Game 78, 2017

Angels at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-W

The Angels come to Dodger Stadium a game over .500 and playing without superstar Mike Trout, who’s out for at least two more weeks with a torn ulnar ligament in his thumb. They will also have Albert Pujols, he of the 600+ HRs, playing 1B in one of the two games in the NL park, something he’s done only four times this season.

An omen? “The Angels are 38-28 against the Dodgers since 2005, including winning the ’16 Freeway Series by a 3-1 margin.”

The Angels send old friend RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-9, 5.23 ERA) out to face the Dodgers’ LHP Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73 ERA). Nolasco got slammed for five runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Yankees in his last start and took the loss. He leads the AL in HRs allowed with 23. Hill got the win his last time out against the Mets, giving up only one run in five innings. He still hasn’t gotten into the sixth inning yet this year.

Cody Bellinger, your NL Player of the Week.

Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated praises the Dodgers for their exploits thus far.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1944 At the Polo Grounds with over 50,000 fans looking on, the New York major league teams face each other in a six inning three-team game (a team played consecutive innings against the other two teams then sat out an inning) to raise money for war bonds. The charity contest, billed as the Tri-Cornered Baseball Game, ends with the final score of Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0.

  • 1968 Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson tosses his fifth consecutive shutout as he blanks the Pirates, 3-0, in the first game of a doubleheader played at Busch Stadium. The future Hall of Famer’s accomplishment is one shy of the major league mark, set earlier in the month by Don Drysdale of the Dodgers.
  • 1999 At Candlestick Park‚ Todd Hundley’s second homer of the day‚ a ninth inning three-run shot to deep right field off Giants’ closer Robb Nen, sparks the Dodgers’ 7-6 comeback win. Ellis Burks had put San Francisco ahead in the bottom of the eighth, 6-4, with a three-run homer off Alan Mills.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • The Dodgers as Juggernaut.

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  • scooplew

    Look-alikes: James Comey and Rich Hill

    • WBBsAs

      Comey’s a bit taller.

      • And Hill is currently employed.

        • scooplew

          Comey is 6-8, Hill 6-5. Comey played intramurual basketball, football and Ultimate Frisbee at William & Mary. Hill played varsity baseball at the University of Michigan.

        • WBBsAs

          Comey, however, may have better command.

  • scooplew

    Arizona beat Philadelphia this afternoon, 6-1. Greinke got the win, but he went only five innings, throwing 102 pitches, allowing the one run (earned), three hits, walking three and striking out five.

    • RBI

      I’m thinking the Rockies may beat the Gnats as well…

      • WBBsAs

        I’d think they’re looking forward to facing the Gnats.

      • package206

        What is wrong. Another win is a must, don’t you think??

        • scooplew

          Nice to hear from you, Package. Hope you are doing well.

    • WBBsAs

      Anecdotally, I seem to recall Greinke with several very high pitch counts this season.

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  • Confirmation of news below.

    Have y’all voted for Seager and any other Dodgers you think should start in the ASG? Last round is today.

    • WBBsAs

      I’ve never voted online and prefer to use the ASG as a mini-vacation from baseball – I’d sooner watch a spring training game. I was far more interested when the players chose their peers and there was no interleague play, so the game had the feeling of a genuine rivalry.

      • scooplew

        Interleague play has diminished the excitement of the All-Star Game. Additionally, it was much more fun when I was a kid. Of course. A splendid Tuesday early in the summer. The players should select the starting lineups. But, in lieu of that, I voted five times today, picking three Dodgers: Bellinger (as a write-in), Seager and Turner. I did pick Posey as catcher.

        • WBBsAs

          I enjoyed it into my forties. The last worthwhile game was 1994, when McGriff homered in the ninth to tie and Tony Gwynn scored the winner in the tenth.

          • WinnipegDave

            Does the AL winning about the last 20 have anything to do with it being less fun?
            It has for me.

          • WBBsAs

            It’s not that. It’s the brain-dead marketing for a game that’s been consciously devalued – even though, thankfully, the homefield advantage crap is gone.

          • WinnipegDave

            I certainly agree that having HFA for the World Series decided by an exhibition game was a really, really bad idea.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Those were the same 3 I voted for . . . I still have 10 more times (two days’ worth) to go.

          • scooplew

            We’re on the same track. I got in late and today was the first time I voted. So I have only 15 votes left. But, isn’t it crazy that each e-mail address can vote up to 35 times?

  • scooplew

    “Should” is not a word we should use in predicting the outcome of any one game. Having said that, we “should” win tonight if Hill has a decent game. Nolasco shares the major league lead in losses with nine and has a 5.23 ERA, precisely half a run more than Hill.

  • scooplew

    Nolasco wanted no part of Bellinger.

  • WinnipegDave

    Down 2-0. That should not be insurmountable.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      As long as the bats show up.

  • WinnipegDave

    Colorado down 3-0 to SF. Dodgers down 3-0 to Angels.
    Which team is more likely to win?

  • WinnipegDave

    Kole Calhoun. 1930’s gangster or Old West cowboy? I can never decide which he reminds me of more.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not exactly the pitcher one would think would shut down the Dodger “juggernaut.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, bats — time to make your appearance and take the lead.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ditto for 6th inning.

      • WinnipegDave

        7th?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          One can hope.
          Silver Lining Dept: this game is moving along!

          • WinnipegDave

            Lots quicker than yesterday to be sure.

        • package206

          Gotta have a win tonight, right??

          • WinnipegDave

            Absolutely!

          • WinnipegDave

            You will be happy to know I had an Oreo McFlurry tonight Package. 🙂

          • package206

            You are the man, Dave!!

          • scooplew

            How was it, WDave?

          • WinnipegDave

            I enjoyed it! Nice night here to be outside and eating icy treats.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Link, those stats above must be wrong — based on the Dodger “output” tonight, Nolasco must be in contention for the Cy Young Award.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Oh well, it was bound to happen. Would’ve been nicer, I guess, if it was vs. an ace.

    • Every dog has his day?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Really good game by Rich . . . hurt mostly by that double steal. I didn’t see it — did Grandal hold the ball because of their jump?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Talk about hitting off the pitcher!

    • WinnipegDave

      He is totally getting hit now.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Now need a hit and run(s).

  • WinnipegDave

    Need to score here.

  • RBI

    Let’s go Dodgers!

    • package206

      That a girl!!

      • RBI

        Hi Package!

        • package206

          Hey Gal, we got to have a win.

    • WinnipegDave

      Alright. RBI is here. Game on!

      • RBI

        I was hiking and listening on the radio. Then cooking and then eating. But always here in spirit.

        • package206

          Yeah, really missing Vinny

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “Welcome to the big club, now we need a big hit.” (or sac fly)

    • RBI

      Up to Chutley.

      • package206

        How about my boy, Cory??

        • RBI

          He is a joy to watch.

          • package206

            He is the next Dodger Hero, right

  • WinnipegDave

    Is Freeman the best we have off the bench?

    • RBI

      Way over eager, poor guy.

      • scooplew

        Freeman was 2-for-30 for Seattle this year. Lifetime average of .132 in 53 ML at bats.

        • RBI

          Strange choice by Doc.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Where is the Dodgers’ offensive weapon, the WP?

    • RBI

      Yes. Could have really used one there.

  • package206

    Gotta get deeper in the lineup

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not with a bang but a whimper.

  • package206

    Ouch!!

  • RBI

    Argh. Slider slider slider slider and froze him with one right down the middle.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wait til next inning.

    • package206

      Oreo McFlurry huh??

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha!

  • RBI

    Gnats bullpen doing their thing, loading the bases.

  • RBI

    5-2 Gnats. Strickland gets an important out.

    • package206

      WOW!! What a throw!!

      • RBI

        Crazy!

    • WBBsAs

      You misspelled “Strychnine’ (what Gnatfans call him).

  • RBI

    Puig is too too amazing.

  • RBI

    I can’t believe my eyes with Puig’s throw sometimes.

    • package206

      Shouldn’t we be able to beat these guys with no Trout??

      • WBBsAs

        I hate to have to tell you this, but Trout sometimes goes 0-for-4 (and the remaining OFers score twice). Also, Trout does not pitch.

        • RBI

          I keep telling myself we have to lose at some point. But Hill pitched so well tonight, it would be a shame to give him an L.

          • WBBsAs

            He was pitching against a weak lineup, started the two-run rally with a walk to an AL pitcher, and gave up a sac fly to the worst hitter in baseball on an 0-2 pitch.

          • RBI

            Still pitched better than he has been. The double steal and walking the pitcher made me nuts, but our offense has gone AWOL.

  • WinnipegDave

    Gimpy leg doesn’t effect Puig’s arm.

  • RBI

    The whole game was worth that throw by Puig. Staggeringly good.

    • package206

      Which rule of ten is this??

      • RBI

        Hmmm. Hopefully eleventh?

    • WinnipegDave

      Feels like if might be their only highlight.

      • package206

        Dave, let’s try Cherry Supreme tomorrow, OK?

        • WinnipegDave

          I think I have some in the freezer. Lol.

  • RBI

    C’mon bats!

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Bellinger. We haven’t had a home run yet tonight. Need at least one, don’t we?

    • RBI

      Not against Middleton.

  • RBI

    This Middleton is amazing.

  • WinnipegDave

    Blah.

  • RBI

    Not our night.

    • package206

      Where is Link when we need him?? Washing dishes or cooking??

      • RBI

        I know. Link?!?!?!

        • Eating taquitos and homemade quesadillas and cleaning up!

    • package206

      Romo is not impressive, huh??

      • RBI

        Scraggly beard, as well.

  • package206

    Mama’s not going to be happy.

    • RBI

      I can’t complain that much, after this recent run of runs.

      • package206

        I know, I know, but you don’t want a habit right??I

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        They went quickly from 60 to 0. Hopefully they can get back up to speed manana!

  • WinnipegDave

    So 4 in a row or Grand Slam. I’m fine with either.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No bang.
    Lots of whimper.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If hitting is contagious, so is not hitting.

  • RBI

    Oh, well. Tomorrow is another day!

    • WinnipegDave

      Thanks Scarlett. 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    Just seeing that 2 teams scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th tonight. Both lost.

  • package206

    From Wa Hoo to BOO.

  • Humph. I leave the game to you folk while I eat my well-earned supper and what do you do?

  • WBBsAs

    Jim Thome loves him some Cody Bellinger… https://twitter.com/MLBNetwork/status/879685759359307776

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