Game 115, 2017

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

LHP Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.17 ERA) goes for the Padres while LHP Rich Hill (8-4, 3.47 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers. Richard hasn’t won in two months, but in his last start he went six innings while giving up four unearned runs, which for the Padres is seen as a positive sign. Hill had a weird start the last time he pitched, giving up three home runs in the first inning but only two more hits through the next five innings, after which he came out of the game. The Dodgers rallied to win, so Hill still hasn’t lost a game since June.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1946 Sweeping a doubleheader, the Phillies end the Dodgers’ 18-game winning streak, a major league record, in Philadelphia. The Dodgers hadn’t lost in the City of Brotherly Love since May 5, 1945.
  • 1950 Vern Bickford, throwing just 97 pitches, no-hits the Dodgers at Braves’ Field, 7-0. The 29 year-old right-hander hurls the first hitless game for Boston since Jim Tobin accomplished the feat, also against Brooklyn, on April 27, 1944.
  • 1951 WCBS-TV televises the first baseball game broadcast in color, a Braves’ 8-1 victory over the hometown Dodgers in the first game of a twin bill at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn’s announcers Red Barber and Connie Desmond provide the play-by-play commentary.
  • 2015 The Blue Jays, Rays, Marlins, Mets, Indians, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, and Giants all win, making it the first time in the live ball era that every contest is won by the home team in a full slate of games. The unique occurrence became a reality when the two last games to finish end in extra innings, with the host clubs enjoying a walk-off victory.

Lineup when available.

  • Darvish talking to Alanna Rizzo after the game last night.

    • WBBsAs

      This and other videos at the site do not load.

      • Huh. Works for me.

        • WBBsAs

          I tried several different browsers, and none of them works.

          • It is working for me on a Chrome Book.

          • WBBsAs

            I’m using a MacBook Pro, but have tried Safari, Firefox and Opera with no success.

  • HLKLA

    Great discussion from the last feed on the Dodgers eighth inning options. I like Morrow, Watson and possibly Baez, but I would hate to see Jansen as the lone option requiring four and five out saves.

  • scooplew

    The Dodgers are having a remarkable season. Nonetheless, I was surprised by how many categories their pitchers are leading the league in: ERA, WHIP, batting average allowed (lowest), strikeouts, walks given up (fewest), home runs allowed (fewest), shutouts, wild pitches (fewest), OBP allowed (lowest), slugging allowed (lowest) and OPS allowed (fewest).

    • HLKLA

      It is like a perfect storm of positives!

      • scooplew

        Yes, and may that storm not abate until Nov. 2 (the day after the scheduled Game 7 of the World Series).

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          * Or earlier, just so long as the Dodgers have 11 postseason wins.

  • Kershaw’s bullpen session better than fine.

  • Avilan back from paternity leave, Stewart optioned to OKC.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Another 2-out rally — nice!

  • HLKLA

    Hill playing with fire in this second inning, trying to establish the curve, but throwing a lot of pitches.

  • WBBsAs

    The Chisox have a reliever named Aaron Bummer.

    • RBI

      Too good.

  • Two games in a row with too many pitches.

  • BARNES keeps on going.

  • HLKLA

    Unintentional intentional walk to Puig.

  • Between Hill and Darvish, who will get the first foul tip?

    • Said another way, bring on the DH.

      • WBBsAs

        #NeverDH. Hill does have a couple hits this year, by the way.

        • scooplew

          The DH was not a good idea more than 40 years ago when it came into being and, in my opinion, is still not a good idea.

  • RBI

    Hill does seem to give up the long ball quite a bit.

    • 11 HRs this season. Possibly 12 now. It’s unclear how fast the stats page I looked at gets updated. Maeda, Ryu and Kershaw have more.

      • RBI

        I guess I am remembering the three to the Mets.

      • WBBsAs

        The more curves you throw, the more you hang.

  • Seemed like Kike’ was trying to decide to jump up or jump through the the fence and finally decided to try to jump through.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “1” is the loneliest number for such an inning . . . let’s go, Kike!

  • RBI

    Had to step into the baby’s room to pat her back to sleep. Came back, and it’s tied again!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hoping for a great AB from AB!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Well, at least they got SOMEthing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Uh-oh.

  • WBBsAs

    It looks as if it caught him in the throat.

    • RBI

      Or neck maybe.

  • RBI

    Wow that is scary.

  • RBI

    Back up and on first.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, the previous innings were warmups for this . . . how about a big inning, bats?

  • RBI

    Neck very red.

    • WBBsAs

      It looks as if it hit him straight on the Adam’s apple.

      • RBI

        There is a welt developing, even as he hoofed it to first.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    You’d think this was OUR Clayton, the way the bats are letting him off the hook.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice inning, Rich!

  • WBBsAs

    Cody Bellinger, singles hitter!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A night to forget for Forsythe so far.

    • RBI

      I keep thinking he will wake up as a batter, but he has no confidence that I can see.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        He just had a nice play in the field, at least.

        • RBI

          Great minds…

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I’m happy to join your company.

    • RBI

      But his D continues to be great.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        (Jinx, kind of — see below — you owe me a water!)

        • RBI

          Ha! We have to stop this now.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Okay.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Austin!

  • WBBsAs

    Barnes is one of the front office’s best acquisitions ever.

  • RBI

    Rich Hill giving it his all.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Seems to be the DNA of this year’s team, huh?
      Much credit to Roberts?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Speaking of Logan contributing in the field at least, that goes with the earlier posts about this team clicking on all cylinders: plate, mound, field.
    AND have an aggressive approach running the bases.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice hearing the Neil Diamond songs going into the half-innings. I saw him in San Diego Tuesday, a terrific night marred only by coming out to the news of Lamb slaughtering the Dodgers.

    • WBBsAs

      The last song of his I liked was “Solitary Man.”

  • scooplew

    No win for Hill tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Is it just me, or have the middle-inning relievers not been that sharp lately?

    • scooplew

      You’re right about our middle-inning relievers of late.

  • scooplew

    Margot now has 12 homers this year (and in his career), three of them vs. the Dodgers.

  • WBBsAs

    The Pads, unlike the Gnats, have some good young talent.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Heard again the news about Kersh.
    If they announce it ahead of time, bet his rehabs at Rancho Cucamonga (or wherever) are the hottest ticket around.

    • He brings a solution for the middle relief slump– don’t need them when he pitches.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Double down on mid-relievers’ ineffectiveness.

  • scooplew

    Stripling: four earned runs, three homers in his last six innings including tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s another benefit of such a huge lead . .. you can see if someone can work their way out of such a slump.
      (Tho I would prefer they won out, including thru October!)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice at bat, AB!
    Bring him around, bats!

  • scooplew

    Seager, Taylor and Bellinger have each struck out at least 100 times this season.

    • WBBsAs

      Bellinger’s K numbers are much lower in the second half.

  • scooplew

    Bah…..

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Waste not, want not.
    Proven tonight.

  • scooplew

    No hits after then 5th inning for the Dodgers.

  • WBBsAs

    A game of lost opportunities.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m hoping this is a combination of coming home (tho AZ isn’t cross-country) and possible big series let-down.

  • We’re supposed to win against the Padres, right? Wha’ happen?

    • RBI

      See Bob, below.

      • As the SportsCenter guy said “Now they’re only on pace to win 114.”

  • HIll to hospital as precaution.

  • NPUT