Game 139, 2017

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

Believe it or not, the Dodgers could clinch a postseason spot as early as tonight. The scenario has permutations galore and most of them have to do with the Brewers and Cubs. Put simply, if the Dodgers win tonight’s game and the Cubs and Brewers both lose, the Dodgers are guaranteed a spot because neither of those teams can match the Dodgers’ record of 93 wins.

The streaks end tonight. So saith I, Master of all I survey. In order to make it so, the Dodgers will send their parfait genteel Japanese knight Kenta Maeda, he of the 12-6 W-L record and the 4.19 ERA, to the mound to do battle with the D-Backs’ Taijuan Walker, who brings an 8-7 record with a 3.42 ERA to the game. Oddly, Maeda has 122 strikeouts for the season and Walker has 120. Advantage, Dodgers!

The D-Backs hammered Maeda last week in Phoenix, scoring seven runs on eight hits and knocking him out after three innings. Walker shut out the Rockies for five innings in his last start.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1924 In a game that features a total of only six hits, the Brooklyn Robins beat Boston, 1-0, behind the strong two-hit performance of right-hander Bill Doak. The Braves Field victory is the team’s 15th consecutive win, establishing the longest winning streak in franchise history.
  • 1953 With Giants manager Leo Durocher yelling “stick it in his ear”, Ruben Gomez hits Carl Furillo, the National League’s leading hitter, on the wrist with a pitch. After taking first base, the Dodgers right fielder bolts into the opposing dugout to choke ‘Leo the Lip’, but in the melee, the knuckle on his little finger is fractured, putting an end to his season.
  • 1981 Fernando Valenzuela ties the National League’s rookie record for shutouts, blanking St. Louis, 5-0, for his seventh whitewash of the season. The Dodger lefty shares the mark with Irv Young (1905 Beaneaters), Grover Alexander (1911 Phillies), and Jerry Koosman (1968 Mets).
  • 1985 In a matchup of aces that lives up its advanced billing, Dwight Gooden and Fernando Valenzuela hook up in one of the best pitchers’ duel in recent memory. New York beats Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine, 2-0, thanks to Darryl Strawberry’s two-run double on a day that the 20 year-old Mets right-hander strikes out 10 batters, throwing nine shutout innings, while the Dodgers southpaw pitches 11 innings without allowing a run.
  • 1996 Brett Butler returns to the Dodger lineup four months after having surgery for throat cancer. The 39 year-old center fielder scores the decisive run in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Bucs.

Also on this date in big league history, in 1995 Cal Ripken breaks Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record, playing in his 2,131st straight game. When the game becomes official in the middle of the fifth inning, the new ‘Iron Man’ takes a victory lap around Camden Yards during the 22-minute standing ovation from the sellout crowd, including President Bill Clinton.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Well, Ripley, that IS tough to believe. First wish — a Dodger win.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice article about Dodgers still having confidence, despite the recent stench (his word) — https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2017/9/6/16258948/dodgers-losing-streak-confidence-best-record-in-mlb-diamondbacks

    “The bottom line is this. How the Dodgers fare this October will depend on how they play this October. It won’t be because of how they played in late August and early September, just like it won’t be a result of how they played in June, July, or most of August.”

    • WBBsAs

      It’s a very persuasive argument.

  • dalegribel

    Was hoping BBRef had a pitch count for Fernando on that 1985 game, but no. 11 innings, 6 hits, 3 walks, 39 batters faced. That would take 5 or more pitchers to accomplish in this era.

    • Retrosheet doesn’t have pitch counts either, at least not from that time period.

  • RBI

    Why do I feel like Charlie Brown, and the D-backs are holding the football?

  • scooplew

    Regarding the item above from 1953, the injury forced Furillo to miss the rest of the regular season but he had enough at bats and led the league in hitting at .344. He returned for the World Series, batting .333 in the six games. The Yankees won the Series, 4-2.

  • scooplew

    I can’t find the Dodgers lineup tonight. Here’s hoping that neither Granderson nor Hernandez is in the No. 2 hole — how about Barnes? — and that the lineup doesn’t include Granderson, Hernandez of Forsythe. I know that I am asking a lot.

    • scooplew

      It makes no sense to have Granderson (.105) in the lineup, but having hiim batting second is ridiculous. I am glad that Joc is getting a start.

      • HLKLA

        I do not think Joc and Granderson should be in the same line up at all. They are basically the same.

        • scooplew

          Perhaps Joc will return with a bang . . . or not.

          • RBI

            He did get a hit.

    • RBI

      Oh well.

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    • HLKLA

      This lineup is not inspiring confidence.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        One good thing: no Forsythe

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    • WinnipegDave

      Love the Onion.

  • WBBsAs

    So, the best hit ball of the night is an out.

  • WBBsAs

    Granderson with the ultimate snow cone.

  • Dodgered a bullet.

  • WBBsAs

    I only visit Dodger Stadium infrequently, and I was unaware there’s a snowcone concession.

    • It’s also an unusual occurrence.

      • WBBsAs

        Well, you do have shaved ice in Hawai’i.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers take the lead and AZ behind in a game for the first time in forever!

  • A first baseman with speed gave the Dodgers the lead.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe the Dodgers were simply missing… Joc! And perhaps they will now get back to their winning ways.

  • Joc gets a ball to fall in for him. Something that wouldn’t go his way in his last 30 games.

  • We are as quiet as the crowd at Dodger Stadium.

    • WinnipegDave

      True. I have the game on the tv but am doing some work on the computer tonight.

      • John_from_Aus

        I’m in and out of my school classes

    • RBI

      Having to do elliptical downstairs to stay sane and swear in private.

  • John_from_Aus

    What’s the latest on Seager?

    • WinnipegDave

      Coming back on Friday I heard.

  • WinnipegDave

    Maeda must have a better pick-off move than the lob toss to first that he has done a few times tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Very nice throw by the catcher to catch Puig trying to steal 2nd. Unfortunately.

    • RBI

      I know. D-backs with another great had-to-be-perfect play.

  • scooplew

    I’m Dodgering in and out of this game tonight. Can’t take another one like last night’s 10 inning affair.

  • RBI

    Dipping in and out myself. Much better for my mood.

  • RBI

    Hard for JT to get a good swing when the called strike three is wayyyyy outside.

  • RBI

    And now the umpire has ejected JT from the game after a teammate yelled at him about that call.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dodgers playing from behind again.

    • RBI

      I really can’t bear it.

  • RBI

    Here they go again, and here we do, too. Lucy, yanking the football.

  • RBI

    Single, double, single. Good job, Avilan.

  • WinnipegDave

    Didn’t look like it hit him.

    • RBI

      Are they challenging?

      • WinnipegDave

        Nope.

        • RBI

          Same ump making the call?

          • WinnipegDave

            I think so.

  • RBI

    Wake me when this part of the season is over, please.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Was watching on Game Day and so happy to see in play outs

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Remember when it was fun being a Dodger fan?

    • WinnipegDave

      Let’s call that time October and all be happy.

  • RBI

    Okay, Puig. Get on base.

  • RBI

    And now we have Forsythe in the lineup again.

  • RBI

    This is so painful.

  • RBI

    Why pull Joc for Kikè?

    • Good question and now Doc should be asking the same question.

  • RBI

    Yup. Double play.

  • RBI

    Now we get to face Archie, with no Turner. Granderson, Forsythe and Hernandez all in the lineup now.

  • WinnipegDave

    I guess AZ has our number right now. Colorado series will be more fun I’m sure.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m sure many felt the same way when they went down to San Diego.

  • RBI

    Wow. Forsythe made an amazing catch at third.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yep.

  • RBI

    I hate Bradley. There, I said it.

    • WinnipegDave

      How about now?

      • RBI

        I relish that wild throw.

  • RBI

    I love it. He threw it away.

  • WinnipegDave

    Big moment here.

  • RBI

    @@$”!!#*!!!#£

  • RBI

    I think we are doomed. Again.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The bats have been cursed since they cursed Rich Hill.

    • RBI

      I blame the SI cover more.

      • WinnipegDave

        *Whistles quietly to himself as he hears this conversation and think about the team’s record since he came home from China.*

        • RBI

          Hahaha…you? Never!

          • WinnipegDave

            And yet…

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s put the D-backs in a bit of perspective. They do not have the best record in baseball.
    They do not have the best record in the NL.
    They do not have the best record in the NL West.
    They are not even the hottest team in baseball.
    The D-backs are overrated.
    There I said it.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Who is hotter?
      They’ve owned the Dodgers there and here.
      And they know it.

      • WinnipegDave

        Cleveland has won 14 in a row.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Wow. They will be the sentimental favorites vs. anyone, the Cubs of this year.

          • WinnipegDave

            Agreed. Against anyone not the named the Dodgers and I’m all in with Cleveland winning.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            As much as I wanted the Cubs to win last year (when LA was eliminated), I would’ve been happy for Cleveland.

          • WinnipegDave

            I cheered for Cleveland.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Tony C. doesn’t scare me as much.
    SP has MUCH better than last week. (Tho same results, so far.)
    Gotta seek silver linings to stay sane.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    There hasn’t been much scoreboard watching in weeks (months), but gotta be rooting for everyone AZ (and WSH) plays.

  • WBBsAs

    Hunger and malnutrition are threatening baseball in Venezuela: http://tinyurl.com/y9z5w8kj (in Spanish)

  • WinnipegDave

    Here we go. Time for some Hollywood magic.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Right now, that’s an even more improbable script as their rise was.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Remember when McCourt had that psychic on payroll?
    Perhaps a sports therapist/hypnotist would help.
    I don’t care what they say about being confident, I can’t see how they’re not questioning themselves and pressing.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They stink.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yeah. I don’t like the D-backs either.

  • RBI

    This is how Gnats fans have felt all year.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They weren’t teased with greatness.

      • RBI

        Oh, in their minds they were…

        • WinnipegDave

          Hahaha. Zing!

  • RBI

    This calls for extreme measures. Blue toenail polish, starting tomorrow.

    • WinnipegDave

      Still waiting for the exclamation point countdown. It will happen and it will be fun!

      • RBI

        Very stalled.

    • I’ll pass.

  • WinnipegDave

    See you all tomorrow. It will get better. Kershaw pitching.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      So much for having players in place to take the load off of him.
      Luckily he had that rest (unlucky he had the injury).

      • RBI

        Well, they did for weeks and weeks.

  • RBI

    Maeda looked a lot better.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      All three starters redeemed themselves from last week.
      Unfortunately, same result.

      • RBI

        D-backs are crazy good right now.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          And Dodgers crazy bad.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            There was an NPR story today about the Dodgers and they summed it up: you can have bad pitching or bad hitting, but not both at the same time.

          • RBI

            I was just thinking that. Look at the Rockies. Same thing.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            They also said that AZ would not feel the invincible mystique of the Dodgers in the playoffs . . . if ANYone still feels that way.

          • RBI

            Well, let’s see what happens when Seager comes back.

          • RBI

            Not sure the Nats or Astros or Indians ever did.

          • RBI

            Bad combo.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Thunder in Vegas skies . . . only action I’ve heard all night.

  • RBI

    For a while I’d forgotten what it was like to lose. Now I can’t remember what it feels like to win. Weirdest year ever.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ditto.
      Bring ’em good luck manana!

  • RBI

    Night all. Boo-hoo, and all that.

  • My command was ignored! Vengeance will be mine!

    Drat. This is one of the more discouraging stretches the Dodgers have given me that I can remember.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Maybe your decree was delayed getting to the mainland?

      • That must be it! Then it will undoubtedly catch up to them by tomorrow evening’s game. I’m sure of it!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Hear, hear!

  • WinnipegDave

    Weird stretches of Dodger baseball in the fairly recent past:

    2013: 30-42 and then win 42 out of the next 50.

    And my personal favourite…
    2006: coming out of the All-Star break, they lose 13 out of 14 including the last 8 games in a row. Then they immediately turn it around and win 11 in a row and 17 out of 18.

  • Futility: “… the Dodgers didn’t get a hit after the third inning.”

  • RBI

    Maybe the Padres will beat the D-backs tomorrow, she says plaintively.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Well, someone will beat them at some point.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        In theory.
        We hope.

        • Bob_Hendley

          I thought LV was all about probabilities, or rather taking money way from people who don’t understand them.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            It is, and we thank everyone who tries to beat the house — keeps us without a state income tax and allows the Raiders to move here. (Don’t like the team, but excited to have the NFL here.)

            Me, I stick to dime video poker.

  • HLKLA

    Good morning! Good grief!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Funny thing — that much-derided first game of the doubleheader featuring the cast of “Who?”sville featured the second largest number of runs scored during this nightmare — the first game in AZ had 6 for the Blue, last Saturday saw 5.

    I am no way indicating we should use that lineup. But outside of the quality of opposing pitchers, might the other answer be bats pressing?

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