Game 120, 2017

Dodgers at Tigers, 4:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-D

On “University of Michigan” night in Detroit, it’s fitting that the Dodgers send former Michigan baseball standout lefty Rich Hill (8-4, 3.44 ERA) to the mound to face righty Jordan Zimmermann (7-9, 5.62 ERA).

Hill was the NL Pitcher of the Month for July but has yet to get a decision in August. He went six innings in his last start against the Padres while giving up two runs on five hits. He’s pitched at Comerica park seven times while in the AL, but only once as a starter. That was last year for Oakland before the Dodgers acquired him. Zimmermann gave up seven runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings in his last start but somehow avoided taking a loss. The Dodgers are familiar with him from his years with the Nationals. He was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA against them.

The Dodgers activated Adrian Gonzalez and optioned Rob Segedin.

From Dodgers Insider

An entire baseball team could be fielded with the number of different Dodger players who’ve hit a walk-off this year. With Puig’s game-winning two-run double, he became the ninth different player to walk the Dodgers off with a win in their 10 walk-offs this season.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1959 Long time baseball executive Branch Rickey is named president of the newly formed Continental League. The 77 year-old former Dodger general manager is currently serving as an advisor with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 1982 In the second longest game in franchise history, the Cubs lose to the Dodgers, 2-1. The Wrigley Field contest, which is played over two days, takes a Dusty Baker sacrifice fly and 21 innings to complete.

Lineup when available.

Adrian’s first day off the DL and he’s in the lineup at 1B, Seager gets to sit on the bench and think about hitting, Bellinger roams left field, and Taylor moves to shortstop for the day.

It just struck me how many guys on this team have names that begin with “C.” On days when Kershaw pitches and Utley plays 2B, the Dodgers could have 5/9 or nearly 56% of their lineup made up of them.

  • WBBsAs

    I saw my first game in Detroit in May, when we traveled to Ann Arbor for my daughter’s MSW graduation. For a modern park, it’s not bad – the sightlines are good, but the access is terrible because there’s zero public public transportation. Driving and parking are the only options, even though this part of Detroit is not so visibly depressed as much of the rest of the city.

  • WBBsAs

    Joc did not play that well.

  • Don’t like being behind. Nope nope nope.

    • WBBsAs

      I don’t wanna see a repeat of that one-game losing streak.

  • HLKLA

    Justin Upton seems to like playing the Dodgers.

  • HLKLA

    It is double or nothing in this inning.

  • WBBsAs

    I want to see the division lead at 20 games.

    • I want to win the Powerball

      • A swapped $2 for a 1 in 292,201,338.00 chance of winning but it is a big Powerball.

        • We’re one of two states with no gambling at all, including Powerball. Sometimes I think of asking Mainlanders to buy me a ticket or five.

          • What are your numbers?

          • I have no idea how it’s played.

          • HLKLA

            Most people let the computer select their numbers.

          • One eyed Jacks are wild unless you have a deuce in your hand, then black 7s become threes. Something like that.

            Give me 6 numbers and I will play those for you.

          • Double-digit numbers?

            14-56-37-74-22-43

          • Select 5 numbers between 1 and 69 plus a power number between 1 and 26.

          • See? Toldja I didn’t know how. Never mind, the odds are idiotic. Thanks anyway.

          • HLKLA

            Here in Iowa, some lottery security guy found a way to get the computer to generate certain numbers twice a year. So he won several jackpots in several states, but his down fall came when he discovered Iowa only pays the person with the winning ticket. He tried to claim the prize using a trust.

          • WBBsAs

            Consider yourselves fortunate.

          • I seem to remember advertising being a little heavy for the California Lottery in the 1980s, I can imagine what Powerball ads are like now.

          • WBBsAs

            Gambling of any kind, but especially state-run gambling, is a scam on the public.

      • WBBsAs

        The Dodgers could reach that 20-game lead tonight. Your chances are signicantly lower.

        • True, I have to wait for Saturday.

  • Ouch. 2-3-4 guys all make outs after that wonderful start.

    • HLKLA

      Chris Taylor with three at bats already.

  • HLKLA

    Rats, I was hoping Hill would have a one-two-three inning.

  • Taylor !!!

    • I think he will be the Dodger second baseman next year.

  • HLKLA

    Whew!

    • scooplew

      Hill struck out Cabrera and Castellanos on six consecutive pitches. He should be able to go six innings.

  • scooplew

    Time for a home run this inning.

  • Stumpf, huh?

    • scooplew

      Donald Stumpf?

      • He’s got the stumpf to be a good pitcher.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, at least he’s not a Drumpf…

  • Saving Hill at the bullpen’s expense, I guess.

  • Ouch

  • HLKLA

    We can only score in even number innings tonight.

  • Phew.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A-gon making his presence known.

    • WBBsAs

      Kinsler hit the ball hard.

  • The new Lexus front end looks like the old Edsel that nearly killed Ford.

  • Cody, you goof.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I think that’s the only goof I’ve heard him make.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wednesday night I was 20 miles outside of Vegas in a gorgeous state park watching outdoor theatre — my second-favorite musical, “Man of La Mancha.”
    As soon as it was over, I checked At Bat and saw the Dodgers trailed by 2 in the 9th. I couldn’t get clear reception on the radio but through the static, I heard the Blue had scored three to
    win . . . once again.

    I really started feeling that this year could be the one of the “Possible Dream.”

    • scooplew

      Outdoor theater is special. Central Park used to stage productions many years ago under the leadership of Joseph Papp. I wonder if it still does. There is (or used to be) a summer Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor on Lake Tahoe that I have always wanted to see. I saw “La Mancha” on Broadway some 40 years ago with Richard Kiley in the lead. He was a great actor and a great singer.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        How cool to see the original cast. I have that album. After the Dodger game, i listened to the Brian Stokes Mitchell version.

        Didn’t Papp start “Shakespeare in the Park,” with free tickets available every noon? This year they did the version of “Julius Caesar” which mirrored contemporary America — I would’ve LOVED to have seen it!

        Every year since ’89 I’ve gone to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, which includes the Bard’s work in a theater modeled after the Old Globe (and I just saw “Hamlet” at San Diego’s Old Globe).

        • scooplew

          I don’t know the history of Papp and the Central Park festival, but that wouldn’t surprise me. I’ve never been to the Utah Shakespeare Festival but have been to the one in Ashland, Ore. That is a great small city and big festival.,,,Tonight, I hope it is All’s Well That Ends Well.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Nice . . . agree!
            Ashland is acknowledged as the best in the U.S. . . . Cedar City’s USF has won a Tony for regional theatre.
            Isn’t repertory great, seeing the same actors in different roles?

  • Pfui.

  • Now I’m getting antsy.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      This is getting too interesting. Unfortunately.

  • HLKLA

    I sure hope Detroit does not trade Upton to the Diamondbacks this week.

  • scooplew

    I wonder what Jansen’s ERA is in non-save situations.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Good question.
      One would think the intensity isn’t there, which would make sense.

      • scooplew

        Yes.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!

  • scooplew

    Good at bat by Martinez, better pitching by Jansen.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Tho I would’ve ordered a 1, 2, 3 inning,in its own way, this is good for Kenley, being in the pressure situation on the road.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kx3-enley!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    15-3 in interleague play!
    Remember when they couldn’t get close to .500 vs. AL?

  • WBBsAs

    Tighter than it shoulda been, but I’ll take it.

  • scooplew

    51-9!

  • scooplew

    In the last two games, both of them wins, we’ve allowed seven homers and hit one.

  • HLKLA

    Good win!

    • scooplew

      Is the picture somewhat new for you?

      • HLKLA

        Yes, just put it up today. My son in law helped me.

        • scooplew

          I would need my daughter to help me. She bought me a book called ” ‘Is This Thing On?’ A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes and the Kicking & Screaming.”

          • HLKLA

            I could have asked my daughter or my son, but my son in law is more patient with me.

  • scooplew

    Nice return game for AGon.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And Joc had a good one as well . . . cause/effect?

      • scooplew

        And Forsythe as well. Perhaps it is like musical chairs. Who will be left out?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Nice, healthy, and needed process to eventually shape the postseason roster.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Since we were talking theatre, I also just saw “Evita” again, including that great musical rocking chairs scene, “Art of the Possible,” showing Peron rise to power.

          • scooplew

            A discussion about the Perons amd Argentina would take considerable time. Perhaps we can meet at the World Series!

          • WBBsAs

            Novelist Tomás Eloy Martínez once wrote that “We Argentines celebrate our greatest figures not on the day of their birth, but on the day of their death. I was in Buenos Aires on Evita’s 50th death anniversary, and met her nice (Evita had no children) at the Museo Evita in our neighborhood.

          • scooplew

            Very interesting. Did you live in Argentina or was that in the Bay Area?

          • scooplew

            I just reread your post, so I see that it was in Buenos Aires where you met her niece. Read right over that.

          • WBBsAs

            I’ve corrected the typo on “niece.” I highly recommend Martínez’s “Santa Evita” and “The Perón Novel.”

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I would love for the Dodgers to be in the Series . . . and I would love to attend one of the games!
            I just worked on schedules for one of my jobs and I’m leaving open all the postseason home games . .. not counting on anything, but being optimistic!

  • Woo-Hoo!!!!

    • HLKLA

      Now it is official!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Granderson!? Head scratcher. Insurance against continue Joc swoon? Puig platoon, but he hits righties? Dre can’t be happy.

    • WBBsAs

      It’s a strange one indeed, but I doubt anybody’s counting on Andre.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Sure, except, of course, Dre himself. Has to be disheartening as he rehabs to know that he really has no place to land.

        • WBBsAs

          I’ve always liked Dre, and it’s a pity he’s suffered these chronic injuries, but at least he has 17,500,000 reasons to console himself with, plus 2.5 million more when the Dodgers buy out his option.

  • NPUT @ 0800 HST, 1100 PDT

  • WBBsAs

    I didn’t get my 20-game lead last night, but I will note that the Rox, at 19 games out, are as close to the cellar-dwelling Gnats as they are to the Dodgers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Reportedly, Joc’s locker is empty.