Game 102, 2017

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

RHP Ervin Santana (11-7, 3.26 ERA) goes for the Twins and RHP Brock Stewart (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes a spot start for the Dodgers.

Santana has hit a rough patch in his last five outings, going 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA while walking 11 batters. He only got through 3 1/3 innings last Friday against the Tigers and gave up five runs. Stewart, 25, has been used out of the bullpen this season, appearing in six games and throwing 13 innings. He’s filling in for Kershaw and McCarthy, who are both on the DL. He made five starts for the Dodgers in 2016, going 2-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 28 innings. He’s on a 50-60 pitch limit.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1900 In Brooklyn, a sheriff seizes the St. Louis share of gate receipts to reimburse Gus Weyhing, recently released by the Cardinals after posting a 3-4 record in eight starts with the team, who claims to have been cheated out of ten days of pay. Next week, the right-hander, known as Cannonball by his teammates, will sign with the Superbas as a free agent.
  • 1948 Former Dodger skipper Leo Durocher, who left the team ten days ago, makes his first appearance at Ebbets Field since taking over the Giants. The return of ‘the Lip’ is less-than-triumphant when his new team drops a 13-4 decision to Brooklyn.
  • 1951 In a 9-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Jim Russell becomes the first player in major league history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game in two different games. The Dodger outfielder’s accomplishment will be surpassed in 1956 when Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle goes deep both right and left-handed in the same game for a third time.
  • 1960 The Phillies end their scoreless streak of thirty-eight consecutive innings when Johnny Callison plates Tony Gonzalez with a sixth-inning single in the team’s 4-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Philadelphia’s drought began when the team failed to score in the last six frames of a 3-0 win against the Giants, and continued when they were shutout in three straight games ( 2-0, 2-0, and 9-0) by the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
  • 1991 Mark Gardner no-hits the Dodgers for nine innings, but Los Angeles wins the game in the bottom of the tenth on two singles off the Expos’ starter and Darryl Strawberry’s RBI single off reliever Jeff Fassero. It’s the first time the Dodgers had been held hitless at home for nine innings since Johnny Vander Meer’s second straight no-hitter in 1938.

Lineup:

  • scooplew

    Those who hit HR from each side of the plate in the same game include Maury Wills, He hit only 20 home runs in 7588 AB in a 14-year career. Wills did it on the real Memorial Day, May 30, 1962, in the first game of a DH against the fledgling Mets at the Polo Grounds. Batting left, the first was inside-the-park to right in the 5th vs. Bob Moorhead. Batting right, the second was over the short left-field wall in the 9th vs. lefty Vinegar Bend Mizell The DH was the first time the Dodgers played in NY since leaving Brooiklyn after 1957 and drew 55.704 fans. The Dodgers won both games, 13-6, and 6-5. I raptly listened to both games. Wills hit six homers that year, his high water mark, and was the NL MVP, stealing 104 bases.

    • WBBsAs

      I remember that vividly also, though I only read about it. I do remember Maury as a member of the 1955 Seattle Rainiers, when I had a Hygrade Hot Dogs baseball card of his – it was the backing for half a dozen cellophane-wrapped wieners. Unfortunately, I lost it a long time ago.

      I’d like to see Grandal join the switchers’ club, but it’s not easy to do that in the same game.

      • scooplew

        Those cards that were part of food packages were neat. I still have a Carl Furillo card from Bell Brand Potato Chips. My favorite were the cards that were the back of the big cold cereal boxes. You had to cut them out very carefully. I still have a few of those. Mom never threw out my baseball cards.

  • HLKLA

    I really hope Stewart has a positive start tonight to demonstrate the quality of the depth the Dodgers have built up.

    • scooplew

      It would be great if he showed that, particularly sweet if he could last five innings, leave with a lead, and record his first win of the season.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I understand that he is on a pitch limit of 50, so unlikely to go 5.

        • WBBsAs

          If it goes as smoothly as the first, maybe a few more.

  • Its time for Dodgers baseball

    • WBBsAs

      ITFDB

  • Is Yu hurt? He got shelled today.

    • WBBsAs

      Probably just a statistical glitch.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Does Geren usually deliver the lineup card?

    • I don’t know.

    • WBBsAs

      Roberts trolling Molitor…

  • I got a hole-in-one today on a par 3 168 yard hole.

    • Bob_Hendley

      That’s a good thing, right? 😉

      • “Got” to buy drinks as is the tradition.

    • RBI

      Congrats!

      • Thanks. My clubs are safe again. Good Will won’t be getting them.

        • RBI

          That must be an incredible feeling. One I will never feel. The few times I have played I have hit the ball straight, but it took about ten hits to get to the hole. Kind of like a connect-the-dots drawing.

          • lol

          • John_from_Aus

            I once got 2 holes in one on a pitch and putt course (around 70-80 Yards) , but never on a full sized course par 3. Still felt good though.

          • Those count in my book.

          • scooplew

            Congratulations! When I broke it as a sportswriter with the Monterey
            Herald in the 1970s, we used to run the names of the golfers who
            recorded holes-in-one and also the names of the others in the foursome.
            It was a big deal and appreciated.

          • The local paper still lists holes-in-one, but not the foursomes.

          • scooplew

            The Honolulu paper, the West Maui paper or another one?

          • O’ahu, the Star-Advertiser.

        • WBBsAs

          Good Will Hunting?

  • All three runs earned against Stewart. Apparently Grandal’s throw was not ruled an error on the sacrifice bunt play. An accurate throw would have been in time so why not an error?

    • Bob_Hendley

      They may revise it. Hopefully they don’t give Santana another hit on that one!

      • Stewart will have pitched better than the box score will tell.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Not that much better. Twins hit the ball pretty well.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Appears that they did revise it.

      • Yep. Zero earned runs charged to Brock.

  • RBI

    We are not playing our usual stellar best tonight.

  • RBI

    Well, I wasn’t really expecting us to win this one, with Santana versus Stewart.

    • Bob_Hendley

      The night is young.

      • RBI

        True. I’m going for reverse jinx.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Just got older.

  • RBI

    All five runs with two out. That’s our game!

  • RBI

    Joc!!!

    • He’s going after balls that are up and having success.

  • RBI

    Puig!!!

    • WBBsAs

      !!!!

  • RBI

    Puig’s loving on his Turner Ward in the dugout.

  • RBI

    We need to hold them this inning. Three is more doable than five, for sure.

  • John_from_Aus

    Darvish obviously doesn’t want to go anywhere, he has given up 10 earned runs, 2 Hr in 3 and a bit innings

  • RBI

    Time for some more runs, Dodgers. Stripling did his job.

  • RBI

    Maybe we should go for some singles or doubles. That must be at least six warning track outs!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Quite a dangerous number 8 hitter.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Chase!

  • RBI

    Wow. Just wow.

  • RBI

    One is more doable than five as well!

  • WBBsAs

    Puig makes it look easy in the OF.

    • Bob_Hendley

      In contrast to CT.

      • WBBsAs

        I’ll cut Taylor some slack for being a novice out there. He’s also made some good plays, and has a strong accurate arm.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Sure, but he doesn’t make it look easy.

          • His defensive metrics probably say his defense is better than a score that might be made from observation.

          • Bob_Hendley

            His glove work and speed make up a lot for his lack of experience. His routes are suspect, but he seems aware of it and takes quick short steps to be able to adjust and corral the ball.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yes, he gets results and is not penalized for style by those metrics.

  • RBI

    Gotta give a tip of the cap to that high heater to Cody. A great pitch.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice Quique.

  • RBI

    Kiké. What a great at bat.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Woot!
    Hustle gets the tying run! (+ a gift)

  • WBBsAs

    Shallow fly ball, they might’ve had a shot at Turner at the plate.

    • RBI

      They lost their heads.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        — and hopefully the game.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Quique seemed ripe for the picking for their CF. Much more likely to get the third out, if Maurer hadn’t wandered away from the bag.

        • RBI

          I think Maurer was expecting a throw to home.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yes he was.

          • scooplew

            Isn’t Mauer primarily a catcher?

          • He originally was.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Switched over about 5 years ago.

  • RBI

    We are just freaking these teams out in late innings.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!!!
    Nice bearing down.
    Now get KJ the W!

  • John_from_Aus

    lets finish this off

  • RBI

    Go CT!

  • RBI

    Okay, Corey. Easy does it.

  • RBI

    Up to JT, or Cody. Tough decision for them.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Pick your poison.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Prefer a hit, will take a WP or error.

  • RBI

    C’mon, Justin, you can do this.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He did!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT!!!!!

  • RBI

    JT!!!!!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Jinx — owe me a water!

      • RBI

        You got one! On me!

      • RBI

        We even had the same number of exclamation points!

  • John_from_Aus

    oh Yeah

  • Bob_Hendley

    Oh boy!

  • WBBsAs

    This might be the best Dodgers team of my lifetime, and I became a fan in 1956.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Definitely, if they go all the way.

      • Bob_Hendley

        If that is your measure, the greatest team at this point would undoubtedly be the 1963 Dodgers.

        • WBBsAs

          In terms of the ultimate result, yes, but I think the 1962 team was better until Koufax went down.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I agree, but I was responding Bobby V and his measure.

    • RBI

      Well, I love reading this.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Currently better than the 1953 team that won 105 (.682) out of 54. 1974 and 1962 both won 102.

  • RBI

    Turner with the bright orange-pink Gatorade bath.

  • RBI

    And we did it against Kinsler.

  • Yahoo!

  • HLKLA

    It was nice to wake up to another Dodger win. It is funny, my wife use to ask me every morning if the Dodgers won, recently she has stopped asking. I guess she just assumes they have.

    • I woke up last night and checked my phone. It’s not just the ability to get the hits to come from behind, it’s also the ability to hold the other team from increasing their lead.

  • Bob_Hendley

    With Klayton out, MVP race seems to be between Turner and Bellinger of the Dodgers, and Harper.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Go, Blue! — But I’m sure all three of those Dodgers want a ring, first and foremost.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I am sure as well (that’s what all fans and most players want).

  • WBBsAs

    The Dodgers are currently on a pace for 112.752 wins.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’ll take any record, just so long as 11 of the wins are in the postseason!

  • This is the first time I’ve seen Alex Verdugo. Here he homers off the rightfielder’s head.

    • WBBsAs

      Cansecoed…

  • John_from_Aus

    interesting rumours, if we get one of these players, who would you pick between Darvish, Grey or Verlander? I would pick Verlander.

    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/244819428/dodgers-confident-trade-for-ace-on-horizon/

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I like that the front office isn’t complacent — just don’t mess with success (i.e. trade key players).

      • John_from_Aus

        True, I have a vague memory of Bellinger mentioned as a trade chip a year or two ago (I may be wrong). I’m sure pleased he stayed

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Amen to that!

    • WBBsAs

      Darvish has the biggest upside and, as a rental, shouldn’t cost too much. Verlander’s declining and expensive, while Grey is young and controllable but injury-prone.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Nice!
      Last year, they were trying to unload him . . . and I agreed, based on his attitude and apparent affect on the team.
      Now I’m glad he’s still in Blue!

      • scooplew

        Puig is having a fine year. I think slotting him into the No. 8 position in the batting order has diminished the pressure on him. It also gives the Dodgers the best No. 8 hitter in baseball. Someone remarked here recently how poor our batting order used to be after the No. 6 spot. Not so this year.

        • Bob_Hendley

          For me, batting him 8th suggested to him that the next slot would be off the team, so he might better start listening to Turner Ward.

          • WBBsAs

            Joe Torre punished Matt Kemp by batting him eighth, but Puig’s been a resounding success in that spot – a little surprising, given that – theoretically – they could pitch around him to get to a weak-hitting pitcher.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Matty was also a resounding success batting 8th.

  • An infield triple?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Heads-up running!
      Reminds me of how the Dodgers were burned with the shift in the playoffs . . . vs. Mets? Of course, this was much more amusing!

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers lost half a game off their lead last night – time to panic!

  • Bob_Hendley

    I am in the Sonny Gray camp, given that he is both a short term and long term addition, with a club friendly contract until 2020. Willing to give up Verdugo, Calhoun and a lesser ranked pitcher, if that is what it takes.

    • WBBsAs

      I think Verdugo’s a keeper, and would go with Darvish. All of them have risks, though.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I agree, that’s why other teams want him including the Rangers. Darvish seems like a greater risk, if we have to give up Verdugo in any event, given that the potential benefits are limited.to 3-4 games.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dodgers didn’t play, but I stayed up late last night,following the “game” in D.C.
    Luckily that was a “Woo-hoo!”

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