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.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs
    • I guess that’s a relief. I’ve never “tweaked” my hamstring. Severed my patellar tendon, yes.

  • Further info re: Seager’s injury.

  • WinnipegDave

    7 HR in 20 games is so 2013.
    But SF losing is definitely very 2017.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw worries me.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha ha. He fooled me.

  • WBBsAs

    Kershaw on pace for a 207-pitch CGSO.

    • WinnipegDave

      With 18 hits, 9 walks and 18 K’s.
      Very tidy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Better inning by Kershaw.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kike!
    C’mon, Kersh — help yourself!

  • WinnipegDave

    The curve ball is getting hit.

  • WBBsAs

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

  • WinnipegDave

    4 walks in one inning usually means you score at least one run.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m sure the Dodgers did it once and failed to score!

      • WinnipegDave

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

        • Bob_in_Vegas

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

          • WinnipegDave

            Ugh. Against the Mets wasn’t it?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            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.

          • WinnipegDave

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

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Hope that didn’t affect the meeting with your boss!

          • WinnipegDave

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

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K for 4th-ershaw!

  • WinnipegDave

    Clayton K’s the side!

  • WinnipegDave

    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.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kersh, get the K!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Whew — that’ll work as well.

      • WinnipegDave

        Hasn’t really fooled LeMahieu tonight but gotten away with it

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot, AZ now leads their game.
    But Dodgers control their own destiny.

  • WinnipegDave

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

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Your wish worked last night. Here’s hoping . . .

      • WinnipegDave

        And again, I’ll take it!

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    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.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    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.

  • WinnipegDave

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

  • RBI

    Anyone know what the Rockies’ beef with the third base ump was about?

    • WinnipegDave

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

  • Bob_in_Vegas

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

    • RBI

      I agree.

  • RBI

    I would sure love a couple more runs.

  • RBI

    The Rockies are not easy outs.

    • WinnipegDave

      They really battle don’t they.

  • RBI

    Great play by Forsythe!

  • RBI

    Wow, that could have made it 4-2, just like that.

  • RBI

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

  • RBI

    Romo. Okay…

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • RBI

    Great final pitch, Romo!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

    • RBI

      There he is!

      • WinnipegDave

        Better late… than not needed or missed at all!

  • WinnipegDave

    17-5 is a good way to start a month.

    • RBI

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

      • WinnipegDave

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

  • WinnipegDave

    Won 50 out of 76. Can they win 50 out of the next 86?

    • That seems doable, barring injury to any one of half-a-dozen guys.

  • Who the heck thought that Wood and McCarthy would be pitching nearly as well as Kershaw all the way up to the All Star break?

    • Paul shaffer’s brass section raises their hand.

      • Paul’s got brass, but I don’t get it. Unless you mean no one thought that.

        • Whenever Letterman would ask a question that asked who knew or who ever did, etc. where few would answer yes to, the brass section would always raise their hands.

  • WinnipegDave

    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.

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