Game 132, 2017

My Navy boot camp company in 1972 was #132.

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 12:40 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

It’ll be RHP Kenta Maeda (12-5, 3.76 ERA) for the Dodgers against old friend RHP Zack Greinke (15-6, 3.14 ERA) for the D-Backs.

Maeda pitched one of his best games of the year last time out, going six innings and giving up just one hit and one run to the Brewers. In his last eleven starts he’s gone 8-2 with a 2.70 ERA and has held hitters to a .205 batting average. Greinke got his 15th win of the year last Friday against the Giants. This will be his third start against the Dodgers this year; he’s lost the first two.

On this date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1950 In front of 14,226 fans at Ebbets Field, Gil Hodges becomes the fourth major leaguer in the century to hit four home runs in one game as Brooklyn routs the Braves, 19-3. The Dodger first baseman also ties the major league record for total bases with 17.
  • 1959 Sandy Koufax fans 18 batters to establish a new National League record for a nine-inning game in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win over San Francisco at the LA Memorial Coliseum. The left-hander’s performance equals the major league mark established in 1938 by Indians fireballer Bob Feller during a 4-1 loss to Detroit.
  • 2010 The Dodgers trade a player to be named (infielder Tony Abreu) to the Diamondbacks in exchange for starter Jon Garland. The 31 year-old right-hander will post a 3-2 record with a 2.72 ERA in his six late-season starts for the Dodgers, before signing as a free agent with San Diego.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If nothing else, CT ran up the pitch count.

    • WBBsAs

      Good to see somebody else is around (I just awoke from a short nap).

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And I’m about to be offline for a while.

        • scooplew

          I am about to take a long nap.

  • scooplew

    Granderson: A cluster of strikeouts surrounding a few home runs. He has five hits for us: four homers and a single in nearly 40 ABs.

    • WBBsAs

      In fairness, that strike three was so far inside that it could have hit him.

      • scooplew

        I am following it on Gameday, not watching. But he still has 15 strikeouts now in 38 ABs.

        • And now he has added a globe trotting route to a fly to deep center that wound up untouched.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Here We Go Again. 🙁 that’s what the opposing players used to say when the Dodgers were batting.

    • scooplew

      So he can’t play short, but can pinch-hit, in the four-game series in San Diego. I wonder if Culberson will then be one of the players called up.

      • WBBsAs

        Both Quique and Taylor can play SS. Not sure whether Culberson’s on the 40-man.

  • scooplew

    A tale of three first innings in Arizona this week:
    The Dodgers: 0-for-9, no runs
    The D’Backs: 10-for-19, 3 doubles, 3 homers, 10 runs.

  • WBBsAs

    Well, that’s an improvement, and Zanky’s having to work a bit harder.

    • scooplew

      42 pitches.

  • scooplew

    Why didn’t Forsythe take 2nd on the wild pitch on which Gonzalez took 3rd?

    • WBBsAs

      Perhaps screened by the batter, couldn’t tell how far the ball got away. In the end, it didn’t matter.

      • scooplew

        Thanks, true.

    • He was having heart palpitations when he saw Gonzales keep going to third. Hard to get a jump whey assuming Gonzales would stay at second.

  • Oh fer…

    • scooplew

      Signing off for a while. I am expecting the rest of you to turn this around.

  • Dear me. Our starting pitchers have not acquitted themselves well in this series.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Bats played like vs. Brewers.
      Was this Zack’s best game vs. Blue since leaving?

  • Among the other callups September 1 will be Alex Verdugo.

    • WBBsAs

      For non-Spanish speakers, Verdugo means “executioner.”

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Dodgers have been playing a lot of verdugos lately.

  • RBI

    Checking in briefly. More frustration practice to their batting practice.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Only they are taking batting practice.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Five in a row to postseason – contending teams. Not a good sign.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Starting pitching seems to have gone downhill since Dodgers couldn’t plate one for Rich.

    • They want to be fair to the other pitchers. And, it seems like the pitchers want to avoid the no-hit drama early in the game.

  • foul tip

    You hear that pitchers who depend on breaking stuff like Hill, Ryu, and Maeda to a degree, tend not to do well in AZ because the ball doesn’t bite and break nearly as much in the dry air. Is this just talk, or is there something to it?

    Suppose that if the roof is closed that would negate the dry air effect, if one exists…

    Denver’s pitching nightmares, of course, are due to altitude. Years of watching football-like scores from Denver and their introduction of a humidifier attest to how things are there.

    • It would be more fair-er if the game could start in the second.

  • I started watching late and am only up to one out in the third and it’s 7 – 1.

  • I just skipped to the top of the sixth. It was a nice feeling.

  • foul tip

    The box at ESPN Game HQ lists both Turner and Forsythe at 3B for the Dodgers.

    That goes a long way toward explaining this score.

  • scooplew

    I have returned. That was apparently an error.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      In stretches like this, there’s a lot to say for just checking in and seeing the bad news rather than living through it.

  • Grandal making contact again. He’s streakier than Joc, who btw, is gong to play more games in OK.

    Joc Pederson, demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City to work on a new batting stance, will be recalled later.

    “Joc’s going to stay, whether to finish the season or a day or two early,” Roberts said. “It’s more to give him continuous at-bats. From the reports, the last couple of days have been better. To build on that momentum, it’s best for Joc.”

  • scooplew

    Dodgers starting pitching in this series: 19 earned runs allowed in 10 2/3 innings for an ERA of 16.03.

    • HLKLA

      Ouch!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Speculation on Petros and Money is that none of those three would pitch vs. AZ in NLDS, regardless of this series.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Conscious or not, the bats are not wasting output in such a hopeless game.
    Maybe they can beat a team with a losing record, starting tomorrow.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    HFA advantage will probably drop under double digits.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not with a bang, but a whimper.
    Mercifully, it’s over.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Besides everything else, this loss means Zack now has one more W than Kersh.

    • WBBsAs

      Until tomorrow.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        From your keyboard . . .

  • John_from_Aus

    Better now than October

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      If it had to happen, then definitely yes. But I guess I’m spoiled – I wanted them to continue their dominance through October.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Was just listening to KLAC Sports Talk – – great reception here in San Diego! – – they are most concerned with the lack of production from JT and Kike in the second half. The question was about JT’s knees.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Did they pick up something in JT running the bases?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Nothing other than he’s hitting .240 2nd half

  • WBBsAs

    Rather than become a Gnat, Jackie took the honorable way out… https://twitter.com/OldTimeHardball/status/903040855467974656

  • More September call-up detail.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, if I had to miss seeing some games live due to travel, these were the ones to.

  • RBI

    From the LATimes today – my favorite part is his description of Forsythe at-bats… http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-dugout-losing-streak-20170901-story.html

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks for sharing.
      Before all this, radio commented how all were dedicated to the task at hand, ie NOT sleepwalking.
      Maybe the SI cover went to their heads?

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