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.

Lineup:

  • 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): https://t.co/l9VP1UPlVf pic.twitter.com/sGtn0D5gQb— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 9, 2017

    • DXMachina

      I saw that a certain Mariner third baseman is wearing “Corey’s Brother” for the weekend.

  • DXMachina

    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.

  • Here’s a more complete list of Dodgers’ nicknames. Ryu is “Monster.” Stripling is “Chicken Strip.” Who knew?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Awful nice, Belli.

  • Bob_Hendley

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

    • WBBsAs

      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.

  • Bob_Hendley

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nice Puig, drawing the walk.

  • HLKLA

    Old friend Scott Van Slyke is DFA’d by Cin.

  • Interesting they didn’t ask Wood to bunt after the first try.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Extreme defense by Snake infield.

    • WBBsAs

      He hit the ball solidly, but not quite deep enough.

  • Bob_Hendley

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

  • Bob_Hendley

    What is Greinke’s walkup music?

  • WBBsAs

    I’m shocked when Puig fails to catch a ball.

  • WBBsAs

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

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yeah, that was my thought as well.

  • WBBsAs

    Bad situational hitting by Grandal.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Joc-ularity!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc!

    • WBBsAs

      *Joc!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great two-out, clutch hit!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Another clutch, two-out hit!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Our bottom is coming up on top.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

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

    • Bob_Hendley

      Both Cody and Joc have hit Greinke very well in their limited PA coming in (12 and 10).

      • Greinke said Joc was an easy out just before he left the Dodgers and didn’t have any love for Puig.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    That half-inning started like April and ended like July.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bullpen!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great Fields trip!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bats — pad the lead!

  • WBBsAs

    Bradley has a serious beard.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, bullpen, Part 2!

  • WBBsAs

    Shoeless Dan has been a pain lately.

  • WBBsAs

    Can we trust Fields v. Goldschmidt?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Yes. (Whew!)

    • Bob_Hendley

      Gives up a lot of dingers.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Fields just gave him the finger. Two of them for two outs.

      • WBBsAs

        ??

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I don’t think Bob was giving anyone the finger.
          The “f” is right next to the “d” on a keyboard.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    DP!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bats, make this a non-save situation!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’d be happy with at least an insurance run!

  • RBI

    Let’s go Grandal!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    All right, Kike! Let’s have another two-out rally!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Barnes still not ready I guess.

  • RBI

    Nice double!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Good going Joc.

    • dalegribel

      A sadly high number to folks on Twitter becoming growingly anti-Joc.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Going through a dry spell, so easy pickings for the jackals.

        • 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.

          • Bob_Hendley

            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.

      • Bob_Hendley

        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)

    • WBBsAs

      He really scorched that ball.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Go into the insurance business, Yasiel!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No insurance from agent Farmer.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kenley!

  • RBI

    Kenley time!

  • WBBsAs

    This feels like a preview of playoff baseball.

    • RBI

      I was thinking the same thing. Best team we’ve seen in a while.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Would really be nice to get the win, especially after last night!

        • WBBsAs

          I dislike these one-game losing streaks…

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            ANY form of losing streak!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            More so after having the lead AND vs. a quality team.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ (or any other form of an out)!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No repeats here, Kenley.

  • John_from_Aus

    I don’t remember the last time he hit a batter

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Bet that batter does!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Only his second this year. 14 over his 8 year career.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uno mas, Kenley!

  • WBBsAs

    Blanco the ex-Gnat…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K! Get the K!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice redemption from last night!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

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

  • Yahoo!

    Julio Urias says his shoulder feels good but he has no timetable for return yet.

  • 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.

  • WBBsAs

    Check out the AB (and batflip) by now top prospect Verdugo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geLrOMIbBk0

    • dalegribel

      Verdugo-yard

      • Lose the facial hair, kid, it’s ugly. Nice swing, though.

  • WBBsAs

    Grant looks into the Gnats’ future, and sees the present… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/895721179608166400

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