Game 131, 2017

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 3:40 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A, MLBN

Ryu v. Ray. Sounds like an MMC card, doesn’t it? Nope, it’s the Dodgers’ lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-6, 3.34 ERA) going up against the D-Backs’ LHP Robbie Ray (10-5, 3.06 ERA).

In his last nine starts Ryu is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 49Ks. He held the Pirates to one run over six innings in his last start and was rewarded with the win. Ray’s last start was his first in a month; he gave up one run to the Mets in five innings and got a win. He’d been on the DL since July 28 with a concussion and related symptoms.

Where do Ryu and Kenta Maeda fit in the post season? Eric Stephen has thoughts.

Curtis Granderson’s foundation is donating 25K to the Houston Food Bank.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1918 At the Polo Grounds, the Giants beat the Dodgers, 1-0, on an unearned run in the bottom in the ninth in a contest that takes only fifty-six minutes to complete. Pete Compton’s base hit off Jack Combs plates Larry Doyle, who had singled to lead off the frame and moved to third on Ollie O’Mara’s errant throw on a sacrifice bunt.
  • 1952 Nine-time All-Star infielder Arky Vaughan drowns with a friend when their boat capsized while fishing in a volcanic lake near Eagleville, CA. The former shortstop and third baseman, who compiled a .318 batting average and a .406 on-base percentage playing with the Pirates and Dodgers, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.
  • 1966 Sandy Koufax, in his final decision facing the Mets, lasts only two innings, losing to Bob Friend at Shea Stadium, 10-4. The Dodgers Hall of Fame southpaw has compiled a 17-2 record against the lowly expansion team since their inception in 1962.
  • 2000 Earning his 1,600th victory, Braves’ manager Bobby Cox passes former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda on the career list for most managerial victories. His 5-2 victory over the Reds puts him 14th on the all-time list.
  • 2015 The NL’s eventual 2015 Cy Young Award recipient Jake Arrieta, needing just 116 pitches, beats Los Angeles, 2-0, tossing the 12th no-hitter ever thrown at the Chavez Ravine ballpark, and the 13th no-no in Cubs history. The contest marks the second time in ten games the Dodgers has been unable to get a hit, after being held hitless by Astros right-hander Mike Fiers on August 21.

Lineup when available.

Note Bellinger’s return to the lineup at 1B. To make room for him the Dodgers optioned Kyle Farmer back to OKC. Seager is still nursing his elbow, I imagine.

  • dalegribel

    Still rather see Joc than Grandy, but class move on his donation. Even prior, belived him to be one of the really good guys in the game.

  • WBBsAs

    I had never heard of Eagleville. I had heard of Arky Vaughan, but was unaware that he was such a leaky glove.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hadn’t realized that Arky met his fate this way. One of my prized possession is a photo of my diminutive mother-in-law from 1948 standing between him and Preacher Roe.

      • WBBsAs

        The closest thing I have to that is an Elginland Oldtimers 1953 membership card for Lefty Gómez that is also signed by Jocko Conlan. It was gift from my Chicago-area uncle.

        I had a whole slew of Tacoma Giants scorecard programs with autographs from Matty Alou, José Pagán and many others but, somehow, they disappeared from my mother’s house.

        • A whole lot of baseball cards I had got attached to bicycle spokes. The closest I came to “Mom threw out all my ____” was fraternity mementos Dad dumped when cleaning his mother’s garage.

          • scooplew

            I remember reading that the Dodgers were quite torn up when they learned of the popular Vaughan’s drowning. He had played with them in ’42, ’43. ’47 and ’48. He was born in Arkansas but he got the nickname although he moved away before he was 1. Wikipedia says that he and a friend were fishing when, according to a witness, the friend stood up in the boat, which then capsized, and both men drowned.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ha Link. I saw Ryu vs Ray on the marquee and loved it too.

  • scooplew

    I don’t think Forsythe, batting 5th, can protect Bellinger, batting 4th. I don’t think Cody will see many good pitches tonight. I know Forsythe has a pretty good OBP, but he seems to fail in the clutch frequently. I’d rather have seen Barnes in the 5 hole tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I agree.
      Let’s hope there’s a huge sampling tonight to test it!

      • scooplew

        Agreed.

  • scooplew

    Through his first eight games since returning to OKC Joc is 5-for-33 (.152) with 9 Ks and 2 BBs. He has driven in 3 runs and scored 2. He has no homers. All this is before tonight’s game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Not making a good case for himself for a return — except minors end this weekend, right?

      • scooplew

        Yes, he will be called up as early as tomorrow, but he has not resuscitated his career during this short stay in Triple-A.

      • True, but Granderson and A-gon haven’t shut the door on Joc with their hitting. Forsythe isn’t doing much and either in Kike’.

    • Joc is 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored today so far.

  • RBI

    Let’s go Dodgers! (About to exercise and watch. See you on the other side of Elliptical-ing.)

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — and hopefully much Dodger scoring!

      • RBI

        Half right.

  • WBBsAs

    As if a three-game losing streak isn’t bad enough, we get Steiner tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I got Mo.
      Dodgers got trouble right off the bat.

  • Man, just like last night!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Ryu not impressing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    This stinks!

    • RBI

      Come back!

  • It’s as if the roof is open.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Or the sky is falling.

      • Don’t panic. Read the link below with the tweet from ESPN in it. 8 game losing streak happened and they still won 100 one year.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I was going to comment that that did a lot to stabilize me.
          I never thought they should put much stock into the “most wins in a season” for two reasons: Golden State Warriors & Seattle Mariners.

  • Ethier expected to come up Sept.1 along with Brock Stewart. Stewart starts Game 1 of DH Saturday, Darvish Game 2.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Moral victory — only 3 runs instead of 5 in the first inning.
    Sure hope the bats show up again.

    • scooplew

      We’ve now allowed nine first inning runs in the last three games: one, five and 3.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        The machine is not running on all cylinders now.
        Hopefully the bats can pick up the SP.

      • — To think that two and two are four
        __And neither five nor three
        The heart of man has long been sore
        __And long ’tis like to be.

        • scooplew

          A.E. Housman, a great poet. One of my favorite poems is his “To An Athlete Dying Young.” When I was the sports editor of the Daily Cal at Berkeley in 1970 I ran it in the sports section.

          • Good choice. I ran across him in a book title by Helen MacInnes, written in the early 1950s about the inception of the Cold War and communist infiltration into the publishing world of New York.

          • scooplew

            Was there a communist infiltration or was it part of the Red Scare?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Zack is going vs. Blue manana. He was always great when pitching after a Dodger loss.

    • WinnipegDave

      So you are saying the Dodgers should win tonight!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I’m for sure saying he’s not there to help him if they don’t.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Could be a very long night.

  • scooplew

    What worries me is that this series will allow Arizona to feel empowered with delusions of grandeur should we meet them in the NLDS.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Totally legitimate – – you’re only as good as your current game regarding that day’s outcome

  • Come ON, bats!

    • WBBsAs

      Fine AB by Puig.

  • Argh!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Does not look good for the good guys – – again. This is definitely an often heard refrain over these last 10 games.

  • RBI

    This is batting practice for them, frustration practice for us.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      We’re becoming quite fluent in frustration.

  • scooplew

    This is ridiculous.

  • RBI

    Why is Doc leaving Ryu in? Not foolng anyone.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Doc is going to have to prove his mettle in getting them back into shape.

  • scooplew

    What’s Roberts waiting for? Or is this to demonstrate our backing for South Korea?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Could be worse — we could be a victim of Harvey

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now we know how everyone else felt when the Blue was on the roll.

  • WBBsAs

    I don’t like this any more than the rest of you do, but let’s have some perspective – this has been a magical season. Every other team in baseball would love to be where the Dodgers are now.

    • WinnipegDave

      I was thinking about this as I biked home from work today. I realized losing a few games now is a bit of blessing in disguise. I was thinking about how much I can’t get into the games at the end of the season – the one after Dodgers either clinch or get eliminated.
      This prolongs meaningful games.

      • WinnipegDave

        How’s that for backwards thinking?!

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers are hitting balls that even J.D. Martínez can catch.

  • RBI

    Ouch!

  • RBI

    Great at bat, Puig! Again.

  • RBI

    Here comes the “This is our house” beard.

  • RBI

    Sacks loaded! Grandy Man up!

  • RBI

    Did everyone leave here?

  • RBI

    Great walk by Granderson! 6-4, bases loaded, ONE out.

  • RBI

    Up to Seager.

  • RBI

    Well, rats. Still, only down two now.

  • RBI

    Coulda used my guys here for that inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    I’m starting to take this personally. I stopped watching at 6-0. Came back to see bases loaded there and then the rally ended.
    Dodgers don’t want to score much while I’m watching apparently.

    • RBI

      It happens. I was chewing my nails on that one.

    • RBI

      I am glad you are back.

      • WinnipegDave

        “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

        And then suddenly – they are out.

  • WinnipegDave

    Was Belli hit hard?

    • RBI

      Yes, pretty hard in the ribs on one side. I think he is okay.

  • RBI

    Paredes looking pareddy good. (Sorry.)

    • WinnipegDave

      Nice!

  • WBBsAs

    Stepped away for a while, but still following Gameday. Now I’m back on MLBTV.

    • RBI

      Good.

  • WinnipegDave

    Here we go again. Down 2 in the 9th just like last night.

  • WBBsAs

    Rodney fell short last night, but he has another chance.

    • RBI

      Ha!

      • WinnipegDave

        If it goes 31 pitches like last night then I like our chances.

        • RBI

          Not a great start.

  • WinnipegDave

    1 pitch 1 out not good.

  • RBI

    Hmmm.

  • RBI

    I do like that we are never completely out, no matter what.

  • RBI

    Well, that happened.

  • Pfui.

  • RBI

    Let’s hope Maeda is on tomorrow and Greinke isn’t.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And the bats continue to show up.

    • WBBsAs

      This afternoon.

  • WinnipegDave

    Too big a hill to climb again tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m just hoping this isn’t the other shoe dropping.
    They talked before about going to the park each game, EXPECTING to win. Also hope that continues.

  • NPUT @ 0800 HST, 1100 PDT

  • Bob_Hendley

    Unable to make the 3:40 am starting time for me. Next game at 9:40 pm looks more promising for viewing.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Losing to the Snakes at Chase? Baseball back to normal. Gotta love the challenge of beating Greinke there to avoid the sweep.

  • First thing to do if snake bit–Keep the snake bit victim calm.

  • WBBsAs