Game 154, 2017

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBC Bay Area, MLB.TV (free game of the day)

The Giants ask RHP Jeff Samardzija (9-14, 4.42 ERA) to keep the Dodgers and LHP Rich Hill (10-8, 3.60 ERA) from clinching the NL West title in tonight’s game.

Samardzija’s 14 losses are a career high (low?), but the Giants are 13-17 in his starts this year, which isn’t all that bad considering their overall W-L record. Hill pitched five innings of one-hit one-run ball against the Nationals his last time out but got lifted for a pinch hitter in hopes of adding some runs. That didn’t work, but the Dodgers won 3-2 anyway.

Seager will get a few days off to rest his sore ankle, Roberts says.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1925 Robins starter Burleigh Grimes accounts for seven outs in just three plate appearances in the team’s 3-2 loss to Chicago, a 12-inning game played at Cubs Park. The Brooklyn right-hander follows grounding into two double plays by hitting into a 6-4-3-2 triple play.
  • 1926 At Ebbets Field, the aging 18-year veteran outfielder Zack Wheat hits his last homer as a Dodger, but severely pulls a muscle nearing second. The future Hall of Famer needs to rest nearly five minutes before completing his trip to home plate, making it the longest home run trot in major league history.
  • 1947 On an off day, the Dodgers clinched the National League pennant when Chicago takes the nightcap of the twin bill against St. Louis. Although it is past midnight when the good news about their beloved team reaches the borough, Brooklynites begin to gather on Flatbush for an impromptu celebration.
  • 1954 Karl Spooner, in his major league debut, blanks the Giants at Ebbets Field 3-0. The 23 year-old Dodger southpaw fans 15 batters, including six straight, recording the most strikeouts in a first appearance by a rookie.
  • 1957 Duke Snider, with his second round-tripper in the Dodgers’ 7-3 victory over Philadelphia, hits his 40th home run, tying Ralph Kiner’s National League record of five consecutive seasons with forty or more homers. The Duke of Flatbush’s seventh-inning homer off future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts will prove to be the last one ever hit at Ebbets Field.
  • 1976 Right-hander Don Sutton goes the distance to become a twenty-game winner for the first and last time when the Dodgers beat the Giants at Candlestick Park, 3-1. The future Hall of Famer will compile a 324-256 (.559) record during his 23-year career in the bigs.
  • 1986 Dodger hurler Fernando Valenzuela (20-10) two-hits Houston en route to a 9-2 victory at the Astrodome. The 25 year-old southpaw becomes the first Mexican to win 20 games in the major leagues.

Lineup when available.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    AZ starts first. If they’re not delayed, I hope they win so LA can seal the deal with a victory of their own.

    • WinnipegDave

      Like last year when Culberson hit the walk off “right on schedule”.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And the poetry of Vin.

  • WinnipegDave

    My son and I had an amazing time at the baseball game 2 nights ago. It was such an easy win of course (up 9-0 in the 2nd and 14-0 by the 4th). It was a party for the 6363 fans that were there throughout the 18-2 win.

    Neither my son or I had ever seen a championship game in person before – which is why we were excited to be there. But to be honest, it was my first time getting to a game in several years (talk about bandwagon!) and I just loved being at the ballpark, seeing the pitchers warn up, seeing the speed of the game, the oohs and aahs of the crowd when plays were made or runs were scored.

    It brought joy back to me of following and loving baseball.

    And then we had a magical moment after the game when the Goldeyes celebrated with the fans. What a night! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eed76b43cb7f4fbc5cd9b0fad2fbe303a830db51b540b6e1a8981e89384fa97c.jpg

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      That’s terrific, Dave.
      I’m sure you’ll have more wonderful moments together. Even more important, you’re creating wonderful memories.

      Have fun! (And hopefully LA will provide a championship to enjoy from afar.)

      • scooplew

        Dave:
        What a great experience to be able to share with your son. It is something neither of you will ever forget. That’s a good looking couple of generations.
        There is something special about minor league baseball, perhaps a combination of innocence and approachability. And the outspoken reality that for many of the players this may be as far as they get.
        Before the Dodgers moved to L.A., and when I was a little kid, my father used to take me (and, sometimes, my sister) to see the Hollywood Stars and the Los Angeles Angels in the old Pacific Coast League, My sister liked for us to sit down the left field line at the Stars’ games because she could see the drive-in movie screen behind the right field fence.
        Then, years later, when I was a sportswriter in Monterey, I would occasionally cover the Salinas Packers in the California League, and I even was the official scorer once in a great while.
        Let’s hope that the championship that your and your son witnessed is copied by our Dodgers.
        Thanks for sharing the photo.
        Lewis

        • WinnipegDave

          Thanks Bob and Scoop for letting me share and thanks for sharing your memories too.

  • WinnipegDave

    It’s a sports extravaganza this week for my son and I! Going to see the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bomber game tonight. A friend gave me two free tickets – and we are excited to go even though it is cold, wet and windy tonight.

  • scooplew

    Samardzija shares the NL league in losses with 14. His teammate Moore is one of three others with 14 losses. Let’s allow Samardzija get the league lead tonight.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Apparently Seager starting. Justin getting the night off.

    • Bob_Hendley

      CT, Seager, Cody, Grandy, Dre, Grande, Chase, Logan, Hill

  • Bob_Hendley

    The LA Dodgers have clinched a postseason berth playing the giants six times (1977, 1983, 2004, 2006, 2014 and 2015), according to Eric.

  • scooplew

    Magic Numbers for the Dodgers to clinch homefield advantage in the post-season:
    NL
    –Arizona 1
    –Washington 6
    World Series
    –Boston 2
    –Houston 7
    –Cleveland 9
    We have clinched homefield advantage against all other teams we might meet in the post-season.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Having beaten the Spider 3-2, Dodgers own the tiebreaker.

      • scooplew

        The Cleveland Spiders, eh? You know your history. That goes back to the late 19th century (even before I was a fan).

  • So much for Seager resting his ankle/foot.

    • WBBsAs

      You misled us…

      • Roberts misled ME!

        • WBBsAs

          Passing the buck…

          • A time-honored tradition. See Congress.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Speaking of which, nice move by McCain today in the contest that REALLY counts.

          • Fingers crossed that he maintains that position.

  • Turner has an injured thumb and is sick. Ravin’s done for the year with a hip “issue.”

  • WBBsAs

    The Gnatcast is on broadcast TV tonight, so I’m not blacked out. I’ll listen to Jaime Jarrín, though.

  • WBBsAs

    Nats (gnot Gnats, yet) lose, so Dodgers closer to clinching HFA,

  • WBBsAs

    Hill throws a total meatball to The Poseur.

  • Great news, my radio tells me. A two-toed sloth was born at the Honolulu Zoo on Monday!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Does that portend a Dodger World Championship?

  • WBBsAs

    Gameday seems to be misbehaving tonight.

    • You too, huh?

      • WBBsAs

        Video’s OK on MLBTV (Snakes game) and I can hear Jaime Jarrín, but the data are invisible.

  • WBBsAs

    Phlablo looks as if he’s getting back to his playing weight.

  • WBBsAs

    Greinke getting battered in Phoenix, where it’s 7-7 in top of third.

  • WBBsAs

    Hill can’t bunt!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Hill the slugger!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Last time Hill was on 2nd?

  • Bob_Hendley

    Sniffing 3rd to no avail.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Record-breaking Belli!

  • WBBsAs

    How about a warning now?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Certainly looked deliberate

  • WBBsAs

    Greinke gives up another dinger to Ozuna, and now trails 8-7 in the fourth.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Was a dark horse for another CYA.

      • WBBsAs

        He’s had a good season, but I think Robbie Ray is their ace now.

  • WBBsAs

    I’ve never before seen Gameday so bad as it is tonight.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Damn Ruskies!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan heating up, finally, to be an October hero? (That’s a righty he’s hitting).

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      As much as he and Granderson were berated here, it can only help the Dodgers if they do get hot and therefore play more often.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Both capable ball players and that have had their ups and downs.

  • WBBsAs

    At this stage of his career, The Poseur has warning track power.

  • WBBsAs

    Despite that catch, Pence has become an embarrassment on defense.

  • WBBsAs

    Gameday is finally working.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Lot of complaints tonight.

      • WBBsAs

        I’d never seen it so bad.

  • WBBsAs

    Now warming in the Gnatpen, somebody fatter than Phlablo.

  • RBI

    Just finished work. Looks like Hill did well!

  • RBI

    Grand slam D-backs. Now 12-9.

  • RBI

    i live one-pitch one-out at bats, when we’re the ones pitching.

  • WBBsAs

    Marineros defeat the Spiders on a walkoff by Nelson Cruz, so Dodgers can pick up a game in the WSHFA.

  • WBBsAs

    Gameday tells me that Reyes Moronta is 6-0, 175 lbs.

  • RBI

    Nice inning from Fields, poked single notwithstanding.

  • RBI

    Um, Hill hit a DOUBLE? I need to see that.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      ‘If it’s meant to be, it’s up to me. . . . Then Belli.’

    • WBBsAs

      He hit it well.

  • RBI

    Three. More. Outs.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Silver lining: it wasn’t a lead-off walk.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    K-enley — 2 more!

  • WinnipegDave

    Back from the football game. Excited to see the Dodgers are winning at home.

    • WinnipegDave

      Less excited that Kenley gave up a HR to the large Panda.

      • WBBsAs

        *Phlablo.

        • WinnipegDave

          Nice. I like that.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    KK-enley — 1 out to take the West!

  • WinnipegDave

    Frustrating that Joe Davis is not around to call this. Stupid college football.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A pleasure hearing Mo.
      Any way, it’s the message, not the messenger.

    • WBBsAs

      At least it wasn’t Steiner.

      • WinnipegDave

        But it was Steiner on MLB tv. That’s what set me off.

        • WBBsAs

          I was listening to Monday and watching the Gnatcast (which, for once, was not blacked out here).

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Kx3-enley — Dodgers 5 consecutive times NL West Champs

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!!!!
    Take 5 LA. Take 5.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      High 5 . .. . hopefully just the start!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Wanted it done earlier, but sure is nice to clinch at home.

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO Woo-HOO Woo-HOOOOOO

  • Roberts on-field interview with Alanna Rizzo after the game.

  • Full game wrap.

  • Hill “drove in the other Dodgers run with his first double in a decade.”

  • Kenley pep talk amidst the champagne.

  • Non-Dodger clever play: the hidden ball trick.

  • HLKLA

    I had been hospitalized and out of touch with reality all last week, so what a way to come back to good health. I am not sure if this is their year, but it will be a great ride.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Take care.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Glad you’re back and glad the Dodgers contributed to helping you feel better!

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_Hendley

      Saw them in DF, when they played there in 2003 against Piazza and t he Mets. Slugfest in thin air. Andale!

      • WBBsAs

        That was an exhibition, wasn’t it? The altitude at Monterrey is only 1,772 feet, for what it’s worth.

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