Game 127, 2017

Brewers at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSWI

This is the first day of the MLB-promoted “Players Weekend,” so the uniforms are going to look a little different and the names on their backs may look a lot different.

The Brewers send RHP Chase Anderson (7-2, 2.83 ERA) to the mound to face the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda ((11-5, 3.88 ERA). This will be Anderson’s second start since coming back from the DL for a left oblique strain. In his first one he went five innings and gave up only one run while striking out four Rockies. Maeda has a 3.09 ERA in his four August starts and is 7-2 in his last 10 starts.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1979 In a Hollywood Stars vs. the Media game played at Dodger Stadium, Robin Williams, the star of the hit television series Mork and Mindy, a show in which he plays an alien, runs the bases backwards. The comedian explains circling the bags clockwise is very common on the Planet Ork, his character’s home in the universe.
  • 1995 At Veterans Stadium, Gregg Jefferies hits for the cycle when Philadelphia crushes the Dodgers, 17-4. The Phillies’ first baseman, who has four RBIs and scores four runs, collects all of his extra-base hits off of LA starting pitcher Hideo Nomo.
  • 2008 After being swept in a four-game series earlier in the month in L.A., the Phillies return the favor, beating the Dodgers, 5-0, to complete its own four-game sweep. It is the first time in franchise history that Philadelphia has swept the Dodgers in a four-game series at home.
  • 2009 With a 5-4 win in ten innings over the Dodgers, the Rockies move 18 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. The wild-card leader, winning 52 of their last 74 games, the latest on a Troy Tulowitzki bases-loaded single, has cut LA’s Western Division lead from 15.5 games on June 3 to just two games.
  • 2012 In nine-player blockbuster trade, the Dodgers obtain Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto, and cash considerations for James Loney, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, Jr., and two players to be named later (Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands). The deal gives the new Dodgers ownership an opportunity to show their fans they are serious about making a run for the postseason, while giving an under-performing Boston team more financial flexibility in the offseason.

    Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Pretty much a downer day in history, except for 2012.

    • And the Rockies got all the way to the WS in 2009. Was that really EIGHT YEARS AGO?!?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Off to see the Nats-Mets. Supposed to be De Grom versus Max, but the latter delayed coming off the DL.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Player uniforms look pretty weird.

      • Bob_Hendley

        These uniforms plus line ups heavy with benchwarmers and AAA call ups due to recent trades by Mets, DLed Harper, Werth, Turner and Scherzer, and Nats resting starters after flying in from Houston and extra inning game, makes this seem like a minor league game tonight.

        • Werth’s on the DL? It sure seems like he’s there a lot.

          • Bob_Hendley

            In his seven years up to today he has basically sat out almost two full seasons due to injuries.

        • HLKLA

          My son and his wife saw the Nats when they were in Houston. Extra innings but the Nats won.

  • This is pretty cool.

    • scooplew

      That’s great. Thanks for sharing that. Black umpires, of course, were also kept out of the majors and minors until Emmett Ashford. I hadn’t given that much thought.

      • He began in 1966 in the AL. It took seven more years for a black ump to reach the NL. First Hispanic was 1974. No woman has ever umpired in the big leagues.

        Timeline of umpires.

      • WBBsAs

        I saw Emmett Ashford umpire in Tacoma. The crowds there loved him for his showmanship.

  • foul tip

    Don’t think this story about Kenta’s change in pitch usage keying his recent success got a lot of play when it came out, so linking it here.

    Does anyone know more? Whatever his changes were, they seem to be working.

    Does anyone know what was working so well for him in his perfect 5 IP v Verlander?

    I saw somewhere a while back that his slider was getting hit by lefties because it would leak back and catch too much of the plate, so he needed something different. That may have been last season about the time Kenta hit the wall.

    https://dodgers.mlblogs.com/maedas-change-in-repertoire-turned-the-course-of-his-season-345af354598b

    • Radio guys said he and Ryu were both told they were much more successful when they were aggressive in the strike zone. They’d been nibbling and their stuff was good enough to not need to do that.

      How much of that is “pump your guy up” and how much is accurate I don’t know, but it seems to have worked.

  • Jack Dawkins

    Had to visit and chime in. I know I will sound fuddy duddy, but you take the best home uniforms in sports, and now it is like we are watching a Friday night Slo Pitch beer league. How about teaching the young uns what class looks like instead?

    • WBBsAs

      When it comes to uniforms, I’m also a traditionalist. Home whites and road greys. I blame Charlie Finley.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Kenta!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, bats — your turn!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logie Bear!

    • WBBsAs

      Future person!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        At least it was good news!

        • WBBsAs

          You called it when Forsythe was just walking up to the plate on MLBTV.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Too bad you couldn’t make money off of it.

          • WBBsAs

            A boyhood friend’s father (who played briefly in the majors) called Gil Hodges’s shot in Game 4 of the 1959 series while seated in a bar, and made money off it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Redturn steals it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Grand clutch hit!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Make that YRG Jr. for the hit!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Small ball leads to the run — and JT go on with a freebie.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shutdown inning, Maeken!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Maeda is magic!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Starting pitchers are planning to make it hard to plan for playofs!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Gotta think that if it’s a toss up performance-wise that Maeda has the inside track over Ryu because of the relatively paucity of good lefties in the pen. Mac, of course, may have something to say about this.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wild Horse!!!!

  • WBBsAs

    Pretty good AB by Puig there, but he’s still no Alex Cora.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logie Bear for the steal!

  • RBI

    Hi all. Finally have the house to ourselves so I can watch the game with full attention. Meanwhile, Puig!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s “Wild Horse” to y’all this weekend.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Seager beats it out.
    Familiar situation — bases loaded. Hopefully a better result than lately.

  • RBI

    Curses, foiled again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The bases loaded woes continue.
    But at least the Wild Horse rode them to a lead extension.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenta matches Rich (tho 3 innings less) — one hit, one run.
    Hopefully Maeken gets the W tonight.

  • WBBsAs

    Rox lose but Snakes win, so Dodgers must win to maintain lead.

    • scooplew

      What Me Worry?

  • RBI

    Not feeling the two Tonys so far.

  • RBI

    Great DP!!! I take it back, Tony.

    • WBBsAs

      I don’t think this is Cingrani’s year, but he has potential.

  • RBI

    El Cuervo. WOWSER.

  • Wow, Ravin!

  • scooplew

    Hernandez can look really bad sometimes. He should try choking up once in a while.

    • RBI

      Yes. I was thinking he was very swing-happy, and not in a good way

      • RBI

        But then there’s his glove.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Soo often this year, that’s been the case — bad at the plate, help in the field.

      • scooplew

        But that was a heckuva catch.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Particularly against righties (OPS+52). Against lefties he should just keep doing what he is doing (OPS+160)!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enleyfornia!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kike with the glove!

  • RBI

    Kiké!!!

  • WBBsAs

    Terrific catch by Quique!

  • RBI

    Might have been out…

    • WBBsAs

      Worth a look, but Braun runs well.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Hopefully this is a replay walk-off.

    • WinnipegDave

      You got it!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yes!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!!! He is OUT!

    • WBBsAs

      Future people strike again!

      • scooplew

        What does that mean?

        • RBI

          It means I beat WBB’s game info to the punch.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I’ve been listening to streaming games and you guys are a couple minutes ahead, in “real time” – you know what happens before I do.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Ahead of me as well by at least a minute.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            How are you following, Bob? I got it on the radio today — and usually. Rich’s game was streaming . . . I thought of following here, but I wanted to hear it myself.

          • Bob_Hendley

            mlb.tv Probably because it started drifting behind and I didn’t refresh enough.

          • scooplew

            Got it. Thanks.

  • Yahoo!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Steal a run + two dingers, great starting pitching, mostly great relieving = tying last year’s total wins . . . on Aug. 25th!
    Only cloud here is the bases loaded woes . . . I’m expecting the next hit in that situation will open them up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Some regression to the mean was to be expected on their bases loaded hitting, as they were rather phenomenal in those situations until the last few days (even then there was Grandy’s grand). Where they are actually way below average is with runners on first and third.

      • Bob_Hendley

        and poor Grani doesn’t allow a hit or a run, but has El Cuervo and Kenleyfornia as follow-up acts.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          TC worries me.
          But like radio said, Doc has the benefit of essentially Spring Training again, testing different people in different situations.
          I’m thinking they may give some call-ups a chance for a week or two, but really start focusing on the postseason roster the rest of the stretch.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yeah, I have little confidence in Grani as well, but he did his job. Quote I saw from Doc suggested that they won’t be filling the dugout this year and giving the farm boys a taste of the Bigs is not a priority.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Makes sense, unless they had a prospect like Belli.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Verdugo fits the prospect bill, but I can see them concentrating on getting Dizzy going again as opposed to using the games to audition Alex.

  • RBI

    Magic number is 14. When it gets to ten, I will start the first exclamation point countdown. Just letting everyone know. Post season will bring on the blue toe nails.

    • WinnipegDave

      So many things to look forward to!

      • RBI

        🙂

    • Aug. 25 and we are talking magic numbers. Wow.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    BTW, all — happy 4 months until Christmas!
    I wouldn’t mind an early gift from the Dodgers this year!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Going to be a lot of pressure on our Boys in Blue going into the playoffs.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        There was a nice article about a week ago, saying we should all enjoy what’s going on now and not stress the “win or bust” attitude.
        I agree that this can’t be “the best team of all time” if they don’t win it all . . . but I’ve come to treasure what they’re doing — and I look forward to seeing them in San Diego next Friday and Saturday.

    • WBBsAs

      Put the “X” back in Xmas!

  • Here’s a still picture of Kiké’s catch.

  • Dayton is done for the year with Tommy John surgery scheduled for Tuesday.

    • WBBsAs

      Fortunately, the Dodgers’ front office is far ahead of the curve on issues of depth. It’ll be interesting to see other teams try to mimic their approach.

    • foul tip

      “Dayton is done for the year”

      When you see this and your mouse pointer covers the D in Dayton and Clayton still is technically on the DL, your reaction will be a bit, um, unsettling. 😉

  • foul tip

    Andrew Simon @AndrewSimonMLB

    This appears to be the 1st time since at least 1913 the Dodgers have allowed no more than 1 hit in a game 3 times in same calendar month

  • WBBsAs

    With a Dodger win or Padre loss today, San Diego will join the Gnats as the only teams to have been mathematically eliminated from division championship contention.

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