Game 86, 2017

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A, MLBN (out-of-market only)

The D-Backs send RHP Zack Godley (3-2, 2.67 ERA) to the hill to face the Dodgers’ unbeaten LHP Alex Wood (9-0, 1.83 ERA).

Godley lost for the first time in a month last week when he gave up three runs in seven innings to the Cardinals. Wood hasn’t lost yet this year, obviously, and he’s 8 1/3 innings shy of qualifying for the league lead in ERA. His last time out he went six innings and gave up one run to the Padres while getting a win.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1935 The Cuccinellos become the third pair of brothers, following the Waners (2) and Ferrells, and the first on opposing teams to homer in the same game when Al goes deep in the bottom of the ninth in the Giants’ 14-4 loss to Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds. The New York’s third baseman’s sibling, Tony, playing second base for the Dodgers, had homered in the previous inning.
  • 1952 In their final season in Boston, the Braves play in front of the largest home crowd of the season when 13,405 fans watch Brooklyn beat their team for the 12th consecutive time, a 5-3 complete-game victory by Carl Erskine. The most memorable moment of the contest occurs in the second inning when the game is delayed because a small dog has to be escorted off the field by Dodger outfielders Carl Furillo and Duke Snider.
  • 1961 Cardinals first baseman Bill White collects 14 total bases when he hits three home runs and a double. The 27 year-old infielder’s offensive output helps the Redbirds rout the Dodgers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 9-1.
  • 2004 At Dodger Stadium, Diamondback third baseman Chad Tracy’s ninth inning run-scoring single on an 0-2 changeup ends Eric Gagne’s record streak of 84 consecutive saves. The new mark established by the Los Angeles closer is 30 more than the prior mark set by Tom Gordon for the Red Sox in 1999.
  • 2007 At Dodger Stadium, Chipper Jones’ two solo home runs are the difference in the Braves’ 8-6 victory over Los Angeles. With his pair of round-trippers, the team’s third baseman surpasses Dale Murphy for the Atlanta team record of 372 homers.

Today is also the anniversary of the first game Larry Doby played for the Indians, integrating the American League. He ended up with 1,515 hits, only three behind Jackie Robinson. Also on this date in 1953, Robin Roberts pitched his 28th consecutive complete game, shutting out Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, 2-0. Twenty-eight straight complete games! We’ll never see that again!

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153 thoughts on “Game 86, 2017

  1. Amazing performance by Robin Roberts. But to put it in perspective, the entire staff threw 80 complete games, more than half the starts that season.

  2. Absolutely beautiful evening out here. D-backs are going to be out for blood. Bring it on!

  3. That’s two obvious strikes the ump missed in that at bat. Plus one borderline. I hate that!

  4. Tight game. I will have to check in tomorrow to discover the outcome. Had both grandsons here today and I am exhausted.

    • I’ve trying to play a game with your comments: Are they predictive or descriptive?
      This one above is both!

  5. I was curious and tracked this down from the baseball almanac website:
    Jack Taylor of the St. Louis Cardinals had a National League record (and overall Major League record) thirty-nine consecutive complete games in 1904 while Bill Dinneen of the Boston Americans had an American League record thirty-seven consecutive complete games — also in 1904.
    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/rb_gamcg.shtml

  6. On the drive here they were saying that Cody’s dad thinks he’s tired right now, and the AS break will do him good.

  7. Hey bats — support your local pitcher!
    What a great outing from Wood.
    How great to have such a powerful 1-2 punch in the starting rotation.

    • At least AZ is a better team than LAA or SD, so it’s easier to swallow.
      Of course, all playoff teams fall into that same category. Which means — if the Dodgers join them — plenty of tension-filled games before this season is over!

  8. Wood might still have had a few strong pitches left to throw. But according to Joe Davis, he has already pitched more innings this year than last.

    • And AJ Pollock up. Maybe they knew something about that matchup. Wood was on the mound and they pulled him off after announcing the pinch hitter.

  9. Well, when I called it a night we were up one zip, and that stood up. Alex is having an amazing season, now they need to make sure they do not push him too much.

  10. By Mike Rosenbaum / MLB.com

    No matter what becomes of DJ Peters’ career, he’ll always be able to say that, if only for one game, he got the best of Madison Bumgarner.

    The Dodgers’ No. 18 prospect become the first player ever to hit two home runs against Bumgarner in the same inning on Wednesday, when he connected on a pair of homers in the fourth inning to power Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga in a 14-1 rout over San Jose. It was Peters’ third multihomer game this season and his second in his last four contests after he erupted for three home runs on Sunday.

    • Peters is a legitimate prospect. Still, I’m not impressed by BadGums’s saying he was just out there to work up his pitch count, so I’m wondering whether he’s completely recovered from his stupidity attack in April. I also wonder when the Gnats’ medical staff will allow him to pop another wheelie.