Game 77, 2017

Rockies at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM

YALHP Tyler Anderson (3-5, 5.75 ERA) goes for the Rockies and RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 2.87 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers.

Anderson has been on the DL for much of June with an inflamed left knee. He’d had a bad April but a good May. He’s 0-3 with a 5.74 ERA in three starts vs. L.A. this year. McCarthy’s had right knee tendinitis since Spring Training and it flared up on May 27, when he threw six scoreless innings in a victory over the Cubs. In the four starts since then he has a 1.59 ERA while holding opponents to a .218 batting average.

Seager is still day-to-day, and we may get some news about Puig, who looked like he twisted or pulled something when he took second base in the 7th inning Saturday night.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1937 Augie Galan becomes the first National Leaguer to hit a homer from each side of the plate. The switch-hitter’s pair of round-trippers, a homer from the left side off Freddie Fitzsimmons in the fourth frame and from the right side in the eighth against Ralph Birkofer, helps the Cubs beat Brooklyn at Wrigley Field, 11-2.
  • 1968 Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his third at-bat of his first major league game, going deep off Dodger right-hander John Purdin in the Giants’ 9-0 victory at Candlestick Park. The 22 year-old Giant outfielder joins Philadelphia National pitcher Bill Duggelby (1898 – first at-bat) as the only other player to hit a base-loaded home run in his major league debut.
  • 1984 Dodger infielder Bill Russell plays his 1,953rd game to become the team’s leader in games played. The shortstop, who will extend the mark to 2181 during his 18-year tenure with the club, is hitless in three trips to the plate, but will walk twice in LA’s 9-4 loss to San Diego at Chavez Ravine.

Lineup when available.

As I suspected, Puig is not in the lineup. Gutierrez has been put on the 10-day DL with an episode of ankylosis spondylitis and his roster spot taken by Mike Freeman. Also, according to management, Seager is feeling much better today.

  • Apparently it’s Kenley Jansen day in the media. First, ESPN has an interview with him about the languages he speaks and how that’s helped him. There’s a nice paragraph about Puig in there.

    Second, Dodger Insider has a feature about his accomplishments in the last couple of years.

    • WBBsAs

      I know who Bellinger is but, to the best of my memory, the last Jerry on the roster was Sands.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rich Hill wants to know how he can get knee tendinitis like McCarthy.

  • WinnipegDave

    It appears McCarthy is wild today.

    • WBBsAs

      It brings back bad memories of last year.

      • RBI

        Apparently the same glitchiness going on. Stripling already warming up.

  • RBI

    McCarthy has lost his command.

    • WinnipegDave

      Like Captain Pickard giving up the bridge.

      • RBI

        Hard one to watch so far. I really like McCarthy, and he is struggling in such a weird way.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seems more like a problem of control rather than command.

      • RBI

        He calls it a glitch in the brain. So whichever that is…

        • Bob_Hendley

          Command usually refers to the ability to place your pitches. Control is whether you can even get it over the plate. An interesting discussion in the booth on how to deal with the issue of the glitch. They seem to be leaving him alone on the bench.

          • RBI

            As Struther Martin put it in Cool Hand Luke, “You got to get your
            mind right!”

          • Bob_Hendley

            What we seem to have here is a failure to pitchiate.

          • RBI

            Excellent.

  • Bob_Hendley

    First time in a long time with a starting time other than 4am. 10 pm, just as if I were on the East Coast.

    • WBBsAs

      Still in Pastalia, or Grecia?

      • Bob_Hendley

        On my way tomorrow to Greece.

  • RBI

    Bad news bears game so far.

    • WinnipegDave

      If it only happens once every 2 or 3 weeks, it makes it so much easier to handle.

      • RBI

        Joc being a case in point!

  • WinnipegDave

    Get it all out of your system today Dodgers.

  • RBI

    Ooph. Hard to watch. You think you have this thing licked, and it pops back up.

  • RBI

    Come on, Kiké! Gotta get those. Poor McCarthy getting no help at all.

  • RBI

    Who took our team and replaced them with little league?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Whatever Mac gots, it’s spreading!

  • RBI

    Sloppy sloppy sloppy.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not the slickest fielding lineup.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Booth taking about the rarity of move from pitcher to position player. For the Dodgers, Loney springs to mind, though he never pitched professionally.

    • WBBsAs

      I believe Dodgers had Loney warming up in a game once, but I can’t recall the details.

  • WinnipegDave

    Comeback time!

  • RBI

    Kiké!!!

  • RBI

    Cody!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Can’t help Mac in the field, but certainly helping him with the bat!

  • RBI

    Anderson is out. Lyles in.

  • RBI

    Lyles ambling out after a five minute plus discussion on the mound with Anderson. Momentum stopper if I ever did see one.

    • No! Deliberate stalling tactics on the part of the other team? Surely you jest! 😉

      • RBI

        Conspiracy!

      • RBI

        It worked.

        • WinnipegDave

          For this inning. But we are right back in this.

  • RBI

    Nice, Austin!

  • McCarthy out. Avilan in.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Neither the ump nor the Dodgers doing Lyles any favors.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bases loaded. 2 outs. Bellinger up to bat. Good stuff baseball.

  • WinnipegDave

    Darn.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is feeling like a slog-fest.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      If they don’t lead with having the longest games, the Dodgers are definitely up there!

  • WinnipegDave

    That is a big out from the outfield!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Belli saves the deficit!
    Now let’s get some runs!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Need one more hit here. Ready for your close up Austin Barnes?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice gift!
    Bring in more, Bats!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bases loaded. 2 outs. Part 2.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wonder if he was upset with the other call?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    ANOTHER gift!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s Christmas in June!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        6 months away from it today!

  • Oh fer heaven’s sake!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2 runs on a WP!
    Shades of the double play at the plate we were talking about last night!

    • WinnipegDave

      Ca-RAZ-Y!!

      • RBI

        Wild.

        • WinnipegDave

          Well done. So well done.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shades also of Kirk Gibson scoring the winning run from 2nd on a WP in the magical year of ’88!

    • WinnipegDave

      I recall that!

  • WBBsAs

    That was bizarre.

  • WinnipegDave

    Jansen for 5 outs is maybe stretching it.

    • WBBsAs

      He hasn’t worked much lately.

      • WinnipegDave

        That’s true. But no day off for another 7 days.

  • scooplew

    Including today, Pederson is now 14-for-41 (.341) since his return, with five doubles and four homers in 13 games.

    • WinnipegDave

      And a good number of walks.

      • scooplew

        Including today, 10 walks, nine strikeouts since he came back.

  • RBI

    The yips turn out to be contagious.

  • RBI

    Wow. The Rockies must feel cursed.

  • RBI

    This is insane.

  • RBI

    Perhaps McCarthy feels a little better?

  • HLKLA

    This game is “wild” so to speak!

  • John_from_Aus

    I wonder what is the most run scoring wild pitches in a game by the one pitcher?

  • WBBsAs

    Whatever McCarthy had was contagious, and Ottavino contracted it.

    • WinnipegDave

      You beat me too it. Exactly what I was thinking.

  • scooplew

    I wonder what the records are for most wild pitches in a game is and for most runs scored on wild pitches.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wow!!!

  • RBI

    These Dodgers are unbelievable right now.
    Belly!!!!

  • Oh , I don’t believe it.

  • RBI

    Curtain call for the kid!

  • WinnipegDave

    Does Jansen come back out?

    • I’d say no if it were up to me.

      • WinnipegDave

        Let’s make it up to you then.

        • scooplew

          So he would get a “hold” instead of a save, eh? Funny.

          • WinnipegDave

            Changing things up.

  • RBI

    I’m sure the Rockies are thinking, “Get us outta here!”

  • scooplew

    Just got home from a trip to the Bay Area, where an old friend received her doctorate at a small institute. Listened to the Giants-Mets game en route and there were periodic updates on the Dodgers game. It was 6-4 Rockies at last report. Went to the computer at home and it’s been magical since.

  • John_from_Aus

    Is Kenley batting for himself?

    • scooplew

      Putting his .333 batting average for this season at risk. LOL.

      • Now at .500.

        • scooplew

          And .429 for his career (3-for-7).

    • WinnipegDave

      Doesn’t men he will pitch. Dave Roberts is a crazy man.

  • “5 wild pitches in one game. Number of occurrences: 5.[24][25] Most recently, Freddy García, April 10, 2012. Rick Ankiel of the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals and Bert Cunningham of the 1890 Players’ League both threw five wild pitches in a single inning.”

    Anderson had one, Ottavino had four, and for the Dodgers McCarthy had three. Eight in this game all told.

    • scooplew

      Thanks.

  • RBI

    This is completely nuts.

  • WinnipegDave

    KJ! He is in for his hitting!

  • WBBsAs

    Now the Dodgers are just humiliating the Rox.

    • WinnipegDave

      So Colorado. We will let you have a 5 run lead and look really bad doing it. But then…

      • Paraphrasing Brando: “You thought you was a contendah!”

      • HLKLA

        Kind of like running against that Freeze guy in Atlanta!

  • John_from_Aus

    The craziness started with Grandal at the plate, but I never imagined it would end with him back up again (and striking out again)

  • It’s not like Ottavino’s a rookie, either. This is his seventh year in the major leagues. He’s thrown 29 WPs in his career.

  • 1st walk of the year for KJ.

    • WinnipegDave

      Seems like the right day for it.

      • Obviously his hitting tired him somewhat.

    • HLKLA

      Seems appropriate for it to happen in this game!

  • RBI

    51 strikeouts. One walk. Of course, it would happen at this game.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win this walk on the wild side!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • RBI

    Longest nine inning game, also!

  • I sure hope McCarthy recovers his confidence.

    • HLKLA

      Winning had to help.

      • RBI

        Ottavino had to help as well.

        • WBBsAs

          I expect that, having seen Ottavino, McCarthy can laugh about his outing now.

          • HLKLA

            Rick Ankiel to Ottavino and McCarthy, “Hold my beer.”

  • scooplew

    Ten in a row, 16 of 17. Best streak ever?

    • WinnipegDave

      In 2006 the Dodgers had a 1-13 stretch and then immediately turned it around by winning 11 straight and 17 out of 18.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Filling in for Bob H.? 🙂

        • WinnipegDave

          I remembered that streak but had to look up the exact details.

  • HLKLA

    This comeback win was just amazing.

  • Freeway series tomorrow: 2 in LA, 2 in Anaheim. On paper the Dodgers should clobber the Trout-less Angels with little trouble, but paper is for Strat-O-Matic. We get old friend Nolasco tomorrow with a 2-9 record this year.

    • WinnipegDave

      Giving us a preview of tomorrow’s coming attraction Link?

    • HLKLA

      Did you play Strat-O-Matic? I did for years. I still have a lot of the old cards.

      • A thousand years ago, yes. Not in the last fifty years. 😉

  • DXMachina

    Wild game. Opposing pitchers seem to keep forgetting that Kenley used to hit for a living. Maybe the Dodgers should let him hit whenever they decide to pinch hit to bring him into a game.

    I was thinking that Vin would’ve been beside himself on this one, because whenever there was a runner on third, he’d always let you know how many wild pitches a guy had thrown…

    “Well Ottavino has thrown three wild pitches this season… Make that four wild pitches… Five… Six… Seven… “

    • WBBsAs

      Kenley wasn’t able to earn his living by pitching, though he’s not helpless. I expect the same would be true for Báez, who had so much experience at 3B.

      • foul tip

        You mean by hitting? 😉

        • WBBsAs

          Edited after early morning grogginess subsided.

  • HLKLA

    Maurice Sendak wrote a children’s book called Where the Wild Things Are, this game was the sequel.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I am really impressed with this team.

    The streak has to end at some point and it seemed like today would be that point. Even tho they got many runs as gifts, I choose to believe that their hustle and aggressiveness helped as well.

    The fact that during these 10 games, they played and beat two 1st place (or recently in 1st place) teams is really impressive to me.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Had to bag it at the 6th last night and just woke up to this. Surprise, surprise, suprise! {in Jim Nabor’s voice}

  • WBBsAs

    About half the replies to Grant’s tweet are from Dodger fans… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/879143801171914752

    • HLKLA

      I know the Giants have won titles more recently that the Dodgers, but do you want to do that at the expense of having to go through a season they are currently experiencing? I am happy to have the Dodgers consistently play above average baseball year in and year out, with an occasional title, than to have to go through a hopeless season like the Giants are experiencing.

      • WBBsAs

        Gnatfans might feel better about it if the team showcased their blue-chip prospects (Spoiler: they don’t have any).

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