Game 87, 2017

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

The D-Backs try to salvage one game of the series by sending out a left-handed pitcher! It’s true, it’s true! He’s Robby Ray (8-4, 3.06 ERA), who’s going to the ASG by virtue of his fellow players voting him in. Ray is 6-1 with a 1.81 ERA in his last eight starts. The Dodgers, not to be outmaneuvered, send out their own LHP, Rich Hill (5-4, 4.00 ERA), who’s made his last two starts of the year his best ones. In the last one he shut out the Padres for seven innings, giving up just four hits, striking out 11 and walking just one.

Kiké Hernandez is 7-for-18 lifetime against Ray with 3 HRs and five RBI, so expect him in the Dodgers’ lineup.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1938 At Crosley Field, Yankees’ hurler Lefty Gomez is defeated for the first time in four All-Star starts as the NL wins the All-Star game 4-1. National League shortstop Leo Durocher becomes the first Dodger to start in an All-Star Game and gets a ‘bunt’ home run
  • 1953 In his first major league start, 24 year-old right-hander Al Worthington throws a two-hitter, blanking the Pirates, 6-0. The Giants’ rookie, known as ‘Red’, will become the first National League freshman to throw consecutive shutouts at the start of a career, when he repeats the feat in his next outing, also blanking the Dodgers, 6-0.
  • 2000 Vin Scully, 72, is voted the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century by members of the American Sportscasters Association. The Dodger veteran broadcaster’s 51-year career has included play-by-play of 25 Fall Classics and 12 All-Star games.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    YALHP. Bring him on. At 17-9 against southpaws, Dodgers are best in the majors.

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      • foul tip

        Sponsored by Bob Timmermann of the downtown LA Public Library? 😉

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ha! That’s what I got when I googled after Link first used this for Yet Another Left Handed Pitcher.

        • My first thought was young athletic left handed pitcher before I googled it myself.

  • RBI

    JT is in. Most votes ever for a meaningless election! I am really glad for him, I must say.

    • At least my candidate won in THIS election. Just like that other one, won the popular vote, too.

    • Chicago apparently all set to rest another 108 years for another WS championship and see no need to get excited again this year. I thought they would have tried harder to vote Bryant into the All Star game.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox lose agains, to Rojos, and are now eight games behind Dodgers. Gnats lose again, to Tigres, and are now 23.5 GB.

    • HLKLA

      Boy, Rockies have fallen hard!

      • WBBsAs

        The Schadenfreude factor is greater with the Gnats, though.

  • foul tip

    Imteresting stat showing how dominant Wood has been recently, and 2 good reads–

    In his last nine starts, Wood has allowed zero or one run eight times.
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    http://www.espn.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/81010/real-or-not-best-dodgers-team-ever-yankees-in-trouble

    https://theringer.com/mlb-los-angeles-dodgers-postseason-reliever-brandon-morrow-c28d32f03791

  • foul tip

    Don’t know which is accurate nor have much way or time to research it, but a couple places lately have said this team has the widest run differential (or second widest) of any team in baseball since 1944. We could be witnessing some seriously good Dodger history here.

    • You read that at the ESPN link you provided below.

      • foul tip

        OK. But another place said #1, while ESPN says #2. I was thinking both might be right if checked on different days…

    • Close enough. So far looking great. They have some players that will do better in the second half so a scary good team for sure.

  • Drat it, Kiké, you’re supposed to hit that guy better than THAT!

  • foul tip

    Edited slightly in deference to Rule 1–

    twitter exchange between Dylan Hernandez and Chad Moriyama

    DH:
    I know it’s early July and the gap is only 4.5 games, but this division
    race feels as if it’s over. The Dodgers are the better team.

    CM: Dylan, with all due respect my man, shut the f**k up please.

    DH:Can’t win. I’m critical of the Dodgers, people get mad. I’m positive, people get madder. #PositiveDylan #ConfusedDylan

    CM: The Curse Of The Los Angeles Times is real.

  • Turner’s hands are not real tight together. Anybody agree?

  • Forsythe now has a dirty uniform for the out.

  • RBI

    Ugh. Lamb being a lion. Puig didn’t even move a muscle.

    • WinnipegDave

      First time AZ has been ahead in this series.

      • RBI

        Not for long!

  • foul tip

    After CK, Wood and Hill most likely are the Dodgers’ best starters. The last start for all 3–

    IP H R ER BB SO

    Wood 7 3 0 0 2 10

    Kershaw 7 2 0 0 2 11

    Hill 7 4 0 0 1 11

    This kind of excellence is easy to overlook but should be savored.

    • WBBsAs

      Lately Hill’s been god, but McCarthy deserves some credit too.

      • foul tip

        “Lately Hill’s been god” Maybe not quite THAT good. 😉

        Yes, McCarthy has been very solid. Not sure he can get quite where the other 3 have been lately. If he can, so much the better.

        If the starters maintain anything anywhere near this pace, there’ll be a lot less talk of getting starting pitching help by the trade deadline,

        • WBBsAs

          Since there is empirical evidence for Hill’s existence, I agree that he cannot be a fictional being.

  • WinnipegDave

    Logan!

  • RBI

    Such a team effort!

  • WinnipegDave

    Joe Davis said that the Dodgers are 48-0 when leading after 5 innings (best in baseball or perhaps even baseball history).
    But I guess that means they are only 9-29 when not leading after 5.

  • WinnipegDave

    Taylor with another hit tonight.

  • John_from_Aus

    Big chance here

    • WinnipegDave

      Here’s hoping. They have stranded a bunch already tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Austin!

  • RBI

    Barnes working hard.

    • WinnipegDave

      Wearing out Ray for sure.

  • RBI

    Alright now. Deep breath, Puig.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’d take anything from HR to SF.

  • RBI

    Man, Robbie Ray is dealing bullets. Gotta tip your hat so far.

    • WinnipegDave

      Great sequence against Puig.

  • RBI

    Ray showing so much heart here.

    • WinnipegDave

      Hard not to be impressed and admire his work.

  • RBI

    Well, that was painful, but what an amazing effort by Ray.

  • WinnipegDave

    Frustrating not to score there obviously. But, forced lots of pitches, and keep the lineup moving. Back to the top next inning after Hill’s AB.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill is trying to keep up with Ray on the K’s

  • WinnipegDave

    So do you think the Dodgers will sign their top draft picks in this year’s draft by the deadline tomorrow?

  • WinnipegDave

    Here we go again. SVS reaches to start the inning.

  • RBI

    Oh, Van Slyke. That’s got to sting.

    • WinnipegDave

      Especially with Seager’s walk right after.

      • RBI

        You wait and you wait and you wait to come back up… And then…

        • WinnipegDave

          You find yourself alone on the bench muttering to yourself about bad breaks and bad brakes.

  • RBI

    Battle of the bushy beards coming up.

    • WinnipegDave

      Turner’s is bushier. Ergo…

      • RBI

        Also redder.

        • WinnipegDave

          So extra bases?

          • RBI

            At least a double.

  • RBI

    They are good. But so are we.

  • RBI

    I’m nervous about Avilan.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah. Me too. And the pen is not as deep tonight with Dayton gone down.

      • RBI

        And just like that, 2-1.

      • RBI

        It hurts less that we are up by 4 1/2 and have won two already.

        • WinnipegDave

          I’m trying to live in to that view as well.

  • WinnipegDave

    After a second look, I realized the pitcher did have a bushier beard. Surprising but true.

    • RBI

      JT’s was scruffier.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Ewe.

    • RBI

      Hahaha.

  • RBI

    Joe and Orel kind of assuming we aren’t going to win this one.

  • RBI

    Maybe putting Lamb so far down on the lineup kind of lulled everyone into to thinking he couldn’t rake the way he does.

  • RBI

    Like I said… Avilan worries me.

  • RBI

    That ball almost left the stadium!

    • WinnipegDave

      It was a long Long Ball.

      • RBI

        As in a Ketel ball?

        • WinnipegDave

          Nice.

  • RBI

    D-backs have the bits in their mouths now.

  • RBI

    At least Hill doesn’t have to take a loss.

  • RBI

    Well, maybe we can get at Archie this inning.

  • RBI

    The bobblehead curse.

  • RBI

    Bradley dominant as well.

    • WinnipegDave

      Dodgers made some very quick outs.

      • John_from_Aus

        it’s not looking very promising

  • WinnipegDave

    Waiting around for the bottom of the 9th. Hoping for a crazy comeback that’s realistically not going to happen.

    • John_from_Aus

      you never know

      • WinnipegDave

        Which is why I’m still here.

    • WinnipegDave

      Future self comes back to congratulate past self for being present during that come from behind walk off win!

      • John_from_Aus

        I feel a bit that way, as I am typing this at 3.23pm on a Friday.

  • John_from_Aus

    no surprise on the IBB for Lamb

  • WinnipegDave

    Infomercial up. I mean K-Tel.

  • John_from_Aus

    a balk, what else could go wrong

  • WinnipegDave

    Third night in a row with a really dumb balk.

  • WinnipegDave

    If we end up losing 4-3…

  • RBI

    Balks make me nuts.

  • WinnipegDave

    I refuse to believe that Fernando Rodney is a shutdown closer.

    • RBI

      I feel the same way!

    • RBI

      But this is the new Rodney, apparently.

    • WinnipegDave

      But I actually really like his cap game. Slanted to the side.

      • RBI

        Probably marked the change. Maybe he sleeps in it like that.

        • WinnipegDave

          I think I recall it had something to do with honouring his dad who was a fisherman and wore a hat like that.

          • RBI

            Aww. Now that makes me like him!

  • RBI

    Well, he got squeezed on two of those pitches, but whatever. I’ll take it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Interesting.

  • WinnipegDave

    Find your pitch Cody!

  • RBI

    Omg.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’m 20 seconds behind you. Got me more excited than just a walk.

      • RBI

        Expect exclamation points for a run.

        • WinnipegDave

          Good point.

  • RBI

    Archie Bradley going, Me! Me! That should be me!

    • WBBsAs

      He’d only thrown a few pitches.

  • RBI

    I feel sorry for him, now that I know his dad was a fisherman.

    • WinnipegDave

      I hope I got that right. I will have to track that down to be sure.

  • RBI

    !!!. Walked in a run!

    • WinnipegDave

      Exclamation marks!! Now it is on!

  • WBBsAs

    The early-season Rodney appears to be back.

  • RBI

    Jerk in the stands with a super bright strobe light.

    • WinnipegDave

      He might have a bright light but he is a not the brightest bulb himself.

  • RBI

    Tie game tie game!!!!! Nobody out!

  • WinnipegDave

    Woot!

  • John_from_Aus

    its never over until it is over

    • RBI

      Especially with this team.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK JT – oh nevermind.

    • John_from_Aus

      when you said nevermind, I thought he must have grounded into a double play or something like that

  • RBI

    Their closer with the yips. I do feel for him.

  • RBI

    No pressure, McFarland.

  • RBI

    Wow-HOO!!!! Woo-HOO, too!!!

  • RBI

    Bobblehead curse lifted!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We WIN!

  • RBI

    Four hits for Taylor.

  • John_from_Aus

    my goodness me, is there nothing these 2017 Dodgers can’t do

    • HLKLA

      Hit lefties, check
      Score runs, check
      Win on the road, check
      Score with runners on base, check
      Beat good teams, check
      Come back when down, check

  • RBI

    Up by 5 1/2 now!

  • WBBsAs

    Taylor responded pretty well in his first night as cleanup hitter.

    • RBI

      Love your understatement.

    • HLKLA

      Meanwhile in Oklahoma City Charlie Culbertson is sighing, and thinking about his moment in the sun last year.

      • WBBsAs

        He earned his moment, but Taylor is younger and more talented.

  • WinnipegDave

    And I may have been wrong about Rodney’s hat.

  • John_from_Aus

    and despite the balk, Fields gets the win

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    O. My. Gosh!
    I heard the futile 6th and the depressing RISP #s, then had to concentrate on work.
    Now this! Makes you think this really could be a special year! Can’t wait to catch up on the details of the game.

    • RBI

      Outrageous ninth, including a ball bringing them another, then three walks and three singles for us.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Wow — talk about a roller coaster of a ride!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Guaranteed 1st place at ASB!

  • John_from_Aus

    hope the break doesn’t stall our momentum

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Good point!
      Remember back when, when they would REALLY struggle after the break? Couple years in a row, I believe.

      • John_from_Aus

        I thought we had (without checking anything). They are several players like Turner who will appreciate the rest. (now wait a minute) 🙂

        • Bob_Hendley

          Always worth a check. The mind and the memory tend to over value the bad and under value the good.

      • Bob_Hendley

        In the first 10 games after the ASG starting in 2014, the team has gone 6 out of 10, 5 out of 10 and 6 out of 10.

  • WinnipegDave

    Missing Jon’s recaps from Dodger Thought days. Would be fun to read tonight. And most of this season!

    • John_from_Aus

      “well it was just another night at Dodger Stadium, Winnipeg Dave and RBI were exchanging conversation most of the game, then……………..”

      • RBI

        Is that good?

        • John_from_Aus

          Yes 🙂

  • Dodgers are the new Cubs.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      From your keyboard . . .

  • John_from_Aus

    just saw some video, 1) that was a half hearted effort to catch Taylor’s winning single, 2) Gee Arizona’s away uniform looks terrible

    • Bob_Hendley

      With no outs, fellow probably resigned himself to runner scoring from third even if he managed to catch it.

      • John_from_Aus

        I thought as such, it just wasn’t a good look though

    • WBBsAs

      1) Even if he’d caught it, the winning run would still have scored easily. 2) However ugly the Snakes uniforms may be, nothing can match the hideous orange home jerseys the Gnats wear for Friday games at The Phone Booth To Be Named Later.

  • Dodgers undefeated after leading after 5.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Seriously?!!

    • RBI

      Or tied, in this case.

  • WBBsAs
    • He’s getting a little wordy

  • Wowsers, what a comeback! I managed to see the highlights in the postgame show. Walks, balks, singles…what fun!

  • HLKLA

    Did not follow the game last night at all, so it looks like it was a pretty frustrating game to watch until the end.

  • WBBsAs
  • Kershaw or Scherzer? Jay Jaffe ponders.

    • WBBsAs

      Alex Wood…

  • And…Alex Wood is in the ASG replacing Kershaw, whose schedule prohibits him from pitching in the game.

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