Game 130, 2017

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, KTLA, FS-A

The Dodgers ask LHP Rich Hill (9-5, 3.32 ERA) to stop their two-game losing streak (horrors!). He’ll face the D-Backs’ RHP Zack Godley (5-7, 3.53 ERA).

Hill lost a perfect game, a no-hitter, a shutout and the game in the ninth and tenth innings his last time out. Godley has lost three straight starts despite giving up only two runs in two of them.

Doc and A-Gon are longtime friends and ex-roomies, which has helped the Dodgers.

Dodgers’ September Call-Ups: Who’s In, Who’s Out? Howard Cole makes predictions.

On this day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1939 Wheaties sponsors the first telecast of a baseball game when their ads are aired during the Ebbets Field contest between the Reds and the Dodgers. The commercial broadcast is available only in New York City, where an estimated 500 people own television sets.
  • 1948 Jackie Robinson hits for the backward cycle when he homers in the first inning, triples in the fourth, doubles in the sixth, and completes the rare event with a single in the eighth. In addition to his ten total bases, the Dodger second baseman drives in two runs, scores three times, and steals a base, helping Brooklyn beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 12-7.
  • 1951 With his second home run of the game, the sixth time he has accomplished the feat this year, Gil Hodges hits his 36th round-tripper to establish a new franchise record for homers in a season. The Dodger first baseman’s seventh-inning three-run blast in the team’s 13-1 rout of Cincinnati at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field surpasses the mark of 35 set by Babe Herman in 1930.
  • 1989 Giving up just three singles, recently acquired Mets southpaw Frank Viola outduels Orel Hershiser and beats the Dodgers, 1-0. The classic contest between two aces marked the first time in baseball history that the reigning winners of the Cy Young Award have faced one another in the regular season.

Cultural history note: On this date in 1966: On a typically cool night, the Beatles play their final concert at Candlestick Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants. The “Fab Four’s” performance on a five-foot stage, which is located just behind second base surrounded by a six-foot high wire fence, is less than stellar due the ballpark’s inadequate lighting, poor acoustics, and the group’s growing disdain of doing live shows.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Off on another journey. This time only two weeks to be back in time for annual Dodgers visit to National Stadium.

    • WBBsAs

      Wherefore art thou bound?

      • Bob_Hendley

        Venice (Italy).

        • WBBsAs

          I’ve had to settle for Abbot Kinney’s version.

          Have you read Donna Leon’s Brunetti novels about the other Venice?

          • Bob_Hendley

            I have not, but looked her up.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Interestingly she won’t allow her books to be translated into Italian.

          • WBBsAs

            They’ve been filmed in Venice, but only in German, with the excellent actor Uwe Kockisch playing Brunetti. She’s worried about the Italian response, though I dare say it couldn’t be any more touchy than La Piovra (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086779/).

          • She’s got her likes and dislikes. She’s not real fond of the United States, either. I’ve read most, Mom’s read all of them.

          • WBBsAs

            Live many years in Venice, but now in der Schweiz.

          • scooplew

            While I was growing up in L.A. my grandparents lived several years in Venice. We’d combine swimming in the ocean with visiting them. Venice Beach had a breakwater that made it safe for kids.

  • scooplew

    Does someone here know why Seager is not starting tonight?

  • scooplew

    With a righty starter, I wonder why Utley is not playing second base.

  • It’s Taylor’s birthday. 27, I think.

  • scooplew

    There goes the perfect game and the no-hitter for Hill.

    • WBBsAs

      …and the shutout.

  • WBBsAs

    Hill’s tossing BP.

  • RBI

    Goodness.

  • RBI

    Or should I say, badness?

  • RBI

    Rough first inning for a team that is not hitting at the moment.

    • Wait until we get up, oh right, done that already.

  • WBBsAs

    On the bright side, Hill’s on a pace for 27 K’s.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ok Dodgers let’s see how you overcome some adversity.

    • WBBsAs

      Well, if Puig has anything to say about it…

  • scooplew

    Hill to teammates: I pitched no-hit ball for nine innings and what good did it do me? So now let’s see what you can do for me when I allow five runs in the first?

  • scooplew

    Hill throws 35 pitches in the 1st, 6 in the 2nd.

  • Turner’s beard getting longer.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s no Archie Bradley, though.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig appears to have a decent shot at 30 dingers, and Taylor almost certainly will reach 20 – not bad for a leadoff guy.

    • Or an 8 hole guy like Orel likes to say.

      • Seven guys in double figures — lowest are Kiké and Joc at 11.

        • WBBsAs

          Barnes and Chutley still have a shot at double figures, and they figure to play more down the stretch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Game starting to slip away again.

  • WBBsAs

    For all its faults, Candlestick was a better place to watch a ball game than TPBTBNL. Still, when the Beatles played, “That evening the stadium’s 45,000 seats were just over 50% full, and the weather was in the 40s, with a strong westerly gale. The band commented later that, due to the cold and wind, they couldn’t wait to be finished with the show, and whenever anyone suggested live concerts later, this was the image that formed in their minds.”

  • scooplew

    I wonder if Hill had another blister issue.

  • WBBsAs

    Disqus often acts weirdly. Usually it opens a small side window but, on occasion, it does nothing or is very sluggish. Then, when you click again, it opens a whole new tab.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s (at least) tie it at 7 in the the 7th.

    • RBI

      Looking unlikely, but you never know!

      • WinnipegDave

        At this point, I would settle for 2 runs… (should I make it 1?)

  • WBBsAs

    Bradley wins the Battle of the Beards.

    The Dodgers have a secret weapon in this game, though – Fernando Rodney.

    • RBI

      Funny man.

    • RBI

      I hope this post is prescient.

  • RBI

    Good hit, Grandal.

  • RBI

    Okay then. AGon with the double!

  • WinnipegDave

    There’s one. Need another hit or two.

  • RBI

    Forsythe’s at-bats drive me nuts. Prove me wrong, Logan.

    • I think the Dodgers now have the leader and runner up hitters that have the largest average pitch counts with Granderson at #1 and Forsythe at #2.

  • RBI

    Nope.

    • WinnipegDave

      At least he is able to make some plays in LF.

      • RBI

        True. I just dislike the way he always seems to be 0-2 before you can blink. Usually two pitches right down the middle.

        • Karros used to bug me like that as well.

  • RBI

    Don’t give up another one, guys!

  • RBI

    Nice! Now let’s get two back at least.

  • RBI

    Shoot. I so thought that was fair!

  • WBBsAs

    It sure looked fair to me.

    • RBI

      A quarter inch foul, if that.

  • RBI

    Utley! Double! What an at bat.

  • WinnipegDave

    How would that have work? Would they only give a single or say it would be a double?

    • WinnipegDave

      Nevermind!

      • WBBsAs

        It would be umpire’s judgement, but I expect a double.

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks WBB!

  • WBBsAs

    I bet the Snakes can’t wait until next year, when they can dump Rodney and make Bradley their closer.

    • RBI

      Why don’t they do it now? Seems so obvious.

      • WBBsAs

        I’d do it, but they signed Rodney for that.

        • RBI

          That kind of stubborn clinging to a decision never made sense to me.

  • RBI

    Rats, Seager. Okay, Taylor, do your thing. Never dull.

  • WinnipegDave

    That helps!

  • RBI

    JT, you can do it!

  • RBI

    Hits him. Wow.

  • RBI

    Rodney at 24 pitches.

    • WBBsAs

      He’s a mess.

  • WinnipegDave

    Drama

  • RBI

    Ah, phooey.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Was watching Gameday and saw the dreaded “In play, out(s)”

  • WinnipegDave

    Missed it by that much.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers needed to score in the 7th. Missing a fence post there and it meant they were one short.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 in a row, 5 of 9 losses.
    Just following on updates, I felt a disconnect, like the team of old — one facet would be clicking but they would be let down by one or another of the others.
    But I was impressed by other relievers and definitely the bats not giving up.
    This disconnect was bound to happen . . . let’s just hope that it ends soon and they can beat the playoff-caliber teams again!

    • RBI

      Almost no Corey, no Cody, and down 5 in the first. It could have been a lot worse.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I agree — I’m more encouraged by this game than either of the other two.

        • WinnipegDave

          So I don’t have to feel bad that the time has begun to tank ever since I came back from East Asia?

          • scooplew

            Is there a plane leaving soon? LOL.

          • WinnipegDave

            Oh man. Just after I got over jet lag!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Well, if that’s what it takes . . . 🙂

  • Rats. Oh well, Ryu tomorrow and Cody will probably start as well.

  • foul tip

    never mind…no delete option

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