Game 100, 2017

Twins at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSNO

The Twins’s newly-signed RHP Bartolo Colon (2-9, 8.19 ERA) will face the Dodgers’ LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 4.21 ERA).

Colon was released by the Braves at the end of June. The Twins are his tenth MLB team; he’s 235-171 with a 4.02 ERA in his 20-year career, all but 4 years of it in the American League. Ryu is coming off the DL where he’s been for three weeks with a bruised foot.

Kershaw may be out 4-6 weeks, says a “baseball source” inside MLB. However, it’s also reported that there won’t be a firm time frame until the Dodgers’ go-to back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, has examined Kershaw. Presumably that will happen/has happened today.

Kershaw isn’t the only Dodger pitcher headed for the DL; Brandon McCarthy is as well. He’s got a blister. Kenta Maeda will take his start Tuesday night.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1909 At Washington Park, the Superbas sweep a twin bill from the visiting Cardinals with identical 1-0 scores. Brooklyn’s southpaw Nap Rucker, who will finish second in the NL with 200 strikeouts, whiffs 16 Redbirds in one of the contests.
  • 1931 For the second time in ten days, Babe Herman hits for the cycle. The Dodger outfielder joins “Long John” Reilly and Bob Meusel as one of only three ‘tricyclists’ to have accomplished the feat of collecting a single, double, triple, and home run in one game three times.
  • 1965 Unbeknownst to him at the time, 75 year-old Mets skipper Casey Stengel, who compiled a managerial record of 1,905-1,842 with the Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, and Mets, manages his final baseball game, a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. After leaving a party after midnight at Toots Shor’s, the ‘Old Perfesser’ loses his balance and fractures his left hip, resulting in the unexpected retirement with the team.
  • 1968 ChiSox reliever Hoyt Wilhelm breaks Cy Young’s record when he makes his 907th career appearance, pitching a third of an inning in which he gives up a run on two hits to be on the short-side of the team’s 3-2 loss to Oakland. The 45 year-old knuckleballer, who will retire in 1972 after pitching in 1,070 games, will finish his 21-year major league career with a 143-122 (.540) won-loss record and 228 saves, hurling for the Giants, Cardinals, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Angels, Braves, Cubs, and Dodgers.
  • 1970 Tommy Agee steals home with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the Mets a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, the New York center fielder stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring the winning run with his thievery of home plate.
  • 1977 After his two-out foul pop-up is dropped by Mets’ right fielder Bruce Boisclair, Davey Lopes responds with a game-ending three-run home run off Bob Apodaca. The L.A. second baseman’s ninth inning dramatics provide the Dodgers with a 5-3 win, and spoils the opportunity for a victory for Nino Espinosa, who left the game needing just one more out for a complete-game victory.
  • 1993 In a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, Mets right-hander Anthony Young extends his record losing streak to 27 games. The latest defeat is the result of the hard-luck hurler walking Dave Hansen in with the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning.
  • 1993 Following the game at Dodger Stadium, Vince Coleman tosses a M-80 from a car, resulting in reported injuries to three fans in the Chavez Ravine parking lot, including an 11 year-old boy and a two year-old girl. The Mets’ player was a passenger in the 1991 Jeep Cherokee driven by LA outfielder Eric Davis, who acknowledges Coleman flipped the firecracker out of his vehicle as a ‘joke’, but not into a crowd of people.

Non-Dodger history of note: today is the anniversary of The Pine Tar Incident with George Brett.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    I really wanted the Dodgers to be playing .700 ball at the 100 game mark, but I can at least offer a lineup… https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/889613128341893122

    • If they win tonight they’ll be at .690. Round up!

      • scooplew

        They now need to win five in a row to reach (and surpass) .700 at 73-31.

  • John_from_Aus

    One of the highlights will be watching Colon batting

  • Bob_Hendley

    First you have to pick the right one and even then, no guarantees. Back in 2015, Hamels, Price and Cueto were out there. Playoff performance of those three since they moved: Price 1-3, 7.20; Hamels 0-2, 5.40, and Cueto, 2-2, 4.36

    • Heh. In 1987 the Tigers so wanted Doyle Alexander they were willing to give up John Smoltz.

      • Bob_Hendley

        They did get a pennant out of it, however. He went 9-0, ERA 1.53 and they won by 2. In the playoffs against the Twins, he was 0-2, 10.00

      • WBBsAs

        Old friend Doyle Alexander…

  • A tweet in this True Blue LA post suggests Kershaw is day-to-day rather than weeks away.

    • scooplew

      At best, Kershaw is now 10-day-to-day.

  • Royals – Padres make six-player trade. Nobody included has been mentioned as a Dodgers’ target.

  • RBI

    I’m feeling the wrong kind of blue today, after we had to put down our little Yorkie Jilly. She was almost 16, and a trooper. Like me, she converted to a Dodgers fan from a Mets fan after moving West to live with me in 2008, after my mom died.

    • John_from_Aus

      sorry to hear

      • RBI

        Thank you.

        • scooplew

          That is really tough, RBI. Sorry to hear that. Do something extra special for yourself. You deserve it.

          • RBI

            Ice cream.

          • scooplew

            Two scoops, says Scoop.

          • RBI

            Yup, on a sugar cone.

    • That hurts, always, no matter how often you’ve had to do it. I’m sorry.

      • RBI

        Thanks. So true.

    • HLKLA

      Never had a pet, but totally understand your loss.

      • RBI

        Thanks.

    • WBBsAs

      Our beloved Malbec has just turned 13 – geriatric for a dog his size – but still goes for relatively long if slow walks. He’s no longer effective on squirrel patrol, though. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e79aa329899ab80f80491645381a8966853b2af20205464b9160e740c4b47045.jpg

      • RBI

        What an amazing face.

        • scooplew

          Like the cover of wildlife magazine. I hope you have him for a much longer time. We had to put our mostly Terrier down three years ago. He was 13 1/2. It was particularly tough on our daughter, who had chosen him from an animal shelter when she was 13 1/2 when we promised her a dog upon moving back to California from Ohio. After about a year without a dog, we got a labradoodle through friends of a friend. He is a delightful, goofy, rambunctious and loving dog. Our neighbors got his brother at the same time.

  • Win this one for Jilly.!!

  • scooplew

    The Twins’ acquisition today of Jaimé Garcia meant that he could have faced the Dodgers and Alex Wood again on Wednesday on four days of rest. Instead, Garcia will go against the A’s Friday night in Oakland.

    • WBBsAs

      Jaime does not have an accent, but García does.

      • scooplew

        I tried to fix it.

        • WBBsAs

          Spanish does not use the ^.

  • WBBsAs

    As a youthful Dodgers fan, I was surrounded by Keilloresque Lutherans (though no Norwegian bachelor farmers) cheering for the Twinkies in the 1965 Series. I had nothing against them, but the ultimate result was satisfying.

    • scooplew

      Koufax’ complete-game shutout of Minnesota, 2-0, on two days of rest in Game 7, without his curve working, was one of greatest pitching performances in baseball history.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Colon almost had an ESPN highlight coming in behind Yasiel to take the throw.

  • WBBsAs

    It’s only a minor story, but it’s a pleasure to see Gnatt Cain still in SF’s rotation – six runs in two innings tonight, and Cutch has four RBI.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox lose, so Dodgers can pick up another game on them tonight. It looks as if the Snakes will roll over the Barves, though.

    • RBI

      Let’s hope.

  • RBI

    Ryu got squeezed on three of those balls.

  • RBI

    I really hate it when pitchers on either side make great pitches and they get called balls.

  • RBI

    Phew.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sock!

  • RBI

    Yes! Yasmani!

  • RBI

    Joc!!!! Here they come!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Jock!

  • RBI

    Wild horse triples!

  • RBI

    Taylor with the RBI!

  • Bob_Hendley

    One tough lineup.

  • scooplew

    The aforementioned Hoyt Wilhelm homered in his first MLB plate appearances on April 23, 1952, as a rookie with the Giants and never homered again in a 21-year career and 493 plate appearances. His career batting average was .088. Wilhelm ended his career in 1972 with the Dodgers. When he retired he had pitched in more games than anyone else, 1070. Wilhelm is now sixth in that category. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.

  • RBI

    Well, that was a short lived lead.

  • RBI

    The Twins are better than I thought they would be.

  • RBI

    Dayton done.

  • WBBsAs

    Kepler, I believe, is one of only two Germans in MLB. The other is Aaron Altherr of the Fillies.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Can Fields get the Dodgers out of the woods?

    • RBI

      Yes!

      • scooplew

        Josh Fields, Josh Pitches.

        • Bob_Hendley

          But does not bat (no PA this year)

  • WBBsAs

    Fine catch by Puig!

    • RBI

      I love watching him play.

  • scooplew

    I admire what Colon is doing. I just didn’t want to lose to him, and he won’t.

  • RBI

    They are tough!

  • RBI

    Taylor misplayed that. I am surprised it’s not an error.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Surprisingly high bounce, which the scorer seems to have taken into account.

      • RBI

        Still, if Chris should had stayed back a step he woulda had it! Not complaining that hard – he’s done a great job out there.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Looked like it was on AstroTurf.

          • RBI

            Taylor with the compensatory single!

      • WBBsAs

        I would have scored it an error.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Perhaps. Though just about the only chance he had to keep the ball from getting to the wall, in any event, was to shorthop it, which he failed to do.

  • RBI

    Paredes sighting!

  • scooplew

    That was Edward Miguel (Cruz) Paredes, 30, who was making his MLB debut in his 12th professional season. The Yankees have a minor league pitcher named Edward Valentino Estefano (Sanchez) Paredes, who is 18. I would loved to have heard Vinnie cover this.

  • RBI

    Four of the exact same pitches to get Seager out.

  • scooplew

    Taylor is now 21-for-40 since the All-Star break.

  • RBI

    Two on, one out. Let’s do this, guys.

    • scooplew

      Bellinger took your urging to heart.

  • RBI

    Cody needs to take a big breath here.

  • RBI

    Belly!!!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Unbelievable!

    • WBBsAs

      On an 0-2 pitch!

      • scooplew

        We are witnessing, watching, listening to something that doesn’t come around very often. He is rarer than a solar eclipse.

  • RBI

    Jilly’s mama says thanks, Cody!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Let’s get the win for the new guy!

    • scooplew

      Yes, after being called up for the first time following 12 years in pro ball!

  • RBI

    How are these pitches balls?!?!?! The middle two were well within the strike zone.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley all over the place.

  • RBI

    Woof-HOO!!!!!!

  • scooplew

    Someone once said that every team is destined to win one-third of its games, and every team is destined to lose one-third of its games. It’s what you do with the other one-third that makes or breaks your season. Yesterday’s and tonight’s games are part of the other one-third. (Of course, the Dodgers are on a pace to win more than two-thirds of their games this season.)

    • RBI

      How exciting for Paredes.

      • scooplew

        I hope that he and Bellinger become friends.

  • RBI

    I was impressed by the Twins.

  • RBI

    JHair’s personality is as jaunty as his suits!

  • Yahoo!

  • HLKLA

    Never checked on the game last night as I was busy watching two grandsons. A good win against a strong Twins team.

    • WBBsAs

      Shouldn’t the grandsons be watching the game?

      • HLKLA

        They do not sit still long enough.

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