Game 150, 2017

The one-hundred-and-fiftieth game of the year already? Yikes!

Dodgers at Phillies, 4:00 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, CSN-P

LHP Kershaw (17-3) v. RHP Pinetta (5-10)

Optometrist appointment to click the button for the visual field test. More later.

Today in Dodgers’ history: Happy 4+1 Day!

  • 1984 The Tigers, with a 3-0 victory over Milwaukee, clinch the American League East title to become only the fourth team in major league history to lead from start to finish of a season. The 1923 Giants, 1927 Yankees, and the 1955 Dodgers also led their circuits from wire to wire.
  • 2006 The Dodgers, who are last in the National League in homers, hit four consecutive home runs in an inning when Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, and Marlon Anderson all go deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Padres, 9-9. The improbable feat, which had been accomplished only by the 1964 Twins, 1963 Indians, and the 1961 Braves, leads to Nomar Garciaparra’s walk-off two-run homer in the tenth and sole possession of first place when Los Angeles beat the Friars, 11-10.

Lineup:

  • WBBsAs
    • Here’s wishing Granderson does really well. Maybe he can make me like him in the lineup.

      • scooplew

        I like someone who has so much hope.

        • I am trying. I have more hope for Joc than Doc does.

          • scooplew

            I have more hope for Joc and for Andre than the skipper does.

  • WBBsAs
  • scooplew

    How about we put up a 5 spot in the top of the first inning today?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Tempted to follow the team to Philly for at least one game with week, but my Dodger buddy here in DC had a bad experience doing that once and is not eager. Seems he had a Dodger license plate frame, which incited someone to let the air out of his tires.

    • WBBsAs

      I’ve enjoyed visiting Philly, but have never been to a ballgame there.

      • Bob_Hendley

        By all accounts a great city to visit.

        • WBBsAs

          I’ve given a couple travel talks on South America there, very well treated.

  • scooplew

    Magic numbers to clinch post-season homefield advantage against each of the following clubs:
    Colorado — 1
    Boston — 3
    Arizona — 4
    Washington — 8
    Houston — 9
    Cleveland — 10
    We have already clinched the HFA against any other club that might reach the post-season.

  • WBBsAs

    Easiest inside-the-parker I’ve ever seen! He was virtually jogging at the end.

    • How cool was that

      • scooplew

        Please describe for us without the game on TV.

        • Bob_Hendley

          both outfielders were close to the ball, but it hit off the wall at a sharp angle away from them. Not even close to getting in a throw home.

          • scooplew

            Thanks. I will make sure to watch it on the highlights tonight.

          • John_from_Aus

            video on mlb gameday already

        • Taylor just missed hitting it over the fence.

        • WBBsAs

          You don’t have MLBTV?

          • scooplew

            No. I watch enough baseball on TV as it is, and, after 37 years of marriage, I don’t want to overdo it. I have decided not to watch any NFL this season except, perhaps, the Super Bowl. After tonight I will have completed two weeks of cold turkey there. I do like to watch college football. It has so much more energy and enthusiasm, and my Cal Bears are off to a 3-0 start.

          • WBBsAs

            I watch zero handegg, and consider the college version the biggest scam in sports.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Inside dinger baby!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Last Dodger player to hit a first up insider was Doc (in 2003).

  • Ho hum, one over the fence.

  • Bob_Hendley

    two out of the requested five.

  • John_from_Aus

    interesting start

  • Post somewhat completed above.

  • John_from_Aus

    apparently Seager is just having a scheduled day off and his elbow is, well apparently playable

    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/254930198/dodgers-corey-seager-out-of-lineup-monday/?topicId=27118122

  • A few empty seats here and there scattered around the ballpark.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Like us.

    • Phillies: 58-91. Dodgers: 96-53. If past performance is any indicator at all, the only reason to come to the game is to see whether Hoskins can hit an HR off Kershaw.

  • scooplew

    Bellinger should be able to take this guy deep.

  • WinnipegDave

    Unfortunate. Puig hit it hard but it was a turned into a routine DP.

  • Bob_Hendley

    CT’s dinger give the team 5×20 for third time in franchise history (1979, 2000).

    • Grandal is one away from giving them 6×20

      • Bob_Hendley

        Special prize if he does it with an insider.

        • He should start running now.

          • scooplew

            Too late.

          • WinnipegDave

            These comments are comedy gold!

  • scooplew

    Puig now has 21 GIDP, a career high. Previous high was 10 last season.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I think Pujols has the career record at 360.

      • WinnipegDave

        So guys with names starting with Pu…

  • scooplew

    Fifth straight game in which we have scored in the 1st inning. In the prior five games we have scored only one run past the 5th inning.

  • scooplew

    How many K’s are there n Hernandez’ nickname?

    • Only 24.8% through now 😉

      • Taylor leads the team at 26%. Top three are TAalor, Bellinger Seager. Kike’ just trying to keep up.

        Surprisingly, Joc only at 21.2%. The one area he has improved. Granderson at 26.8%

  • Gold glove at RF and 3B

    • WinnipegDave

      That was a crazy long throw.

  • WinnipegDave

    OK Cody. Record time.

    • WinnipegDave

      Whelp. That was weak.

  • WinnipegDave

    How’s the Phillies pen? Pivetta over 100 pitches.

    • And now with a hole in his stomach.

      • WinnipegDave

        That looked painful!

  • The Angels are still in the Wild Card game. Anybody like a Dodger Angel WS?

    • WinnipegDave

      I could think of worse match ups.

      Like St. Louis vs New York.

  • WinnipegDave

    4+1 game was 11 years ago? Crazy. I’m trying to recall when I “joined” Dodger Thoughts. I remember the Alex Cora at bat via DT. Was that 2004?

    • WinnipegDave

      Also – wasn’t it Jon who came up with the “4+1” moniker?

  • WinnipegDave

    Here we go. Hoskins vs Kershaw.

    • WinnipegDave

      Good AB by Hoskins.

  • I don’t believe it.

  • First grand slam ever given up by Kershaw? Really? Wow!

    • Bob_Hendley

      IIRC, Palmer never gave up a slam.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Well, that changes things.

  • WinnipegDave

    Bad time for the HR bug to bite. And bite hard.

    • Kersh might have pitched too carefully to Hoskins.

    • Kersh might not be strong through 100 pitches yet.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not that I really thought he was going to win it this year – but there goes the Cy Young for Kershaw.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Was following on game day and got the broadcast just in time to hear that horrendous inning. So I guess it’s my fault.
    Homers given up by Kershaw are not surprising. The two walks are.
    And, unfortunately, the bats have reverted back to their relatively catatonic state.

    • WinnipegDave

      Catatonic. The worst kind of tonic there is.

    • Bob_Hendley

      He had managed to get it down to a more respectable 1.1/9, among the top ten or so in the NL, but about double his career mark.

  • WinnipegDave

    Either followed by Gonzalez. What is this – 2013?

  • WinnipegDave

    So Link. Did you watch Vietnam last night?

    • Yes. Learned a lot I had never known about Ho and American misjudgments even before we took an active military role in the place.

      • WinnipegDave

        That Ken Burns. He is a smart cookie.

      • I have seen it yet but I learned a lot just from the trailers.

        • Essentially we should have been on Ho’s side in that civil war if we were gonna pick a side at all. Instead we picked Ngo Dinh Diem, a corrupt politician in the South.

  • WinnipegDave

    One of the easiest replays I have seen.

  • WinnipegDave

    My son is really into Studio C. I just watched one that perfectly – and I mean perfectly – describes the playoffs.

    “It could be fun though.” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SF-psoWdSpo

  • WinnipegDave

    Feels like last chance here for the Dodgers.

  • WBBsAs

    I don’t want to have to depend on the Fillies’ bullpen meltdown.

    • WinnipegDave

      Especially in the playoffs.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice play at third by Crawford.

  • WinnipegDave

    Long term plan for Cingrani is to be a starter? That was news to me.

    • WBBsAs

      He began his career as a starter for the Rojos, and had some success.

      • WinnipegDave

        Oh OK. Thanks.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice hat dude.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s go Dodgers.

  • WinnipegDave

    Grand.

  • scooplew

    So I leave to take a long walk with my wife and our dog, and the Dodgers nursing a 2-0 lead, and I come home to this score? Sadly, this has frequently happened to Kershaw in the post-season over the years: brilliant pitching following by an ultimate disaster. I am truly bummed.

    • WBBsAs

      I plan to take my geriatric malamute around the block after the Dodgers pull it out.

      • scooplew

        You may need to have your carpets cleaned.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      All too true assessment on Kersh in the postseason. Oftentimes the signal of the downfall is a long at-bat which he loses.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s GO Dodgers.

    • scooplew

      Clap, clap …. clap-clap-clap.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grandy!

  • WinnipegDave

    Grand and Grand to over come the Grand Slam?

    • WinnipegDave

      Nope.

  • scooplew

    I think that Corey is hurting in some fashion.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Elbow, which is said to effect his throwing.

      • WBBsAs

        Could be hitting as well – his power numbers have been way down.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Would be hard to think otherwise, though he did get a long dinger in DC.

  • WinnipegDave

    Well that was a dumb game.

  • scooplew

    That was cruel and dumb for Roberts to put Grandal up there. Grandal should be credited with a hit every time he hits a foul ball.

  • RBI

    Not what I was expecting to tune in to.

  • First two hitters get home runs, last two strike out.

  • scooplew

    Did Kershaw fling his glove in the dugout after the 6th inning?

    • I didn’t notice. Did see him sitting alone in the corner of the dugout with his unhappy face on.

  • scooplew

    And in the good news department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    • We will now get more of Granderson?

      • scooplew

        Yeah, I was thinking the same thing and not feeling happy about that one bit.

        • Bob_Hendley

          They did sit the fellow for two games and in the three starts since he has gone 2-8 with 3 BB and a dinger for .250/.455/.625.

  • scooplew

    We have now lost 18 of 23. Yikes. Gulp. OMG. etc.

    • Bob_Hendley

      We are doomed! Even if we win all of the rest of the games, over the last 35 we would be a .485 club.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        The question after that of course is whether they play like a 485 or an 800 Club. Right now, they are more familiar with the former. Unfortunately.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Real question is whether we can be a .579 club come October.

  • scooplew

    Grandal’s batting lately brings to mind Tommy Lasorda’s comment about Kurt Bevacqua of the San Diego Padres: He couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.

  • I don’t expect the Dodgers to lose games Kershaw starts. That makes losses like today’s harder.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Totally agree. Even more, it was Kershaw’s fault. Though it didn’t help that the bats went to sleep.

  • RBI

    Limping over the finish line? I just coughed up a postseason ticket bundle. I hope we make it through both rounds!

    • Bob_Hendley

      All three!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      I’m eligible to buy mine today. I think I’m just going for the championship series.

  • WBBsAs

    On the bright side, the Pads have taken a 3-0 lead over the Snakes in the first.

  • RBI

    D-backs also lose ! ! !

  • WBBsAs
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