Game 128, 2017

Brewers at Dodgers, 6:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSWI

The Brewers send RHP Zach (“Bat Boy”) Davies (14-7, 4.09 ERA) out to the mound to face the Dodgers’ RHP Ross (“Chicken Strip”) Stripling (3-4, 3.41 ERA), who’s making a spot start for the injured Alex Wood. The very skinny (6 feet, 155 lbs) Davies is 7-3 with a 2.65 ERA over his last 11 starts. Stripling is scheduled for four innings and 55 pitches and then the bullpen will take over.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1939 At Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, NBC televises the first major league game in history on experimental station W2XBS, covering a doubleheader split in which the Reds win the first game, 5-2, and the Dodgers take the nightcap, 6-1. The network employs two cameras, one behind home plate, showing a wide view of the field, and the other on the third base line to capture the plays at first base.
  • 1947 Dan Bankhead becomes the major league’s first black pitcher. The 27 year-old right-hander doesn’t do well in a relief stint, giving up ten hits and six runs in 3.1 innings in a 16-3 loss to the Pirates, but the Dodger rookie hits his only big league home run in his first major league at-bat.
  • 1965 At Shea Stadium, the Mets beat the Dodgers, 5-2, making Tug McGraw (2-2) the first Mets pitcher to defeat Sandy Koufax (21-7). Previously, New York had lost 13 consecutive times to the future Hall of Fame southpaw.
  • 1993 The Mets announce that Vince Coleman will remain on paid administrative leave until the end of the season, effectively ending his playing career with the team. Co-owner Fred Wilpon’s unequivocal decision that the controversial outfielder, who signed a four-year $11.95 million contract before the 1991 season, will not ever put on a Mets uniform again is the result of Coleman admitting to tossing a M-100 firecracker from a Jeep departing from a Dodger Stadium parking lot last month, injuring three people.

Lineup:

  • I don’t remember for sure, but I may have been at that 1965 Mets-Dodgers game. The whole family went up to NYC for the Worlds Fair, and I know we went to see the Dodgers play the Mets at Shea. It may be wishful thinking that I saw Koufax pitch in it, though.

    • WBBsAs

      I saw Koufax pitch one of his last Dodger Stadium games, on September 11, 1966, v. the ‘Stros. He shut them out, on six hits: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=196609111LAN

      Dodgers also won game 2 of the DH, 1-0 behind Joe Moeller, Bob Miller and Phil Regan (the Vulture). Only run came on a PH single by Roseboro, scoring Fairly.

      • I saw him pitch a few innings in a Sunday Spring Training game at Griffith Stadium in DC in (probably) 1965.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Did I ever tell you…

  • Senor Puig and girlfriend Andrea put on a special show for a personal announcement.

  • Sam at second, I like it. Also Kersh and Dizzy playing together again tonight.

  • WBBsAs

    The question about that first televised game – where would you go to watch it?

    • In front of a display window at Sears or an appliance store?

      Little more from Wikipedia:

      “Viewership of early NBC broadcasts was tightly restricted to those authorized by the company, whose installed set base eventually reached about 200. “

  • The story of the forgotten guys behind Gibby’s 1988 HR.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      You are definitely the link master, Link — thanks for sharing the wonderful story.
      Hopefully fans will be reading about this year (including preferably favorable postseason results) decades hence.

  • foul tip

    Yesterday I mentioned Maeda’s changing pitch mix as key to his strong rebound after struggling early in the season. Along comes Eric S with more. Seems his turnaround has come in large part due to a really effective cutter.

    https://www.truebluela.com/2017/8/25/16201250/kenta-maeda-number-one-fastball-usage-dodgers

    • “I’ve come to realize I am not a power pitcher.” Funny, that’s how Norm Sherry got Koufax to become Koufax. “Take the grunt out of your pitches,” Sherry said.

  • WBBsAs

    If I never see these uniforms again, it’ll be too soon.

  • WBBsAs

    Bat Boy? What’s wrong with “Robin?”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wild Horse really runs wild!

  • WBBsAs

    For Link’s information – noting that Cerceveros’ catcher Manny Piña’s nickname is “Pineapple.” In the early 1960s, the Tacoma Giants had a Hawaiian catcher named Frankie Rivera, whom broadcaster Don Hill referred to as “Johnny Pineapple.”

    • Huh. The Tacoma Giants — later to be the Cubs, Twins, Yankees, Tugs, Tigers and Rainiers. My memory of the Giants in the PCL is the team in Phoenix from 1966-1997.

      Here are explanations for the Brewers’ nicknames.

  • WinnipegDave

    Perhaps someone mentioned this yesterday but I believe Vin would have had a field day with these guys nickname uniforms. Stories brewing all around him.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Great point.
      Miss him during this historic year.
      Miss him, period.

      • WinnipegDave

        I was thinking about this year and no Vin. I think mostly I’m happy for Joe Davis more than I’m sad about Vin.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I only hear Davis on the video clips — radio is my source.
          And I was pleasantly surprised to learn we still get some Vin via his commercials.

          • I used to spend many of summer evenings in the back yard listening to Vin on the radio. I also heard Jerry Doggett as well.

          • I learned to score on torn-out 8 1/2 x 11 pages of spiral notebooks with Vin and Jerry announcing.

  • Does anybody watching MLB.tv have audio?

    • WinnipegDave

      I do

      • WBBsAs

        So do I.

        • Thanks all, I lost the sound on auxiliary speaker and found it on the TV speakers.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Chicken Strip saying “Look at me!”

  • Kersh, 5 innings, 64 pitches
    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    Clayton Kershaw 5.0 2 1 1 0 8 1 1.80

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and hopefully healthy.
      I’m seeing the Dodgers Friday and Saturday’s day game in San Diego . . . it would be awesome to see Kersh . . . but the main thing is for him to be healthy.

      • Twenty years from now you could be saying what is being said below about seeing Koufax pitch.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I know!
          The only time I saw him was in San Diego. He struggled with his control but left with the lead. Bullpen blew that lead but the Dodgers won (one of those instances I DETEST — reliever blows the save but is the pitcher of record when the team bounces back and he gets the win).

          • Remember Phil Regan, aks The Vulture?

          • 14-1 in 1966! Also had 21 saves that season.

          • Dodgers had him for that one year with the original intent that he would compete for the 4 man rotation against Koufax, Drysdale, Osteen, and the guy who beat him out, Sutton.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I believe Scoop is at the game.
    May he join the exiting traffic in a great state of mind.

    • I departed the stadium via Stadium Way onto Golden State Freeway then merged onto I10 90% of the time

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        A win makes any other situation manageable — I meant that more than logistics. 🙂

        I miss the days when you could choose where you parked. I would pick far from the stadium and park facing out so I was immediately out of there. I’d work my way to the exit closest to my car and sprinted to my car after the final out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice story about “Sam”.

  • Barnes had best chance on that popup but I bet Puig was whistling.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Imagine buying your tickets months ahead of time (perhaps that was Scoop’s situation), only to find out that tonight was going to be a “bullpen game.” Kind of like arriving at the theater to learn the award-winning star is replaced by the understudy.
    Still, doesn’t mean it’s going to be lousy.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sure hope this is a case of the bats learning by seeing . . . because what we’re “seeing” so far from them isn’t impressive.

    Brice (Rich Hill) is saying “Been there, done that.” Of course,they were at least teasing him by getting on and staying there.

  • RBI

    Very different Ravin today.

    • He should not be quoted after giving up that one.

      • RBI

        Clever.

        • WinnipegDave

          Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary…

          I memorized and performed that poem once for a talent show.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            ‘Twas the 18th of April in ’75, hardly a man is now alive . . . ”
            Ditto me with Longfellow and Revere.

        • I thought so. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Nevermore on the quoting?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Nevermore on the dingers!

  • RBI

    Milwaukee team looks so much better than their record.

    • Bob_Hendley

      They were leading their division back in June when we last played them and spent most of June-July in first, but now trail by a few games.

  • RBI

    Maybe their scoring two will wake up our bats.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      From your keyboard . . .

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, they are the Comeback Kids, so there may be something to that.

    • WBBsAs

      I appreciate the proper use of possessive pronoun and gerund.

      • RBI

        Why thank you.

  • Open the Barn door.

  • Night all.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      May you awaken to read about another comeback victory.

  • RBI

    Next inning.

  • WBBsAs

    The Rox and Snakes have both won, so the Dodgers are in danger of losing a game off their lead.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Besides report on Kersh, best news I heard tonight is Belli is expected off the DL on Wednesday.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The Wild Horse rustles the HR away!

  • RBI

    Wild horse!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Anemic bats.

    • RBI

      Good pitcher.

  • RBI

    Davis is pitching so well.

  • WinnipegDave

    Anemic bats are worse than leaving runners on base. At least there is some hope when the Dodgers have scoring opportunities.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I fear both in postseason.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They’re in danger of being shut out twice in the same week.

    • WinnipegDave

      Good thing it is a new week tomorrow.

      • Bob_Hendley

        I could live with a 4-3 week during the WS.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I’ll have what he’s having!

        • WinnipegDave

          Could you imagine if they played 7 games in one week? A game every evening? That would be intense and wonderful.

    • Bob_Hendley

      The Dodgers were shutout last time Davies started in Milwaukee against them.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 runs normally not too bad, but could be insurmountable tonight.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah. I’m not feeling the Dodgers are feeling it tonight.
      Or I’m feeling the Dodgers aren’t feeling it tonight.
      Or I don’t think they are going to win.

      But – you never know with this team.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Brewers’ uniforms reminding me of Bazooka bubblegum.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s go, Dodgers, let’s go!

  • WinnipegDave

    Bottom of the order for the bottom of the 8th. Unlikely heroes could emerge tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Story of the year.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ump emerged as the villain.

      • RBI

        So bad.

  • RBI

    Wakey uppy, Dodgers!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — wake up! (new chant)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Silver Fox starts it!

  • WinnipegDave

    This ump takes a while before he indicates a strike call.

    • WinnipegDave

      And I’m not sure of his zone either.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Radio agrees with you.

  • RBI

    Ball five was strike three.

  • RBI

    Ball four was strike three.

    • WinnipegDave

      That one was a bit closer but still clearly a ball.

      • WinnipegDave

        Imagine based loaded and no one out.

  • RBI

    Wow. The ump just lost his eye there. Hard enough to get a hit when the pitches are called properly…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Was he suddenly calling differently than the rest of the game?

      • RBI

        It felt like that to me.

      • WBBsAs

        Very different pitcher, too.

        • RBI

          Yes, that was clearly a factor as well.

      • RBI

        That one particular pitch was quite obviously outside, but he kept calling it a strike, except when he didn’t. Infuriating.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wakey up, Dodgers, wakey up!

    • WinnipegDave

      I don’t know if I want the ump to be awake or asleep. Whatever has him call the strike zone properly!

      • RBI

        I know. Now I’m all tense.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, be as grateful for gifts as you’ve been all year, Dodgers!

  • WinnipegDave

    Need one more hit to get the crowd going.

  • WinnipegDave

    Turner didn’t look good on that last pitch.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I believe radio said he’s been under .250 since the ASB.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Some due to back luck, with a BABIP of .217. Then, again, he was at an unsustainable .398 prior to the ASG. His K rate is actually down, as is hit BB rate a little bit.

  • RBI

    Their closer is excellent.

    • WinnipegDave

      So true. i prefer that being the cause of outs rather than last inning.

      • RBI

        Yes. Got to tip your hat to excellence.

        • WinnipegDave

          Exactly.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Outside of Chicken Strip and Wild Horse, a totally forgettable game.

    • RBI

      Well, we also got the wind taken out of our sails in the 8th.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is perhaps one of the 37 worst losses this season.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Rich’s has to be THE worst.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Right up there with their 23rd loss on June 4th.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yep. Almost exactly like that!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Poor Scoop, suffering through this in person.

    • Bob_Hendley

      A Dodger dog to ease the pain, I hope.

  • WinnipegDave

    Kersh penciled in for next Fri or Sat. Wood for next Sun. Bellinger this Wed. Getting the band back together!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      (Crossing fingers) “Kersh Friday or Saturday day game” (repeat until hear)

      • WinnipegDave

        Just waiting on Kazmir and then the final piece will be in place!

        • WinnipegDave

          😉

  • Well,. Rather than “woo-hoo” from RBI I suggest “Hoo-boy.”

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Amen.
      Hopefully it doesn’t have to catch on from use.

  • NPUT @0800 HST, 1100 PDT

  • WBBsAs

    With yesterday’s results, the Padres joined the Gnats in mathematical elimination from the NL West.