Game 81, 2017

Dodgers at Angels, 7:07 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-W, MLBN (out-of-market only)

The Dodgers trot out LHP Clayton Kershaw (11-2, 2.47 ERA) to face the Angels’ RHP JC Ramirez (7-5, 4.38 ERA).

Kershaw’s given up a career high 17 HRs but has otherwise been his usual superb self this season. Against the Angels he has a career 5-2 record, 2.69 ERA and 0.99 WHIP. Ramirez is a converted reliever; this is his 13th career start. In his last one he went six innings and gave up only one run against the Red Sox.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1960 The Phillies strike out a dozen times in each end of a doubleheader when they are swept by the Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium, 6-3 and 5-2. The 24 K’s tie a major league record for strikeouts in a twin bill. Surprise! Drysdale started the first game and Koufax started the nightcap. Neither of them finished their games.
  • 1990 For the first time since 1917 (Hippo Vaughan and Fred Toney), two no-hitters are thrown on the same day when the A’s Dave Stewart shuts out the Jays 5-0 and the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela blanks the Cardinals, 6-0.
  • 2012 In the Diamondbacks’ 9-3 victory over Milwaukee at Miller Park, Aaron Hill becomes the first modern-era player to hit for the cycle twice in one season since Babe Herman accomplished the feat with the Brooklyn Robins in 1931. Eleven days ago in Seattle, the Arizona second baseman also collected a single, double, triple, and home run in the game.
  • 2015 Joc Pederson becomes the third rookie in major league history to hit 20 home runs before July when he goes deep off Allen Webster in the Dodgers’ 10-6 loss to Arizona at Chase Field. The 23 year-old center fielder joins Wally Berger (Braves, 1930) and Albert Pujols (Cardinals, 2001) in accomplishing the feat as a freshman. He has since been joined in that company by current Dodger Cody Bellinger.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Redbirds doing their utmost to blow another one to the Snakes this afternoon.

    • RBI

      9-3 Cardinals now. And starting tomorrow, D-backs versus Rockies again, while we face San Diego. I like the schedule this week. Which in turn makes me nervous.

      • RBI

        Make that 10-3.

  • WBBsAs

    Natpen (gnot the Gnatpen) is blowing one to the Cubbies. They don’t have anybody who can pitch the ninth.

  • WBBsAs

    We have lineups, and one of them includes a guy named Corey Seager… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cc1d253f60c66a831b349770d2194c0e4a7c7000451be4475b175590a8e45396.png

  • I don’t promote much, but this looks like a great deal:

    “On June 29, 2007, at 6 p.m. ET, the first iPhone went on sale. In recognition of the occasion and its meaning to baseball fans, 2017 MLB.TV yearly subscriptions are now on sale for just $10 until the conclusion of tonight’s slate of games. Visit MLB.TV.”

    • WBBsAs

      That’s a pretty good deal. I think even the regular subscription’s a pretty good deal – except for the local blackouts.

    • WinnipegDave

      Thanks Link! I don’t have a ton of disposable income and I usually wait until September for the price to come down a lot.
      In the last 5 minutes I went from listening to Steiner on the radio to watching and hearing Davis on the tv broadcast!

      • WBBsAs

        Your loonie appreciates…

  • I’m back in the ET and reminded of the ugly 10:10 start time.

    • 4:10 HST. It cuts into news and dinner times for me.

      • WBBsAs

        You dine very early.

        • 6:00PM, usually. I have a 90-something mother to feed.

    • Bob_Hendley

      5am starts for me here in Greece.

      • Coffee and the Dodgers; good match up. I watch them with coffee the morning after and use fast forward as needed.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Would need more than coffee at 5am. More like a shot of adrenaline to the chest a la Tarantino.

  • John_from_Aus

    3 from 3, a great start for Kershaw

  • WBBsAs

    Great save by Bellinger, there.

    • Joc might have kept a triple to a single with that diving sprawling catch.

  • Is Kershaw still the best ace in baseball? Maybe, maybe not. There’s an analysis of each HR he’s given up there, which is amusing.

  • WinnipegDave

    Lots of throwing errors in the last 2 games.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Chutley! Bases loaded and no one out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice sac fly by Utley advances all the runners. 1-0 Dodgers.

    • John_from_Aus

      a nice single would have been better 🙂

  • Klayton is looking good and pitch count is low.

  • Bellinger looked like he got a pitch to hit.

  • RBI

    Phoo.

  • WBBsAs

    Terrible throw by Seager.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not good at all.

  • John_from_Aus

    Puig!

  • WinnipegDave

    I believe that is 20 out of the past 21 games with a HR for the Dodgers.
    Puig can hit’em too!

    • John_from_Aus

      He may not be the out and out superstar that we initially thought a few years ago, but gee he is a good player

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Can hugely impact a game only on D.

  • WinnipegDave

    Chutley!

  • John_from_Aus

    utley!

  • John_from_Aus

    9 K’s through 5, looking pretty dominant

  • WinnipegDave

    Close to the immaculate inning for Kershaw. Pitch 9 was a high curveball that could have been called a strike. Ah well, gets the batter on the very next pitch!

  • John_from_Aus

    i wonder if they will intentionally walk Grandal here

    • John_from_Aus

      I see why they did not

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc hits Number 50*!

    • WinnipegDave

      *50 homeruns by the Dodgers in June – a new franchise record!

  • WBBsAs

    This is more like it…

  • John_from_Aus

    they should have walked Joc instead

  • RBI

    Drove home to a flurry of runs!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The Return of the Bats! . .. soo nice to hear!

  • RBI

    That was strike three. Kershaw getting squeezed here and there.

  • RBI

    Take that, says Kershaw!

    • WinnipegDave

      Feels like his best game this year.

      • RBI

        Yes. Old style Kersh.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    My computer was shutting down when Grandal connected last night.
    I needed sleep and didn’t listen to the bottom of the 9th, getting the news when I came to this site this morning.
    How fickle sports can be! If Yasmani K’s, no one blames him for the loss. Instead . . .
    It showed they CAN come back . . . and it got Ryu off the hook for the L.

  • RBI

    Just under that one, Belly!

  • John_from_Aus

    smart move to rest Corey here

    • WinnipegDave

      Absolutely.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw’s season era (2.32) once again lower than his career era (2.37), which is always a cool thing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Suddenly the potential for a game.

  • RBI

    So, Kershaw pulled at 93 pitches because..?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Rest for 2nd half?
      (Over)confidence in pen?

      • RBI

        I was pretty surprised Doc pulled him.

  • John_from_Aus

    what’s the on field delay?

    • WinnipegDave

      Fan on the field I think.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gotta pull Avilan.

  • RBI

    Hmm. Bring in Morrow, I say.

  • WBBsAs

    OK, that’s enough Avilán for tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’d get Kenley up ASAP – this inning can get out of hand QUICKLY and it would be a crime to lose this game and a chance to gain in the standings.

    • WinnipegDave

      Jansen might see the 9th now for sure. Or sooner if Morrow blinks a bit.

      • RBI

        Yikes. Blink blink.

        • WinnipegDave

          Escobar thought it was more like wink, wink.

  • WinnipegDave

    Morrow moved up the FM dial against Pujols. From 92 to 97.5

  • WinnipegDave

    As if Morrow wanted to hit him. Absolutely did not want to.

  • RBI

    Oh good lord. Really? He loads the bases and they issue warnings?

    • WBBsAs

      It was ridiculous. Yunel got it for bitching.

  • RBI

    We need a DP here in the worst way.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bring in Jansen so that the Dodgers will be sure to score about 4 runs in the 9th.

    • WinnipegDave

      I was kidding! (Sorta.)

  • WinnipegDave

    One more out please!

  • RBI

    Kenley!!! He is a monster.

  • WBBsAs

    Off the bat, that seemed a little too close for comfort.

    • RBI

      I was watching Kenley, and he seemed okay. (Unless that was wishful thinking on my part…)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I DO need to get to sleep again, but this game seems too important . . . so what’m I gonna be like in September?! Lol

    • WinnipegDave

      Oh man, so true. I can’t imagine being on the east coast like some of our friends!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Which time zone includes Winnipeg? It’s 10:11pm Pacific Daylight Time.

        • WinnipegDave

          Central Time Zone. It’s currently 12:13am.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            You’re just about Eastern!

          • WinnipegDave

            The one more hour might really do me in. 12:10 or 12:20 I can do regularly. 1:10 or 1:20 not so much.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            That actually makes sense — been there, done that.

          • RBI

            Hang in, please.

          • WinnipegDave

            No worries!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Always feel soo much better when that first out is recorded — especially on the first batter.

    • RBI

      Me, too.

      • WinnipegDave

        All good now? 🙂

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          2 outs — even better!

        • RBI

          Mama happy again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!
    Love hearing that away crowd!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!
    (Grandal!)

    • WinnipegDave

      Redemption! Kinda anyway.

  • WinnipegDave

    3 outs on 7 pitches works for me. Just need one more.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    From my personal experience, I wonder if Yasmani was thinking as he was throwing to 1st.

    • John_from_Aus

      keep it low, keep it low, even if it bounces first

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        NOW you tell me! My errant throws usually did go high.

  • John_from_Aus

    scarier than it should have been, which seems a bit funny when we win by 4.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Amen to that!

  • RBI

    My husband wants to know who thought up the “dropped third strike have to throw the runner out at first” rule? Anyone?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not Mickey Owens or Yasmani Grandal!

      • RBI

        Funny.

        • WinnipegDave

          I don’t know. Maybe it says in the classic Bob Newhart sketch about baseball. 🙂

          • RBI

            My husband says he will accept that.

          • WinnipegDave

            Your husband is a wise, and seemingly patient, good natured man!

          • RBI

            True that!

  • RBI

    I’m even happy with the post game crew – Nomar and Jerry Hairston are fun to listen to.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      EVERYthing is better with a W.

    • WBBsAs

      Not-Steiner is setting the bar pretty low, though.

  • RBI

    Up by 2 1/2 now!

  • Rockies are so B&W-ado these days.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just realized this game marks the half way point. 53 out of 81 is definitely good.

    • WBBsAs

      106 wins in the regular season would be acceptable.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I just noticed it as well . . . hope they also win their final game of the year — and that’s played late in October!

  • I was bringing take-out home as Avilan was giving up hits. Fortunately Morrow and Kenley stopped the inning cheaply enough.

  • NPUT

  • WBBsAs

    Grant’s looking forward to seeing Bellinger in the home-run derby… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/220f1d3da86e3ba747322385268a9e6bcfac10d6c3b2419c795b2530a1092321.png