Game 129, 2017

Brewers at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSWI, MLBN (out-of-market only)

The Brewers send RHP Jimmy (Big Sweat) Nelson (9-6, 3.79 ERA) out to face the Dodgers’ RHP Yu (Yu-san) Darvish (8-9, 3.83 ERA) in the rubber match of the three-game series.

The Dodgers faced Nelson on June 2 at Miller Park, when he threw eight shutout innings and struck out 11 but got no decision in a game the Dodgers won, 2-1, in 12 innings. Darvish is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA over 18 innings in the three starts he’s made as a Dodger. He’s never faced the Brewers.

The Dodgers reinstate Darvish and add Fields to the 10-day DL retroactively with lower back strain.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1937 Dodger right-hander Fred Frankhouse holds the Reds hitless for 7 2/3 innings before a heavy downpour ends the Ebbets Field contest permanently. The right-hander’s 5-0 victory will be one of the 31 “no-no’s” that is erased when MLB redefines a no-hitter in 1991 as a game in which a pitcher throws nine innings or more without giving up a hit. (Editor — I didn’t think that was fair then and I don’t now)
  • 1951 Dodger right fielder Carl Furillo throws out Mel Queen by two feet at first base, after the Pirates pitcher had apparently singled into right field in the top of the third inning in the team’s 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh at Ebbets Field. The “Reading Rifle” will lead the NL in assists for the second consecutive season, with opponents becoming increasingly more reluctant to challenge the strong arm of the Brooklyn outfielder.
  • 1952 The Dodgers set the National League mark for consecutive games with a double play when they complete a twin killing in their twenty-third straight contest, a 10-5 loss to Chicago at Wrigley Field. The fifth inning 1-4-3 DP, pitcher Clyde King to second baseman Jackie Robinson to first baseman Gil Hodges, leaves Brooklyn two shy of the major league record.
  • 1955 Sandy Koufax, in his second big league start, two-hits the Reds at Ebbets Field, 7-0. The 19 year-old bonus baby, displaying the dominance that he will feature during the 1960’s, goes the distance, striking out 14 Cincinnati batters.
  • 2005 Jeff Kent becomes the first player to hit 300 homers as a second baseman. The Dodger infielder, who surpassed Ryne Sandberg’s total of 277 last September, is the major league leader at this position, with Joe Gordon holding the American League record with 246 round-trippers.

John Henry of the Red Sox has recently advocated the renaming of Yawkey Way outside Fenway Park in Boston. Here’s one of the reasons why: in 1946 a committee formed to study integration, which includes Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, delivers its secretive report during an Owners’ Meeting. It defends the covert color barrier which exists in professional baseball. The absurd reasons given to why blacks shouldn’t be allowed to play in the big leagues include an absence of skills due to inferior training and lack of fundamentals and the need to respect Negro League contracts, but another lesser known motivation may have been profit as revealed later in the report, “The Negro leagues rent their parks in many cities from clubs in Organized Baseball (and) Club owners in the major leagues are reluctant to give up revenues amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars every year” as well as the fear white fans would be driven away if black players attracted more minorities to the ballpark.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    The no-no rule seems reasonable to me. What is the editor’s beef?

    • Was it an official game? Did the result count in the standings? If so I think it should count as a no-hitter. it’s not the pitcher’s fault it didn’t go nine innings. If, like Haddix’s game, it went on into extra innings and was broken up then, so be it — it’s not a “no-hitter through nine innings” or some such asterisked category, but if it ended with one pitcher holding the other team hitless I think he ought to get credit for it.

      • DXMachina

        I’m with you. It was as complete a game as it could be, and should count as such.

      • WBBsAs

        I’m fine with a five-inning complete game no-hitter, but I’d still note its length in the record book.

        • Bob_Hendley

          It’s actually that sort of extreme that leads me to feel that the norm should be 9 innings. It’s barely half of nine innings.

        • I could live with “(six innings, rain).”

      • Bob_Hendley

        Neither would be a pitcher’s “fault” if he was yanked by the manager after five with a no-no, and then the pen gave up hits subsequently.

        • Criteria would include “must be on mound at official end of game.”

      • Bob_Hendley

        I knew I was the only reasonable person around here! ;).

      • Bob_Hendley

        In your desire to be fair, would you fellows draw the line at crediting the pitcher with a shutout as well?

        • I would define a perfect game as one in which the pitcher did not allow a base runner through 9. Kershaw would get credit for a perfect game when Hanley made the error to allow the only base runner. I would definitely make it a perfect game if the only runner was on base as a result of an error and was erased with a double play or picked off.

          I would give a no hitter/perfect game to anybody that got 27 outs without a hit or base runner.

  • RBI

    Hi all. At the game, in the shade thankfully. Darvish looking a little rusty in the first.

    • Add Cory to that rusty look.

  • RBI

    Ugh. Little league play.

    • I’ve made that play the way Cory made it. Long long time ago and I still remember it (them).

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ugh!

  • RBI

    You can tell the Brewers are on the wax and chasing the Cubs.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not familiar with the term “on the wax”. Is it from surfing or skiing?

      • RBI

        I just made it up. As opposed to “on the wane.”

        • Bob_Hendley

          I like it, but not sure what you are saying that you see.

      • WBBsAs

        As opposed to “on the wane?”

        • RBI

          Bingo.

      • RBI

        In other words, a lunar term.

  • WBBsAs

    I’ve had enough of this latest losing streak already.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Stop the scoring now!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Infield seems to playing deep, so Doc willing to give up another.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Apparently didn’t make a difference, from what I heard.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Back in the games from June until this week, down 3 in the 3rd wouldn’t be a problem.

    • It still isn’t. “You gotta believe,” said Tug McGraw!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I’m remembering what you wrote about the last time LA faced this guy . . . and remembering what they’ve done yesterday and for/to Rich.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hopefully the heat will help some of this warning track shots of the past few day. But only for our Dodgers!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Yes, selectively, please!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yu’s value as an acquisition seems to lessen each time he goes out there.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It’s incredible to hear that the Brewers have had over 40 blown leads . . . and the Dodgers don’t even have 40 losses!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio agreeing bats are asleep . . . Mo delicately saying for the last week and a half, they haven’t been that “potent.”

    How long has Belli been out? I hope the team isn’t like a couple of years ago when the bats collapsed when Hanley was hurt.

    • Put on the 10-day DL Aug. 22. On track for Wednesday return, say the Dodgers.

      • RBI

        I thought I heard them say he’ll be ready for Arizona.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Yes, Wednesday is what I heard.

      • WinnipegDave

        Been shut out 2x since then, whereas they were only shut out 3x from the time he was called up in April to the time he went on the DL.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Telling.
          Unfortunately.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Bound to be some regression, but really at the mole hill stage at this point. The last shutout during this period before yesterday was when the team hit hard and often and they just didn’t fall in during the not-so perfect game. Then there was the Verlander game. So really only 2 of the past ten games.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Verlander was last Sunday. So in the seven until today, they went 4-3, with two shutouts and one game scoring only once. (Today’s not over, but it’s falling into that pessimistic trend.)

        Yes, it’s cyclical. So is the postseason.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Post season a little short to be cyclical. In any event, 4-3 gets you a crown. My point was that you need to go beyond the line score to assess the “potency” of the bats over the past week. I understand the no-Belli narrative and we are better with him, just don’t think you need to overstate the case.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nelson giving us more of what he gave the Dodgers in his last start against them.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YuK!
    That’s back to the pitcher we hoped they acquired!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s make this second go-round MUCH different than the first!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Umps have been told to make the games more competitive.

  • RBI

    Darvish really not fooling this lineup.

    • WBBsAs

      Insufficient whirling…

  • WinnipegDave

    Not much to say really. Dodgers just need to work out of this micro-slump. Can’t send everyone down to OKC and send everyone there up.

    • Hey, if Frank Lane can trade Cleveland manager Joe Gordon to the Tigers for manager Jimmy Dykes in mid-season (1960), why not send your whole roster to AAA for a day or two?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tough. Good effort.

  • RBI

    Yu may have seven pitches but maybe 1/2 is working.

    • WBBsAs

      3-1/2 pitches working?

      • RBI

        No. One half a pitch.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Start the chant, RBI: Wake up, Dodgers, wake up!

  • WinnipegDave

    Darvish at 95 pitches through 5. More innings for the bullpen coming up.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Darvish is auditioning to be the fifth starter in the playoffs.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        So much for taking the pressure off Kersh.
        Thankfully there’s still hope from Wood, Hill, Ryu, and Maeda.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nelson pitching very well again today. Perhaps it is his pitching and not Dodger hitting that’s at issue.

    • RBI

      Or both.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That’s the story of the playoffs — best pitchers from each team throwing at ya.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Should give us some advantage playing the NLDS against the winner of the wild card game, where presumably they use one of their better pitchers.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Great point, great advantage.

      • WinnipegDave

        Always hard to say for sure. But yes likely you are right it is both.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Nelson not the sort of guy you want to face trying to get back on track.

  • RBI

    Getting a Dog. Changing it up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yea — a hit!!!!

  • Bob_Hendley

    So if it rains now should they give Nelson an interesting game?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Moot.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Hope I didn’t jinx.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          If you did, can you jinx his shutout?

          • Bob_Hendley

            My pleasure.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Belated gracias!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            We need RBI to get up and get food and you to type the right words!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Nelson has a beef with the weatherman.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Corey!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Stock up on an armful of food, RBI!

  • WinnipegDave

    There’s a start.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Be grateful with the gift, Dodgers — bring him in!

    • Bob_Hendley

      The gift that keeps on giving!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Batteries now added — Everready, to keep going and going . . .

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yea sun!!!!!!

  • WinnipegDave

    Gift run. We will take it.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Please, sir — can I have some more?

  • WinnipegDave

    The joys of gameday – seeing in play runs even as the announcers are calling a routine fly ball.

    • And then waiting and waiting for the update.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, off the mat and on the board.
    Maybe Big Sweat has had enough?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    RBI is allowed to only sit in her seat when the Dodgers are in the field — at least in this game. Or until Nelson is out.

    • RBI

      Sorry. I tried to manipulate things but couldn’t quite pull it off.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Okay, bats — you know what to do!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Cue Brewer gloves.

      • WBBsAs

        Cue right-field sun…

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Unfortunately the good glove robbed Puig.

      • Right on cue.

    • Nancy S would say “start batting”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Sam starting it off!

    • Best catcher on the team.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Definitely best catcher/2nd baseman on the team!

      • Bob_Hendley

        Wake up Doc?

        • If FAZ can trade AJ, they can give Sam more time behind the plate.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I only understand that because I know you.

          • Friedman & Zaidi

          • Bob_Hendley

            No, what trading AJ has to do with Sam being given more time behind the plate.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Picnic basket for you with a hit, Logie Bear,

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wild Horse coming to the gate.

    • Let’s hope he’s ready when the tapes go up.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    And Nelson is out!

    • What, no sweat?

    • Bob_Hendley

      But the pitcher with the big strike zone is in now!

  • Gonzalez removed, Puig PH but not in the field. Hmmm.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Radio figures Puig’s ribs but wondered/worried re AGon an inning ago with the switch.

      • Yeah, I’m hearing it too. Unnerving.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Back when everyone was hitting, the depth seemed endless.

    • WBBsAs

      Double-switch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    YRG Jr. punches him out.

    GO, BATS!!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No bottom of the 9th . . . score at least two here!

  • scooplew

    Dodgers 78-23 when Bellinger plays, 13-14 when he doesn’t.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Wow — definitely the team’s MVP.
      But if they fall apart when he’s not there (and one game under .500 for this team IS falling apart), I hope this isn’t a repeat of the year Hanley was hit in the playoffs.

      • scooplew

        Do you the Cards pitcher — I can’t remember his name — hit him intentionally?

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I’m not saying it, but I believe we speculated about it back then. It definitely deflated the Dodgers’ O. If I remember right, Zack and Kersh gave up a total of 1 run in two games and they lost both.

  • scooplew

    I went last night with my daughter and sister. Delightful weather. Had fun. But as for the game?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      We felt for you.

      • scooplew

        Thanks.

        • RBI

          There with my daughter today.

  • scooplew

    Bellinger may not have needed the DL. I think it was a luxury the Dodgers felt they could afford.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They CAN afford it — I like the philosophy of getting a healthy team ready. While it’s frustrating to see the change of fortune, it’s important to learn now what happens when he’s not there and perhaps Doc can “cure” it.

  • WBBsAs

    In Phoenix today, the late Gnatt Cain allowed eight earned in two-thirds of an inning in relief, as the Snakes poisoned the Gnats 11-0.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Get the K, KJ!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kenleyfornia Ks the side!

  • scooplew

    Nice to strike out someone who cheated and then lied about it in Braun.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The Bison would concur.

      • scooplew

        Kemp, the real MVP that year.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Some of that old Dodger magic now, bats!

  • WBBsAs

    Ouch!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    HBP . . . another gift . . . rally starter?!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Let’s go, Dodgers, let’s go!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Radio says the reliever gives up lots of SB. This LA management team seems to be quite aware of stats.

    • WBBsAs

      Who’s on the radio?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Mo and the guy you dismiss.

        • WBBsAs

          I’ll take Monday’s word for it, but not the guy’s I loathe.

  • scooplew

    Grandal is not the ideal clutch hitter, despite his overall numbers.

  • Grandy’s hand doesn’t seem to be bothering him.

  • scooplew

    Lots of good defense by Milwaukee, unfortunately.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was just about to say I’m not impressed with Forsythe in this situation, but radio says he has 2 of the 10 Dodger walk-off hits this year.
    I’m just hoping for a hit to tie.

    • scooplew

      He has been a disappointment this year. Time to fix that.

      • WBBsAs

        He has OBP of .370, and plays outstanding defense.

        • And a .705 OPS.

          • WBBsAs

            Not that bad for a middle infielder.

          • scooplew

            Hasn’t shown the power we expected.

  • Okay, Farmer, your turn. You were a hero once in your first MLB at bat. Do it again. Please.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Shoot.
    At least this was more competitive than last night.

  • WBBsAs

    This losing streak has gone too far!

  • WinnipegDave

    So close.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If they had to lose another series this year, better now than postseason.
    Hopefully they get untracked and are more competitive at the plate throughout the whole game starting Tuesday.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    .181 BA this series.
    AZ is another team fighting for the playoffs, so we’ll see what happens then, with at least Tuesday without Cody.

  • Hoo-boy!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Boo hoo x 2!

  • WBBsAs

    The lead has shrunk to 19 games heading into the showdown with the Snakes…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not that they’re endangered at the moment, but two leads which ARE important: vs. Nats and Astros.

      • WBBsAs

        Nats lost their first game today, leading in the second. ‘Stros won, but I doubt they’re gonna make it to the Series.

  • RBI

    boo-hoo.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Were you in line for all the scoring?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Some good news for me today: Kersh is schedule to pitch Friday in San Diego and I’ll be at the game!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    How about we say this weekend was so bad because of the uniforms . . . and Tuesday starts anew? I don’t think there are any other total solar eclipses scheduled, so that’s out of the way as well.

    • WBBsAs

      Burn them!

  • Last 30 games:

    Barnes .316 .422 .395 .817
    Grandal .191 .276 .426 .703

    Bellinger .328 .411 .656 1.067
    A-gon .184 .220 .316 .535

    Grandy .138 .342 .448 .790

    The last 30 games are different for every player in that Bellinger hasn’t played in the last 8 of thoses games and A-gon and Grandy didn’t play in the first 20 but this is what has been going on for those last 30 in one way or another.

    I left out players that were plugging along.

    If Joc can figure it out in the next week he has a spot. Grandy and A-gon have not yet closed the door.

    Here is the lineup I would hope can lead the way into and through the playoffs and WS.

    LF Taylor
    SS Seager
    3B Turner
    1B Bellinger
    C Barnes
    CF Pederson (fingers crossed)
    RF Puig
    2B Forsythe

  • Bullpen, A-Gon, Joc, etcetera from the LA TImes’ McCullough.

  • When Bellinger comes back this week he’ll be at first base and A-Gon will be a LH PH.

  • NPUT