Game 156, 2017

Giants at Dodgers, 1:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBCS BA

RHP Chris Stratton (3-3, 3.94 ERA) takes the mound for the Giants. He’ll face LHP Clayton Kershaw (17-4, 2.26 ERA) of the Dodgers.

This will be Stratton’s first appearance at Dodger Stadium. He was a victim of the long rain delay in San Francisco last week; he started, faced one hitter and did not reappear after play was halted for 2:52. Kershaw is 21-9 with a 1.62 ERA in 40 games (39 starts) against the Giants, including 3-1, 1.73 in four starts this year.

Today in Dodgers’ history: Once again the site I usually find this at is down, so here’s a game from the WS-winning year of 1981 on this date: Dodgers 7, Giants 5 at Candlestick. The Dodgers got a three-run homer from Scioscia and two more runs in the third inning to put themselves ahead. The game was — marred? supplemented? — when a fan threw a helmet and — well, here:

Reggie Smith went into the stands after a fan who had been heckling him during the game; the fan had just thrown a batting helmet into the dugout before Smith climbed into the stands; Smith punched the fan and tried to pull him over the rail onto the field; Dodger teammates grabbed Smith; eight fans were arrested and Smith was ejected by HP umpire Harry Wendelstedt; as two policemen walked with Smith down the RF line to the clubhouse, someone threw a beer bottle and missed.

Lineup:

  • Bob_Hendley

    Joc with a start!

    • I hope he gets a few more starts and does well. Joc has had some success in the post season.

      I really loved the idea of having three young lefty bats playing together for a long time with Corey, Cody, and Joc. I like Taylor, Barnes, and Puig as young righty bats. Always nice to have a couple of older players in the lineup as well and the Dodgers have that in Turner, LoFo, and Utley this year.

      I was going to say veterans but went with older as Turner isn’t quite a veteran yet.

      • WBBsAs

        Turner in his thirties, and this is his ninth major league season. By any standard, he’s a vet.

        • To be included with Utley, Ethier, and Agon all I am asking for Turner is three full seasons as a starter 2500 plate appearances. After this year he will have the former and already has the latter.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Hope he does well, but late in the season to be fiddling with your stance and it didn’t seem to be working on the farm.

  • WBBsAs
  • WBBsAs

    Linguistic peculiarity, observed while listening to Jaime Jarrín: In Argentina, “inning” is in common usage in baseball and softball, and I have heard “entrada” elsewhere. Jaime, however, uses “episodio,” which I’ve only heard from him.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rally by the deplorables.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grande gets one home. Didn’t seem very deep.

    • WBBsAs

      Today I’m suffering the last Gnatblackout of the season.

    • And the play at home was not that close.

    • WBBsAs

      It was a weak throw, and offline (Gameday finally posted the video).

  • RBI

    Crawford throws away his helmet on that out.

    • WBBsAs

      Greasylocks is among the gnastiest of the Gnats.

  • WBBsAs

    Phlablo phlashing the leather…

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grande! De nuevo.

  • RBI

    Grandal!!!!

  • WBBsAs

    Grande, ¡Grandal! A good time of year for a streaky player to start streaking (so to speak).

    • RBI

      Granderson and Forsythe looking better as well.

      • WBBsAs

        They’ve both shown encouraging signs, but I wanna hear a laugher today (blackout prevents my seeing one).

        • RBI

          I’ll let them know.

    • I want both of them to hit like Grendel and let no Beowulf find them until Game One of spring training.

      • WBBsAs

        Hwaet!

  • WBBsAs

    After learning that Steiner’s doing TV, I’ve switched to the Dodgers’ English-language radio feed.

  • If Joc makes the post season roster he apparently will make it as a walk on.

  • RBI

    Bad call from the review tapes here. Foul ball fell behind Pence!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Though ball was to land a couple feet into the stands, the guy leaned over into the field and it went through his hands, so he was obstructing Pence (and tried to steal his glove!).

      • RBI

        Hard to tell from here.

        • In either case, the fan is a lousy fielder.

  • Phooey.

    • RBI

      At least Joc got a hit!

      • This year with a .233 BABIP and lifetime .266

      • Against a lefty as well.

  • Need a replay on that one.

    • WinnipegDave

      Agreed.

  • RBI

    Pence 3 for 3?

    • WBBsAs

      I’ve got no video, but they all sounded like Gnatbites to me.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Tripped over himself trying to bunt. Oops that was for Crawford.

        • Four inches too low.

        • RBI

          That was pretty funny.

      • WinnipegDave

        They were dunks and bleeders.

  • Crawford just made the blooper reel.

    • WinnipegDave

      Haha. That was great.

      • WBBsAs

        When MLBTV posts the video, I’ll have to wind through and see it.

        • WinnipegDave

          You will love it!

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice to have Kershaw crusing as well.

  • HLKLA

    Nice to check in and see we actually have scored some runs. Does Kershaw go nine?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Guessing around 110 pitches might be the limit.

      • Who will decide between Kersh and Doc?

  • RBI

    Kersh with the single. Doing it all.

    • Jumps over flying bats as well and serves as bat boy on the same bat.

  • Rats.

  • RBI

    Williamson was sitting on that pitch for sure. 3 for 3 as well, and that was a no-doubter.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    I was about to comment on what a great rebound this is for Kersh when he’s bit by the HR bug. Again.

    • RBI

      For whatever reason, Williamson had his number this game.

    • He’s now allowed six more HRs than in any other season of his career and in markedly fewer innings. OTOH, there have been more HRs hit in this season than ever before, so why would Clayton be exempt?

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        True. Guess he IS mortal.

      • RBI

        I was reading in the NYTimes today that it has a lot to do with juiced balls…

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Sounds like the punchline to an off-color joke.

        • That’s one theory. There are several. MLB denies the balls are juiced, for what that’s worth.

          • I’ll wait until I see it on Twitter before I believe it.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    7 seasons with 200 Ks, most ever for a Dodger pitcher.
    Congrats, Kersh — especially with a shortened season.

    • WinnipegDave

      Passed Hershiser on that list?

      • WBBsAs

        Drysdale and Koufax.

        • WinnipegDave

          Yes that makes sense. I thought Orel had mentioned something about Kershaw passing Hom today and wondered if that’s what he was talking about.

          • Bob_Hendley

            I think that was for wins against the giants.

          • WinnipegDave

            Thank you!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Yep, they both now have 22 wins versus the giants.

          • WinnipegDave

            Hope Kershaw reaches 50 some day!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Drysdale with 34, Sutton 30 (a few of those maybe in another uniform), Newcombe 22, and Koufax 17

        • And Sutton, I think. Nope. He had five.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Mo said only Drysdale and Sandy had 6

  • Roberts was vague about Puig’s absence from today’s lineup.

    • I’m disappointed that a fuss was made. Utley sparks the team when he steals a base in that circumstance.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I was wondering the same thing. The Blue aren’t a running team. Chase may have more leeway because he’s more savvy (tho in Puig’s favor, he IS learning). Some players are known to have “permission” to run whenever they want. Dodgers may be under a “run only when told” order.

        • RBI

          Here’s my theory: I think it was the lack of sliding coupled with Doc suspecting Puig invented the ankle injury to excuse the bad decision and lack of slide.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Sounds about right. He was dismissing any talk of injury in the reports I read.
            Hopefully the bats of mid-summer return (what is it, about 20 games in a row now where they haven’t collected double-digit hits?). Barring that, they will have to be aggressive and hope the pitchers are on.

  • WinnipegDave

    Morrow has such a great rhyming name. Borrow, sorrow, tomorrow.

  • Bob_in_Vegas
    • WinnipegDave

      I guess we are an OK place to come. 🙂

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        Much more than OK since 11/8/17!

        • 16

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I sit corrected! Seems like a time warp since then.

          • An unpleasant one at that.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            You are correct, sir.
            Unfortunately.

      • Other than the winter weather and the summer mosquitoes!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    No sorrow from Morrow, go for 100 tomorrow.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • Kenley like

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      A Klone would be great!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO!

  • WinnipegDave

    Win 190 for Dave Roberts. He is about half way up the Brooklyn/LA managerial win chart. But still not even at 10% of Alston’s 2040 total.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — who had, I believe, only one-year contracts at a time.

      • WinnipegDave

        Yup.

  • WinnipegDave

    Dave seemed a touch more chipper today in the post-game press conference.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Winning can do that.
      Living in Canada as well.

      • WinnipegDave

        Hahaha! Nice one Bob.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          You have been proof of that through the years!

          • WinnipegDave

            Right back at ya!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            “Chip” was my nickname as a kid, but not because of a chippy attitude — it’s because I always mimicked the beginning of “My Three Sons” when it came on, which featured a son named Chip.

          • Then there were the Chip Hilton books.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Yes — I read those! (And every series I could find: Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, etc.)
            Also John R. Tunis had several sports books, including the “Kid from Tompkinsville” series we’ve talked about here before. I love “The Kid Comes Back” — what can be better than beating the Nazis, then playing for the Dodgers?
            (I Just looked him up and he wrote even more Dodger books than I knew . . .guess it’s time to go Internet hunting!)

          • And the Rick Brant Science-Adventure books. I had about half but I now have e-book versions of all of them so I can revert to age 15 when desired.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The Dodgers will have almost a week off before starting the playoffs.
    Has anyone heard what they are planning to do to try to avoid getting rusty?

    • Barbeque!

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        And a pickup softball game? 🙂

    • Bob_Hendley

      4 days is a long time off when you have been basically playing six days a week since the ASG. They have enough guys on the active roster now that they could probably play pick up games.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That was my thought about the time off (it’s less than I thought — I was thinking they had to wait until Saturday). Intrateam scrimmage would make sense. Can you imagine them doing a schoolyard picking of teams?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Justin, reflecting on the 4 day layoff, was basically saying that it was a reset whether one is hitting well or hitting poorly at the end of the season.

  • WBBsAs

    I just saw a GIF of Greasylocks’s bunt attempt yesterday. Unfortunately, it was from the centerfield camera, so Clayton was blocking his faceplant.

  • There’s apparently been underlying tension between Roberts and Puig all season.

    • I have a couple of thoughts.

      Mattingley often said that just because Puig limps or winces it doesn’t mean he is hurt.

      Maybe it wasn’t so much that he attempted a steal and didn’t slide so much as Doc wanted to see what the hitter would do with two out in the bottom of the ninth. He is still looking for a post season team.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        That may be, but I agree with Link’s take, that this is about more than one night.one play.
        When i finished, I felt the author of the piece indicates the lack of trust may be bad enough to not play Puig in postseason, or limit his play.
        This must be really bad for at least two reasons: Doc is always protective of his players . . . and with the bats struggling like they have this past month, who would replace Puig at the plate, much less in the field?

        • Bob_Hendley

          Meh, author speculating on worst scenario. Doesn’t link it to anything that Doc said.

        • Puig will again be a trade topic in the off-season. Verdugo needs a place to land and has the arm for RF. Toles will be looking for a spot as well. Next year Joc might swing from the right side, its the only stance he hasn’t tried.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Had to laugh with the comment about the stance. Since I rarely have eyes (and Joc rarely plays, these days anyways), I’ve only heard about his experimenting. But I know how messed up I would get by overthinking when I was batting or trying a golf swing.

          • WBBsAs

            I like both Toles and Verdugo, but the former’s coming off a serious injury and the latter has yet to prove himself. The Dodger lineup is also lefty-heavy, so Puig’s absence would create a major vacuum.

    • WinnipegDave

      Yikes! That pre-game interview was painful and awkward.

  • WBBsAs

    Greasylocks’s faceplant as metaphor… https://twitter.com/mccoveychron/status/912391029415915522

  • I think Steiner was commenting about players names last night and asked the question “isn’t anybody named Joe anymore”. I think Friedman heard him and acquired Connor Joe.

    • WBBsAs

      And Steiner says this during a game in which the opposing 2B’s name is Joe.

      Just “joes” to show that Steiner’s always asleep at the wheel.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Joe paniked at the thought of facing Klayton, so didn’t play yesterday.

      • Joe will be back Monday. Just say joe to Steiner.

    • Bob_Hendley

      “Oh, Joe, say it aint so!”

  • Any predictions as to whom the Dodgers will face in game one of the playoffs? I know, I know, It’s Difficult to Make Predictions, Especially About the Future.

    Niels Bohr? Samuel Goldwyn? K. K. Steincke? Robert Storm Petersen? Yogi Berra? Mark Twain? Nostradamus? Anonymous?

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Tempted as I am to Google it, I’m leaning to Goldwyn or Yogi. Gotta stick with baseball and choose Yogi.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    “Competition” where it really matters: after CBO report and Sen. Collins’s statement, is this nightmare within the nightmare finally over?

    • WBBsAs

      Never underestimate GOP venality.

      • Until next year’s budget reconciliation.

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