Game 125, 2017

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

The Dodgers’ lefty Rich Hill (9-4, 3.54 ERA) tries to keep the team’s momentum going today when he faces the Pirates’ RHP Trevor Williams (5-6, 4.71 ERA). Hill got a five-inning win last week against the Tigers despite giving up a couple of runs in the first inning. He’s walked five in his last ten innings, but when he has runners on base in scoring position behind him he’s got a .172 expected average allowed — based on the quality of contact against him, plus his actual strikeouts, which ranks third lowest in either the NL or all of MLB (it’s not stated). Williams’ first big league start was against the Dodgers on May 8, and it was awful: he gave up eight runs (six earned) in three innings to them. His last start was similar: he gave up eight runs to the Cardinals in three-plus innings. In between, he’s thrown 97 innings and has a 3.62 ERA.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1958 Gil Hodges hits his 14th career grand slam in the Dodgers’ 10-1 victory over Milwaukee at LA Memorial Coliseum. The first baseman’s bases-full round-tripper establishes a new National League record, but is far fewer than Lou Gehrig’s major league mark of 23.
  • 1989 In the 11th frame of an eventual 22-inning 1-0 loss, the Expos’ Youppi! becomes the first mascot to be thrown out of a game when Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda complains to the umpires about the hairy orange giant’s behavior at Olympic Stadium. The L.A. skipper takes exception to the loud noise caused by the hairy creature’s running leap onto the visitors’ dugout before sneaking back into a front row seat.
  • 1989 In that same game, the second-longest shutout in big league history ends when Rick Dempsey hits a home run in the top of the 22nd inning, giving the Dodgers an eventual 1-0 victory over the Expos at Olympic Stadium. The Astros blanked the Mets for 24 frames en route to a 1-0 win at the Astrodome in 1968.
  • 2000 Team president Bob Graziano apologizes to a female couple who were asked to leave Dodger Stadium on August 8th because the two shared a kiss during a game. The pair felt the action of the eight security guards was discriminatory because the couple’s friends, a man and a woman, also kissed but were not ejected.
  • 2013 At a Dodger Stadium press conference, LA announces Vin Scully will continue to broadcast Dodgers’ games for his 65th consecutive season. Some of the historic moments the Hall of Fame broadcaster has called include Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, 19 no-hitters, including four thrown by Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, and Kirk Gibson’s dramatic walk-off in the 1988 Fall Classic.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Wiliams didn’t fool anybody that inning, but still got out of it with no damage.

  • DXMachina

    Yikes! That cover photo is great, but best team ever? Lets win the World Series first.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Then it wouldn’t be a question.

    • dalegribel

      That was a great pic though

  • Bob_Hendley

    Though he looked out, amazed that was overturned.

    • WBBsAs

      To me, it didn’t show enough to be overturned.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Hmmm….how important will this be?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hill sharp.

  • WBBsAs

    Hill is a pathetic bunter. Maybe he should just stand there and hope for a walk.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Fine play to kill that rally.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Guy sure seems beatable. Now to beat him…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hill, on the other hand.

  • WinnipegDave

    Been watching the game but afraid to jinx things. Let’s just say Hill’s pitch count is good.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Don’t count your pitches until…?

  • HLKLA

    Six interesting innings.

  • WinnipegDave

    I wish the Dodgers had already scored about 6 runs in this game.

    Or even 1.

    • Bob_Hendley

      To spare your nerves a bit?

      • WinnipegDave

        To spare the Dodgers a bit mostly. They don’t want to waste this outing by Hill.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Winner’s dividend. They are up by 20.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Though would be nice to avoid a Harvey Haddix.

          • WinnipegDave

            Funny you should say that.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Feel sick to my stomach.

          • WBBsAs

            Actually, they’re still up by 21.

  • HLKLA

    Okay, this looks promising.

    • HLKLA

      Or not.

  • WBBsAs

    Lots of wasted opportunities tonight.

  • Historic game–Hill made contact and got the ball all the way to the outfield.

  • RBI

    Hi all! Back from an amazing week, and watching an amazing game!

  • Back from Mom’s eye doc appt. Why do we have seven hits and no runs?

    • HLKLA

      Because we are playing like it is April.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Great play by Harrison kept us off the board.

  • Rats!

    • RBI

      Exactly.

  • WBBsAs

    Off the bat, it sure looked like a hit.

  • WinnipegDave

    That was a wonderful at bat. Which ended with a nice defensive play by the shortstop.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Logan robbed again.

  • Bob_Hendley

    If it comes to such, will Doc lift Hill for a PH?

    • WBBsAs

      Ideally, Barnes hits a dinger.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes but not until the 11th or 12th inning.

  • RBI

    Utley with an amazing catch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Baseball Dad with the diving catch.

  • foul tip

    Checking in to find that apparently Hill was told to see if he could go deep into the game and spare the pen from overwork since it has thrown a lot of innings lately.

    Apparently Hill follows directions very well.

    Maybe he should be told this before every start.

  • WBBsAs

    Blue giveth, and blue taketh away…

    • WinnipegDave

      Absolutely agree. The curve was a strike and that last one was a ball.

    • I consider that good umpiring.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Apparently there are two ways to shut out a team. One way is to allow 7 hits and 4 walks.

    • WinnipegDave

      “What’s the other Bob?” he says with baited breath.

      • WBBsAs

        *bated.

        • WinnipegDave

          Grrr spelling.

          • Friend of mine used to say “worm on tongue.”

      • Bob_Hendley

        Interesting question.

    • And the other is to play great defense.

  • RBI

    Time to hit one of them thar dingers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rivero in.

  • HLKLA

    Could this be 1989 all over again? (See notes aboveboard)

    • Has the mascot even made an appearance?

    • WinnipegDave

      I love that game. My dad and I watched that whole game – on the Canadian French TV channel – together long into the night.

  • WinnipegDave

    Pedro Martinez had a situation like this against the Dodgers once.

  • scooplew

    Oh my. I just got home and saw what’s up.

    • WinnipegDave

      Welcome here Scoop. All hands on deck at this point.

      • scooplew

        Do you have any fingernails left?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yes, starting to get blisters, though.

  • RBI

    Oh man. Nothing is easy.

  • Roberts wants a run soo badly.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not enough to PH for Hill.

      • Nope. Not yet anyway. How far will he let him stay in? 120 pitches?

  • RBI

    Error. Ugh.

    • Fairly high on the difficulty scale.

      • WinnipegDave

        Hit so hard could have been ruled a hit.

        • He had a choice of back handing the ball or get in front of it. By getting in front of it, the ball handcuffed him. It happens fast at third.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Robbed twice and then this.

  • WinnipegDave

    Pirates have a better chance to win this game than the Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    If the Pirates go 1 for 1 with RISP, I will not be happy.
    1 for 2 – not happy either.

  • RBI

    Oh my goodness.

  • scooplew

    I just went through the play-by-play of the Dodgers at bats. Kinda glad that I just got home in the 9th inning and didn’t have to experience the first eight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Free baseball – as someone likes to say.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dave Roberts’ Rich Hill pitching decision Part 2.

    • scooplew

      He’s at only 95 pitches.

      • WinnipegDave

        But if the Dodgers don’t score this inning, Rich would have to pitch at least 2 more innings to complete this thing.

        • WBBsAs

          That seems unlikely.

          • WinnipegDave

            So do you let him pitch the 10, knowing he realistically won’t pitch the 11th?

        • scooplew

          Yes, I was thinking that.

        • HLKLA

          Roberts should have told the batters to do their part to save the bullpen.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha!

  • WinnipegDave

    Through 9 innings, Rich Hill’s game score is 104.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers look weak at bat now. The air has gone out of them now it seems.

  • WinnipegDave

    Rich Hill – looking to get the win!

    • WinnipegDave

      That is pitch the 10th, Dodgers score in the 11th, and KJ in for the save.

      Or something like that.

      Or not.

  • RBI

    What a heartbreaker.

  • Bob_Hendley

    He should have hit Harrison for all the grief he had caused already.

  • Baseball ain’t fair.

  • WinnipegDave

    Shades of Harvey Haddix.

  • RBI

    We never do things in an ordinary way, do we?

    • package206

      Hi RBI, tough loss huh? I don’t care how far ahead the team is, this one hurts.

      • RBI

        I feel so bad for Rich! He gave it his all and then some.

  • WinnipegDave

    Crazy.

  • WinnipegDave

    How can the Dodgers be the best team ever and lose a game like this?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Rich is asking the same question.

  • HLKLA

    When does Bellinger return?

    • WinnipegDave

      Looking for a taller outfielder to rob HR balls?

      • scooplew

        The team misses Bellinger, even though it has won a few games without him.

        • WinnipegDave

          Missed him more than they have missed Kershaw – which is an interesting thought. Bellinger plays every day, but Kershaw has been out longer.

    • Bellinger and Turner were not playing today. Well, I could add Joc but….

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What a terrible shame! Bats must feel terrible!
    Only watched via At Bat updates but will look later at the night of futility.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill should really stop giving up HRs.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill’s game score plummeted to 93.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well, at least the bullpen got the night off.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and that’s why you’re the president of our Optimists Club! 🙂

  • foul tip

    ESPN Stats & Info‏Verified account @ESPNStatsInfo

    Rich Hill is the first pitcher in the last 100 seasons to throw at
    least 9 innings, allow 1 or fewer hits with no walks, and get a loss.

  • WBBsAs

    Time to worry? The Gnats have crept within 39 games of the Dodgers – oh, wait…

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not having seen and barely heard the game, I hope this isn’t a sign of what the bats do when there is a really important game (i.e. postseason).

    Did it seem like they were pressing? Did the Pirates make great plays against them? Talk about big wheels spinning . . . and getting nowhere.

    • Williams just pitched a heckuva game, “scattering” eight hits over eight innings. Then Rivero and Nicasio did their jobs in the ninth and tenth.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Dodgers created several opportunities based on getting good wood on the ball and taking walks. Several defensive plays by the Pirates, a couple good and one, at least, spectacular, kept them off the board.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks — ditto above. reply.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Stat heads would point out that the Dodgers had the top 8 Hit Probability batted balls in the game over the first nine innings. There were 4 balls hit farther than the Harrison dinger and 11 were hit harder. So hard to blame it on the bats. More like, it’s baseball.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Good. I was afraid of pressing, especially in the playoffs, where everything is magnified (as it is going for a perfecto)..

  • NPUT @ 0800 HST, 1100 PDT

    • WBBsAs

      Does Hawai’i remain on standard time? What’s the difference with the mainland?

      • Yeah, we don’t do Daylight Savings. When the Mainland does it’s three hours to the West Coast and six to the East.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Last day the Dodgers lost and the Rox won was June 15.

    • WBBsAs

      Astonishing. Not much difference with the Snakes either.