Game 89, 2017

Royals at Dodgers, 4:15 PM PT, TV: Fox

RHP Ian Kennedy (3-6, 4.44 ERA) starts for the Royals and RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 3.25 ERA) goes for the Dodgers.

Kennedy has won three straight games after going 0-6 with a 5.40 ERA in his first 11 starts. He’s been prone to the gopher ball, giving up 16 HRs so far this season. He’s also 5-9 against the Dodgers in his career. McCarthy is coming off the 10-day DL; his last start was June 25 when he lost his control and threw three wild pitches against the Rockies while lasting only three innings. He’d been 4-2 with a 1.57 ERA over six starts before that.

To make room for McCarthy the Dodgers optioned Scott Van Slyke to OKC.

Kershaw is an occasional goof.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1949 Hank Thompson, who broke in to the majors as a member of the St. Louis Browns twelve days after Larry Doby’s American League debut with the Indians in 1947, becomes the first African-American to play for the Giants. When the former Kansas City Monarchs’ standout faces Dodger right-hander Don Newcombe, it marks the first time a pitcher-batter confrontation takes place between black players in the major leagues.

Lineup:

  • Bob_Hendley

    Obviously not a night Klayton was scheduled to start, when he is all business.

    • Are you ready to stop living out of suitcases yet?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Worse part is having to schlepp around the 50 lbs bags required when away for so long. Back after ASG.

  • We had a pretty good size thunderstorm today. Overcast now and the time the mosquitoes come out, so here I am. Hope everybody is enjoying a beautiful late afternoon.

  • Hi Bums, this is Bums, I’m sitting here eating a big piece of cake and watching Joc hit a home run. Life is good.

    • RBI

      Hey, I had some cake,too!

  • RBI

    Joc! (Just tuned in.)

  • It’s lightly raining again. Makes it more cozy watching the game.

    • RBI

      It’s 95 degrees here.

      • Good to be inside for both of us.

        • 83 degrees, 56% humidity, 11 mph winds in the Honolulu suburbs.

          • I’ll visit you in February.

  • Center field camera makes it look like Utley hits a routine ground ball to short and when they switch to the first base camera we see there is nobody there and the ball easily goes into the outfield. Be nice if there were a box in the bottom of the screen like the one for balls and strikes that shows where the fielders are located.

  • RBI

    Nice SF, JT.

  • Way to go Cody.

  • WinnipegDave

    Who is on with Joe Davis? And why are they not good?

    • Karros and Pierzinski (sp)

      • WinnipegDave

        I think it is AJ that is hurting my ears so much. Not trying to be a homer – but Karros is fine.

    • RBI

      Thinking the same thing.

      • Threes a crowd to begin with and they are talking over each too much. A little negative as well.

        • RBI

          Plus too many interviews while the game is going on.

          • WinnipegDave

            And BAD interviews. AJ said to Vargas – tell me why I should believe in your club. And then later – why are you personally so good this year – help me sound smart with my friends.
            Brutal.

          • RBI

            Joe doing us proud.

          • Vargas not talkative made it awkward as well.

          • WinnipegDave

            That’s true. I noticed that as well.

          • Always always always too many interviews during games.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s do it again Joc!

  • RBI

    Getting Kennedy’s pitch count up if nothing else.

  • RBI

    Don’t be running on our outfield!

  • WinnipegDave

    Out at home!

  • RBI

    Utley – so close.

    • WinnipegDave

      If his legs were closed when he landed on the ground, the ball would have landed on them. He could have trapped it between his knees!

  • WinnipegDave

    Damage control. Could have been a lot worse this inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal rule double!

    • You were quick with that one.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks.

  • McCarthy looks taller at the plate than he does standing on the mound.

  • Drat!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh Chase. Just missed it!

  • Watching Utley’s face as he rounded first and saw that his ball was caught made me think it doesn’t matter how good it feels to hit a ball solidly if it gets caught. He would have felt better if he hit a broken bat blooper for a hit.

    • WinnipegDave

      That and we could have used a couple more runs!

  • Oh no, Brandon.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yikes. Yips!

    • And Grandal.

  • Kennedy on the radio says these last two pitches have been Grandal’s fault, not McCarthy’s.

    • They were clearly Grandal’s misses.

      • RBI

        Well, maybe not the one that was way outside.

        • Agreed, but the other two were mostly his misses.

  • I have never been a fan of Grandal.

    • Your privilege, of course, but he’s been a pretty good hitter and the pitchers seem to get along with him fine.

      • I’ll give him his due but just not a believer.

  • Joe: “The Royals score one thanks to some sloppy pitching from McCarthy and some sloppy catching from Grandal.”

  • WinnipegDave

    That inning turned out all right. Hopefully the pen can control the late Innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grandal’s bat has the same feelings towards Grandal as Bumsrap.

  • The game is slowing down.

  • RBI

    Rats.

  • RBI

    Stop it here, please.

  • Need a double play.

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew!

    • WinnipegDave

      So tempting.

      • WinnipegDave

        Any names you wish were on there?

        • Loney and Ellis

          • WinnipegDave

            Good call. I wish Wheat was larger.

          • WinnipegDave

            And maybe slide Bellinger on there somewhere. (Recency bias too the max.)

          • Maybe he’s on the backside

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager swinging hard like Joc. Maybe too hard?

  • WinnipegDave

    Dang. One run every inning now it seems.

  • HLKLA

    So no eyes on the game today, how did McCarthy do over all?

  • WinnipegDave

    Cody! 25!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Cody is back!

  • WinnipegDave

    I would like to take back or at least reverse some of my earlier comments about the announcers. I just realized that it was Karros doing the interview and not AJ. Also, it’s Karros’ voice that was bugging me and not AJ’s. Not that people can control too much what their voices sound like.

    • WinnipegDave

      But I still like Joe the best!

  • Joc should swing harder 🙂

    • WinnipegDave

      Haha. You got me on that one.

      • He’s doing a much better job this year of cutting back on his swing. He didn’t swing real big on that one.

  • WinnipegDave

    Thought Joc’s fly ball had a chance there.

    • Yeah, it looked like the CFer was giving up on it for awhile

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio just confirmed what I figured — Dodgers average the longest length of games.

    • WinnipegDave

      So you are saying there is a connection between length of game and winning percentage. 😉

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yeah . . . that’s the ticket! 🙂

      • That and Baez

        • WinnipegDave

          You got to figure he factors in!

    • HLKLA

      As would any team with Pedro Baez on it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Whoa. Jansen in the 9th of a tied game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He did it before — both at home. Makes sense — at home at this point, there’s no save situation.

  • WinnipegDave

    Joc might not swing as hard but he still runs hard in CF!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Love how soo many of them can make such a difference with their D, even when they’re slumping at the plate.

      • WinnipegDave

        Great point.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, bats — let’s end it now!

  • Jansen shook off Barnes twice. Sometimes pitchers and catchers are so in sync that the catcher will keep putting down the same sign and the pitcher just wants to get in the head of the hitter.

  • WinnipegDave

    Need Kiké to keep it alive.

  • EXTRA, EXTRA

    • WinnipegDave

      Here’s hoping I will want to read all about it.

  • RBI

    Oh, Seager. So lazy there.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not an All Star move.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Royals get a gift and double down on it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seager will be batting in the bottom of the 10th. Still a chance for redemption.

  • Grandal looking much quicker behind the plate.

    • RBI

      That’s because it’s Barnes. 🙂

      • I couldn’t resist.

        • RBI

          Hahaha.

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s Barnes there now.

      • RBI

        See below. We’re way ahead of you!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That’s one, Strip!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio is the voice from the future. Then I can see it on Fox.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One more, Strip, one more!

  • RBI

    Classy catch there, Chris!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The future is good!

  • RBI

    Phew!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats — end this now!

  • WinnipegDave

    Great job by Stripling there. Of course in an alternative universe Seager makes the play but the hit out to Taylor goes for a double.

  • The Dodgers have made some good entertaining plays and a couple of less entertaining ones.

  • WBBsAs

    Just got home from a bird- and whale-watching excursion to the Farallons, watching Gameday on the phone as my wife drove back. I’m annoyed that Fox does not show the highlight of Bellinger’s dinger.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sounds like a very cool experience.

      • The drive home?

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha! I love ambiguity.

        • WBBsAs

          From Half Moon Bay.

      • WBBsAs

        It was a stomach-churning experience.

        • WinnipegDave

          Hmm, yeah that is less fun then.

          • WBBsAs

            Still worthwhile, though. I’ve been wanting to see the Farallons up close for many years.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Heard it’s good for shark-watching as well.

      • WBBsAs

        The big whites apparently show up in August.

  • Utley crowding the plate

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Utley gets it started — chase him around for the win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Chase steals the scoring position!

    • WinnipegDave

      In easily.

    • Pitcher totally focusing on the hitter

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And a very smart baserunner.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey walks! Nice that he wasn’t impatient to atone for the error.

  • Mr. Clutch coming up

  • HLKLA

    Two On!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 & 1 to JT . . . let’s go, Dodgers!

    • WinnipegDave

      Another walk would be just fine.

  • RBI

    I thought that was fair at first.

    • WinnipegDave

      Close.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bases loaded with walks!

  • RBI

    Oh, my!

    • WinnipegDave

      Bases loaded and no outs.

  • HLKLA

    Three on!

  • RBI

    Closer versus Belly.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    2 & 0 to Cody.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 & 1 to Cody, bases loaded, no outs!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Full count . . . come on, Cody!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Walk off walk!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I credit Chase with making it happen with that first walk, then the SB.

  • RBI

    Walk off walk!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Jinx — you owe me a water!

  • WBBsAs

    Since the Astros lost, Dodgers now have the best record in baseball.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • HLKLA

    We win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Really nice to see these youngsters not pressing and taking the walk, especially before a national audience (figure additional pressure).

    • RBI

      Yes. Patience.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Makes for long games, no?

  • WinnipegDave

    60 wins before the All Star break seems like it might be pretty good.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and hopefully 11 more in postseason!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I believe Fox said the Dodgers have won 38 in a row when they have had a lead at any point in the game. Wow! (That’s the most ever.)

    • WinnipegDave

      You win.

  • WinnipegDave

    From Fox post game show: Dodgers have 38 wins in a row when they have a lead at any point in the game. Apparently that is the longest streak ever in MLB.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Jinx — now YOU owe me a water!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Beyond the W, we have part of the night left!

  • HLKLA

    Well, until the tenth inning, this game was no walk in the park.

  • Re: Bellinger’s walk in the 10th

    “The kid’s got no heartbeat,” Seager said. “Calm, cool and collective under pressure. He didn’t get out of his game and didn’t try to do too much, and took his walk.”

    The KID? Corey, he’s only a year younger than you are, you 23-year-old wunderkind!

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