Game 118, 2017

White Sox at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, WGN, MLBN (out-of-market only)

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (6-10, 4.85 ERA) goes for the Sox in this two-game interleague series, while LHP Alex Wood (14-1, 2.37 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers.

Four of the five starts Gonzalez has made since the All Star break meet the “quality start” standard. Seven of Wood’s last nine starts do. The Sox hit southpaws very well: they have the third-highest batting average (.279) and slugging percentage (.435) in their league against lefties.

Chris Hatcher has been traded for international bonus pool space and Segedin has been reinstated from the 60-day DL.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1914 Brooklyn’s Jake Daubert sets a National League record with four sacrifices in one game. The first baseman’s efforts aren’t enough when the Dodgers drop an 8-7 decision to Philadelphia at Ebbets Field.
  • 1926 When Babe Herman doubles with the bases loaded, three Dodgers wind up on third base. The runner on second rounds third but decides to go back as the runner from first reaches the same base, and a few seconds later Herman slides in to join his two teammates.
  • 1951With one out in the top of the eighth inning and a runner on third base in a 1-1 tied game, Willie Mays, running at full speed, makes an incredible catch of Carl Furillo’s drive to deep centerfield. After grabbing the ball, the rookie outfielder turns counterclockwise and throws a perfect strike to home to nail a surprised Billy Cox at home to complete the double play. Some believe the catch, in the Giants’ eventual 3-1 Polo Grounds victory over the Dodgers, is the impetus for the beginning of the team’s incredible comeback from an 11.5 game deficit to win the National League pennant.
  • 2006 The Dodgers, with their 4-0 blanking of the Marlins, win their sixth consecutive game and 17th in the last 18 contests. The stretch is the team’s best run since the Brooklyn Superbas went 20-1 in 1899.

Lineup when available.

Puig moves to 6th from 8th in the order. Roberts says production will dictate whether he stays there.

96 thoughts on “Game 118, 2017

  1. I believe that if Alex goes 7.2 he will be eligible for the ERA leadboard, at least for a day. And in 3rd place behind Klayton and Max if he allows 4 earned runs or less. If he allows zero, he would be second to Klayton, assuming my math is correct.

    • He only rarely goes more than six and, with the off-day yesterday, the ‘pen should be rested. Highly unlikely he goes 7-2/3, unless he’s Madduxing a no-no.

      • Went seven two starts ago, giving up four runs. After that he complained about being tired and has only gone 6 in his last two starts, where they have kept him at around 90 pitches. So, yes, unlikely.

  2. Stanton and A.J. have homered off BadGums, as the Fish lead 4-2 over the Gnats. Not sure whether A.J. did a batflip.

  3. Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers and the Marlins, should they wish, can trade him to any team. Stanton carries an enormous contract.

        • We could have our own “the Freeze” moment, with Yasiel running up Yasmani’s back trying to score from second.

          • Ha!
            I hope Doc has prescribed a solution to their woes, but with Logan and Joc at the bottom of the lineup, suddenly this looks like a “normal” MLB order, not the fear-inducing one the Dodgers have rolled out especially the last several months.

  4. An outfit called InsideEdgeScout ranks Seager first and Bellinger 9th in the MLB for % of hard hit balls. From the other side, Wood, Mac and Hill rank 1,2,3 in the MLB for least % of hard balls allowed.

  5. Did the Dodgers trade Chris Hatcher to the Oakland A’s in exchange for international pool bonus money to help them sign Shohei Ohtani?

  6. Wood, walking off the mound, tosses his gum on the infield. I’ve seen others do that. Does the bat boy have to pick it up or is that part of the grounds crew’s job?

  7. I hope the Dodgers have consciously taken their foot off the pedal a bit, because that’s been my feeling three of these last four games.
    Of course, they often awaken in later innings, so here’s hoping.

  8. I needed something to laugh at today, so — as I’ve done since January 20th of this year — I watched clips of Stephen Colbert.
    He said something about liking all things American . . . except baseball, ‘which is like watching grass grow . . . with men standing on it.’

  9. As the Snakes and Rox have both lost, the Dodgers have the opportunity to stretch their lead to 18-1/2 games.

  10. Two of the runs got on with walks.
    Radio said there has been 27 (?) games this year where the Dodgers received at least 6 walks.

  11. I am going to Wyoming for a week tomorrow. No Internet, apparently. I delegate Link to be the official woo-hooer, unless someone else wants the job.

    • at first I thought he made an easy catch look tough, but on closer examination I think he slipped making it a great catch

  12. Wild game in Oakland – KC scores five in eighth to take an 8-4 lead, AtlĂ©ticos come back with six for a 10-8 lead heading into the ninth.

  13. Lead now up to 18-1/2 games. Only one Dodger XBH last night, and it didn’t figure in the scoring.