Game 76, 2017

Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM, MLBN (out-of-market only)

The Rockies send out RHP Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.08 ERA) to face the Dodgers’ LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 2.61 ERA).

Chatwood has been on a roll in June, allowing two runs or fewer in each start since June 3. In his career he’s 3-2 with a 1.62 ERA over 39 innings in six starts at Dodger Stadium. This year he’s 3-1 on the road with a somewhat gaudy 1.41 ERA and he’s held opponents to a .182 batting average away from Coors Field. Kershaw’s coming back from a poor (for him) start against the Mets on June 19th when he gave up six runs on four HRs and threw 112 pitches over 6 1/3 innings. With all of that, he still got the win.

Alex Wood has started 2017 like a house afire. He’s “the first Dodgers starter since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to start a season 8-0, and he’s the first Dodgers starter since Orel Hershiser in ’85 to remain unbeaten 11 starts into a season.”

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1947 The Dodgers win, 4 – 2, over the Pirates, as Jackie Robinson swipes home for the first of 19 times in his career.
  • 1956 Ed Bailey of the Redlegs hits three home runs in a 10 – 6 first-game win against the Dodgers. The Redlegs win the nitecap, 2 – 1. Eleven Cincinnati players then make an appearance on the What’s My Line? television show that night.
  • 2013 Rookie Yasiel Puig hits his 7th homer in 20 games and drives in the deciding run in the 8th in leading the Dodgers to a 3 – 1 win over the Giants.

Lineup when available.

Hmm. Utley at 1B, Bellinger in LF, Seager on the shelf.

63 thoughts on “Game 76, 2017

  1. Looked at the standings.

    Detroit has lost 8 straight games and are at 32-42. They are last in the AL and sit 7 games out of the Wild Card.

    The Cubs, who have been playing a bit better of late, are 38-36. They are the top team not currently in a playoff position in the NL – but are 7.5 games out of the Wild Card.

    That’s crazy that the worst team in the AL is closer in the Wild Card than the best of the rest in the NL.

    • Crazy how much these are team wins. Remember when Clayton was carrying the team on his shoulders?

      • Yes. But as you point out, not right now. Finally see the strength of the whole roster these days.

  2. Baez threw a perfect second pitch, just inside enough to fool Arenado into another big swing.

  3. Don’t wanna be ungrateful, but LA’s let a lot of scoring opportunities slip by them these last few innings.

    • Nope. As per usual these days, I fell asleep on the couch for an inning.

  4. Huffed and puffed but made it through 6 complete with no runs, 1 walk and 8 K’s.

  5. Hopefully this results in a W for the Blue, but already it’s a great “answer” by Kersh after the horror of his last game.

  6. ESPN Stats and Information

    Elias notes that this is the first time that the Giants have been the first team in the majors to hit 50 losses since the 1976 season. They finished that season 74-88.

  7. Like last night, I’m hoping Kershaw can go at least the full 6 innings.

  8. Baltimore finally stopped the bleeding. After a MLB tying (with the 1924 Phillies) 20 consecutive games of allowing at least 5 runs, they only gave up 3 today to Tampa.

      • It could be done numerous ways. Caught stealing and double plays would be leading factors.

        • Yep.
          After all, the Dodgers are the folks who brought us the playoffs double play at the plate.

          • Believe so — 1st inning, I think.
            I was driving back from Phoenix and on a stretch of road where the game didn’t come in clearly, which made it even tougher to believe.

          • I was having a lunch meeting with my new supervisor who had come in from Toronto. Not a great moment.

          • He was not a baseball fan but even he knew it was a bad play. I think he sympathized with me.

  9. Fillies have taken a 2-1 lead over Snakes on homer by rookie pitcher Ben Lively.