Game 108, 2017

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

LHP Alex Wood (12-1, 2.38 ERA) won his last start after taking his first loss of the season (to the Braves, no less) in his previous one. He’ll face rookie LHP Sean Newcomb (1-5, 4.50 ERA).

Wood has had two poor starts in a row, giving up 13 runs in 11 2/3 innings. Newcomb has a 4.96 ERA in his last three starts and has walked three or more batters in five of his nine starts.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1959 In the second All-Star game played this summer, Yogi Berra’s two-run home run off Dodgers right-hander Don Drysdale in the third inning at the LA Memorial Coliseum proves to be the difference in the American League’s 5-3 victory over the Senior Circuit. The home run will be the last one hit by a Bronx Bomber in a Mid-Summer Classic game for 41 years until Derek Jeter goes deep in 2001.
  • 1995 Making his first start for the Rockies since being acquired from the Mets, Bret Saberhagen gives up 13 hits and walks three batters, but gets the win in the team’s 9-4 win over the Dodgers. The sellout crowd gives their new hurler an enthusiastic standing ovation when he departs the game with one out in the seventh inning.
  • 1997 Jeromy Burnitz, coming off the bench in the Brewers’ 6-5 loss to Seattle at County Stadium, homers as a pinch hitter for the second consecutive time, tying an American League record. The major league mark for consecutive pinch-hit appearances with a home run is three, shared by Lee Lacy (Dodgers – May 2, 6, and 17, 1978) and Del Unser (Phillies – June 30, July 5 and 10, 1979).
  • 2013 The first-place Dodgers set a franchise record, winning their 13th consecutive game on the road with their 3-0 victory over the Cubs in Chicago. The Giants established the National League mark in 1916 when the team won 17 straight games away from the Polo Grounds.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs

    Wood’s last start was not poor – he pitched a full seven and won the game (thanks, of course, to Dodgers’ bottom-of-the-seventh rally). He allowed eight hits and walked nobody. Of course, you could argue that he was pitching against the Gnats.

    • Oops. I forgot that game. He did see his ERA rise, however, thanks to giving up four runs in those seven innings.

      • WBBsAs

        It wasn’t his best outing, but it was good enough.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    Power rankings – literally – of minor league affiliates…https://twitter.com/darenw/status/892845193262706688

  • HLKLA

    The 1995 Dodgers get 13 hits and three walks and still lose 9-4! Wow.

  • WBBsAs

    No politics but…Willson Contreras of the Cubbies is wearing a protective arm sleeve decorated with the Venezuelan flag.

    • Ambiguous without more context. Is he pro-Maduro or pro-opposition?

      He’s having quite a day.

      • WBBsAs

        I expect that a ballplayer coming from the country where Wilson Ramos was kidnapped is not pro-Maduro.

  • Cingrani activated, Stewart optioned.

    • WBBsAs

      Cingrani may be a project, but the Dodgers have the luxury of a large enough lead to take the chance.

  • Bob_Hendley

    4th pitch to Justin was just a foot outside, previous 3 were 2 feet, so ump gave him s strike.

  • RBI

    Then Belly gets seven strikes in a row. Go figure.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    We’ll take the walk-for-an-RBI. Tied game.

  • RBI

    Weird strike zone.

  • RBI

    Sacks still loaded.

  • RBI

    Forsythe’s favorite kind of at bat. Didn’t have to swing.

    • WBBsAs

      This time, it worked.

      • scooplew

        Forsythe continues to have trouble getting hits; in this instance, I was happy with the walk.

  • RBI

    C’mon, guys! You can get one more out of this!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Lucky to get the one.

  • RBI

    Ugh.

  • WBBsAs

    Shoulda been a big inning, but the Dodgers are slumping the last several days.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Understandable if it was against the Nats or Cubs.
      But the Braves???!!!

      • WBBsAs

        They didn’t hit well against the Gnats either, but their hitting was timely.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          True.
          The kind of timely absent these last two innings.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not, want not . . .
    They did . . . hopefully they don’t.

  • HLKLA

    Well, that was disappointing.

  • scooplew

    Left one on in the first, two on in the second, three on in the third.

  • scooplew

    Puig against a pitcher who has already thrown 68 pitches in three innings and has wiggled out of trouble; I like the matchup.

  • scooplew

    C’mon, guys. This is Sean Newcomb we’re facing, not Don Newcombe.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    CT!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A Taylor-made lead.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    THAT’s what we were talking about!

  • RBI

    CT3!!!

  • scooplew

    That’s more like it.

  • scooplew

    At this point, I’d be inclined to give Forsythe a couple of days off and let Hernandez play some at second base. Or at least drop Logan in the batting order.

    • HLKLA

      Or move him down in the order.

  • RBI

    So now the ump gets picky about strikes.

  • RBI

    Oh brother. Two walks and a dump single.

  • RBI

    Need a s/o and then a DP. Pretty please?

    • scooplew

      A p/o and a DP did the trick.

  • scooplew

    Whether or not the Braves score this inning, I think we’re going to need several more runs tonight.

  • RBI

    Long delay…

  • WBBsAs

    It’s that rare day when both the Rox and Snakes win, so the Dodgers can only maintain their lead.

  • Markakis got his two-thousandth hit earlier. I heard it on the car radio and thought “how is it someone has 2000 hits and I’ve rarely if ever heard of him?”

    Nine years in the AL, that’s how.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s a decent player, but far from a star.

      • Yeah, but 2,000 hits is no small feat.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Matty has 1,614.

          • Puig has 536. Utley has 1830. Turner has 683.

          • Oh, and Ethier has 1359 and A-Gon is nearing the 2,000 milestone at 1996.

        • WBBsAs

          I agree, he’s been a solid major leaguer, but not someone you’d build your team around.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Did most of his damage as an O from ages 22-27.

  • HLKLA

    Well, we managed some breathing room in that inning.

  • scooplew

    Another very solid outing by Wood.

  • WBBsAs
  • Darvish is in the dugout saying “I hope these guys hit like this tomorrow.”

  • Cingrani warming up in the pen for the bottom of the ninth.

  • This is no way to introduce yourself, Tony.

    • WBBsAs

      I thought that was a DP when Rodríguez hit it.

    • RBI

      Understatement!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • HLKLA

    Good win, with the Rockies and Diamondbacks are just shaking their heads and saying, “What do we have to do to gain ground on these guys?”

    • RBI

      I remember that feeling earlier in the year.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And in years past. The worst was when the Dodgers won but lost ground because the other guys swept a doubleheader.

  • scooplew

    At least we didn’t have to use Jansen. Did he start to warm up as Cingrani was struggling?

    • WBBsAs

      Joe Davis mentioned him, but it wasn’t clear that he started to warm up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I left when it was 3-1 and couldn’t check in until after a meeting . . . hoping that there WAS a bottom of the 9th inning and saw the 3 posted . . . but luckily more for LA.
    Bullpen late innings hasn’t shone these last two games.
    Here’s hoping for bottoms of the 9th in the next 6 games!

  • Markakis family in the stands Tuesday evening.

  • Injury news. Kershaw soon to pitch off mound, Ethier to play simulated games this week and Gonzalez to OKC for rehab stretch this week. There’s also a video clip of Cingrani talking about joining the Dodgers.

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