Game 123, 2017

Dodgers at Pirates, 4:05 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ATT SportsNet Pit

The Dodgers will start LHP Alex Wood (14-1, 2.30 ERA) in the fourth game of their seven-game road trip. He and the Dodgers will face RHP Gerrit Cole (10-8, 4.04 ERA).

The Dodgers won the first three games of the season series by a combined total of 21 runs to six. Wood has made seven appearances against the Buccos, six of them starts, and he’s held them to a .227 BA while putting up a 2.61 ERA. Cole had a good June and July going 7-2, but he’s been up and down the rest of the season and he’s given up more than twice as many HRs (26) as he ever has before. His ERA is half-a-run higher than his career average to this point, too.

On this date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1975 The Reuschel brothers of the Cubs join forces to blank the Dodgers, 6-0. Rick goes 6.1 innings, and Paul finishes the game for the first shutout thrown by siblings.
  • 1990 The Phillies overcome an eight-run deficit, scoring nine runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Dodgers, 12-11. John Kruk’s pinch-hit three-run homer ties the game, and two batters later, Carmelo Martinez’s double plates Rod Booker with the eventual winning run in the Chavez Ravine contest.

  • 2005 Florida suspends their bat boy for six games after the 11 year-old accepts former Marlin and current Dodger hurler Brad Penny’s $500 dare to drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour without throwing up. The Milk Processor Education Program will promise to pay off the dare and to cover the lost wages resulting from the suspension if the sixth grader, who is able to drink the quantity in the allotted time but cannot keep it down, agrees to drink three glasses every 24 hours.

Here’s a bit of trivia I’d never heard before: in 1951 Major General Emmett O’Donnell is selected by the owners to be the new commissioner. President Harry Truman overrules the decision, stating the officer is needed in Korea in his post as commander of bombers.

Bellinger improving but ankle still swollen. Won’t start tomorrow either, Roberts said.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Actually Cole has been best in July and August, so we are facing a relatively hot pitcher with an ERA of 3.12 over his last eight starts

    • I went by his game logs. August he’s 1-1.

      • Bob_Hendley

        His June ERA in 6 games was 6.17.

  • HLKLA

    Not a good day in Dodger history apparently.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Glad I wasn’t watching that Fillies game at the time.

    • I was. I won’t forget it.

      • scooplew

        I was watching on TV. It was brutal. The Dodgers had actually led 11-1 after 7. As the 9th inning began, many Dodgers were sitting near Lasorda in the dugout. As the inning got worse and worse, Lasorda became increasingly isolated as the Phillies piled on the runs and his rage grew and grew. At the end of the top of the 9th he was by himself. The Dodgers had won the night before on a walkoff and did the same thing the following night, both also against the Phillies.

        • In case anyone wonders, I saw the last inning or so on TV after getting home from work.. I was in disbelief.

          • scooplew

            True. It was beyond comprehension.

        • WBBsAs

          I believe I was listening on the radio and, if I recall correctly, Kal Daniels messed something up.

          • I think your memory is faulty this time. Daniels was out of the game after the fifth inning when the Dodgers took the lead 11-1.

          • scooplew

            Jose Offerman made two errors at shortstop in the fatal 9th inning. He was a late replacement in the game.

          • WBBsAs

            Admittedly, the first time ever.

  • WBBsAs

    While SF may have been the first team eliminated from division championship contention, in the so-called “wild card” the Gnats (magic No. 20) are ahead of the Fillies (magic No. 19) in that regard. The Fillies don’t play tonight, but the Gnats host the contending Cerveceros.

  • scooplew

    Pederson, in his first game since returning to OKC, went 1-for-4 last night, a single, and struck out once. His team lost 12-2 at Colorado Springs.

    • dalegribel

      His OPS not all that much lower than Grandy’s. I have to believe this is just a thing to get him straightened out, maybe tweak a couple mechanical things, without ML fan pressure.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Wood needs to go 5.2 innings to be eligible for the ERA NL leaderboard for at least a day. If he blanks the Filibusteros over those innings he would rank second behind Klayton and ahead of Max.

  • Puig knows the benefit of eclipse glasses. Check out that guy’s biceps!

  • scooplew

    In a sim game, such as the four innings Kershaw pitched today, do the batters swing at pitches or just stand in the box?

    • Dunno. Tweet at the Dodgers and ask. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • WBBsAs

      I’m pretty certain they’re hitting.

    • I don’t think it is always the same. Earlier in the year Utley hit against McCarthy in a sim game and turned his season around. Just saw a clip of Kershaw pitching and he didn’t have a screen up so I would assume hitter was not swinging.

  • 1999 hits for A-gon.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Butter and eggs! But with molasses on second.

  • Bob_Hendley

    The Freeze on second.

    • And surrounded in molasses.

  • Wood on Wood

    • dalegribel

      That’s wasn’t optimal on back to back hitters.

  • Drat. Turned on the tube just in time to see Chase strike out and Wood ground out.

  • dalegribel

    Starting to think AW could use a phantom DL stretch to rest up.

  • Bellinger story from the Insider magazine.

  • Three HRs in one game? After fewer than ten all year? Hmm.

    Edited: Seven HRs allowed all season before today.

  • foul tip

    Alex 3 IP, 3 ER, 3 HR, 3 SO. How ’bout stopping all that except the Ks, dude?

  • Hit it hard Puig

  • Tease

  • WBBsAs

    AGon barely misses it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig — at least D is still strong!
    Had followed the results and just heard that AGon just missed a Slam . . . but looks like the eclipse on Dodger bats is into Game 2. Hope they start shining again!

    • WBBsAs

      Taylor and Turner just missed homers in the first.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Great D, Blue . . . now get some O!

  • WBBsAs

    Link, I will be in Honolulu on Wednesday, October 11, before we head to the Big Island the next day. Perhaps we could meet up for lunch (I get in just before midday).

    First time ever, I think it’ll be my 44th state.

    • (Madly checks calendar…) Looks clear to me! I’d love to. If you’re staying overnight then there’s no mad rush to get back to the airport, which is a plus. When the plans are firm email me at linkmeister@gmail.com

      • WBBsAs

        My wife arrives a few days earlier for work, but can’t extend her stay at the same hotel without paying a fortune. We’ll be looking for something moderately priced.

        • Lemme think on that.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Hotels.com has served me well in many cities.

          • WBBsAs

            We looked at it online, and it seemed OK. My main point of interest in Honolulu, though I’m not a war buff, is Pearl Harbor.

          • The Best Western Plaza is closer to Pearl Harbor and relatively inexpensive.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey!

  • HLKLA

    Wow! We finally broke through for a run!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT! — but no run . . . ๐Ÿ™
    Third time’s the charm with loaded bases? Gotta get SOMEthing!

    • HLKLA

      No pressure Curtis.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Either he doesn’t feel it or he thrives on it.
        Either way, glad he’s in Dodger Blue!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Granderson Slam!!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3rd time IS the charm!

  • HLKLA

    We won the trade!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Clint’s 3-game debut HAS to be amongst the Dodger bests.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The diamond ring has flashed again and the sun is shining once more in Dodger bats!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandy with the grand!

  • WBBsAs

    This Granderson kid may have potential…

  • HLKLA

    Puig keeping it going.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Bob H. — or anyone — how do the Dodgers stack up vs. other teams scoring in innings 7, 8, 9?
    If they’re not tops, they have to be up there.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Their top scoring innings are 9,6,1,4.

      • Bob_Hendley

        The NL 1,6,4,7.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Down 3-0 to get the K — nice job, Fields.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice job — shutting down after taking the lead.

  • Verlander is probably still available

    • WBBsAs

      If he goes anywhere, it’s Astros or Cubbies, but I don’t think he will.

  • WBBsAs

    With the Rox idle, Dodgers could increase their lead to 20-1/2.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      More important, break their losing streak.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was supposed to be in San Diego next week — in one day, out the next.
    Then I realized the Dodgers will be in town that weekend — and I haven’t seen them live in this magical year. I was making plans to try for postseason games, but the cost is prohibitive if I don’t win the ticket lottery for face value.

    Thanks to the flexibility with my work (and Southwest Airlines), I’ll be at Friday night’s game, as well as Saturday’s makeup daytime game.

    • I have a friend who is VERY angry with Southwest right now because due to overbooking they bumped him and a bunch of other people from flights to eclipse-watching country, thereby ruining their plans for this major event.

      Which is not to say “Don’t enjoy those games!” ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I’m surprised to hear that.
        I was told that after the United problems, SWA stopped overbooking — I always hope to take a voluntary bump and get all the benefits that go with that. (Happened to me once.)

      • WBBsAs

        Southwest is usually my airline of choice, but I don’t fly much domestically.

  • Ack! Now a one-run game!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Pedro — get it to Kenley (next inning) with a lead!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    HBP and walks . . . unimpressive, Bullpen.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Turn two and get out of this!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K or double play!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Pedro!

  • More molasses

    • WBBsAs

      I thought Freese swung at the 1-2 pitch.

  • Oh foo. Walk to load the bases. Not what we wanted.

  • HLKLA

    Five out save for Kenley?

    • Is he warming up?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Apparently no one is.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Doesn’t even have to be that — just get out of the crucible.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Surprised Kenley wasn’t up — not for multi innings, but to step in during the crucial moment.
    Kennedy just said he figures the huge divisional lead takes away urgency.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C;mon, Pedro — get the K or double play!
    (I’ll settle for any out, no run scoring.)

  • Throw a change

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No W for Wood . . . hopefully Dodgers still get it, tho.

  • Get Baez outta there. He doesn’t have it tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 walks and HBP . . . that’s a run right there with the ball in play.

  • WBBsAs

    That’s enough Bรกez for tonight.

  • Slooooooooooooooow

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What a mess.
    But at least it’s still tied.

  • WBBsAs

    Now to score again, please…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Gotta a bad feeling about this streak.

    • We can’t lose two in a row! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Like I said yesterday, we ARE spoiled!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Watson and Baez, THAT’s how to do it.
    C’mon, bats, get the W . . . and end this AGONIZING losing streak! (Okay, now I’m making fun of myself.)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    All right, Yasmani — good start!

  • Come on, Yasiel, hit a triple.

  • scooplew

    Can Bellinger pinch hit?

    • Maybe, but they don’t want him running, I read.

      • scooplew

        And Barnes is pinch-hitting. Bellinger is the only other position player on the bench.

  • Okay, AB, get a hit.

  • We’ll take a wild pitch here.

  • Or a walk, considering Taylor’s on deck.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ask and receive . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    4th time another charm?
    WP, HBP, walk, ANYthing to bring in the run!

  • Alas, alack!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Lacked middle bullpen.
      And bats but for the 7th.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot — 9 LOB in three of those innings.

  • scooplew

    Taylor is 0-for-6. Probably first time as a Dodger, if not ever.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Why Kenley now and not the 8th?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Even tho he wouldn’tve gone the extra inning, does Baez get shackled with a “blown save”?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just saw Puig’s catch — wow!

  • Is anyone watching SPNLA? Mom missed who that “married in a coffee shop” story was about.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley!
    C’mon, bats, I’ve got things to do! (Should’ve gone out an hour ago, but they still had a lead then and it was theoretically gonna be over soon.)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    How about some friendly competition to see who’s “grandest” of them all between Yasmani and Curtis?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Pick him up, Yasmani!

  • scooplew

    Dodgers: no hits since the 7th inning.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      ๐Ÿ™

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    PUIG!!!!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Puig-o-matic!

  • scooplew

    Dovydas Neverauska, the first native of Lithuania ever to play in the majors, just became the first native of Lithuania against whom Yasiel Puig ever homered.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      May he make a habit of hitting around the world for the Dodgers!

    • WinnipegDave

      How long did it take you to spell his name (correctly)?

      • scooplew

        I cheated. I picked it up from the Yahoo site. (But my grandfather immigrated from Ukraine about 110 years ago.)

  • WinnipegDave

    Feel like a homer coming in at this point in the game.
    But go Maeda!

  • scooplew

    Maeda has struck out only once in 32 ABs this season.

  • scooplew

    Stripling, Cingrani or Paredes now. I am nervous.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ross is not a bad pitcher.

      • scooplew

        You’re right, but I am still nervous.

        • Bob_Hendley

          So nervous that your avatar appears blank on this comment!

  • WinnipegDave

    Stripling. 1 pitch, 1 out.

  • WinnipegDave

    The prevent defense gave McCutch a single there with Taylor playing so deep.

    • WBBsAs

      That ball did look catchable.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Turn two and end this, Strip!

  • WinnipegDave

    2 on, 2 outs.

  • WBBsAs

    Walking the potential winning run is a bold move, but Bell’s a much better hitter.

    • scooplew

      It worked.

  • scooplew

    Putting the potential winning run on,

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes!
    When I heard it was hit to Puig, I felt good!

  • WinnipegDave

    Phew! That one scared me off the bat!

  • Bob_Hendley

    There we go!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The losing streak is over!

    • WinnipegDave

      Time to win about 8 or so in a row.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I like the “Or so” part, because that would include when I’m seeing them next week!

        • scooplew

          Where are you seeing them? I will be at the game Saturday night with my daughter and my sister.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Unfortunately for meeting you, Scoop, it’ll be in San Diego. Friday night and the Saturday day game.
            Maybe, Kersh will be pitching one of them!

          • scooplew

            Shucks.
            I will post my seat location later this week in case any of you are at the game at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night, 8-26.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Hopefully there can be a great Elysian get-together at a postseason home game!

          • scooplew

            That would be great.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Have tix for the Dodger-Nats series here in DC, if anyone is going to be around.

          • My class of 1968 is talking up a 50th reunion next fall there, but it may be out in Chantilly or other parts of Va. wine country.

  • scooplew

    This was a sweeeeeeeeeet win. In games like this I forget we are 20 games ahead.

    • WinnipegDave

      It’s good for the Dodgers to be challenged. It’s even better when they overcome the challenge like they did tonight.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And to get the lousy innings out of the way!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig in the field and at the plate!

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers’ lead is now 20-1/2 games over the idle Rox, 21 over the Snakes (who edged the Mutts 3-2).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A 20-game lead in August and yet we’re all hanging on every pitch.
    Can you imagine what we will be like in October? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • WinnipegDave

      On edge to be sure.

      October – the best of times and the worst of times.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        For which we have Great Expectations

      • HLKLA

        It will be a Tale of Two Cities for sure.

    • scooplew

      I may have to disappear to keep my sanity.

      • WinnipegDave

        I think RBI does that as well!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Great strategy for us all!
          I’m sure she’ll be happy with the result of this game and hopefully she had a great view of the eclipse as well.

          • scooplew

            Last year’s NLCS vs. the Cubs was truly stressful.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            So was the World Series for me, when I was rooting for the Cubs. I can only imagine what it will be like if the Dodgers are in the Series! Luckily there’s this site and all of you!

  • scooplew

    At the risk of being presumptuous . . . Woo-Hoo! (first time I have ever posted that).

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Great stand-in.

  • Belated Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yasiel and JT re-enact the eclipse.

  • Bob_Hendley

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/20405348/73-61-37-real-home-run-record-anyway The case for Kingman being the king of home runs (Lasorda has yet to voice his opinion)..

    • WBBsAs

      I’d give the record to Victor Conte…

  • Bob_Hendley

    World Champ Cubbies are projected to win 87 games. The Dodgers have already won 88.

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