Game 146, 2017

Dodgers at Giants, 7:15 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ESPN, NBCS-Bay Area

Righthander Yu Darvish (8-12, 4.25 ERA) pitches for the Dodgers, while LHP Matt Moore (5-13, 5.31 ERA) goes for the Giants.

Darvish had one excellent start after coming over from the Rangers at the trade deadline but has lost his last three starts. Moore has four quality starts in his last five, but he’s got a 7.02 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this year.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1925 In the first game of a twin bill, Robins’ (Dodgers) starter Dazzy Vance no-hits the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 10-1. The Brooklyn hurler had one-hit the team from the City of Brotherly Love five days earlier.
  • 2005 During the six-run second inning uprising by Colorado, each Dodger outfielder commits an error. The fielding of Ricky Ledee (lf), Jose Cruz Jr. (right field), and Jayson Werth (cf) contributes to the 6-4 loss to the Rockies. (The Dodgers finished 71-91 that year, in fourth place in the division. The Rockies finished last.

Also, in 1902, Johnny Evers, acquired to replace second baseman Bobby Lowe, who broke his ankle, joins shortstop Joe Tinker and first baseman Frank Chance on the Chicago infield, marking the first time the three Cubs’ infielders have played together. The legendary double play trio will be immortalized in Franklin Pierce Adams’ baseball poem, “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon,” better known as “Tinker to Evers to Chance”. (And only one of the three really had any business even being considered for induction into the Hall of Fame, as far as I’m concerned. There were a bunch of romantics or cronies on the Veterans Committee in 1946.)

Lineup:

  • scooplew

    Granderson isn’t starting. Hurray.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And the hottest hitter back in #8.
      Only thing better would be if Forsythe was Chased off.

      • WBBsAs

        Forsythe hits lefties better than Chutley.

      • scooplew

        I don’t mind Puig in the No. 8 hole, which we used to call the second cleanup spot. That is where he was hitting when the Dodgers were on their roll.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          I agree! I like it all, and would like it even more with Chase for Forsythe.

      • Not going to happen against a lefty but very clever wording.

  • scooplew

    Barnes is starting, which I welcome, but I’d rather see him in the No. 5 hole, not Forsythe, to better protect Bellinger.

    • Agree but LoFo does okay against lefties.

  • scooplew

    The Indians won their 21st in a row today, setting a new AL record.

    • Dodgers going for two.

    • WinnipegDave

      What a time to be alive.

  • John_from_Aus

    Good to see the Braves helping us out

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Agree.
      Hope Dodgers take care of their own business and don’t need to rely on anyone.

  • John_from_Aus

    Mixed feeling about Puig at 8, I can understand the thinking, but higher up will get him more at bats,as well as an opportunity to contribute earlier in the game

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      True.
      Way back before the nightmare, that wasn’t a consideration/need.

  • WBBsAs

    Scherzer got lit up by the Barves, which should help Kershaw’s Cy chances. Special mention to old friend Matt Kemp for a slam off Max.

  • HLKLA

    Let’s hope the Dodgers decide to go after Cleveland’s win record.

    • WinnipegDave

      That would run them into the playoffs – or next season.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Nothing wrong with that!

  • WinnipegDave

    Hurrah!

  • Bellinger, now Forsyth. Nice start, Dodgers!

  • WinnipegDave

    2, 2 out RBI’s – so far.

  • Joe said that Doc said that Barnes will get at bats against lefties and righties. Sounded like Barnes might get more play then Grandal.

    • John_from_Aus

      happy with that

      • I had predicted that would happen by mid August. Missed it by a month, or Doc did.

        Now adjust the other Grandy down as well.

  • John_from_Aus

    great at bat Austin!

  • Kiké – 34 extra base hits to 25 singles for the entire season. Weird.

  • Pitch count: Moore 32, Yu 0.

    • Great ratio! Wait, yu can’t divide by zero.

      • Back a few decades, one could divide a number on a hand cranked adding machine and the machine would grind away until someone unplugged it. So I hear 🙂

        • When my former employer 30 years ago took over the Westside Racquet Club in Cheviot Hills it had been using those old Burroughs billing machines. They probably looked like one of these, but I can’t remember clearly.

  • I’m done for the day as I have an early tee time tomorrow.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Might as well end happy!

      • True, I will hurry out of here.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Dave, you got me going on the 575 meter:

    ‘Twas long time coming
    Two weeks of anxiety
    Dodgers finally won

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Nice DP!
    Things going in their favor again!

  • John_from_Aus

    sounds like an interesting double play

    • I’d like to see the video. Pitcher to short to third to second.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Exchange these gifts for runs!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Double steal — a good kind of deja vu all over again . . . now bring them home!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, Capt. JT!
    Okay, now c’mon, Cody!

  • WinnipegDave

    Big moment here.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Walk, HBP, WP, PB, or error also accepted.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Now deja vu of the slump.
    Waste not, want not . . . especially when they’re give you the chances!

  • I hate called third strikes with a passion.

    • WinnipegDave

      For a moment I thought you meant you hate it when umps passionately (that is, with a flourish) call third strikes.

      • No, more along the line of “swing the bat!”

        • WinnipegDave

          Yup. That was my second thought.

  • John_from_Aus

    They would be thrilled that they are only 2 down

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yu-K!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    It’s only two innings, but impressed with Yu!

    • WinnipegDave

      Thank Yu.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I do — Yu, too.

        • WinnipegDave

          I really thought you were going to say “Yu’re welcome”.

          • scooplew

            Yu Wood.

          • WinnipegDave

            Yes. Moore or less.

  • scooplew

    Sandoval hitting .181 as a Giant. This is his last hurrah for the team that he never should have left.

  • scooplew

    How could Pence get an error on the pop fly by Puig when he never touched it? Puig was given a hit on a very similar play last night.

  • scooplew

    I think the low point of the season may have been last night when Kelby Tomlinson homered off Kershaw to give the Giants a brief 1-0 lead.

    • WinnipegDave

      I’m so very glad it wasn’t Posey with a walk-off grand slam.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Puig! — but was he admiring his shot, causing the near-out?

    • WinnipegDave

      They showed his hit on the slo-mo cam but they didn’t need to with the way he ran it out. That was slow in real time.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I wish he would keep his talent and adopt the hustle of Chase.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bad base running this inning.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Soo many chances, soo few runs.

    • WinnipegDave

      More unfortunate base running.

      • John_from_Aus

        could Puig have done any better at home or was it just one of those unfortunate plays?

        • WinnipegDave

          He kinda broke for home on contact which meant he was dead to rights. But it was hit hard – just right at the SS.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Great — now the Dodgers are playing Nazis!

          • WinnipegDave

            Gulp! Haha.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I didn’t expect everything to turn around with a single W . . . but these are the Giants — the worst record in baseball AND playing like it.
    Next up are the Nats . . . take advantage of opportunities when they come, bats!
    Meanwhile, Yu keep pitching like this, Darvish!

  • WinnipegDave

    LoFo not bugging me tonight. He has been clean on D anyway.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      And he had an RBI.
      I’m sure we’d all prefer to be wrong about him.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    JT!
    Now — Bring. Him. In!

    • WinnipegDave

      So easy for the Dodgers to double – when there is no one on base.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Soo true.
        Soo sad.

        • WinnipegDave

          Homering however…

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I am willing to eat crow . . . just give me some buffalo sauce.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Belli!!!!

  • John_from_Aus

    Welcome back the Cody of old

  • WinnipegDave

    Yes. Yes!!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    A Belli flop in McCovey Cove.

  • WinnipegDave

    Keep bringing the heat Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Cody working hard to be player of the game.

  • WinnipegDave

    Did the Panda come back to SF recently?

    • RBI

      Maybe a month ago?

  • WinnipegDave

    Yu Darvish another strong candidate for player of the game at this point.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well I think I will head to bed. I have had some late nights recently and an early start tomorrow.

    • John_from_Aus

      I’ll peek in every once in a while

    • RBI

      I am reading you in NY. Eye lids very heavy. So if we should actually win another game, what is our magic number?

      • WinnipegDave

        7? Or is it 8?

        • RBI

          Exactly! I don’t know!

        • RBI

          8 as of now.

          • WinnipegDave

            Yup. I just checked that as well.

  • Good game by Dervish.

    • WBBsAs

      One could argue, however, that it was only the Gnats.

  • Magic nbr before this game to win NL West is eight.

    • RBI

      Is there something missing here?

      • Dunno. What are you thinking?

        • RBI

          I am so confused! I read your post above and I don’t understand it!

          • Going into tonight’s game it was eight.

          • WinnipegDave

            Ohhh! If “to” had been “too” it would have been clearer I think.

          • RBI

            Ah, now it is all clear!

  • RBI

    Wait – Corey tried to steal home? Huh?

  • scooplew

    Darvish was wheeling tonight.

  • John_from_Aus

    caught stealing home?, that should make interesting viewing later

    • RBI

      Exactly.

      • John_from_Aus

        I assumed as such when it went catcher to second to catcher

    • Double steal,maybe?

      • scooplew

        Forcing the Giants to make a play, which they did.

  • WinnipegDave

    I got a 2nd wind. And the Dodgers close to a 2nd win!

    • RBI

      I’m so glad you stuck around.

  • RBI

    Meanwhile, Buehler gives up a run with two outs. Not good!

    • WinnipegDave

      Deep breaths. We got this.

      • RBI

        I am too traumatized by recent events.

    • WBBsAs

      Two weakly hit balls in the right (wrong) place.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    What is it with defensive indifference?!
    Is Buehler pitching from a windup? (Same thing last night.) If not, why not TRY to get the runner(s)?
    I can see if there’s a runner on 3rd, but otherwise?

  • John_from_Aus

    lets finish this already

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Yu for 2!

  • John_from_Aus

    it’s over!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    • WinnipegDave

      There we go!

      • RBI

        Thanks for the help.

        • WinnipegDave

          We are all in this together. 🙂

    • scooplew

      First back-to-back Woo-HOOs in a long time.

      • RBI

        Thought we might never see that again!

        • scooplew

          We need a streak of them.

  • Yahoo!

  • RBI

    Night all. Back in L. A. tomorrow, blue toenails and all!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Safe travels!

  • scooplew

    Dodgers’ six hits tonight: a single, three doubles, a triple, and a home run.

  • None of you even questioned my snide remark about Tinker-to-Evers-to Chance and the enshrinement of the DP combination into the Hall.

    • scooplew

      Giving you a pass, this time.

  • In case you missed it: Barnes, Hernandez to play more.

    Manager Dave Roberts said Kiké Hernandez will play against lefties going forward. Austin Barnes, usually in the lineup against lefties, will catch more frequently against right-handed pitching.

    • scooplew

      Roberts goes one-for-two with this decision, in my opinion. I like Barnes in the lineup as much as possible, but Hernandez continues to swing from the heels repeatedly without much success.

      • Except that he has more extra base hits than singles this season. Which must mean SOMEthing.

      • I like Kike’ against lefties and Barnes in most of the time. Now just need to get Joc in against righties and Granderson visiting on the bench with Grandal.

  • Travel Day tomorrow. Rotation looks like Wood, HIll, Ryu. Sunday is the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game at 8:00PM EDT, 5:00PM PDT. 2:00PM HST.

    • scooplew

      That means that Kershaw will open the four-game series in Philly, followed by Darvish.

    • WBBsAs

      So, the old ESPN blackout again…

  • HLKLA

    Good win last night. The long losing streak cured me of going to Baseball Reference page to see all the green lines compared to the red.

    • WinnipegDave

      I have loved looking at that as well. So visually appealing – until late Aug.
      But hopefully still lots more green to come.

  • WBBsAs
    • Here is the best part of that article

      Division series
      Teams with home field advantage won 42 of 80 division series (52.5%)
      Teams with the better regular season record won 44 of 86 division series (51.2%)
      Teams with the better record in the final 10 games won 39 of 71 division series (54.9%)
      Teams with the better record in the final 20 games won 40 of 74 1st round series (54.1`%)
      Teams with the better record in the final 30 games won 42 of 77 1st round series (54.5%)
      Nothing really stands out here, to the author..

      League championship series
      Teams with home field advantage won 23 of 44 league championship series (52.3%)
      Teams with the better regular season record won 24 of 43 league championship series (55.8%)
      Teams with the better record in the final 10 games won 17 of 30 league championship series (56.7%)
      Teams with the better record in the final 20 games won 21 of 39 league championship series (53.8%)
      Teams with the better record in the final 30 games won 18 of 39 league championship series (46.2%)

      • WBBsAs

        Essentially, you win in October if you play well in October.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is probably not helpful or useful information in light of the conversation below. However it is odd/unfortunate/potentially troubling that Dodgers have a losing record against only 3 teams this season: Arizona, Colorado, Washington.

    To be clear, the Dodgers are only guaranteed a losing record vs AZ as they still could win season series vs Col and Wash.

    • WBBsAs

      In 1988, the Dodgers lost 10 of 11 regular-season games to the Mutts. They then won the NLCS four games to three.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s been the problem of late, the the regular season, as well as the playoffs — not winning vs. winning teams.
      Hopefully it will end this postseason.

      • Bob_Hendley

        We do have winning records against both the Cubbies and Cleveland and as Dave points out those against Rox and Nats haven’t concluded. And, what WBBsAs said.

  • Space news (no, not the 25-man or 40-man or playoff roster kind): the suicidal spacecraft kind. 0755EDT tomorrow, Cassini makes its Grand Finale into Saturn.

    • WinnipegDave

      Thanks Link. That was a great read. Space continues to capture the imagination in exciting ways.

    • Even Cassini spaces out.

  • Bob_Hendley

    On my way to the park. About 20 feet up the line from first, 8 rows back tonight wearing Vin t-shirt. Last year El Titan tossed us a ball.

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