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!

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    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.

  • WBBsAs
  • RBI

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

    • We have had a beautiful day in New Hampshire as well.

  • Its Time For Dodgers Baseball

  • Let’s go, 10 and 0

  • WinnipegDave

    Game on. Let’s go Dodgers.

  • RBI

    Good start!

    • WinnipegDave

      5 pitches!

      • Wood almost had to catch that popup.

        • WinnipegDave

          It wasn’t anyone’s finest moment. Grandal couldn’t find it, Wood was going back and forth, and Utley lunged to catch it.

          • Lights haven’t taken affect yet.

  • WinnipegDave

    Where are you seated RBI?

    • RBI

      Reserve 2 F2. Great seats.

      • WinnipegDave

        Should be a great night.

    • RBI

      My husband backed out at the last minute. I have a spare if you are interested!

      • It’s a date, I can be there in 8 hours.

        • 5 1/2 for me.

          • John_from_Aus

            About 15 hours and I will be there

          • WinnipegDave

            You win?

      • WinnipegDave

        (Weeps silently.)

        • WinnipegDave

          🙂

        • RBI

          Some day.

          • WinnipegDave

            Absolutely.

  • Way to wear the pitcher out Cody.

    • RBI

      Corey. Cody up now!

      • Tinker, Turner, Taylor all over again

        • RBI

          Still, 23 pitches because of whatshisname.

  • WinnipegDave

    Foul ball. Barely.

    • Owens almost had himself a 331 foot HR.

      • And then strikes out on a pitch a foot over his head.

    • RBI

      And, exhale…

      • WinnipegDave

        Zen and the Art of Baseball

  • This Wood guy looks pretty good.

  • Bumsrap, are you in Dixville Notch?

  • RBI

    Yeah! Double trouble, Grandal!

  • WinnipegDave

    Taylor with the wheels.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice try Yas.

  • RBI

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

    • WinnipegDave

      Hard not to walk a batter when losing 2 strikes.

      • RBI

        Three.

        • WinnipegDave

          Oh well then… Throws hands up in the air.

      • RBI

        Glad it didn’t cost him.

        • WinnipegDave

          First base runner though.

    • Can you see the pitches from where you are sitting or are you looking at game day?

      • RBI

        Both. Watching the pitches then double checking my potentially lying eyes.

        • I always appreciated seats where I could see what the pitches were doing, especially in a pitchers duel.

      • RBI

        I’m right behind home plate but up several levels, so the low ones are hard to read.

        • You might get on TV.

          • RBI

            Not that close! Level four, blue seats.

  • HLKLA

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

    • That will do it. What are their ages?

      • HLKLA

        They are four and eighteen months, plus I also care for an eighty nine year old.

    • WinnipegDave

      We will do our best to guide this one safely home.

  • Time to turn two.

  • Good stop and catch by Grandal.

  • RBI

    Need to get this out.

    • There ya go

      • Although you probably knew that about 20 seconds before MLB.com showed it.

  • RBI

    Cool as a cucumber.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wood is good.
    That is all.

    • Oak like.

    • RBI

      Godley is not too shabby either.

      • WinnipegDave

        True. Tonight he has very little shab.

  • RBI

    Not a lot of action, beyond the pitchin’.

  • EST 11:36, night all.

    • RBI

      But but but!

      • package206

        Hey RBI, Don’t worry, I can stay up late and I am on the East Coast

  • RBI

    Perfect drag bunt.

  • RBI

    Goldie always makes me very very worried.

  • RBI

    Yup. That would be why.

    • WinnipegDave

      Your comment made me think the worst. Take a single over extra bases.

      • RBI

        Gulp. Big bats up.

      • RBI

        Sorry.

  • RBI

    DP! DP!

    • WinnipegDave

      Fly out! Fly out!

      • RBI

        One more! One more!

        • WinnipegDave

          Pretty please!

    • package206

      I forgot you were there.

  • RBI

    Excellent.

    • WinnipegDave

      Woot!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A truly Kershawian balancing act for Alex!

    • WinnipegDave

      Absolutely. Strong pitching performance.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Following Kersh in the rotation can either be intimidating or inspiring. Seems the latter for Wood this year!

        • WinnipegDave

          Like hitting behind a top hitter. Kinda sorta.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Definitely hitting in FRONT of a top hitter.

          • WinnipegDave

            That’s right. You nailed it.

        • Then hitting behind both Kershaw and Wood must be really intimidating or inspiring.

  • WinnipegDave

    More runs please.

  • RBI

    Top o’ the lineup for us now.

    • WinnipegDave

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

  • RBI

    I’m surprised they are pulling Godley. He’s been missing a lot of bats.

  • WinnipegDave

    Goodbye Mr. Godley.

    • WBBsAs

      He wasn’t quite Mr. Cleanly.

  • WinnipegDave

    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

  • RBI

    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.

    • WinnipegDave

      Makes sense that he would be feeling fatigued.

  • RBI

    Oh, snap!

    • WinnipegDave

      Good fielding is such a help.

  • WinnipegDave

    Double snap!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    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.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good patience and good eye Kiké.

    • RBI

      Ball 4 was strike 2 but we’ll take it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Balk!

    • WinnipegDave

      That’s 2 weird balks in back to back nights.

  • RBI

    Hits be stingy.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      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!

  • RBI

    Hats off to Wood. Superb job.

  • WinnipegDave

    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.

    • RBI

      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.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ominous beginning with such a slim lead.

  • WinnipegDave

    Come on Pedro.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice comeback, Pedro.
    Now turn two!

    • RBI

      So close.

  • RBI

    Bàez back on Bàez time.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, Pedro!

    • WinnipegDave

      Got it!

      • RBI

        To quote you, woot!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Pleeeeaaaaaase, bats — a little support???????

    • RBI

      I wish I’d brought my Dodger foam finger.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That’s right — you’re there.
        Is the tension as heavy there as elsewhere?

        • RBI

          Oh, yeah.

  • WBBsAs

    Great rehab effort v. Dodgers A-league team tonight… https://twitter.com/atf13atf/status/882803304081838080

  • RBI

    Archie Bradley is gooood. Throwing 97 then 86. Tough.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s double down in runs this inning.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’ll second that!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It’s up to Kenley . . . get Alex his 10th!

    • RBI

      And so he did!

  • RBI

    98. I couldn’t hit that.

    • WBBsAs

      I could barely see that.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I like the defensive moves.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Always tough when you NEED a shutout to win.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nothing comes easy .. .

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s double down on Hermann being the last out of the game.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ II !!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenley vs. AZ, Vol. 2 — REDEMPTION!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wheeeeeeeew!

  • WinnipegDave

    1 might be the loneliest number, but 0 then is the saddest.

  • WinnipegDave

    1-0 to get 10. Works for me.

  • HLKLA

    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.

  • 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.

    • WBBsAs

      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.

  • R.I.P. Gene Conley, World Series and NBA champion.

    • WBBsAs

      An Okie from Muskogee…

  • NPUT