Game 113, 2017

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 3:40 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Two thirteen-game winners face off tonight at Chase Field: the Dodgers’ LHP Alex Wood (13-1, 2.33 ERA) against the D-Backs’ RHP Zack Greinke (13-4, 3.10 ERA). Wood cited fatigue as a reason for a drop in his velocity (his fastball had a 90.8-mph average, lowest of the year) in his last start but says a change in mechanics has resolved that. Greinke saw his ERA jump nearly a full point from 2.12 to 3.10 after he gave up six earned runs in six innings in his last start.

Wood needs to be careful with A.J. Pollock; he has a .462 batting average and two homers in 13 career at-bats against the Dodgers’ lefty.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1975 At Shea Stadium, Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base without being caught, breaking Max Carey’s 1922 record in the Dodgers’ 2-0 victory over New York. The Dodger second baseman’s mark will be broken by Vince Coleman in 1989.
  • 1976 John Candelaria becomes the first Pirate since 1907 to throw a no-hitter in Pittsburgh. Nick Maddox threw the first and only Buc home no-hitter until the ‘Candyman’ beat the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium. (There was never a no-hitter pitched in the 61-year history of spacious Forbes Field.)
  • 2001 Mike Hampton ties the National League record for pitchers with his seventh homer when he goes deep off Felix Heredia in the Rockies’ 14-5 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Colorado southpaw equals the mark established by Dodger hurlers Don Drysdale (1958, 1965) and Don Newcombe (1955), and two shy of the major league standard set by Wes Ferrell, playing for the Indians in 1931.
  • 2013 The Dodgers rally for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, overcoming a six-run, seventh-inning deficit, for their fifth walk-off victory of the season. The team’s 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay is their 11th consecutive win in a one-run games, a span in which they have defeated ten different clubs.


91 thoughts on “Game 113, 2017

  1. Heh. From the LA Times’ game recap:

    Two pitches later, Puig snuck a grounder into right field. As he neared first base, he happily motioned for Pederson to run home.

    As an explanation for his demonstrations, Puig said he has not been receiving many opportunities to drive in key runs because of the likes of Bellinger and Taylor.

  2. Playoff atmosphere, coming off a bitter loss, and going against a CYA winner who hasn’t lost at home this year . . . nice win!

        • Not to say Joc will ever be equal to Willie Mays, but young Mr. Mays was hitless in his first 12 at-bats in the big leagues. Slumps happen.

          • Amazing to read about Mays and how much grief he received from sportswriters for much of his career. Probably the greatest player of my lifetime.

      • Even with the recent 10 game downturn, from when the Dodgers started their winning ways 53 games ago, Joc has been OPS .870 with 10 dingers. (.985 during that 43 game stretch)

  3. Joc’s gotta be feeling good — breaks the slump, vs. a pitcher like Zack, AND gets the RBI.

  4. I mighta walked Martínez to get to Marte, who then lobbed one in safely down the line.

  5. Some good wood from both sides, but too close to the fielders. Belli hit it to the fans.

  6. Hard to imagine, but at some point someone in the Snakes organization had to have said, “yes, these uniforms look good”.

  7. Snakes are good. Their record would have been good enough to be first in the West at this point last year.

    • They are indeed good, and a playoff rotation of Greinke, Godley and Robbie Ray (presuming he recovers fully) could be formidable.

      Given how bad they were last year, and their disorder in the front office, it’s remarkable how they’ve recovered. That said, there are still some weaknesses.

  8. I checked out the Braves’ unis for the event, but Kemp’s number isn’t there. I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t play as The Bison.

    That said, we are getting the Wild Horse.

  9. There’s a new event on August 25-27 called Players Weekend and the players get to pick their own names for the back of their jerseys, among other things. The cynic in me says it’s a way for MLB to sell more paraphernalia, but the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated

    to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 by MLB and the MLBPA with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the U.S. and Canada.

    Here are the Dodgers’ uniforms:

    CODYLOVE. CT3. REDTURN2. KERSH.See all the nicknames the guys will be wearing for #PlayersWeekend (8/25-27):— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 9, 2017