Game 105, 2017

Giants at Dodgers, 5:00 PM PT, TV: ESPN

The Giants try to salvage the final game of the series on national TV by sending LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-4, 3.38 ERA) to the mound. He’ll face the Dodgers’ LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 4.17 ERA).

Neither pitcher has had the year he hoped or expected to have. Bumgarner missed months after famously injuring himself in a dirt-bike accident and just got his first win of the year last Tuesday. In his career he’s 8-6 with a 2.56 ERA at Dodger Stadium. Ryu has had trouble getting past the fifth inning, doing so in only 4 of 14 starts, and he hasn’t won since June 17. He’s made ten starts in his career against the Giants and gone 4-5 with a 3.79 ERA.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 2004 In a blockbuster trade, the Marlins deal Brad Penny, the winner of two World Series games last season, first baseman Hee Seop Choi, and southpaw prospect Bill Murphy (will be traded to the Diamondbacks tomorrow) to the Dodgers for backstop Paul Lo Duca, relief pitcher Guillermo Mota, and much-traveled outfielder Juan Encarnacion.
  • 1987 Although the Bulova company had promised a free watch to any player who hit their clock located high above the Ebbets Field scoreboard, Bama Rowell didn’t receive the timepiece after his 1946 blast. The injustice is corrected more than 40 years later when the former Braves’ outfielder receives his wristwatch from Bulova on ‘Bama Rowell’ Day in Citronelle, Alabama, the honoree’s hometown. The home run is said to be the inspiration for Roy Hobbs smashing a glass-shattering homer off the light tower in Bernard Malamud’s novel “The Natural.”

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80 thoughts on “Game 105, 2017

  1. At 38-6 over their last 44, the team needs to go 4-2 over its next 6 to match the 42-8 streak in 2013 that many fans thought safe from challenge. Wiki says the 42-8 was the third best 50-game stretch in Major League history, behind only the 1906 Cubs and 1912 Giants.

    This team may not match the 42-8. Or they may smash it and keep going. Who among their fans would bet against them?

  2. Here’s a wonderful story about Bama Rowell (see above) and his famous 1946 homer at Ebbets Field. It appeared last year in the Mobile Bay Magazine. I looked up Rowell’s career. It was the only homer he ever hit in 151 at bats at Ebbets Field. He missed four years to serve in the Army during World War II.

    http://www.mobilebaymag.com/Mobile-Bay/April-2016/Citronelles-Wonderboy/

    What drew me to Rowell was the fact that he lived 1916-1993, the same lifespan as my father. My dad also spent four years in the Army in WWII. You won’t, however, find him in any list of baseball players although, as a native of Brooklyn, he used to ditch school occasionally to see the Dodgers play.

      • I checked out that website. Nice combination of pro and amateur athletes and many coaches. Begins alphabetically and in significance with Henry Aaron. Others include Willie McCovey, Satchel Paige, Amos Otis, Ozzie Smith, Kenny Stabler and former longtime Dodgers minor league manager Stan Wasiak.

        • Won’t make it that far south, only as far as Montgomery to take in a Biscuits game. Plan on visiting the Negro Southern League museum here in Birmingham tomorrow.

  3. Man, I hated that trade at the time, even before Penny got hurt. It left the team with a black hole at catcher (although I get why they might have wanted to be rid of LoDuca). Still think it was the wrong move, and that DePo way overvalued Choi.

    Speaking of 2004, old friend Adrian Beltre just got his 3000th hit.

    • I never liked Bad Penny, and Choi was a farce. I liked DePo even less. I loved LoDuca for at first, but got over that.

  4. Taking in the Baron’s against the Wahoos here in Birmingham. Frank Thomas passed through here, as did old friend Robin Ventura. Mac and Trayce played here as did Michael Jordan.

  5. For the record, I don’t have much confidence in Ryu today (or most other days).

  6. I expect that Bumgarner will intentionally hit somebody today in an attempt to fire up his team.

  7. Bumgarner proving that the Dodgers still struggle against good pitching, left or right, which gets magnified in the playoffs.

  8. As Vin would say, fans were watching that fly ball with their hearts, not their eyes.

  9. Where would the Gnats be this year without Posey? As bad as they are, he continues to get hits.

  10. I am losing confidence in Avilán (and ever more irritated that Steiner calls him “Avalon).

  11. I had some extra time tonight in San Diego, so decided to go to the border on the trolley, not realizing I would lose cell phone connection. I knew LA trailed 1-0 but couldn’t get an update and by the time I reached my car, I expected to hear the postgame show, then was pleasantly surprised to hear they Chased in the tying run in the 9th.
    Then I learned they stranded soooo many runners, you would think RBI had her old monicker.
    Then came the bottom of the 11th and the incredible — but oh-so-typical this year — hero and finish.
    Wow!

  12. Doc is incredulous with how the Dodgers won, including Kike’s throw, Chase legging it out and stealing, bullpen, Ryu, etc.
    He’s as in awe as we are.
    But he’s also an integral part in their success.

    • A tale of two throws: Quique nails Panik from CF, while Belt butchers the relay from Pence as Turner scores.

      • Yes, on both points. A good throw from Belt nails Turner. As it was, Posey’s attempt for a backhanded sweeping tag was in vain.

    • Encouraging news, on one hand, but where do they fit at this point, especially Ethier? Neither is on the 40-man roster right now. You can make a spot for Gonzalez by putting Franklin Gutierrez on the 60 day DL and sending Farmer back down, but the only other guy on the DL that works for is Chris Hatcher (Do it!!!), which means one of the older AAA outfielders (SVS or Eibner) would have to be DFA. Is Ethier better than either of them? Probably, but then who does he replace on the 25-man roster? Pretty much everybody who currently plays outfield on the team is better.

  13. I don’t really follow any of our minor leagues, so I didn’t even know we had a player called Kyle Farmer, let along know he had been called up, let alone know he was on the bench ready to win it for us 🙂

  14. Okay, I checked out after ten, then discovered this morning, if I had held on one more inning I would have gone from despair to joy in a matter of minutes.

  15. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers have traded for Yu Darvish, sending Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis to Texas.

    • The Dodgers also picked up a couple of left-handed relievers, Tony Watson from the Pirates (who is good) and Tony Cingrani from the Reds (who is not).