Game 148, 2017

Dodgers at Nationals, 10:05 AM PT, TV: Fox

LHP Rich Hill (9-8, 3.67 ERA) goes for the Dodgers and RHP A.J. Cole (2-4, 4.30 ERA) pitches for the Nats.

Hill has lost his last four starts and since his near-perfect game in Pittsburgh he’s got a 6.14 ERA. Cole has never faced the Dodgers and hasn’t started for the Nationals since Sept. 4. He’s made a couple of relief appearances since then, giving up three runs in four innings.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1924 Cardinal first baseman Jim Bottomley goes 6-for-6, including two homers, and bats in a record twelve runs when the team beats the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 17-3. The previous mark of 11 RBIs in one game was established in 1892 by today’s opposing Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson.
  • 1976 In the 11th inning at Veterans Stadium, Rick Joseph hits a walk-off grand slam in the Phillies’ 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. Two batters are walked intentionally by Ron Perranoski to face the weak hitting Philadelphia pinch hitter, who responds with his first career home run, which will be his only round-tripper this season.
  • 1988 The Reds’ Tom Browning pitches a perfect game against the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing only eight balls to be hit out of the infield in his 1-0 victory. Over three starts, including the perfect game, he retires 40 consecutive batters – one shy of a major league record.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    Fox or Steiner? I can’t decide which is worse.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sitting above the pen watching Hill warm. Appreciating just how close the mound is to the plate.

    • Which makes the pitcher even closer after his follow through and in Hill’s case, a follow through that leaves him less than ready to duck a line drive.

  • WBBsAs

    Let’s hope Cole is today’s Edwin Jackson.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Meh. Probably wouldn’t see either of them when it counts.

      • WBBsAs

        Jackson only very slightly more likely.

        • Bob_Hendley

          We can only hope.

          • WBBsAs

            I admire Jackson’s career – or at least his persistence.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Got him $80 million, so yeah.

          • WBBsAs

            Not just the money, but the fact that he found his niche in the game.

          • Dependable innings eater?

          • WBBsAs

            Yes, and able to fill out a rotation in an emergency.

          • He’s got a 10.1 WAR for his career, which is better than his 98-120 W-L record would indicate.

          • Bob_Hendley

            If someone was willing to continue to give me money to pitch, I would persist as well.

  • Taylor getting a well deserved rest. His last 28 plate appearances look like this:
    Ave: .115 obp.179 slg.115 ops .294

  • Bob_Hendley

    Belli boy!

  • Another home run for Lou Gehrig.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Werth didn’t turn on that one either.

    • WBBsAs

      I dunno what Steiner said but, fortunately, I’m not listening to him.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig hits a ball that even Kendrick can catch.

  • WBBsAs

    Good AB for Grandy, but I miss Andrew Toles.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Nat fans getting worked up over foul balls.

    • WBBsAs

      That one was dangerously close.

  • Barnes might have picked up a couple of strikes for Hill in that inning.

  • WBBsAs

    Dodgers have decided they can run on Howie.

    • I think the throw was there on that one though.

      • WBBsAs

        It was a weak throw.

  • scooplew

    In his rookie year, 1993, Piazza set the (old) Dodgers rookie home run record with 35 and drove in 112 runs. I would expect that that is the club’s rookie mark for RBIs, something that Bellinger won’t reach.

  • WBBsAs

    Strikes out the side, but walks the pitcher…

    • WinnipegDave

      As long as the inning is only 4 batters long – I would take that every time.

      • WBBsAs

        It requires quite a few pitches, though.

        • WinnipegDave

          Yes I thought that too. Although if he did on 13 pitches… I would take it every time.

  • Joc with yet another batting stance.

  • WinnipegDave

    Hill is on target so far today.

    • WinnipegDave

      Why do I even bother posting?

      • Bob_Hendley

        You are our own SI.

        • WinnipegDave

          “The Dodgers are bad at baseball.”

      • scooplew

        Ha!

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s get that run back.

    • Utley breathing hard at third.

      • WinnipegDave

        Ha! Samers!

  • Things cooking.

  • WinnipegDave

    Chutley breathing hard at third!

  • WinnipegDave

    Thought Seager was out at 2nd.

    • WBBsAs

      Close but clearly safe.

      • WinnipegDave

        Upon further (non) review – yes.

    • WinnipegDave

      And in the end… he was.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Puig. Let’s keep this going.

  • Cory either thought there were two outs or decided to make a lame play.

    • Grandy was up next anyway.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ouch.

  • WinnipegDave

    Curious if the Dodgers hitters get HBP more than Dodger pitchers HBP batters.

    • Hitters have BEEN hit 55 times. Dodgers’ pitchers have HIT hitters 36 times.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Lack of protection!

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks Link. So my instincts were right.

  • Way to go Doc.

    • Bob_Hendley

      World not built around Joc.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Doc shifting into playoff mode.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Dodger pen. Keep on rolling.

  • Tom Boswell (WaPo star columnist) thinks the Dodgers’ losing streak has had an effect on their self-confidence. You gotta scroll down to Question #5.

    • WinnipegDave

      The Postseason is a strange and difficult beast of course, but the Dodgers – and Bellinger in particular – look good so far against the Nats in this series.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Comparing Belli to Bucks is silly and beneath him. Suggest not only a lack of understanding of Belli but also what happen surrounding the Bosox losing the WS to the Mets. Cheap shot both ways.

  • HLKLA

    I am not sure we have enough runs to win this.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Kenley just strolled out to the pen like royalty.

  • WinnipegDave

    Great time for that DP.
    Who pitches the 8th? Buehler?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Stewie up (just below me)

      • Bob_Hendley

        Morrow was up earlier.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Now Watson.

          • WBBsAs

            Elementary…

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not sure Buehler gets another high leverage look, until he performs better in lower leverage situations,

  • RBI

    Nice to come in on a lead and a DP!

  • WinnipegDave

    Stripling blows one by Taylor.

  • WBBsAs

    Difo gets a Gnathit.

  • WinnipegDave

    Another bloop hit for the Nats.

  • HLKLA

    Are we looking at a four out save for Kenley?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Not warming yet.

      • HLKLA

        Good. It is Watson.

  • WinnipegDave

    What’s up with you today Seager?

  • WBBsAs

    Two difficult but makeable plays.

  • Test

    • WinnipegDave

      Hi Dhvanesh

    • Easy for you to say.

  • WinnipegDave

    Seeing eye hits this inning.

  • WinnipegDave

    Come on Howie. Help a brother (with an) out.

    • WinnipegDave

      Thank you.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Uh, Petey up.

    • WinnipegDave

      Not a chance.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Doc trying to boost his confidence and scare the fans at the same time.

        • WinnipegDave

          If Petey comes in its good news. It means Dodgers have scored 5 or more runs in the top of the ninth.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Bluffing to help him out confidence-wise.

  • WBBsAs

    Puig makes it look routine.

  • WinnipegDave

    Puig!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m sure my neighbors heard that same exclamation when he made the catch.
      One of the bonus benefit I learned moving into my own home years ago . . . I can shout whatever I want (usually sporting events, but lately that includes political speeches) — and no one seems to care.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Now Kenley up .

    • WinnipegDave

      Nice.

  • Meestah Puig, he good.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan doing what he does best (well, about the only thing he does on offense, get on base.)

  • WinnipegDave

    Gonzo is so slow.

    • WinnipegDave

      Love you Gonzo!

      • He and Turner take good selfies though.

  • WinnipegDave

    KJ vs 4/5/6 hitters for the Nats.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C’mon, KJ!

  • HLKLA

    Seager not having a good day all around.

  • HLKLA

    One!

  • WinnipegDave

    LoFo is 2 for 2 this inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yes. I am talking about very routine ground balls hit right to him.

      • I know what you mean but no chance Taylor moves to second this year and LoFo is a better choice against lefties than is Utley. However, it does look more of a platoon now with Utley getting most if not all of the starts against righties, as long as he has the stamina.

      • WBBsAs

        In truth, they were both hit pretty hard. He’s really fine defensively, and hits lefties well.

  • WBBsAs

    Enley! (without a K).

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • WinnipegDave

    Was that a fair or foul ball?

    • WBBsAs

      Yes.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Looked foul to me — grand play by Curtis, especially since no one got hurt.

      • WinnipegDave

        In seeing the replay, I would say you are just right.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          One of the very rare games where I was actually able to see it . . . thank you, Fox.

  • Yahoo!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO ! ! ! ! !

    • WinnipegDave

      Why I do declare RBI. Your exclamation marks are wonderfully decreasing! 🙂

      • RBI

        Nice, isn’t it?

        • WinnipegDave

          I’m trying to recall – in the playoffs do you increase or decrease your number of exclamation marks?

          • RBI

            Increase.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            May they disappear quickly in September and increase rapidly in October!

  • HLKLA

    Bob is going have to attend every game the rest of the year!

  • 96-52 for the year.

  • ESPN game tomorrow afternoon/evening, remember.

    • WBBsAs

      A non-Gnat blackout.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The feeling with the SP is back to before the disaster — seems each is trying to outdo the other and prove their worth. I’m sure Doc et. al welcome the tough decisions being who among the large number of good possibilities should they take vs. will anyone step up and prove they’re worthy.

  • If Rendon is in the lineup for the Nats tomorrow night, look closely at him. He reminds me of images of Oliver Reed as Athos of the Three Musketeers in Richard Lester’s movie.

    http://tansyrr.com/tansywp/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Three-Musketeers-The-1973-1605×903.jpg

      • Hats look different.

        • Pffft.

          • PFFFT!!
            PFFFT!! PFFFT The sound your lips pressed together and blowing air through them makes as you witness some idiot make a bigger fool of him or herself either by what they said, wrote, did. A show of utter disgust, no fear and the act of totally brushing someone off by dismissing them as a complete moron not worthy of one’s time.

            note: could be immediately followed by a brushing away with one’s hand ending with a palm towards the buffoon.

          • That’s a little stronger than my definition. You’d prefer “Pfui” or “Tch?”

          • Considering I at least responded to your post while everybody else ignored it, maybe a little softening but I admit my comment was closer to sarcasm than it was to humor.

            I see a resemblance, my wife did not. Talking about the pictures again.

          • I should tweet the resemblance to him (or better, to his wife). 😉

  • John_from_Aus

    Woke up to good news I see 🙂

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Sure beats that three week stretch!

  • A couple of hours ago John_from_Aus asked “Do people remember what we all predicted at the start of the year? ”

    I have now looked at every post and its comments from January 1 through April 7 (Game 8) of 2017 and haven’t seen a string of comments from any or all of us predicting results. Weird.

  • Grandal bought a good-luck charm and installed it in the dugout. Scroll to the bottom.

  • WBBsAs

    The Gnats have already given up on 2018… http://www.knbr.com/2017/09/16/matt-moore-on-giants-decision-to-pick-up-2018-option-it-definitely-did-take-me-by-surprise/

    We’ll now have to see if they keep Phlablo (current average .193) even though he’s costing them virtually nothing.

  • NPUT