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.

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133 thoughts on “Game 128, 2017

  1. 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.

    • 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. “

    • 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.

    • “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.

  2. 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.”

  3. 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.

      • 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.

        • 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.

    • — 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.

        • 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).

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

      • 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    • 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.

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

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

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

    • 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.

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

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

      • 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.

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

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