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.

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96 thoughts on “Game 154, 2017

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

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

  1. 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.

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

    • 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.

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

  4. Magic Numbers for the Dodgers to clinch homefield advantage in the post-season:
    –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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

    • 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.)

      • 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.

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