Game 157, 2017

Padres at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD, MLBN (out-of-market only)

What incentives do the Dodgers have to win these games beyond pride? Well,

Los Angeles holds a 4 1/2-game lead on the Nationals for the best record in the NL, positioning the Dodgers for home-field advantage up to the World Series. The Indians trail the Dodgers by one game for the best record in baseball, which will determine home-field advantage in the Fall Classic.

LHP Travis Wood (4-6, 6.55 ERA) pitches for the Friars while RHP Yu Darvish (9-12, 3.96 ERA) goes for the Dodgers.

Wood held the D-Backs to two runs over six innings in his last start, a marked improvement over his previous two when he gave up 15 earned runs in just 4 1/3 innings. Darvish is hoping to finish the season with a third consecutive good outing. In his previous two he gave up just one run in 12 1/3 innings.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1941 Combined with a Cardinal defeat, the Dodgers win their first pennant in 21 years when they beat Boston at Braves Field, 6-0. Whitlow Wyatt throws a five-hitter and Pete Reiser hits a homer in the winning cause.
  • 1956 Dodger right-hander Sal Maglie no-hits the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 5-0. The ‘Barber’s’ gem helps second-place Brooklyn to keep pace in the pennant race with Milwaukee and Cincinnati.

  • 1962 After appearing in 60 games over a two-year span, Dodger reliever Ed Roebuck suffers his first loss. The LA right-hander gives up a 10th inning home run to Houston’s Al Spanger, breaking the 2-2 deadlock at Chavez Ravine.
  • 1974 In a first-of-its-kind operation, Dr. Frank Jobe transplants a tendon from Tommy John’s right wrist to the Dodger pitcher’s left elbow. The revolutionary ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, which will become a commonplace surgical procedure better known as Tommy John surgery, enables the southpaw to win an additional 164 games, more than half of his career total of 288 victories.
  • 1996 Giants slugger Barry Bonds draws an intentional walk which gives him the National League record with 149 bases-on-balls in a season. The free pass is issued in the seventh inning by LA’s Mark Guthrie with two outs and a runner on third base in the team’s 7-5 loss at Dodger Stadium.
  • 2008 The Diamondbacks, defending division champions, lose to St. Louis, allowing the Dodgers to clinch the NL West. Los Angeles first-year skipper Joe Torre’s 13-year postseason streak continues, unlike the Yankees, his former team.

Lineup:

Apparently Roberts is still annoyed and frustrated by Puig. I can’t imagine any other reason for him not to play, considering he’s 5-for-8 off Wood in his career, reaching in seven of his 10 plate appearances.

  • WBBsAs

    Alineación, todavía sin Puig, ya que llegó tarde al estadio… https://twitter.com/LosDodgers/status/912452075069505537

  • scooplew

    Starting Hernandez in rightfield over Puig, and batting Hernandez third, very hard to comprehend.

    • WBBsAs

      Puig’s in the doghouse for at least another day, and Quique hits lefties very well.

      • scooplew

        Thanks for the explanation. However, Puig strikes me as high-strung person, and I hope that this doesn’t impact his mood and his play the rest of the way. He is very important to the club’s success the rest of the way.

        • scooplew

          You’re certainly right about Quique’s splits against lefties this year: .262/.359/.579/.939. Here are Puig’s: .172/.312/.241/.553/

          • Bob_Hendley

            Puig over his career has hit righties somewhat better, but the splits are extreme this year.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Yes, more of a concern than any single game.

        • RBI

          I know. I am feeling
          for Yasiel. It feels scape-goatish to me, especially with the long leashes for Forsythe and Granderson over the past many many games.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            I think Doc is judging by attitude, not performance. We all knew Puig had the talent to perform extremely well. His attitude/maturity/baseball wisdom were what held him back.

          • Bob_Hendley

            This is not performance related according to what Doc has said. Believe that he wants to rein in the Wild Horse before the playoffs. Puig has a strong desire to win, but that doesn’t always translate into the best decisions.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Seems that Yasiel showed up late, so here we go!

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            ‘Forget me? Forget you!!’

          • RBI

            Showed up late today? No bueno.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Since the Dodgers own the tiebreaker, they are essentially two games ahead of the Spiders.

  • WBBsAs
    • Bob_in_Vegas

      FO overruling Doc?
      Before or after Puig showed up late?

      • Bob_Hendley

        No, Doc and he met since and it was agreed he starts on Tuesday, according to Eric.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Getting the merry-go-round going!

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Logan cleans up!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan, the slugger!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      His first 3-RBI game as a Dodger.
      I hope he gets REALLY hot for the postseason!

      • Bob_Hendley

        He and Chase.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          Why stop there? A 25-alarm fire!

          • Bob_Hendley

            Big output from unexpected places, like that Yankee 2nd baseman, whose name I can’t remember right now.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Brian Doyle

          • scooplew

            Bobby Richardson?

          • Bob_Hendley

            From an earlier day yes, though Richardson was lauded as a player much beyond his actual performance over a 12 year career. 7-time All Star and came in second in MVP voting in 1959, but sabermetrics measure him as being only about average even in his best season.

          • WinnipegDave

            Or how about Tony Lazzeri?

          • Bob_Hendley

            Hofer, who, if anything, under-performed in the postseason.

          • WinnipegDave

            And probably shouldn’t be a HOF’er either.

          • Bob_Hendley

            Brian Doyle played in only 54 games for the 1978 Yanks, hitting OPS .385. Pressed into service for the WS because of an injury to Willie Randolph, he hit .938 in six games

      • WBBsAs

        4-RBI game.

  • I need to look it up. Austin Barnes sounds like a guy who graduated from Choate and went to an Ivy college before entering the Foreign Service.

    Oh my goodness. He went to Arizona State! Banish him!

    • Bob_Hendley

      Baseball all the way. Riverside born and ASU player.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Riverside Polytechnic HS. Bobby Bonds, Reggie and Sheryl Miller notable sports alumni.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Grande asking ump to give Darvish that one as well.

  • HLKLA

    Well, we are off to a good start on the batting side.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Corey get a hit, with his feet. Good wood though.

  • WinnipegDave

    Wood has a nice stroke at bat for a pitcher.

  • RBI

    Great start. So glad Logan came through. Twice!!!!

  • RBI

    Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!!!! Forsythe!!!!!

    • scooplew

      One of my mother’s favorite expressions. Haven’t heard it in years.

      • RBI

        No idea where it came from!

      • RBI

        Got your missive today, Scooplew. Thanks!

        • scooplew

          Great. The USPS comes through.

  • WinnipegDave

    LoFo is a beast now!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Logan, the slugger!

  • RBI

    82 pitches already for Wood.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Leave him in!

  • scooplew

    Grandal yesterday, Forsythe today.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHDmkv2gpX0

  • WinnipegDave

    There goes the perfecto. 🙁

    • WinnipegDave

      And no hitter. And shutout.

  • WBBsAs
  • WinnipegDave

    Nice play by the 2B to get Bellinger.

  • WinnipegDave

    Nice AB by AB! 3 run dinger!

    • WBBsAs

      Lotsa pop for a (relatively) little guy.

      • WinnipegDave

        He LOOKS like a middle infielder.

        • Supposed to have very strong hands.

  • WinnipegDave

    Sigh. Another ground ball by Seager. He may need to drop down to in the lineup to 6th or 7th.

    • scooplew

      I think that would upset the apple cart.

  • WBBsAs

    By far Darvish’s best outing as a Dodger, I would say.

    • RBI

      Forsythe’s, as well.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Looogan!

  • RBI

    Maeda out of the bullpen, looking a little over-amped. But I like his fire!

  • WinnipegDave

    Good stops but no outs on infield hits.

  • WinnipegDave

    Not a great infielder inning.

    • WinnipegDave

      Maeda should definitely be out of this inning already – with less runs scored against him.

  • scooplew

    Gameday is on strike. What’s cooking, friends?

    • WinnipegDave

      9-3 bottom 8.

      • scooplew

        Thanks.

  • WinnipegDave

    This is weird but whenever I see Gonzo I feel nostalgia. As if he was a regular years ago, rather than months.

    • WinnipegDave

      Which is not to say I want him to be a regular again. More like – ah Gonzo – we had some good times together.

  • WinnipegDave

    Baez for the 9th.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    C!

  • WinnipegDave

    Won 100!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO (one hundred !s)

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Thanks Yu for brightening the postseason horizon.
    And Yu thanks the bats for showing midsummer form.
    Nice win!

  • WBBsAs

    I will be satisfied if the Dodgers win three of the next five, to finish with their best record ever since moving to LA.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I don’t want them to knock the Rox out of the WC. But, on the other hand, I don’t want to play in Coors.

      • WBBsAs

        I’d rather play the Rox than the Snakes, but I think the Cerveceros might still sneak in there.

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