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.

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121 thoughts on “Game 81, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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

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

  14. 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.”

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

    • 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!

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

    • 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.