Game 145, 2017

Dodgers at Giants, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBCS-BA, KTLA

It’s LHP Clayton Kershaw (16-3, 2.15 ERA) for the Dodgers and RHP Johnny Cueto (7-7, 4.43 ERA) for the Giants.

Both former All-Stars made their returns Sept. 1. Cueto has had more success than Kershaw since returning, posting a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. Kershaw, who was bumped up a day from his scheduled Wednesday start, has a 3.72 ERA in 9 2/3 innings.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1930 The last major league bounced home run is hit by Dodger catcher Al Lopez at Ebbets Field as the NL joins the American League, which had enacted the rule change in 1929. The player who hits the ball over the wall on a bounce will now be awarded a ground-rule double.
  • 1932 In the bottom of the ninth, Johnny Frederick hits his major league record-setting sixth pinch-homer of the season, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over the Cubs. The Brooklyn outfielder’s major league mark will not be broken for 68 years until another Dodger, Dave Hansen, strokes seven round-trippers coming off the bench in 2000.
  • 1953 The Dodgers clinch a pennant at the earliest date ever in baseball history with a 5-2 victory over the Braves at County Stadium. Carl Erskine gets the win when Brooklyn, who clinches consecutive titles for the first time in franchise history, goes up 13 games up on Milwaukee with 12 left to play.
  • 1962 One game behind the front running Dodgers, the Giants lose Willie Mays, their All-Star center fielder, when he is hospitalized for nervous exhaustion. The ‘City by the Bay’ will drop six games in a row, but will recover along with ‘Say Hey Kid’ in time to beat Los Angeles in a playoff to win the National league pennant.
  • 1963

    “I look up into the stands, and it looks like Ebbets Field. The Mets are wonderful, but you can’t take the Dodger out of Brooklyn” – DUKE SNIDER, – addressing the Mets fans on his special night at the Polo Grounds.

    In a pregame ceremony with his former Dodgers teammates, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, and Ralph Branca in attendance, Duke Snider is honored by the Mets with a special ‘night’ at the Polo Grounds, which coincidentally marks the last time the Giants, now located in San Francisco, will ever play in once long-time home in Harlem. The ‘Silver Fox’, obtained by the last-place expansion team in April, has recently requested to be traded to a contender.

  • 1995 During a WGN pre-game radio broadcast at Wrigley Field, Cubs announcer Harry Caray remarks to the team’s skipper Jim Riggleman, “Well, my eyes are slanty enough, how ’bout yours?”, referring to Hideo Nomo, the Japanese rookie hurler scheduled to start for the Dodgers. The veteran announcer, known for not backing off for his on-the-air off-handed comments, does issue an apology, calling the incident “unfortunate.”
  • 2000 On the same date the mark was established 68 years ago, Dave Hansen breaks Johnny Frederick’s 1932 record for pinch-hit home runs in a single season with his seventh round-tripper coming off the bench. The Dodger pinch-hitter’s historic homer, a seventh-inning three-run blast off Diamondback right-hander Curt Schilling, isn’t enough to prevent the team’s 5-4 loss to Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.

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290 thoughts on “Game 145, 2017

  1. Re the last note from history, I liked when the AZ ballpark had a truly classy name — The BOB. 🙂

  2. with 4 players on 19 Hr, (Taylor, Seager, Turner and Grandal), I wonder who will be the first to reach 20?

  3. just looked at 2018 schedule, our interleague opponents are Athletics (home and away), Rangers (H and A), Angels (not a 2/2 series but separate 3 game H and A sets), the Astros and the Mariners.

  4. Heeeeee’s back, the Grandyman.

    Tuesday 9/12 10:15pm
    Clayton Kershaw (L)
    @ Giants – Johnny Cueto (R)

    1. Chris Taylor (R) CF
    2. Corey Seager (L) SS
    3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
    4. Cody Bellinger (L) 1B
    5. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
    6. Curtis Granderson (L) LF
    7. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
    8. Chase Utley (L) 2B
    9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

    • Delusional is being kind to Roberts. “Curtis has to play better, and he knows that.”….The interviewers pressed Roberts, which was good.

    • And Puig strikes out on a 3-2 pitch, which, according to Gameday, looked like it was in the dirt or barely above it.

  5. I feel lucky that most of the past dozen games have been late starts for me. To all of you who have had to endure this streak in real time I commend you. Soldier on, I am going to bed.

    • Apparently they didn’t do anything to the bullpen last night, at least the latter innings.
      But — here’s hoping!

  6. Everyone says they will win again. It makes sense (tho there’s no guarantee) . . . and hopefully that will unleash whatever’s stopping them from playing efficiently. . . . Kind of like a futility laxative.

  7. Mo: half of the innings they’ve played in SF, LA got at least 2 runners on.
    Of course, they DID score, last night.

  8. Apparently Kersh screamed something to his dugout when he got to 2nd —
    “See, even I can do it!”???
    “Bring me in, guys!” ????

  9. Kersh “stealing” 3rd and sliding . . . like the fact he’s there, don’t like the fact he’s sliding.
    But he’s Kersh and he is doing what he can to fire up the team.

  10. Both runners move up — that’s what they did back when they were winning!
    Kersh’s hustle contributes to the lead.

  11. Looks like I’m going to have to stay up, and I have a fairly early appointment tomorrow.
    It’s worth it, for the win.

  12. What’s this? I’m actually having fun watching a Dodger game. (But can it be the 9th inning already?)

  13. CarGo hits a 2-run blast.
    But I don’t care about that game — I want them to win on their own!

  14. Tying run to the plate, none out. C’mon, Kersh.
    Hope that battle with Pence wasn’t the sign of bad things.

  15. That was sure a “here we go again moment” —
    LA has bases loaded, 1 out and don’t score.
    Kersh loses long battle to Pence.
    JT throws away what should’ve been 2nd out.
    Kersh walks first batter of the night (tho apparently an earlier swung at ball 4).
    But — he got out of it.

    Now, as the great one said LET’S GO, bats!

  16. I’ve thought several times during this streak that they miss Urias. (Joe just mentioned his bobble head night.)

  17. Another night of scoring in only one inning . . . so far.
    Hopefully it will be enough.
    Hopefully they’ll score more!

  18. It’s a good night for the Dodgers, thanks to other people.
    But they have to take care of their own business!

  19. I was ready to say that was another wasted inning, but I forgot JT!
    Focus, Bob, focus!
    (Hey, they scored in more than one inning in two consecutive games!)

  20. Kenley for the 4-out save . .. c’mon, Big Guy!
    Those with eyes, any sign of Kersh in the dugout?

  21. SP gives up only 1 earned run,.
    Bats score in more than one inning.
    Some great D (but also a play which led to an unearned run).

    Just need a shutdown inning by perhaps the game’s best closer.

  22. Grandal, then Forsythe in this inning. Sheesh — talk about Dickens’ forgotten first draft, Low Expectations.

    • 3 strikes you are out.
      He looks like he has no confidence in his ability to get a hit. Only to get a walk.

  23. Okay, Kenley, this is all you have.
    Three more outs.
    (Just imagine — this isn’t even a playoff game!)

  24. True! –nervous –very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?

  25. They followed Kersh’s last win with the 5 rookies game and the doubleheader loss.
    I don’t expect to see any rookies in tomorrow’s game.
    It would be great to see this go into at least a 5 game winning streak and make a statement to the Nats . . . and give Bob H. some enjoyable games.

  26. It’s official — LA clinched a postseason spot.
    ATTN Doc and FO: That does NOT give permission to audition.

  27. Kenley agreed this felt like a playoff game.
    He said he got POed with the nubbers.
    “We wanted this win badly.”
    (I think this was huge for him to show he can rise to the occasion in such a pressure situation.)

  28. I couldn’t watch after the first infield single and retired to my computer to follow Gameday.

  29. Tonight, Kershaw reminded me of Sam in “The Return of the King,” as Frodo falters so close to the end of their quest: “I can’t carry the ring, but I CAN carry you!” and Sam picks up Frodo . . .
    LET’S GO!, Kersh exhorts and he leads the way, seemingly WILLING a victory. (Soo grateful his slide didn’t result in an injury!)

  30. Wondering if I see Klayton Sunday night in DC. Doc will want to start getting into the four-man rotation at some point, but it may be a little to soon in that he is probably now counting back from Oct 6 and the start of the NLDS. As well, Doc may want to play coy and not let the Nats see Klayton before possible NLCS ( knock on wood).

    • Latter point is really good — I think it depends on the HFA situation.
      Yesterday’s article indicated they still want it. But I also realized they don’t always reveal all their cards.
      No matter what, I hope they are good games for you and you particularly return home happy.

      • Having everybody in peak health, with optimum rest, is more important than home field advantage – which is minimal is baseball.

  31. Freed from the need to listen to Steiner, I just watched the bottom of the ninth. Even though I knew the result, it was satisfying to see Kenley dispose of the Busted Poseur and then Hundley.