Game 142, 2017

Rockies at Dodgers, 6:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ATT SportsNet-RM

The Dodgers ask LHP Alex Wood (14-2, 2.57 ERA) to end their eight-game losing streak, and he might be just the guy to do it since his opponent is the Rockies. He’s 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA while striking out 17 over 12 innings vs. them this season. He’ll face RHP Chad Bettis (0-2, 4.91 ERA), whose first two starts after returning from the DL and testicular cancer treatment were excellent, but whose last three starts have been poor. He’s posted a 7.63 ERA and allowed six home runs through 15 1/3 innings in those games.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1948 At the Polo Grounds, Dodger Rex Barney no-hits the Giants, 2-0. The Brooklyn 23 year-old right-hander had to endure a one-hour rain delay, as well as showers in the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings to finish his gem.
  • 1965 “And there’s 29,000 people in the ballpark and a million butterflies.” – Vin Scully’s description Of Koufax’s gem. Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs bests Bob Hendley’s one hit effort, 1-0. The Dodger Stadium gem is the southpaw’s record fourth no-hitter.

  • 2013 Juan Uribe homers in each of his first three trips to the plate in the Dodgers’ 8-1 victory over Arizona. Los Angeles goes yard six times in the Chavez Ravine contest, falling two shy of the franchise record established in 2002.

Lineup:

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Repeating myself (I used to work in local TV, so re-runs are good!) — I like the first 5.
    I agree that Barnes should play over Grandal — for his D and O.

  • WBBsAs

    I’ll be having dinner at a friends’ house, and he’ll have the game on for me, but I won’t be checking in here until – perhaps – much later.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Not able to stay up and catch many of the games, but the Dodgers are with me all night. Been having nightmares lately. Nothing too vivid, but dreams of waking up to find that he the team has managed to lose again. When I do wake up, I hesitate a bit to get on the internet not wanting to spoil my morning. Alas! Well good luck to them and you guys tonight.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And to you, Bob!

  • WBBsAs

    On the Schadenfreude side, I am pleased to see that Phlablo Sandoval has once again dropped below the Mendoza line.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Belli to JT eliminates the double!
    Get a spark at the plate, bats!!!!!

  • One pitch, one out. Rah

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Down 2-0 . . . game over?

    • Dodgers are good for at least 3 runs tonight. Will that be enough?

      • We can always watch the USC Stanford game

        • After listening to UCLA v. Hawaii, that might be more competitive.

          • Game played in Rose Bowl though.

          • Yeah, but UH’s defense was leaky and would have been no matter where it was played.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        You’re optimistic. 🙂

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now we’re back to starters — including Kersh — giving up too many to deal with.

  • WinnipegDave

    I recall watching The Talented Mr. Ripley in the theatre. I loved the start of that movie and thought to myself this could be a really good film. It then started going bad. By the end of it I was just begging it (in my mind) to be over – as it just kept going from bad to worse.

    Not thinking about the Dodger season at all as I wrote that.

    Well, maybe a little.

    • My wife and I walked out on Fiddler of the Roof.

      • WinnipegDave

        Whaaat?
        Fiddler is like gold spun from pure sunlight compared to Ripley.

        • If you liked Fiddler on the Roof, did you like The Piano?

          • WinnipegDave

            Is that the one with Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin? I never saw it actually.
            I did see The Pianist though.

          • My wife says yes.

          • While the Dodgers are behind and not doing much, here is another film that received awards that I couldn’t watch: The English Patient

          • WinnipegDave

            You and Elaine from Seinfeld.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            ” just die already!”

          • WinnipegDave

            Ha! Yep.

  • RBI

    Hi all. Decided to look in from NY. So sorry we can’t get out of this gaping, neverending hole. I wish I knew what to do, but it is what it is. I may be saving a bundle on post-season tickets this year at this rate.

    • WinnipegDave

      It is actually becoming the most horrifically (in baseball terms) interesting thing about this whole baseball season. How does a historically good team become an absolute rubber-necking train wreck?

      • RBI

        I know what you mean. We’re like the little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead…

  • I suppose that was a tough short-hop catch Grandal had to catch but no surprise that he didn’t catch it.

    • RBI

      Why would anyone catch a break on this team right now? Asking too much.

  • WinnipegDave

    So – should we switch to talking about musicals, or movies, or literature? Or music? Or fine arts?

  • WinnipegDave

    And to no one’s surprise anywhere – the Dbacks had a 4 run inning themselves to lead the Padres by a 4-0 score.

  • Who says it can’t get worse.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not I! I’m a believer now (in this thing going on for awhile).

  • RBI

    Are we any closer to being in the wild card running?

    • WinnipegDave

      Nothing like playing the 2 wild card leaders and losing all that ground to both of them.

  • The other team is always at bat.

    • WinnipegDave

      Ha. That is the comment of the night – maybe even of the last 2 weeks.

      • The night is young though.

        • WinnipegDave

          I know genius when I see it.

          • I stand flattered but my wife is nearby to keep me humbled.

  • Batting average is .202 for September. For the team.

    • RBI

      Sounds high.

  • Dodgers hitting slash line
    AVG OBP SLG OPS
    August: .234 .325 .408 .733
    Sept: .202 .266 .318 .585 (that’s dead last in all of baseball)

    • I was aware of the dead part but didn’t know about the last part.

      • WinnipegDave

        You are on fire tonight with your comments!

        • No one is distracted by the Dodgers.

  • 1, 2, 3 if you can believe it.

    • WinnipegDave

      And now # 1,2,3 hitters up for the Dodgers.

    • And ground balls, which is what he usually gets when control is good. But is it too late?

  • WinnipegDave

    Maybe a glimmer of hope. First the security guard and then the throwing error by Arenando.

  • Is that the crack in the dam that will lead to a flood of runs?

    • WinnipegDave

      I hope so!

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh baseball. You crazy wonderful game.

    • WinnipegDave

      How I loathe you sometimes.

  • John_from_Aus

    Nice

  • John_from_Aus

    Grandal, of course

  • If the Dodgers can’t win maybe the Rockies will lose.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes. Exactly.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One sports Miracle tonight – – UNLV bounced back from that historical loss based on the point spread to win tonight.
    Maybe the Dodgers can score in more than one inning and hold the lead by the end of the game!

  • Argh. So much for a shutdown inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Could have been worse though.

  • Come on, Andre!

  • Woo Hoo!

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes! Andre!

  • Drat, JT.

  • Two inside pitches called strikes on Cody. Grrr.

    • Taylor didn’t like his strike 3 call either.

      • RBI

        That, too, has been happening a lot.

        • How do you like the Eastern Time Zone?

          • RBI

            My eyelids are drooping, and I am watching on gameday. In some ways, it’s easier. But I may not make it to the end tonight.

          • WinnipegDave

            We are all hoping for no bottom 9.

  • Dodgers have made solid contact with RISP but right at a glove.

  • WinnipegDave

    Still in this. Still work to do. Still unknown if the streak will end.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Since they scored in more than one inning, this might not be decided for another hour.
      But sure hope no bottom of the 9th!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Second verse, same as the first — play Barnes!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan bloop double! (surprising myself calling his name favorably)

    • Found a spot to land the ball

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Joc!

  • Padres!!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Teased again . . .

    • RBI

      Scratching and clawing…

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        You or them?

        • RBI

          Ha! I am spitting and yelling.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It seems more often that bats tank at the same time rather than SP.
    Or is the one causing the other — starters feel pressure to be perfect since they’re not going to receive support? But isn’t that the way they should be pitching in postseason anyway, not wanting to give up anything?

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Padres are having a blast — and we are grateful, at least THIS weekend!

    • RBI

      It does make me feel better about them sweeping us.

  • WinnipegDave

    Padres win!

  • RBI

    My kingdom for a run (before midnight, and by the Dodgers).

  • WinnipegDave

    Hey RBI. If Dodgers win tonight it is exclamation point countdown time!

    • RBI

      I know. But can they do it?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Here’s hoping . . .

      • WinnipegDave

        It feels like they have a bit more confidence in themselves tonight.

  • RBI

    I have no eyes. Are any of these fly outs close to HRs, or are they falling pretty short?

    • Yes, all of them.

      • RBI

        Thanks.

        • WinnipegDave

          You are most welcome.

    • WinnipegDave

      Falling short.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    With all these stories about comparable losing streaks, it would be nice to compare additional stats: SP ERA, relievers’ ERA, BA, BAw/RISP, etc.

    I’m wondering if the other streaks were as catastrophic as this one seems.

  • WinnipegDave

    Where is Joe Davis tonight? Shouldn’t it be around now that he makes an announcement on the scoreboard that he will be coming back for at least one more year? 😉

    • He’s got a college football deal with Fox, I think.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    When they were struggling at the plate, we could still count on the Blue being good on D — but not lately.

    • WinnipegDave

      The Rockies haven’t been on point with that tonight either.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        True. But I don’t really care about their play, other than if it helps the Dodgers.

        • WinnipegDave

          Oh yes I hear you. I just meant we have had some breaks tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Good to know that Washington also lost tonight.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bellinger on and Puig up. Let’s go Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Man. When Puig stood there at home plate for a moment…

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      He thinks he hits a lot more than he does.

      • WinnipegDave

        This one I think he knew he didn’t get though.

  • WinnipegDave

    Jansen in the ninth.

  • WinnipegDave

    Barnes gave it a ride.

  • WinnipegDave

    Oh come on.

  • WinnipegDave

    This all feels like the Truman Show: “How will it end?”

  • WinnipegDave

    On to the bottom of 9.

    It’s not looking too good. But you never know.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Worse and worse

      • WinnipegDave

        Ignore my post above. 🙂

  • WinnipegDave

    Hmm. That moment when you realize you have been the only one posting for the last 15 or 20 minutes.

  • John_from_Aus

    Not looking promising

  • WinnipegDave

    I may have used up all my 9th inning wishes during the Pads-back game.

    • WinnipegDave

      And then LoFo homers!

      • John_from_Aus

        Careless, they have should have waited until someone was on base 🙂

        • WinnipegDave

          Or Jansen should not have given up a run. 🙁

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            All of the above.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I was going to just watch updates, I thought I was out, but they dragged me back in!

      • LoFo, I like it.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice take by Joc on ball 1.

  • WinnipegDave

    I would take a walk

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Granderdon and your HR magic.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not encouraged hearing Granderson is up. But I wouldn’t’ve been with Forsythe.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    They haven’t scored 5 since the rookie game a week ago.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Same result — same score.

  • WinnipegDave

    Taylor double and Seager single. Let’s do it.

  • John_from_Aus

    We’ve have swinging, looking, what next ‘struck out dancing’?

    • RBI

      Thanks for the laugh.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    On the day they score, they are failed by their starter and their closer.

  • WinnipegDave

    Still streaking.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Unfortunately.
      At least AZ isn’t — thanks, SD!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    One more game at home, then three cities, including D.C.
    After their historic high and this horrendous low, they will need an incredible comeback in postseason to advance at all. (I’m conceding they will at least make the wild card game — odds are not so much that they will win their way in, but others will lose.)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Mo: Over 6.5 ERA for SP last 15 games.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I’m numb.
    At this time in the past, I remember them not being able to beat the playoff-caliber teams. Now they can’t beat ANYONE.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Giants fans are hoping this is going to be the highlight of their season.
    If LA doesn’t win in SF (even if they do), the visit to D.C. could be disastrous.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    First 9-game losing streak since the 99-loss season.
    “The higher the top, the longer the drop.”

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    With EVERYTHING going wrong, the only possible silver lining is they are getting this out of their system.
    But I think this is indicative of pressing, which any team is wont to do in the playoffs.
    So . . . not very encouraging.
    But not giving up.

  • Jansen gave up what proved to be the winning run in the ninth, yet Wood got the loss. I don’t think the rules make a lot of sense sometimes.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I don’t have a problem with that as much as the rule which allows the reliever who blows the save to then get the win.

  • NPUT @0800 HST, 1100 PDT.

  • This losing streak hasn’t bugged me. Whether they win 95 games or 115 games, I have never doubted they would win the Division. The playoffs and WS is a new season.

    I would like CT3, Cory, JT, ROY, Puig, Joc, and Barnes to cement themselves into the lineup for the playoffs though and not just tiptoe into it and I would like to see Kersh and Yu to enter the playoffs pitching like aces.

    I suspect Wood has maxed out on his Ace innings and Hill will pitch like an Ace one game and a #5 the next.

  • WBBsAs

    The highlight of the night was Fernando Rodney.