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.

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129 thoughts on “Game 150, 2017

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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

      • 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.

  10. 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.

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

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