Game 92, 2017

Dodgers at Marlins, 4:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-F

The Dodgers’ lefty ace #2 Alex Wood (10-0, 1.67 ERA) tries to win his eleventh against the Marlins RHP Jose Urena (7-3, 3.54 ERA).

In his last start on July 5 Wood went seven shutout innings against the D-Backs, giving up three hits while striking out ten and walking only two. It’s the fourth consecutive start and eighth in his last nine starts in which he’s given up no more than one run. Urena has been on fire too. He’s won six of his last seven starts, although he’s faltered a little in his last two, going only five innings in each. Wood’s beaten the Marlins in five straight games, while Urena has made three appearances against the Dodgers and allowed them just one earned run over 15 1/3 innings for a 0.59 ERA.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1960 Home plate umpire Frank Dascoli stops play for 24 minutes when Willie McCovey hits a pitch into shallow left field that no one can see because of the dense fog. The Giants first baseman’s second inning ‘invisible triple’ doesn’t deter the Dodgers when they go on to win the Candlestick Park contest, 5-3.
  • 2003 At the All-Star Game played in Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, Angels outfielder Garret Anderson goes 3-for-4, including a two-run homer and a double, helping the American League to beat the NL, 7-6. Pinch-hitting in the eighth inning, Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock hits a go-ahead two-run homer off the usually untouchable reliever of the Dodgers, Eric Gagne.
  • 2004 Eric Gagne surpasses Jeff Shaw for the most career saves in franchise history, collecting his 130th save in a Dodger uniform. The 28 year-old right-handed closer pitches a perfect ninth, striking out the side in the team’s 5–2 victory over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.

Non-Dodger lowlights: it’s the anniversary of the 1967 game in which Cardinals’ pitcher Bob Gibson’s right fibula is fractured by a Roberto Clemente line drive. It’s also the anniversary of the 1973 game in which Norm Cash tried to use a piano leg instead of a bat in the ninth inning of the second of Nolan Ryan’s no-hitters that season.

Lineup:

  • RBI

    What is today going to bring?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yeah, how can you top last night!? Tough Fish lineup, but a Wood shutout would be nice, though.

      • RBI

        Now we know. First Dodger rookie to hot for the cycle. Plus 11-0 for Wood.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Incredible!

  • What should the Dodgers and Astros do at the trading deadline?

  • HLKLA

    Love the Norm Cash story up above. Obviously the bats were not working.

    • Bob_Hendley

      A three decade guy, who played from age 23 to 39 (1958-1974). A true member of the Hall of Pretty Darn Good, with an OPS+ of 139 over 17 years. Big year in 1961, when he lead the league in BA and OBP with OPS+ 201. Tiger won 101, but Yanks 109. Came in only fourth in MVP! (behind Mickie, Roger, and Jim Gentile).

      • He hit .361 that year to win the AL batting title, as I recall. The year before Pete Runnels hit .320 to win it, and the year after Runnels won again hitting .326. Naturally Runnels did that after being traded from the hapless Senators to the nearly equal hapless Red Sox.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Great story about Woodward and Joc getting to third last night.

  • RBI

    Riddle worked Wood hard that at bat.

  • RBI

    Belly!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bella, Bella, bella

  • WBBsAs

    Puig is redefining the term “second cleanup.”

  • WBBsAs

    Bellinger now tied with Stanton and Votto for NL HR lead.

    • Stanton isn’t playing Cody deep enough, according to Mo and Charlie.

      • WBBsAs

        Without corroboration, never accept a word Steiner says – not even “a,” “an,” and “the.”

    • Bob_Hendley

      The combination of Voto’s plate discipline and power is quite something.

      • WBBsAs

        Bellinger’s doing it all tonight, though.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox appear to be in a death spiral – getting blown out by Metropolitans again.

  • HLKLA

    No eyes or ears on the game, did Stanton misplay Taylor’s fly ball into a triple or was it a solid hit?

    • WBBsAs

      Very difficult play as Stanton crashed into wall. He made a tremendous effort.

      • HLKLA

        Thanks.

        • WBBsAs

          For what it’s worth, Stanton didn’t look good on Bellinger’s triple, on which he took a poor route, but he probably wouldn’t have caught it anyway.

  • Nobody here’s noticed Bellinger’s hit for the cycle?

    • WBBsAs

      I did.

    • HLKLA

      I was watching the Cubs game on TV and they mentioned it on their broadcast, otherwise I would not have known.

  • WBBsAs

    Snakes also losing again after bullpen blows lead, Dodger lead could increase to 9.5 games.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • HLKLA

    Dodgers win!

  • RBI

    What next? Rookie cycle!

    • WBBsAs

      Once, in a Berkeley softball game, some kid pedaled across the outfield, and I hit for the cycle…

      • RBI

        Hahaha.

        • scooplew

          I went to Berkeley. Sounds routine to me.

  • My goodness, this team’s amazing.

    • RBI

      So impressed.

  • Wood, 11-0, Kershaw 14-2. Bellinger cycles tonight and has 26 HRs, Turner’s hitting .370, Puig has 17 HRs. 17th series win of the year.

  • RBI

    I was juggling two grandbabies all day, but every time I checked in something else great had happened.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Totally agree about how amazing this team is.
    When Steiner compared the Dodgers to the Seattle Mariners of yesteryear, tho, I said . . . Who?
    Enjoy all this . . . but postseason is another beast entirely. It’s best to be hot THEN.
    (Don’t get me wrong — doesn’t suck now, but we don’t want the Dodgers to be the Warriors of two seasons ago.)

    • Bob_Hendley

      Talk about looking for a dark cloud behind a silver lining. The team gives us the luxury to think about the playoffs already (.500 ball from here on out puts them at 98 wins), but I don’t plan on worrying about them for the next 70 games. I plan on worrying about those games themselves. After all, if the giants had played .500 ball after July 10 last year, they would have won 93 games to the Dodgers 91.

  • One more road trip for the Pantone 294 crowd, to San Diego in the first week of September.

    Here’s the history of the group, by the way.

    • HLKLA

      Great group, guess they had some problems in Miami with Marlins staff over a banner.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Weren’t the Dodgers trying to unload Puig at this time last year?
    Now he’s unloading against the rest of the league!

    • RBI

      One of my happiest things I’d how well Puig is doing.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sure Donnie is fit to be tied. Who do they throw at tomorrow?

    • WBBsAs

      No starting Fish pitcher listed on MLB.com

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ha! I meant which Dodger is he going to have his pitcher throw at.

        • WBBsAs

          He’ll have to find one with sufficient control.

  • NPUT @ 0900PT Sunday, 7/16

  • Watched the game this morning, attended a Mavericks concert last night.

    • WBBsAs

      We see the Mavericks (or Raúl Malo solo) whenever they come to town.

  • WBBsAs

    Alineación de un domingo con humedad… https://twitter.com/LosDodgers/status/886610601480421376