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.

  • Bob_Hendley

    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.

    • WBBsAs

      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.

      • Bob_Hendley

        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.

  • RBI

    Hatcher traded. I am not sad.

    • WBBsAs

      Hatcher is almost the definition of fungible.

    • HLKLA

      Morrow seemed to take his place whiole he was on the DL and did so much better.

      • WBBsAs

        Fields has also been better.

      • Bob_Hendley

        They will need space for Buehler as well.

  • WBBsAs

    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.

  • scooplew

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

    • WBBsAs

      Essentially a lifetime contract.

      • scooplew

        I think it runs until he goes on Social Security.

        • Kinda like Bobby Bonilla.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Stanton’s contract is up to age 38 (club option). Bonilla’s last season was at age 38 in 2001. The deferred payments didn’t start until 2011 and run through 2035.

  • Lineup posted.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Puig now charged with moving Grandal along the bases.

      • foul tip

        Is a sundial involved? You would think so.

        • Bob_Hendley

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

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            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.

  • 3 hits in the first inning, Alex? Not your usual.

  • Bob_Hendley

    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.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hit that one pretty hard.

    • Bob_Hendley

      And a couple of not hard hit balls against Wood.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Hope no one’s sitting behind him.

      • I hope Joc doesn’t see that do and get ideas.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Maybe his slump is a Samson thing and his ‘do needs adjusting.

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

    • Bob_Hendley

      The kid will have to really want to play in the Bigs to sell himself for, like, 5% of his value and not wait until he is 25.

      • Maybe he would sign a 2 year contract and be a free agent at 25.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Don’t think he can do that.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wood with under 60 pitches.

  • 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?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    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.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Wood didn’t get the memo?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        My bad — I meant the bats.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Good job, Alex.
    Bats . . . . hellooooooo?

    • Joc made the warning track twice.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Encouraging for him, but . . .

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wood on his way to the ERA Leaderboard.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And — with a little help from the bats — a better record than Kersh.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Falling two outs short.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig taken walks no matter where he is in the lineup.
    Let’s go, Logan!

    • Pitcher noticed Puig’s reaction to the walk.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Radio said he looked irritated.

        • I would say he looked disappointed.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Back in the day, he would’ve been overeager — glad to see he’s more patient.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    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.’

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Got the run in, Logan!
    What were you thinking, Yasmani?

    • It looked like he did everything right but was too slow.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Mo said he overestimated his speed . . . ironic since earlier posts today seem to have gotten it just right.

    • Bob_Hendley

      His only thought should be, “I am as slow as molasses”.

      • And thus stick(y) closer to the bag.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great pitching, Alex — with a little help from JT!
    Now get him the “W”!

    • A great 7 innings. Dodgers need to score a run in the bottom of 7th to get him a win.

  • WBBsAs

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

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No bottom of the 9th . . . go ahead here!

  • scooplew

    With a name like Bummer, you’ve got to be good.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Bummer bums Puig with the BB.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Way to go, Joc — HBP!

  • Bob_Hendley

    High leverage situation finds Joc in the 8th slot.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I was worried about the 7th & 8th hitters tonight, but they DID bring in the two runs.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And thankfully they aren’t the only two runs!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Bummer hits Joc in the bum.

  • WBBsAs

    Joc with the clutch HBPRBI!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Austin!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sam!

    • WBBsAs

      ??

      • Bob_Hendley

        Name on his jersey for players weekend. Refused to divulge the origin.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    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.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey!
    Make Kenley irrelevent!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Boy he hits the ball hard.

  • RBI

    Wow. Just dropped in and they score five!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Drop in a littler earlier tomorrow? 🙂

      • RBI

        See above. I’m worried.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          It’s a shorter jaunt than Dave’s . . . and look what they’ve done in his absence!

          • RBI

            Good point. Also Kershaw’s, for that matter. They should be fine.

  • RBI

    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.

    • WBBsAs

      Eclipse-chasing?

      • RBI

        Yes! Staying at a friend’s house in Cora, near Pinedale.

        • WBBsAs

          I’ve been to Pinedale, but a long time ago, can’t remember much.

    • The only problem with me doing it is that I’m always dining when the game ends. I’d be a delayed woo-hooer. Also, I don’t know the exclamation point count rules.

      Somebody step up!

      • RBI

        Exclamation points are whatever floats your boat… until play off games.

  • RBI

    Pretty wide strike three to Turner. Pity call?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Organist plays Born to be Wild on that catch.

  • RBI

    Puig always puts on a show.

    • John_from_Aus

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

  • RBI

    Fields need a put out pitch.

  • WBBsAs

    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.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!!

  • Down 1-0, no problem. Tied 1-1, no problem. This team is very very good.

  • WBBsAs

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

  • NPUT