Game 107, 2017

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

The Dodgers have won nine in a row. They have already had two 10-game winning streaks this year; only two teams have had three since 1913.

The visiting Dodgers give RHP Brock Stewart (0-0, 0.00 ERA) the ball and ask him to hold off the hometown Braves, who counter with RHP Julio Teheran (7-9, 5.09 ERA).

Stewart went only 3 2/3 innings against the Twins last Wednesday, but all five of the runs scored on him were unearned and he got off the hook when the Dodgers rallied to win 6-5. Teheran has lost three straight games and posted a 6.88 ERA since the All Star break. It doesn’t get any easier: Corey Seager is 3-for-9 against Teheran, all of them home runs. Yasiel Puig (5-for-10, HR), Chase Utley (7-for-28, HR), Logan Forsythe (3-for-5, HR), Yasmani Grandal (6-for-13, three doubles) and Joc Pederson (4-for-13) have been successful against him as well.

Yu Darvish has been activated. To make room, Josh Ravin was optioned to OKC.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1938 As an experiment, bright yellow baseballs are used in the first game of a doubleheader. The teams go back to the traditional white ball in the nightcap as the Dodgers swept the twin bill from the Cardinals, 6-2 and 9-3.
  • 1982 During a ceremony held in Cooperstown, NY, the United States Postal Service unveils a 20-cent stamp commemorating baseball great Jackie Robinson as part of its annual Black Heritage series. The Dodger infielder becomes the first individual baseball player to be depicted on a U.S postage stamp.

  • 2002 Reds general manager Jim Bowden is fined by commissioner Bud Selig for the comments he made to reporters prior to yesterday’s game against the Dodgers comparing a baseball strike with the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Quickly realizing the use of such analogy was inappropriate and insensitive, the Cincinnati GM issues an immediate apology after the game.
  • 2008 In the first game after the Manny Ramirez trade to the Dodgers, the Fenway Faithful enthusiastically welcome Jason Bay, the player replacing the Boston icon. The former Pirates outfielder doesn’t disappoint, tripling and scoring the winning run in the 12th inning of the Red Sox’s 2-1 victory over the A’s.

In non-Dodgers history of note, in 1921 with the jurors lifting the men onto their shoulders, the eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series are acquitted by the jury. The next day, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis will say the overwhelming evidence clearly shows the Black Sox fixed the games with gamblers, and all involved will be banned from playing professional baseball again.

Lineup:

  • foul tip

    Comment from another board:

    Jeff Retweeted Eric Stephen “That would make the Dodgers 40-6 since my son was born. Again – should have had kids years ago. Cost us 5 titles minimum”.

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  • foul tip

    Speaking of Eric Stephen of TBLA, I’ve seen references very recently to his having some kind of health issue. He’s not writing nearly as much lately. Whatever it is, wish him speedy and full recovery.

  • Darvish-san speaks to the media through an interpreter.

  • Stewart, first inning, 8 pitches, three outs. Teheran, first inning, 7 pitches, three outs. Efficient!

  • Cody!

  • RBI

    Shoot. That hurt.

  • RBI

    Adding insult to injury is that horrible Braves chant.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree, but to me, it’s not as personal as “Beat LA!”

    • Bob_Hendley

      It’s pretty bad. They actually do it right before the game in order to warm up.

  • RBI

    Okay, Stewart, time to bear down again.

  • RBI

    Yasmani should go have a little chat with Stewart.

  • RBI

    Good job holding them to two, Stewart!

  • scooplew

    How many games in a row have we won in which we had the lead at any point in the game?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Approaching 60, I believe.

      • scooplew

        Well, since we led 1-0 earlier, I guess that means this game is in the bag.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

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          I want them to hold the 2017 record for leading at the end of postseason games.

        • foul tip

          Their streak is the all-time MLB record.

  • scooplew

    Does anyone know if Stewart is on a pitch limit?

    • I didn’t see any mention of it, but it’s likely.

  • WBBsAs

    I was surprised to see Taylor even try to take third on Markakis there.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice balance in Dodger scoring tonight: 1 by dinger, 1 by speed and hustle.
    Hopefully there will be many more, coming any which way!

  • scooplew

    Forsythe dragging again. Below .200 since the All-Star Game, now 2-for-his-last-18.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just saw where Verlander was placed on revocable waivers.
    Didn’t the Dodgers do the same thing with Puig last year? Sooooo glad nothing came of that!

    • WBBsAs

      All teams do that with lots of players. It’s usually meaningless.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        True, but they WERE trying to unload Puig last year . . . or it sure seemed that way.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Utley chases in the run!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Didn’t see the play — anyone who did, do you think Chase made a target of himself to ensure the run scored?

    • WBBsAs

      Possibly, but I couldn’t tell for sure.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Radio just thought that was the case . . . specifically Mo, so he knows of what he speaks.

        • He slowed up between 1st and 2nd, but that was after the ball was cut off.

        • WBBsAs

          I’ll take Monday’s word, but not Steiner’s.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I know – that’s why I clarified it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Bob_Hendley

      Didn’t see it, but pretty much the standard aproach in the Bigs.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Pitchers tonight can’t stand a lead.

  • WBBsAs

    Watching Avilรกn is like waiting in the dentist’s chair.

  • scooplew

    We’ve got them just where we want.

  • “There is no joy in Mudville…”

  • Bob_Hendley

    Phooey. Just got back from Atlanta (ten hour drive).

  • HLKLA

    Sigh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not, want not with that 2-on, nobody out.
    Baez pitching like it’s April.
    Oh well, start another streak of winning every game they lead.

  • HLKLA

    It is a good thing we will not face the Braves in the post season. They seem to have our number.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      As DID the Giants.
      The good thing about the postseason is the Dodgers will have elite starting pitching (barring injuries!).

      • scooplew

        Probably was Stewart’s last start as well as pitching by committee.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          He’s not what I considered elite, but he didn’t pitch poorly. The bats were relatively stymied (2nd game in a row with three runs).
          Pedro might feel pressure with the added arms.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Guess Dave can come back home now!

  • foul tip

    Good example of a picture being worth 1000 words, from ThinkBlueLA–

    http://www.thinkbluela.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Giants-Fans.jpg

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