Game 85, 2017

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 6:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

This is a big series. The D-Backs are 2 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West, which at this stage of the 2017 season looks to be the class of the National League and provider of both Wild Card teams if it were to end today. The D-Backs send lefty Patrick Corbin (6-7, 4.76 ERA) out to face the Dodgers’ lefty Clayton Kershaw (12-2, 2.32 ERA) in a twilight game.

Corbin faced the Dodgers on April 15 and did not do well. He gave up five runs over six innings and got the loss. On the other hand he’s gone 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA (eight earned runs in 24 1/3 innings) in his last four starts, including a five-hit, two run, six-inning outing against the Cardinals last Thursday. Kershaw went 8 1/3 innings on April 14 to beat the D-Backs, giving up one run on four hits.

Turner leads the NL in the Final Vote for the ASG, which continues through Thursday.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 2006 Nomar Garciaparra ties the major league record for being hit by a pitch in a game as he is plunked three times by three different Diamondback pitchers in a 10-4 Dodger victory. The LA first baseman is the first National Leaguer to equal the mark, both literally and figuratively, since the 2000 season when Astros outfielder Richard Hidalgo got thwacked thrice in a game in April.

It’s the day in 1985 when the Mets and Braves played a 19-inning game which went until just before 4 a.m. the next day. After the 6 hours, 10 minutes game, the 1000 fans left in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium saw pre-dawn fireworks which awakened and frightened many of the ballpark’s neighbors. Probably infuriated quite a few, too.

This is also the day in 1939 when Lou Gehrig gave his farewell speech at Yankee Stadium.

Lineup when available.

  • HLKLA

    Happy Fourth of July! Winnipeg Dave, happy Tuesday! A big series, I hope we get the no home runs Kershaw today.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha. Thanks HLKLA!

  • WBBsAs

    First, a photograph from the riverside park in my wife’s hometown of Olavarría, on the Argentine Pampas. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60e21a977266d2857cf439cb73715b230961d75aeb688e12f9fe421c3d514206.jpg

    • WBBsAs
      • J’approve!

        Noted while searching replica sites: In Argentina, the real curiosity is in San Juan where a statue that was destined to the city of San Juan … Puerto Rico! Since no time knows why or how it landed in the wrong country, but it is always she is still there!

        • WBBsAs

          I just mentioned the one in Olavarría to my wife, who was unaware of it. I have been to San Juan many times, but have never seen that one. My wife, who lived there for nearly a year, has never noticed it either.

      • Then there’s Sen. Carl Schurz, who said: “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.”

        It’s sad that the second clause is often forgotten.

        • WBBsAs

          In the second verse of “America the Beautiful:”

          America, America,
          God mend thine every flaw.
          Confirm thy goal in self-control,
          Thy liberty in law.

          • Which was first published in 1910 as a song. It had been published as a poem fifteen years earlier. The poet Katharine Lee Bates might not have been aware of Schurz’s remarks on the Senate floor in 1872, or maybe she disagreed with him. He obviously felt it was the citizens’ responsibility to fix America, not just to leave it to God as Bates suggests.

          • WBBsAs

            For what it’s worth, Schurz went to a Jesuit high school in Köln, so I’ll give Bates the benefit of the doubt for speaking metaphorically.

          • RBI

            Self-control. There’s a concept.

  • WBBsAs
  • RBI

    May the fireworks all come from blue bats tonight!

    • And may the Diamonds have a game as drab gray as their uniforms.

  • WinnipegDave

    Happy Independence Day y’all!

    • WinnipegDave

      As it has been said: Winning is easy, governing is harder.

      • Who thought governing would be so hard?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I’m sure there’s at least one person in D.C. today cursing George Washington for turning down a monarchy.

          • And one trying to create one

          • People are trying to restore the Great Dismal Swamp, which old George drained back in his time. Some are probably saying “Mr. President, what were you THINKING?”

  • WinnipegDave

    Anyone live at Dodger Stadium tonight?

    • RBI

      Tomorrow!

      • WinnipegDave

        Hopefully Wood stays solid and gets win number 10.

    • scooplew

      I often would like to live at Dodger Stadium.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner just missed that! Long double.

  • Good to see Bellinger take the walk. I think he has been swing at bad pitches.

    • Taylor still too agressive.

  • In the end Corbin struck out the side.

    • Dodgers need to start looking for the slider with two strikes.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well at least Puig didn’t strike out.

  • 42 pitches and climbing

  • RBI

    Slider-fest.

  • 50 pitches in 2 innings for Corbin.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’d be fine if he was gone after 4 innings.

  • RBI

    Kershaw is looking sharp!

  • RBI

    JT!!!

  • RBI

    Justin hit that right after Orel told the crowd to vote for him.

  • One barely missed, one barely made it.

  • Dodgers leading Majors with 38 HRs against lefties. Next team with 33.

  • RBI

    Strange strike zone tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner pimping for votes apparently.

    • WinnipegDave

      Imagine if he cycled tonight!

      • Are we talking Turner or Taylor. Orel is pimping for Turner.

        • WinnipegDave

          Yeah I typed in the wrong name after Taylor doubled. Meant Turner.

        • RBI

          Tinker, Taylor, Turner… whatever works.

          • Is there a double play in there somewhere?

          • WinnipegDave

            I know that Joc likes to tinker with his swing…

          • Sounds like a le Carré novel.

          • scooplew

            Tinker?

          • RBI

            Tee-hee.

  • RBI

    The home plate ump’s mask is stylin’!

    • WinnipegDave

      And he has a bright smile as well.

      • He should pull his pant leg up so we can see stars and stripes socks as well.

        • RBI

          I love how Puig looks with his socks showing.

          • Puig, Joc, and Taylor are doing it the old way.

  • RBI

    Nice! Grandal hitting right.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yas, sir!

  • Four innings max for Corbin

    • WinnipegDave

      Yep still on pace for 100+ pitches.

      • package206

        In honor of today, I had Cherry Supreme.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha! I had an ice cream sandwich – before dinner!

      • Wound up 4.2 innings

  • RBI

    Puig practically crossed the plate to hit that slider.

    • Almost made it work.

      • RBI

        He wants in on the hits.

    • package206

      I know Mamma and Grandmama happy today!!

  • package206

    Happy Birthday America everybody!!!

    • RBI

      Back atcha!

  • package206

    That atta boy Kersh!!

  • Bellinger’s dad will be available to pitch to the youngster in the HR Derby. Also, Ryu back to the DL (foot), McCarthy about to come off it, and Stripling recalled until Saturday when Brandon is eligible.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Kudos to the front office for compiling, then juggling, personnel to allow the Dodgers to be where they are, in spite of the injuries!

      • scooplew

        If I were a cartoonist I would draw a picture of the Dodgers pitchers coming into and going out of a revolving door labeled disabled list.

    • WinnipegDave

      I wonder how that will affect the ASG?!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Keep on going, bats! Let the only suspense be in the CK dept.!

  • RBI

    Corey and Cody cannot see Corbin’s pitches at all.

    • WinnipegDave

      Well probably neither will face them again. Certainly not Corey.

    • package206

      Corey has cooled a bit.

  • scooplew

    I voted another 25 times for Turner today, bringing my total to about 70. Maybe I will pull an all-nighter! LOL.

    • Regional map of Final Vote so far.

      • scooplew

        I feel proud that I have helped Turner garner 79.9 percent of the vote in Monterey County, California.

        • RBI

          That blue is all you!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KKKKKKK-ershaw!

  • 15 0 0 0 with two walks

  • package206

    Good job Cody!

    • RBI

      Good to see him steal as well!

      • package206

        I will look for your WooHoo. See Ya

        • RBI

          Don’t leave – you just got here!

          • package206

            OK, if you promise to give me the Woo Hoo.

          • RBI

            Don’t want to jinx it, but you have my word if all goes well!

  • RBI

    Glad we are into their pen already.

  • RBI

    Kershaw looks amped.

    • package206

      Kersh is hitting his stride.

  • RBI

    Boy the Rockies are really sinking. 8-1 Reds in the 9th.

  • scooplew

    Lotsa pitches, however.

    • RBI

      Too many, I fear. Mainly because of those two walks to Iannetta.

  • package206

    It is really a pleasure to watch a future hall of famer pitch. Don’t ever forget.

    • RBI

      He is truly astounding. And such a good man.

      • package206

        I can close my eyes and see Koufax’s curveball falling off a tabletop and I follow Kersh much more closely. I hope I see him in the HOF.

  • HLKLA

    This game is looking good so far. The Diamondbacks always play us tough.

  • RBI

    Perfect third strike pitch to Pollock.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Outside of late September/postseason, this may be the most interested I am when the Dodgers are in the field.

  • WinnipegDave

    So many pitches. Less than 30 before he would get to 120. How many would you let him throw?

    • RBI

      120.

      • WinnipegDave

        He would need to do about 10 per then!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          You would think AZ would try to increase the pitch count.

          • RBI

            I think they already have been.

        • RBI

          Exactly. But if he’s at 120 in the ninth… I’d let him keep going.

          • HLKLA

            Then give him an extra day of rest before his next start.

          • WinnipegDave

            There’s the saving grace – the All Star break might help out.

          • RBI

            Interesting point.

      • package206

        Don’t think I could pull him unless he said OK.

        • RBI

          He’s earned that, for sure.

          • package206

            I would hate for the HOF to say that Package pulled Kersh when he should have finished. haha especially when package just did it to get RBI to way WooHoo

  • RBI

    This is making me tense.

  • RBI

    Honeycutt on the horn to the bullpen.

  • package206

    Cheap hit

  • RBI

    Ahh, phooey. Always the jam shots!

  • WinnipegDave

    Just as well. Now focus on scoreless outing and the win.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Radio said Cody probably shouldn’tve gone after the ball . . . but in some ways, I bet Kersh is glad he was in on the play.

      • RBI

        I was really worrying about his arm, so I am okay with this.

  • HLKLA

    Now we do not need to worry about 120 pitches for tonight. By the way, Gameday with a major rule nine violation.

    • RBI

      I didn’t want to bring that up, but they are doing that now. Posting it in red on the MLB scores box.

    • RBI

      He’s at 110 as it is.

      • HLKLA

        Stripling for a two inning save?

  • WinnipegDave

    Would love to have Joe Davis call a no hitter someday. It would be fun to hear how he would call the final out and commemorate it.

    • RBI

      It will happen.

  • RBI

    Get Iannetta, Kershaw!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    WHOA! turns to WHAT?!

  • RBI

    Wow, he’s safe!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If the call stands, this becomes tense for a different reason.

    • RBI

      I think it will.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kersh — shut ’em down.

    • RBI

      Gotta get him out.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Sounds like he’s laboring.

        • RBI

          First ball was a strike. But ump has been inconsistent with that call all night.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This time the grounder to 2nd is an out!

  • RBI

    Yes!

  • RBI

    What a pitcher.

    • package206

      My man Kersh

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bats, let’s make this less interesting!
    Bullpen, finish the shutout!

  • WinnipegDave

    Kershaw will be more upset about the walks than the hits.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree!

    • package206

      Kinda like you wanting a cone and you had to take a cup because they were out of cones.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! Except I’m a cup guy all the way.

        • package206

          One or Two scoops??

          • WinnipegDave

            I can do one but can handle two – especially if I’m sharing.

          • package206

            I bet you are lucky to get a spoonful.haha

          • WinnipegDave

            Yeah but it’s a loving spoonful!

          • package206

            Yeah, I believe in magic.

          • scooplew

            One scoop for me.

  • RBI

    Iannetta’s at bats were the difference in my viewpoint.

  • RBI

    Here come the fireworks!

    • package206

      I thought you would be out there tonight?

      • RBI

        We have tickets for tomorrow night.

    • HLKLA

      Fireworks are legal for the first time in my state, since well before I was born, which is a long time.

      • RBI

        Which state?

        • HLKLA

          Iowa.

          • package206

            What is a long time??

          • HLKLA

            62 years!

          • RBI

            Youngster.

          • package206

            Yeah !!

          • package206

            I have seen your picture. You have a long, long way to go to 62.

          • RBI

            Honey, I wish. Whenever I am around my grandkids, I lose ten years. Which would make me 54… You do the math.

          • package206

            You look great for 54, even though I know it is more like 44.

          • RBI

            You are going in the wrong direction, Package!

          • package206

            You are a sweetheart RBI.

          • scooplew

            Went to my niece’s wedding on a farm in Sloan, Iowa, three years ago. Lovely event. Beautiful area. She married a farmer whose family has been working the land for five generations — soybeans and corn.

          • HLKLA

            My wife’s family have a farm that has been part of their family for at least 100 years. They give you a sign, in a ceremony at the state fair, to put up on your farm when you reach that point. Sloan is a beautiful area, if, like you say, you like soybeans and corn.

      • WBBsAs

        Better than gunfire, but that’s not saying much.

  • scooplew

    Belated comment: Bellinger went way too far to his right on the first hit. He actually was to the right of Forsythe. Had Bellinger stayed at the bag it would likely have been an out, second to first.

    • package206

      Agree.

  • scooplew

    Don’t want to face Goldschmidt as the potential tying run.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Pedro!

  • package206

    3 more outs

  • WinnipegDave

    Sweet Baez!

    • package206

      Let’s don’t get carried away. How about mint chocolate chip?

      • WinnipegDave

        Definitely one of my favourites. Right behind the oh so good chocolate peanut butter cup.

        • package206

          Dave, either you get lots of exercise or you weigh 300.haha

          • WinnipegDave

            Summers are short in Winnipeg. But yeah i try to balance exercise with fun eating.

  • RBI

    Baez says, “Balk? Take that!”

  • RBI

    I’m feeling greedy. I want another run, please.

    • package206

      We got enough with Kenley. Don’t you think?

    • WinnipegDave

      Isn’t it time for another Grandal HR?

  • WinnipegDave

    Taylor to third. Just need a SF to score.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    SB pays off!
    Make Kenley irrelevant!

  • package206

    That will do it, right??

  • RBI

    Yes! I got my extra run!

  • RBI

    That was more sling than swing, Puig.

    • WinnipegDave

      Some better hacks on the next few though.

  • WinnipegDave

    Finally reading “Best Team Money Can Buy”. I must say it is making me view some of the players in a much fuller way.

    • package206

      Have you read Package’s ten rules?

      • WinnipegDave

        Your ten rules? No I don’t think I have.

    • scooplew

      I expected more in the book. If you get a chance, read The Last Innocents by Michael Leahy. It is about the Dodgers and the social climate in the 1960s. Includes some revealing interviews, among them that those of Wes Parker and Maury Wills.

      • package206

        I will try that book.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks Scoop. I will try and check that out.

        • scooplew

          Package206 and Winnipeg Dave: Let me know what you think of the book.

  • RBI

    That sounded better hit than it was.

    • WinnipegDave

      He has had a few of those lately. I’m hoping the ASG will help him get his HR swing back! 🙂

      • RBI

        It was Thompson, not Belly.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha! I’m really off on that one. Thanks for the correction.

          • RBI

            But it’s also true of Cody.

          • WinnipegDave

            Thank you. You are a kind soul.

  • package206

    Not a good start to the 9th.

    • RBI

      Morrow has been unhittable up to now, but the D-backs are tough!

  • RBI

    How the heck did Goldie get that hit off of that pitch?

    • WinnipegDave

      He is a very good hitter.

      • RBI

        I’ll say!

  • RBI

    Sounds like we’re in a Hollywood war zone right now.

    • package206

      Is that anywhere around the Hollywood sign??

      • RBI

        I live right under it!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The front has extend to the northeast — same in Vegas.
      Unfortunately, the nuts around my neighborhood started it weeks ago!

      • RBI

        Yeah, what’s that about, anyway?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Idjits.

  • RBI

    Let’s not forget that this is a very good team we are playing.

    • WinnipegDave

      Really all I want is the W tonight. Shutout is tasty but meaningless calories.

  • RBI

    Ruh roh. Calling all Kenleys.

  • package206

    Yeah, Kenley time.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Unfortunately, Kenley is needed.

    • WinnipegDave

      Agree that it is unfortunate. Wish to save him for some 1 or 2 run games that could be upcoming.

  • scooplew

    Let’s get a DP and wrap it up. That fourth run was important.

  • RBI

    Iannetta is irritating me.

    • WinnipegDave

      He would be like our Kiké.

      • RBI

        Exactly. Such a tough out!

  • RBI

    One. More. Out. Kenley.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Lucky the early start tonight. A Kershaw game is usually quick, but the latter innings without him reallllly sloooooow down.

    • WinnipegDave

      He also threw a lot of pitches in the early innings. As did Corbin.

  • RBI

    Oh good lord.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wow!

  • RBI

    Yikes. And Lamb up next.

  • WinnipegDave

    There goes the run differential.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Main differential now is W’s to L’s.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yep.

  • scooplew

    Gulp!

  • package206

    C’mon this is crazy.

  • RBI

    Stop him here, please.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Such an outing was bound to happen for Kenley. He can still salvage this!

    • RBI

      You called it!

  • package206

    This is crazy.

  • RBI

    He’s been calling that a strike all night long!!!!

    • WinnipegDave

      And it’s not like Kenley is known to have command issues. Shesh.

      • RBI

        Seriously. Even further outside than that. That one kissed the line.

  • package206

    good start Kenley

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad we are playing at home

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!!!!
    Whew!!!!!!!!

  • package206

    OK

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

    • package206

      You didn’t forget

      • RBI

        It’s my signature now!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • scooplew

    Whew! Always good to get a fourth run on the Fourth.

    • RBI

      I knew we needed that run!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The fourth was with us.

      • RBI

        You are on fire tonight!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Like our cities?

          • RBI

            Boom.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            My eyes were bothered taking the garbage out just now from the smoke.

          • RBI

            Breathing cordite.

  • WinnipegDave

    Enjoy the rest of your celebration friends!

    • package206

      Thanks Dave.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Ditto.

  • package206

    Hey Link, have a Hawaii good evening.

    • Thank you, package. Capitol Fourth on PBS is on the horizon.

  • WBBsAs

    I hate fireworks, but at least they’re better than gunfire.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Amen to that.

  • RBI

    Night night, all. Now we can’t lose first place over the three, right?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s my thinking as well . . . but I confess I didn’t know it was a 4-game series! Wow, even more import!

      • RBI

        It is?

      • RBI

        Only two more. Then it’s the Royals.

  • Five games till the All Star Break: two more against the D-Backs and three against the Royals.

    • WBBsAs

      The Snakes have an impressive lineup, but I question the depth of their pitching over the full season. The Royals have played much better lately to become a contender in a weak division.

  • For heaven’s sake! Nearly 300 comments on a mid-season game! Everybody ice your fingers down for tomorrow!

    • HLKLA

      I guess we figured we have the All Star break coming up to rest our fingers.

    • I call it a night with a no hit shutout in the works and a 3 run lead only to wake up and see you guys had to work hard last night to pull this one in.

  • WBBsAs

    Gnatfan Grant acknowledges Kershaw’s greatness… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/882666254473076736

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