Game 93, 2017

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

The Dodgers go for a sweep behind LHP Rich Hill (5-4, 3.69 ERA). He’ll face the Marlins’ LHP Chris O’Grady (1-0, 5.06 ERA).

Hill has struck out 27 in his last 21 innings and gone 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA. All three of those games were quality starts. O’Grady makes his second career start. His first was against the Giants on July 8, when he went 5 1/3 innings, gave up five hits and three runs and got the win. He’s taking the place of Edinson Volquez, who was scheduled to come off the 10-day DL but whose patellar tendinitis hasn’t healed.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1913 In a game against the Cubs, Superbas’ second baseman George Cutshaw handles 14 chances without an error. The infielder’s defensive prowess helps Brooklyn beat Chicago at Ebbets Field, 4-2.
  • 1948 Brooklyn’s Branch Rickey agrees on a deal with Giants owner Horace Stoneham that releases his manager Leo Durocher to become the Giants’ skipper, replacing the popular Mel Ott. Burt Shotton will take the ‘Lip’s’ place in the Dodger dugout.

On this date in 1990 Steve Lyons embarrassed himself dreadfully by dropping his uniform pants while standing at first base after sliding into the bag to beat out a bunt.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_Hendley

    Recall Lyons as being one of the worst Dodger announcers ever.

    • WBBsAs

      Right up there with Steiner.

      • He was a first-round pick by the Red Sox in 1981. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Tom Seaver in June 1986.

        He was obviously pretty well thought of early on in his playing career.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Seaver was 41 at the time in what would be his last season. Basically a mid-season salary dump by the Chisox. Lyons had a 9 year career as a utility guy with OPS+ of 77. Well thought of on draft day in 1981 as the 19th pick, but not much after that.

  • RBI

    JT!!! Good morning, all.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Good job Hill.

  • RBI

    Great generous at-bat by JT. Sac fly.

  • scooplew

    WBBsAs: I am going to the A’s game Monday night. If you are going, let me know. I’d enjoy meeting you. (We can work out specifics.)

  • Good morning! Thank you for getting these runs early.

    • 8:27 Hawaii time, 2:37 EST. Good morning back at you.

      • scooplew

        Where are you?

        • New Hampshire

          • scooplew

            Must be beautiful this time of year.

          • It’s beautiful all the time here but summers have too much humidity for me and we are just now getting out of the mosquito season.

          • WBBsAs

            Where did you see the Mavericks?

  • scooplew

    Hill has 69 pitches through four innings. He probably won’t go more than six.

    • O’Grady is pushing 90 himself.

      • scooplew

        He doesn’t look that old to me.

  • RBI

    AJ gets the run. I am not heartbroken.

  • HLKLA

    We dodged a bullet that inning, giving up one run, now we need to add more to our lead. Hill has gone five can he do six?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would seem like he is done. No game tomorrow so pen should be available.

  • scooplew

    Atlanta leads Arizona, 7-1, after four innings.

  • Bob_Hendley

    He wouldn’t dare or would he?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Moot.

  • scooplew

    Corey?!?

    • He gets to stay on the field and wait for someone to bring him his glove instead of going back into the dugout.

      • scooplew

        That’s what he probably had in mind, saving energy.

  • AJ says remember me? He was involved in Corye’s pick off as well

  • Bob_Hendley

    And the vet gets doubled off.

    • That would have been hard to retreat to second.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Sure was.

  • HLKLA

    Avilan dodges a bullet and we keep our slim lead.

  • HLKLA

    The Dodgers living up to their name today!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Couple of their bullets were caught.

  • scooplew

    Six balls and four strikes on Bellinger in the 7th and 8th inning at bats before a verdict was reached on him. Does that count as two plate appearances or one?

    • How would his average pitches per PA be calculated?

      • scooplew

        That’s another good question.

        • I don’t think he had a PA in the 7th.

  • All three Marlin outfielders had a chance to catch a ball that would have cleared the fence for a home run. Stanton is the weak link defensively for the Marlins.

  • Joc is more aggressive when he starts a game.

  • Bellinger’s got some wit. From the LA TImes:

    All the players were entranced by Judge, the New York Yankees’ 282-pound goliath, who drove four balls more than 500 feet each. Bellinger and Blackmon are each listed at 210 pounds, and Bellinger said he joked to Blackmon: “We’re 100 pounds too light for this competition.”

  • Morrow was pitching really great.
    ??

    • Bob_Hendley

      With day off tomorrow 4 out save from Kenley is the way to go. Hope it works out.

      • It worked there, but Kenley’s been down with a stomach bug, so how’s his stamina?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Guessing Doc didn’t figure on 14 pitches, so we shall see. Bottom of the lineup. Of course, the offense could make it moot.

  • RBI

    Phew.

  • Don’t do it AJ

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!! Kenley mowing them down.

    • Bob_Hendley

      There is no certainty in baseball, but a Kenley save is about as close as you can get.

  • RBI

    What a team.

  • RBI

    So, why was the Kenley balk a balk?

    • I heard Mo on the radio yesterday say that if you convened a panel of six people there’d be six different opinions of what was a balk and what was not. I believe it. After 55 years of baseball I still don’t quite get all the distinctions between what is and what ain’t.

      • RBI

        Thanks, that makes me feel less foolish.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Not really all that confusing, but up to the judgement of the ump. There are several features to the rule that umps look for. One concerns the runner on first and where the right leg of a left handed pitcher is relative to the rubber when he throws to first. This is the one that Urias seems to violate in the eyes of some observers, but umps have largely favored him and his move. The second is when a pitcher in the stretch position makes a movement after coming to a stop that does not lead to a pitch. The third is failing to come to a stop in the stretch position, which is what they called on Jansen today.

          • RBI

            So, failing to come to a stop before he starts the pitch or after he finishes it? Sorry to be so obtuse.

          • Bob_Hendley

            In the stretch, the pitcher needs to come to a stop in his motion before throwing the ball. (It looked like Kenley had)

          • RBI

            Ah. Got it.

          • Bob_Hendley

            In the end, the rule is designed to prevent pitchers from fooling the base runner. Like I care.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Oops, forgot that there is another balk they recently added, which is that a pitcher cannot fake a throw to third and then throw to first. Heaven knows why they decided to include this as well.

  • HLKLA

    Another sweep, this is quite the ride!

    • “11th sweep of the year, most in the majors.” ESPN game report.

      • Bob_Hendley

        How sweep it is!

  • RBI

    Thinking about this season so far, I am glad we were not in first place for a while. I feel as if the team is staying sharper because not that long ago it was a three-way race. In fact, I’m finding it hard to believe that we are 101/2 ahead of the D-backs.

    • HLKLA

      I was thinking the same thing. It is better to get hot later in the season. Colorado and Arizona are exhibit A and B on that thought.

  • WBBsAs

    I had to follow Gameday on the phone this afternoon, because we took my wife’s cousin – visiting from Argentina – to Sonoma for the day. Almost collapsed in 99° heat, but gelato got me through it.

    I love the way this team keeps adding to its lead. It’s especially gratifying to see the Gnats 29 games out of first.

  • Anyone here over 62 who travels to National Parks, Sites, Refuges and other Park System facilities needs to know the price of a lifetime Senior Pass goes from $10 to $80 effective Aug. 28 of this year. You can beat the increase by going to a nearby park and buying a pass. You can also buy online for $20 if you’re not close to a park. It’ll take about nine weeks to process if you buy online, but you still lock in a cheaper price. I did that because O’ahu has no National Parks. The Big Island has two, Maui has one, and Kauai has one. It seemed cheaper for me to pay $20 online than to buy a plane ticket, car rental and hotel lodging to one of those other alternatives.

    • HLKLA

      Iowa has no National Parks as well, but I discovered that the local National Wildlife Refgue had the Eagle Pass, as they were called once, available. So like a teenager on his sixteenth birthday going to get their driver’s license, on my 62nd birthday I headed to the Refgue to get my pass. We visit National Parks frequently on our trips to California to see family. It is a good deal. Plus I kayak at the refuge, and discovered I get a discount on camping fees with my pass. Thank you for the info.

    • WBBsAs

      I did this a few months ago. I’ve usually preferred national forests to national parks because you can’t take dogs on trails in the parks, but now that our malamute’s an arthritic senior canine, he can’t go anyway.

  • WBBsAs

    Grant has lots of good things to say about the Dodgers… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/886998368660201473

  • Remember Lasorda’s story about being nice to fans because it might bite you if you’re not?

    One of Tommy Lasorda’s go-to stories is about how, as a star-struck 14-year-old, he approached New York Giants outfielder Buster Maynard after a game in Philadelphia and asked him for an autograph. Maynard brushed him off.

    Eight years later, Lasorda was a promising pitcher with the Triple-A Montreal Royals, in the Brooklyn Dodgers chain, when to his surprise he found himself facing a fading former big leaguer trying to hold his job with the minor-league Augusta Yankees: Buster Maynard. Lasorda’s first pitch knocked him down. His second pitch did the same. When Maynard came up again later in the game, Lasorda decked him a third time.

    This time it was Maynard waiting for Lasorda after the game, asking what the heck was going on. Lasorda told him the story of saving up his money to go to a baseball game, only to be ignored by his hero. He concluded the sentiment with, “I wish I had hit you, you busher!”

    Now comes Torii Hunter with a nice story about an encounter with a kid in the stands while Hunter was playing in the minor leagues.

  • Kershaw tweaks his pitch selection to reduce gopher balls.

  • Bob_Hendley

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/07/17/the-los-angeles-dodgers-have-become-baseballs-version-of-the-golden-state-warriors/?utm_term=.e307ba952a42 a little over the top, but the front office has put together a very competitive team in the process of reducing the payroll by about 25% since 2015, with another $40 million off the rolls over the next two years (Ethier and AGone) that shouldn’t negatively effect the product on the field.

    • WBBsAs

      “Very competitive,” or dominant?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Since it’s baseball, hesitant to use that word.

  • Edwin Jackson reflects on his major league journey through twelve different teams (one short of the record thirteen, held by Octavio Dotel).

  • WBBsAs

    Old friend James Loney is headed toward the DMZ… https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/07/james-loney-signs-with-kbos-lg-twins.html

    Also, old friend and notorious carpetbagger Edwin Jackson is starting for the Nats (gnot the Gnats) tonight in Anaheim.

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