league in batting . . . yet. However, MLB Rule 10.22(a) adjusts the stats of any player who falls short, adding the missing plate appearances but no hits to his final totals. If the player’s batting average still leads a league, then he gets the crown.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s a little too early to think about that.

      • scooplew

        Perhaps.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Interesting, nonetheless.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks, Scoop!

      • scooplew

        You/re welcome.

        • RBI

          Hi Sccop!

  • WinnipegDave

    Considering 25 first inning pitches – great to finish the 6th with 98 total.

    • WBBsAs

      He got squoze in the first, but didn’t pitch badly despite the number of pitches.

      • WinnipegDave

        Squoze! So true.

      • RBI

        I was listening to my radio hiking, and told my husband, “I’ll bet the ump is squeezing Wood.”

  • WinnipegDave

    Roberts doing that thing where has the pitcher batting late. Doesn’t necessarily mean Wood will pitch the 7th.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He won’t.
      Very good game!

      • WinnipegDave

        Saw him talking to Roberts in the dugout. All Roberts said to him was “Julio Urias” and walked away. (Not really.)

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda sighting!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Even tho Vegas is home of the Mob Museum, never thought I’d root for a Maeda man.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Phils, add to your lead — 2nd & 3rd, none out, top of 9th.

  • scooplew

    Bud Black certainly giving Kyle Freeland a lot of rope. He’s doing better than his immediate predecessors. The Rockies’ starters in their last two games, losses of 16-5 and 10-3 to the D’Backs, each allowed nine earned runs.

  • WBBsAs

    Fillies have taken out some insurance, and now lead Snakes 6-1 in the ninth.

    • RBI

      I wouldn’t have called that.

  • scooplew

    Isn’t Bellinger due? LOL.

    • WinnipegDave

      Overdue!

  • scooplew

    The Mets scored 11 runs in the four-game series vs. the Dodgers. They lead the Giants, 11-4, tonight in the 7th inning in San Francisco.

    • WinnipegDave

      Good for RBI’s old flame!

      • RBI

        Happy to hear this!

      • scooplew

        Who’s that?

        • WinnipegDave

          NY NL

          • RBI

            Grew up a Mets fan. Big crush on Eddie Kranepool.

  • RBI

    Dbacks just lost.

    • WinnipegDave

      Woot!

      • RBI

        Good night so far. Not to jinx anything.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wouldn’t mind a couple more runs so Kenley can completely relax.

    • RBI

      There’s one.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yea!

  • WinnipegDave

    Brandon Morrow pitched great tonight and probably tomorrow.

    • RBI

      Ha.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “– and tomorrow and tomorrow”

  • RBI

    Morrow sharp again. I love the way he attacks the plate.

  • WinnipegDave

    Barnes got tired of walking! Motors for a triple!

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig injured now? Or just praying?

    • RBI

      Stretching out a kink, I think.

  • WinnipegDave

    Romo is a sorta short anagram of Morrow.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not only a win and expanding the lead, but guaranteeing they will finish the weekend in 1st.
    Hitting, with power, making the plays, and great pitching– definitely firing on all cylinders!

    • WinnipegDave

      Only concern are possible injuries.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        A concern brought home tonight!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Around the horn? With their depth, so far they have weathered injuries at 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

  • From MLB: “Seager said he’s had four previous hamstring injuries, two in each leg, partially tearing his left hamstring and dealing with moderate strains the other three times.”

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers are only one game behind the ‘Stros for the best record in baseball.

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