Game 106, 2017

Dodgers at Braves, 4:35 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSE

The Dodgers send RHP Kenta Maeda (9-4, 4.09 ERA) to the mound in the Braves’ new ballpark. He’ll face a right-handed pitcher named Lucas Sims who’ll be making his MLB debut.

Maeda has had trouble getting past the fifth inning this season, doing so only three times in 16 starts. Sims had a 2.84 ERA in his last four starts at AAA Gwinnett.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1906 After pitching 10.2 innings of no-hit ball, Harry McIntire yields a single to Pirates second baseman Claude Ritchey. The Dodgers and McIntire lose the game in the 13th on an unearned run, 1-0.
  • 1924 Dazzy Vance strikes out seven consecutive batters to establish a major league record when the Brooklyn Robins defeat the Cubs at Ebbets Field, 4-0. The future Hall of Famer, who will compile a 28-6 record for the Brooks this season, will lead the National League in strikeouts with 262.
  • 1957 Gil Hodges, in a 12-3 win over the Cubs, hits his 13th and last career grand slam in Brooklyn Dodger history. The first baseman’s bases-loaded shot off Dick Littlefield establishes a new National League record, previously shared by Rogers Hornsby and Ralph Kiner.
  • 2011 After popping out in a pinch-hitting appearance, Craig Counsell remains without a hit in his last 45 at-bats, tying the longest single-season hitless streak by a position player in history, established by Brooklyn backstop Bill Bergen in 1909. The major league record is 0-for-70, established in 1970 by Bob Buhl, a pitcher who toiled with the Braves and Cubs that season.
  • 2015 Clayton Kershaw strikes out Mike Trout looking with a wicked curveball, marking the first time that reigning MVPs have faced one another in a major league game. The interleague contest between the two LA teams ends with Dodger southpaw keeping the Angel outfielder 0-for-3 while hurling eight innings in the team’s 3-1 victory over the Halos at Chavez Ravine.

In non-Dodgers’ history of note, on this day in 1978 Pete Rose, making the last out when he strikes out on a Gene Garber change-up, goes 0-for-4, ending his 44-game hitting streak, one contest shy of breaking the National League record. The Reds third baseman has tied Willie Keeler’s 1897 National League record last night with a hit off future Hall of Famer Phil Niekro. Rose was very angry about Garber’s pitch selection afterward, as I recall.

LHP Tony Watson has been activated. To make room on the active roster LHP Edward Paredes was sent to OKC.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs

    LAT’d, but I thought this Gnatfan’s confession was worth reposting… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d68d93d1834764ccb16fc2a490719b5acacf8206db4da008fe4802e1bdffdac.png

    • DXMachina

      Luck had nothing to do with it. The media said it was because they knew how to win. Apparently they’ve lost the knack.

      • WBBsAs

        They’re all suffering from early onset dementia.

  • WBBsAs

    Regarding Bob Buhl (see above), I recall an anecdote that he could do 45 one-armed pushups.

  • Bob_Hendley

    IIRC, K’s in a row record was broken by then Dodger Harang against the Pads. As well, IIRC, Gil holds the NL season record for sac flies at 19.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Getting ready here in Atlanta for the game. Seems like a lot of Dodgers fans.

    • How’s that brand-new park look?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Still outside. Quite something around here.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Really nice!

        • WBBsAs

          Still, preposterous to build a new stadium so soon, and in the suburbs.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Fellow here says that Turner was the best stadium experience (Dodger fan who has been to 60 in his life, but not Ebbets!).

          • But Atlanta’s mayor wouldn’t be blackmailed into funding new frills for it, whereas Cobb County would.

          • WBBsAs

            Fortunately, Oakland finally decided to stand up to the Davis Crime Family, who will move to Las Vegas (not soon enough, though).

      • Bob_Hendley

        Reminds me of Nats Stadium, but grandstands are a bit steeper.

    • WBBsAs

      You’re really getting around. Hot, wet and sticky there?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Surprisingly still haven’t encountered southern weather. Guess I’ll have to wait until I get back to D.C. tomorrow.

        • WBBsAs

          I forget, do you live in the District?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yep

          • He drove into the wilds of Virginia to meet me last October.

          • WBBsAs

            I might have told you that I lived in Mount Pleasant for a semester while teaching at GW.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Before leaving Birmingham yesterday, visited the Negro Southern League museum. Quite something. Charlie O. integrated the league and in 1964 with the Barons. That must have been something. Also took in a Montgomery Biscuits game against that Chattanooga Lookouts ( old Dodger affiliate). Tried to imagine Kershaw pitching in these parks.

    • NPR interview with author Larry Colton, who wrote a book called “Southern League” which tells the story of the Barons and the integration. Blue Moon Odom was the first black player on the team.

  • foul tip

    Imagine a spirited Japanese reunion for Darvish and Maeda. Have to wonder who Darvish eventually bumps out of the rotation. Maeda has to wonder too. But both he and Ryu have done well lately while JMac has struggled a bit.

    • HLKLA

      McCarthy might want to pick it up a little, if he was smart.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I understand that he is somewhat intelligent, but we shall see. More important question will be playoff roster and starts, where I think Mac maybe outside looking in.

        • WBBsAs

          From what I can discern, McCarthy’s very bright and witty as well.

          • He and his wife are hilarious Twitter users.

    • And, Shohei Otani watching.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Braves responsible for 2 of the Dodgers 3 losses in July. Let’s get them!

  • WBBsAs

    Cycle alert: in Pittsburgh, Billy Hamilton has tripled in the first and homered in the second.

  • foul tip

    Only 27 AB, but Maeda has yet to strike out this year, helping himself as best he can.

    Just as soon as I typed that Braves broadcasters mentioned it. ;/)

    • WBBsAs

      I’d trust him to advance the runner swinging rather than bunting.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bella! Deep.

  • foul tip

    39-6 mark in last 45 games is best in Dodger history.

    • .870 for the month of July is their best ever too.

      • foul tip

        This bunch racking up all kinds of firsts…fortunately, positive ones. 😉

    • 3 and 2 in next 5 games matches the 42 – 8 run in 2015.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Got to see the Freeze live! He lost tonight.

    • He WHAT?!?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Apparently it has happened at least twice before.

        • After seeing that highlight where he spotted his opponent about a hundred yards and caught him I didn’t think he could ever be beaten.

  • Ryu and Maeda trying their best to stay in the rotation.

  • RBI

    Maeda looking sharp!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Looking comfortable and no one up the pen.

    • Will Doc let him start the 7th?

  • Puig always keeps a poker face.

  • Good thing we got Darvish

  • WBBsAs

    Bellinger hits it too hard.

  • Bob_Hendley

    No replay here in the stadium. How close at home?

    • WBBsAs

      I thought out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    They are doing that tomahawk stuff here at the stadium.

  • WBBsAs

    We are not amused…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Does Watson even know the signs?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Thanks for the out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley getting up in the pen.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Put him on!

    • WBBsAs

      As Bochy did?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Or not. Almost got the ball Turner threw into the stands after the catch.

  • Get a couple of insurance runs. Maeda deserves the win.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Crowd seems in awe of Kenley.

    • RBI

      Do you blame them?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Not in the least.

    • WBBsAs

      As Keith Reid would say, quite rightly so.

  • In 1-inning saves this season Jansen has struck out the side 7 times, Steiner tells me. He’s 2/3 of the way there.

    • WBBsAs

      Without corroborating evidence, don’t accept a word Steiner says.

      • Oh now, be polite. He means well.

        • WBBsAs

          I’d rather listen to someone who’s usually accurate.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Big Dodger crowd standing for the K.

  • HLKLA

    We win!

  • Tomorrow, same bat-time, same bat-station.

    • foul tip

      Says Robin? 😉

  • WBBsAs

    At 75-31, the Dodgers are now six games below .750.

    • scooplew

      Ha!

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