Game 140, 2017

Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ATT SportsNet-RM, MLBN (out-of-market only)

History says the Dodgers are still in good shape despite the current 1-11 stretch.

The only reason the Dodgers’ situation looks more dire than it actually is? Because as they’ve stumbled, the D-backs have surged. How do you surrender 9 1/2 games in the standings in two weeks? Lose 11 of 12, while the second-place team wins 13 in a row. That’s what happened this time, but such extreme polarity is rare and impossible to sustain on either end.

Save us, Clayton! Dodger fans could be forgiven if that’s what they mutter as tonight’s game begins with the Dodgers’ ace Kershaw (16-2, 1.95 ERA) facing RHP Jon Gray (6-4, 4.26 ERA) at Dodger Stadium. Gray has made seven starts against the Dodgers in his career and put up a 3.75 ERA against them. He got no decision in his only start against them this season, going five innings and giving up just one run on four hits. Kershaw is making his second start after coming off the DL with back troubles; in his first one he went six scoreless innings, struck out seven and didn’t walk anybody.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1903 A year before the first subway line is completed, the Brooklyn Superbas, later to be known as the Dodgers, play their cross-town rivals in a two-stadium, same-day doubleheader. The first game played in Washington Park begins at 10:30 am with 9,300 fans watching the visiting Giants win the opener, 6-4, and later that afternoon in front of 23,623 patrons at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, Brooklyn wins the second game, 3-0.
  • 1916 The Giants defeat the Dodgers 4-1 to start their major league record 26-game winning streak. The ‘Jints’ start the span two games under .500 and make up nine games in the standings, but remain in fourth place during the entire streak.
  • 1962 With four steals in a 10-1 loss to the Pirates, Dodger Maury Wills breaks the modern National League record for stolen bases in a season with his 82nd swipe. Bob Bescher established the mark in 1911, playing left field for Cincinnati.
  • 1964 At Connie Mack Stadium, a Labor Day crowd of 26,390 fans watches the first-place Phillies split a doubleheader with the Dodgers. The attendance for the twin bill brings the season’s total to 1,224,172 patrons, breaking the all-time franchise home attendance record established by the Whiz Kids in 1950.
  • 2001 Shawn Green breaks a franchise record for homers in a season with his 44th home run, the first of two dingers the Dodger right fielder will hit off Dustin Hermanson in the team’s 7-1 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The previous mark had been shared by Duke Snider (1956) and Gary Sheffield (2000).

Lineup:

  • John_from_Aus
    • Ahem. That’s linked in my post above. πŸ˜‰

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That’s why you ARE the Link Master!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The strongest hitter in the bottom third is the pitcher.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not to quibble – but the NY Giants streak was an undefeated streak rather than a winning streak. If I remember correctly there was one or two ties in that 26 games stretch.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    RBI, give Kersh an EFing “Welcome home!” for us.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Interesting article http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/252942658/adrian-gonzalez-status-among-dodgers-questions/?topicId=27118384 says “The Granderson trade and the return of A-Gon from the DL had some unintended consequences.” and concludes “It’s amazing that with a team this good and so close to the playoffs, so much of its season is still in flux.”

  • scooplew

    Batting Granderson second again? I think Roberts is going to keep him there out of spite because of this column in the Los Angeles Times today: http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-dugout-roberts-20170907-story.html

    • dalegribel

      Grandy’s a good dude and a great clubhouse presence. My guess is that he, Joc, Ethier, and AGon are all competing for the reserve LHB in the opening series and these games are the auditions. Who knows, if AGon is out, might be room for 2.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Funny piece — thanks for sharing.
      But it’s also a telling piece. I agree with batting the lineup that got them here (as soon as Seager’s back).
      Also scary about Grandal and what we were sensing.

  • HLKLA

    I hope Kershaw can hit a few home runs, since no one else seems capable.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me.”
      He did it Opening Game several years ago. They scored more after that but his was the first RBI.

  • RBI

    Driving to the stadium with my husband. I had two cor choices for blue nail polish: Midnight Blue and Take Me to Paradise. Guess which one I chose? #paradiseherewecome

  • RBI

    Oh my. More woe.

  • RBI

    When it rains.

  • No hitter–No
    Shutout–No
    Outs–No

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Win — probably not.

  • Arenado has hit Kershaw hard over his (Arenado’s) career, but letting two guys get on in front of him was the real sin.

  • RBI

    Single. Double. Home run. Single. Wild pitch.

  • RBI

    Anyone know why no JT?

    • Haven’t a clue.

      Edited: Just went thru all of today’s Twitter comments from Dodgers.com and saw nothing to indicate he’s hurt or sick. I guess it’s just a day off.

  • RBI

    28 pitches.

  • I just realized Grandal is hitting cleanup. Now really, Roberts.

    • His saberstats must be better than his visuals.

  • RBI should have caught that popup behind home plate.

    • RBI

      Came close! (Not really.)

  • Kersh did not want to have to pitch to Arenado again with two on.

    • RBI

      Taylor couldn’t have gotten a better ball to catch.

      • Already has added 6 pitches

  • RBI

    We are handing this game to them.

  • RBI

    Kershaw can’t find the zone at all.

  • WBBsAs

    Taylor’s error aside, Kershaw looks awful.

    • RBI

      Except for that pitch.

    • A 13 pitch error.

  • 55 pitches, two innings? And the bullpen is already used up?

    • RBI

      Bad to worse here.

  • And Gameday says the pitch Puig grounded out on was way down and away. Don’t revert to that, Yasiel!

  • Great, hard hit balls have to fall in.

    • RBI

      Not for us.

  • Okay, dinner prep time. Get the runs back!

  • RBI

    Ump calling balls on Kershaw as strikes for Gray. So far at least.

  • RBI

    Just un-frigging-believable.

  • RBI

    I am so depressed. What can we do to change this mojo?

    • WinnipegDave

      Just have to ride it out. Like Kershaw in this game.

    • Wear your hat inside out.

      • RBI

        Done.

  • Kershaw’s high pitch count have come under stressful situations.

  • RBI

    Great catch, Puig.

    • Quick throw as well.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not a great throw though.

      • WBBsAs

        Very difficult from the way he had to catch it.

        • WinnipegDave

          That’s true WBB.

      • RBI

        Throw was okay but Grandal was standing pretty far from the plate.

      • It was low where it could have been cut off. Bonus point.

        • WinnipegDave

          Ha! Okay I stand corrected.

      • WBBsAs

        After catching the ball, he was – unavoidably – at a very bad angle to make the throw.

  • RBI

    I am leaving for NY tomorrow until next Thursday. Is that good?

    • WinnipegDave

      For you? Or for the Dodgers?

    • Better than Miami. Hopefully you are going to see Hamilton.

      • RBI

        I wish. Family. (Plus Dear Evan Hanson.)

        • Cheap seats start at $450

        • WinnipegDave

          I love love love Dear Evan Hanson. Especially “For Forever”.

      • WinnipegDave

        If this Dodger season keeps going south, I’m totally down for turning this over to a Hamilton blog group.

  • WBBsAs

    Kershaw may have had a worse start than this, but I can’t recall one.

    • RBI

      I know. Very sluggish. Maybe they should rethink the 6 starter idea?

  • RBI

    Losing battery power here, just like the team. Will check in later.

  • WBBsAs

    Everything the Rox hit falls in. Nothing the Dodgers hit does so.

    • WinnipegDave

      That’s what has been happening during this tailspin. And that’s why this slump can’t last forever.

  • WinnipegDave

    Go Kersh!

    • WinnipegDave

      Nice 12 pitch at bat by him.

  • Come on Dodgers, lets double our score this inning.

  • RBI

    Really?

    • After a quick review, yes, really.

  • RBI

    CT3 needs to work on his stealing style. How many CSs is that over the past few games?

  • WinnipegDave

    Taylor is not making good choices these days.

  • RBI

    Top of the fourth feels like the eleventh inning.

    • There is always a trip to the Dodger Dog line to break up the non-sense.

      • RBI

        I’m thinking a Wetzel’s pretzel.

  • RBI

    Bullpen already busy.

    • WinnipegDave

      Deep pen with expanded roster.

      • And not a high pressure game to come into

  • WinnipegDave

    Pulling Kershaw already? Crazy. He was finally finding his groove.

    • Reached his pitch limit after coming back off the DL I would guess.

      • No need to make him go longer in a game like this and a 86 pitch count also.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          And the offensive support.

          • WinnipegDave

            That’s the thing. Not scoring runs is problematic.

  • Stewart made it look easy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to see an extra base hit by Bellinger.

  • Guess what?

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig drives in Bellinger. Now need another hit to score Puig.

  • WBBsAs

    Fine AB by Joc, there.

  • WinnipegDave

    No luck for Logan.

  • RBI

    A run! A run!

  • RBI

    Utley! So close!

    • I called it a night about here as the clock was showing midnight here. RBI will soon be visiting the ETZ and have to make it a long day to post throughout the game. Enjoy.

  • RBI

    DP please.

  • RBI

    Stupid shift. Why?

  • RBI

    So ridiculous. We are absolutely embarrassing right now. Grandal can’t catch to save himself, or us.

  • RBI

    I may have to leave early. Which I haven’t done ever.

    • scooplew

      I wouldn’t blame you, and I doubt if anyone else on this site would. You are a tried and true trooper.

  • RBI

    Crooked numbers for us, please.

  • scooplew

    So I come out of a nice dinner tonight in Monterey and turn on the car radio. As I live about 330 miles north of L.A., it is hard to tune in the flagship Dodger station, KLAC-570, but it finally comes in between waves of static and muffled sounds. The first thing I hear is 4-0 Rockies after three innings. It is no longer painful. It is numbing. It is like someone on massive doses of painkillers and in a cloudy state of mind. Tonight, I likened Kershaw to being the last line of defense against barbarian hordes at the gate, with the populace (Dodgers fans) looking poignantly and desperately up to him to prevent the walls from collapsing. Tonight, for the first time, I believe that we could truly blow it and not win the West. I hope I am wrong.

    • RBI

      I agree. I am truly discouraged right now.

    • WBBsAs

      Kershaw was awful tonight, but I still think you’re wrong. That said, if the Dodgers do nothing in sixth, I’ll probably take the rest of the evening off.

      • RBI

        Don’t hold your breath.

      • RBI

        I want you to stay. Misery loves you-know-what.

  • RBI

    Theirs drop in. Ours are caught. Over and over and over again.

  • RBI

    Granderson may soon slip.below the Mendoza line, with Forsythe close behind.

    • scooplew

      Granderson is now batting .097 as a Dodger (6-for-62). I expect that in the storied history of the franchise, no Dodger (except for pitchers) has ever had a batting average that low in a season with at least 60 at bats. And, still, Roberts, like a Pavlovian dog hearing the bell, sees the blank lineup card and puts Granderson in the No. 2 hole. It has become a conditioned response.

      • I think Utley came close with something like 2 for 52 to start the season this year.

  • RBI

    Rockies be all sprightly and stuff.

  • RBI

    DP!!!! (any morsel…)

  • WBBsAs

    Tonight the Redbirds got blanked on 11 hits in SD.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They read “The Dodger Way to Play Baseball”!

  • RBI

    Here’s an idea – Verdugo instead of Granderson in R F.

    • scooplew

      Here’s another idea — Rick Monday instead of Granderson in RF. We know he’s at the ballpark. And he’s got a great understanding of the game.

      • RBI

        You are actually out-grumping me. Didn’t know that was possible.

        • scooplew

          Sorry. I will stifle myself.

          • RBI

            No! I like it!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            As Shrek said, “Better out than in.”

  • RBI

    How is the Rockies’ pen?

  • WinnipegDave

    I’ll go down with this ship. Until a team has more wins than the Dodgers, there is no team I would rather be this season than them.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      They’re my team and I will root for them.
      But I currently don’t have much confidence in them.
      The best (only) thing they have going for them in the regular season is having amassed such a lead.
      Not much going for them in post.
      Of course, things CAN turn around.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    After hearing possibly and definitely bad employment news regarding two places where I work, I checked into EF and caught the bad vibes, then went to the Dodger site and saw a 4-0 hole . . . and yes, Kersh WAS pitching!

    What a nightmare of a day for me personally and Dodger fans universally.

    Luckily we have your site, Link. So Dodger fans everywhere, join me in saying EF!!!

    • RBI

      See my post below, re: company and misery. Sorry to hear you had a rough one, Bob.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks, RBI. I thought of you when I heard the score . . . it made me feel even more blessed to see Kershaw being Kershaw last Friday.

        • RBI

          I feel pretty blue, in the wrong way.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            You have my permission to leave early. On top of everything else, why be caught in that traffic?

          • WinnipegDave

            Of course if everyone leaves early, wouldn’t staying be the way to avoid traffic?

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Was thinking the same thing as they loaded the bases.

          • scooplew

            Bob: Sorry about the employment news. I hope that there is a rainbow on the horizon for you.

    • WinnipegDave

      Sorry to hear about the employment news Bob. My prayers that things turn back around for you.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Thanks, Dave. It’s not CRUCIAL stuff, I still have a job, just reduced duties/pay at one school (and I didn’t like the way the news was given).

        • WinnipegDave

          Bad news made worse when it is ill delivered.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Yep.
            But all shall be well!
            Speaking of that, I must admit I’m surprised with how well I’m handling these last 2 1/2 weeks. I get my venting done here, then I go through my day. In the past, my day would be good or bad depending on the Dodgers and I would wake up with that same mood. Now I wake up, remember what’s been happening and say ‘Oh, yeah.’ Then I go here to see what’s been added.

          • RBI

            It’s a lifesaver.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Panic room.
            Safe place.

  • RBI

    They have 14 hits.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Dodgers haven’t had crooked # in the hit column in a LOOOONG time.

  • RBI
    • WinnipegDave

      Fun!

      • RBI

        Hmphhh.

        • WinnipegDave

          Fair enough.

  • WinnipegDave

    Now just need a DP.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And a WHOLE LOT of offensive outburst.

  • scooplew

    I’m leaving it all up to you tonight. Likely to return Friday night.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sleep well!

      • scooplew

        One last post. Thank you.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    If they concede, they avoid batting auditions, but lessen the frustration.
    Decisions, decisions.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Some good news — just saw the Patriots lost.

    • WinnipegDave

      πŸ™‚

      • WinnipegDave

        And how ’bout that tennis?!

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Didn’t see.
          I “love” tennis, but don’t really follow the tournaments.

          • WinnipegDave

            I haven’t watched much but enjoyed the last set of Venus Williams vs Sloan Stephens.

  • RBI

    I hope Doc is finally upset at how these guys are playing. Someone has to light a fire.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Is that in his nature?

      • RBI

        I’ve seen him lose it a few times at umps, etc.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Ignore — I want this to be below.

          THIS SHOULD BE ANSWERING RBI BELOW
          Talk about being incredulous, then numb!
          One name, two words, have help me since: Stephen Colbert

        • WinnipegDave

          It would all be internal. Certainly not public or through the media.

          • RBI

            Fine by me, as long as it works!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Agree — he seems to have a lot of class.

          • WinnipegDave

            Or he would get Geren to do it. πŸ™‚

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    3 runs lately with bases-loaded walks/HBP.
    The ONLY thing I can think of is they are getting this all out of their systems now, vs. playoffs (assuming they get there — I know all the stats say they should but stats also said we’d have a different president).

    • RBI

      Thanks for reminding me. This IS starting to feel like election night.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        See my response, above.
        It’s all frazzled me!!!!!!

    • Bob_Hendley

      I understand from Bob T that despite this loss, the Dodgers qualified for at least the second WC tonight.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Who’dve thought Brock Stewart would have a better start than Kersh?
    Who’dve thought that game, with the 5 rookie starters, would feature the biggest offensive output since Aug. 26?
    Who’dve thought a month ago we’d all be so crabby/frustrated as we are?

  • WinnipegDave

    OK. I have tried to stay positive but I will confess tonight’s game is not looking good. And I have no idea about tomorrow.

    “Uncle.”

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      “To thine own self be true” — even Optimists President needs to pull back to fight another day.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks Bob. Way to cheer for others even when your day/week has been difficult.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I’m really sorry about making things sound worse than they probably are — I WILL survive . . . jobs and Dodger disasters. (Cue Gloria Gaynor)

          I just really expected much better new than Kersh giving up 4 runs in three innings!

          • WinnipegDave

            No apologies needed! Especially tonight.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            πŸ™‚

  • WinnipegDave

    Walker Buehler warming up!
    Something to stick around for.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Buehler? . . .. Buehler?

  • RBI

    Lots of rookies in now. I like it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Buehler has a chance to be the Dodger player of the game.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      The bar IS low, but neat!

      • WinnipegDave

        Yeah, that bar is more like a curb.

  • RBI

    Buehler looked sharp!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Especially hearing how he covered 1st.

  • RBI

    Bring on the kids!

  • WinnipegDave

    I really do wonder who will have a better career – Urias or Buehler?

  • scooplew
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Thanks!
      Now get your sleep!

      • scooplew

        Bob: I sense that you are a good egg.

        • WinnipegDave

          I second that!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Sometimes fried, sometimes scrambled, hopefully only rarely hard-boiled.
            Thanks Scoop, and Dave — the feeling is and has been mutual.

          • WinnipegDave

            And I’m sure many days sunny-side up!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Very good . . . sometimes that IS true!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hard to believe the Dodgers weren’t able to overcome the outcome of the first three Rockie batters of the game.

  • WinnipegDave

    Buehler absolutely froze Blackman on a strike three curve ball.

  • WinnipegDave

    1,2,3 inning for Buehler with 2 k’s. 2 scoreless innings. Not bad at all.

  • WinnipegDave

    This season seems to be the polar opposite of 2005 – where they started the season 12-2 (2 great weeks) but finished 71-91 (bad rest of the season).

  • WinnipegDave

    Earthquake in LA?

  • WinnipegDave

    Mercifully over tonight.

    • John_from_Aus

      could you even say “woo hoo”, its over? (no disrespect RBI πŸ™‚

      • RBI

        Don’t be bogarting my woo-hoos!

        • John_from_Aus

          they have been so few and far between, I needed to slip one in there somewhere πŸ™‚

  • WinnipegDave

    Goodnight all. Love this community. See you tomorrow night.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Ditto.
      Manana!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kersh (and bullpen) would’ve needed another shutout to get the win.

    Mo said the next stop for this club is getting angry. I think he feels that’s positive.

    • John_from_Aus

      I think the next stop is not playing players who can’t play (I know we need at least 9) πŸ™‚

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That’d be tough to field!

  • 9-1??? Nine to one?? Somebody needs to knock over the food table in that clubhouse!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      AND they didn’t listen to your directive . . . AGAIN!

      COME ON!!!!

  • RBI

    I stuck it out. Silver lining, ummm, Buehler?

  • RBI

    Okay, Link, I need your belated woo-hoo’s while I am gone. NOW who’s optimistic?

    • I’ll do it, but they will be belated. Hopefully they will at least be frequent.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        What they both said!

  • RBI

    I’m thinking, voodoo dolls.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Which team?

      • RBI

        D-backs.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Is there a positive effect to be done on dolls of one’s own team?

          • RBI

            I’d prefer that, actually. Maybe I will do some research.

  • RBI

    So, Jon Gray is the Rockies’ ace?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Whoever pitches vs. LA these days is.

  • HLKLA

    Okay, last I checked last night we were down by four, which lately means game over. That stood up to be true.

  • Well, there’s this:

    Urias’ Surgery Reportedly Went Better Than Expected
    By Steve Adams | September 8, 2017 at 9:10am CDT

    Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias underwent shoulder surgery to repair his left anterior capsule earlier this season, and FanRag’s Jon Heyman writes in his weekly NL Notes roundup that the procedure actually went better than expected. Per Heyman, Dr. Neal ElAttrache anticipates a full recovery for the highly touted 21-year-old, although Urias still appears to be facing a significant layoff. Dodgers president of baseball ops Andrew Friedman said at the time of the surgery (in late June) that a rehab period of 12 months was expected for Urias.

  • WBBsAs

    I skipped the last three innings to indulge in Netflix escapism. I only regret having missed Walker Buehler’s Dodger debut.

  • Grant is also maintaining equanimity about the Dodgers: The Dodgers will pull out of their hilarious doom spiral.

  • NPUT