Game 112, 2017

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

The Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda (10-4, 3.79 ERA) has won his last four starts. He’ll face the D-Backs’ Zack Godley (5-4, 2.86 ERA), who hasn’t allowed a run in his last thirteen innings (two starts).

Sports Illustrated has an article about the Dodgers and the Darvish acquisition.

Brock Stewart has been recalled while Luis Avilan goes on the paternity list.

On this date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1903 In the third inning of the 4-3 nightcap loss to New York at the Polo Grounds, Dodger starter Henry Schmidt is thrown out of the game after he throws the baseball out of the park. The Brooklyn hurler became very angry when opposing pitcher Joe McGinnity dashed home from third base while his infielders were arguing the close call at the bag.
  • 1954 Gil Hodges comes to bat three times in the eighth inning when the Dodgers score 13 runs en route to a 20-7 rout of the Reds at Ebbets Field. The first baseman will go 1-for-3 in the frame with a leadoff triple, but will be responsible for all three outs when he hits into a double play and flies out to centerfield to end the Brooklyn barrage.
  • 1957 Club President Walter O’Malley makes it official, announcing the Dodgers will play in Los Angeles next season. The club’s departure from Brooklyn corresponds with the massive social shift taking place in the borough that finds many of its former residents leaving for the suburbs of Long Island.
  • 2000 Cubs hurler Phil Norton becomes the 18th pitcher in major league history to give up four homers in one inning in the Dodgers’ 7-5 victory at Chavez Ravine. Kevin Elster, Darren Dreifort, Gary Sheffield, and Shawn Green all take the 24 year-old southpaw deep in the bottom of the fourth inning.
  • 2000 Darren Dreifort hits two home runs and gets the win in the Dodgers’ 7-5 victory over the Cubs. The starting pitcher, who hurls 6.2 innings, goes deep in the bottom of the fourth and fifth frames.
  • 2000 After kissing one another in the seventh inning, a female couple is abruptly asked to leave Dodger Stadium immediately and are told never to “set foot back on the premises” for “lewd behavior”. The pair had planned to sue the organization, but ended up not doing so after the team apologized, promising to contribute 5,000 tickets to GLBT organizations and continue sensitivity training for all its employees.

Today in 1941 Les Brown and his Orchestra record “Joltin’ Joe” for Columbia Records. The song about Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak will be played incessantly on radio stations across the country, eventually reaching number 12 on the charts.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/246026746/15-numbers-to-explain-dodgers-historic-season Great look by Mike P. of the numbers underlying the performance.

  • A relaxed Puig is a better Puig.

  • Post updated with SI column link.

  • How does this Dodgers team match up with the six best of all time?

  • Avilan to the paternity list, Stewart called up.

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT getting things started.

  • WBBsAs

    Too bad the Snakes don’t have a reliever by the name of Cleanley.

  • WBBsAs

    Joc did not look good on that one.

    • Bob_Hendley

      No chance, in any event.

      • WBBsAs

        Sometimes you look bad on plays you wouldn’t have made anyway.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Certainly the case.

    • The MLB.com broadcast didn’t show enough of his jump or route to see what he did. I assume his first step was in.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Yep

      • Bob_Hendley

        Puig had trouble reading that ball as well.

        • Is the roof open?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Guessing no. Temp at 105.

          • A dry heat though.

          • Bob_Hendley

            He he.

  • WBBsAs

    Brazil’s Yan Gomes just walked off against the Rox, so Dodgers can pick up yet another game there.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Way to go Kenta!

  • Well done getting out of that.

  • John_from_Aus

    What was the injury delay before the last out?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Thought it was just Honey giving reminders on how to pitch to the new guy Martinez.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bums, that last pitch would have been called a strike by a machine, but Logan was in a crouch.

    • Someone would have to set the strike zone for the device based on when the hitter got into his swing. I imagine the device could be setup with two or three strike zones and someone would only have to push the right button.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Already 50 starts from Kenta!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Another strange catch in the outfield.

  • Kershaw news. Threw long-toss today before the game, expects rehab and simulated game before he gets activated.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Seeing him throwing long-toss before a game is quite something. Still throws strikes!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenta getting it done.

    • WBBsAs

      Much better the last two innings.

  • Bob_Hendley

    There we go!

    • Turner can do more than just clear the fence. That one was launched.

  • Sometimes Joe channels Ross Porter and sometimes Vin. Interesting stats today.

  • Nice three-minute video from MLB Network.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well done.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan delivers.

    • Solid hit. Fun to watch Bellinger run.

      • WBBsAs

        Bellinger’s got serious wheels.

  • From the preview: Paul Goldschmidt is 4-for-21 against the Japanese right-hander with no extra-base hits.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Orel questioning the drawn-in infield.

  • Maeda did good.

    • WBBsAs

      Indeed,

    • Bob_Hendley

      Earned another $250k for his effort.

      • He should be hitting several bonus levels soon.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turner heating up!

  • Grandal and I were both thinking triple.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ha!

    • WBBsAs

      With one out, worth a try. With two out. no.

      • I have not appreciated the wisdom behind that “don’t make the first or last out at third” thing.

        • WBBsAs

          Bill Buckner was guilty of it in the 1974 Series in Oakland.

          • scooplew

            I was covering that game for the Monterey Herald. Painful.

          • WBBsAs

            I was there also, in the RF bleachers. You could walk up and get a ticket at game time.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Way to go Puig!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Replay shows that roof is indeed closed.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Kid behind the fence was awfully disappointed.

        • The mascot might have gotten to it first though.

          • WBBsAs

            Oddly, the mascot’s not a reptile.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Too scary.

          • WBBsAs

            How about a desert tortoise?

    • Puig absolutely loved making that catch but didn’t break a smile. Just another day in the office.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Noticed that as well. Been there, done that attitude.

  • WBBsAs

    If Puig doesn’t win a Gold Glove, there needs to be an investigation.

    • Bob_Hendley

      A very, very subjective award, as awards go.

    • Mueller has his hands full.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Love Orel saying that Baez got a 1,000 ft of outs.

    • And two good catches at the end 750 of those feet.

  • Hopefully that is the one that gets Joc going again. He took it well.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Another fine play by Puig.

    • There is something about Puig’s look that for me makes him look more like a baseball player than he did a month ago. He reminds me of Clemente when he has his hat up a little and standing out there between pitches. Slimmed down and short hair cut or maybe even his uniform is tailored differently? Something.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Should send a video of just his plays in this game to those voting for GG. He is a difference maker with the glove night in night out (and often with the bat).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doc not aware of Morrow’s splits? Lefties 1-35 off of him.

    • Could he have wanted to put Watson in to see how he would do? Seems like there is plenty of time for that still in the season. I wanted to keep Morrow in.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Watson left it over the plate, but apparently a ball hit at that velocity and launch angle is only a hit 3% of the time. Now the outs hit off Petey…

  • WBBsAs

    Nice play by Bellinger and Watson there.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Puig should have climbed the pole.

    • Or, huffed and puffed and blown the ball foul.

  • WBBsAs

    So much for Lamb v. lefties…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Out like a lion!

  • WBBsAs

    This inning has not pleased me, but I’m not willing to write the Dodgers off yet.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bradley a little excited.

  • WBBsAs

    Bradley’s good, but the Dodgers get to face Fernando Rodney in the ninth.

    • Bob_Hendley

      They are still using him!?

      • WBBsAs

        He’s the Dodgers’ secret weapon…

  • RBI

    So I put the granddaughters to bed, come back, and they got a grand slam? Ooph.

    • Maybe wait until after the game next time.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ross showing his foot speed.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tomorrow should be a great pitching matchup.

  • scooplew

    If the Giants hang on to beat the Cubs, this would be the first time since July 2 that the Dodgers lost and the Giants won on the same day.

    • Wow!! We like it like that.

    • WBBsAs

      Once a month sounds about fair.

  • Mom, when I told her the result: “The Dodgers LOST?!?”

    • scooplew

      I said the same thing to myself.

      • John_from_Aus

        We can’t peak too early

  • WBBsAs

    The Rojos have DFA’d OFOF (old friend outfielder) SVS.

    • They picked up Luke Farrell on waivers from the Dodgers and needed to make room for him.

      • WBBsAs

        Still, it’s sad that SVS has sunk so far so fast.

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