Game 160, 2017

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ATT Sportsnet RM, MLBN (out-of-market only)

Why are baseball games always scheduled to start at five or ten minutes after the hour?

The Dodgers open their final series of the 2017 season with LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-8, 3.47 ERA) pitching in the rarefied air of Coors Field against RHP Chad Bettis (1-4, 5.72 ERA).

Ryu has been very good since the All Star break, going 2-2 in ten starts with a 2.42 ERA. He’s in a tussle with Alex Wood for a spot in the post-season rotation. Bettis had a good outing his last time out, giving up just one run on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings last weekend in San Diego. He’s battling for a spot on the Rockies’ post-season roster if they get in. The Rockies have a two-game lead over the Brewers for the second National League Wild Card spot. If they win and a Brewers lose tonight they’ll clinch it.

The Dodgers select IF/OF Tim Locastro’s contract from OKC.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1951 Don Newcombe becomes the first African-American to win twenty games in a season. In a must win for the Dodgers, the right-hander bests Robin Roberts, also a 20-game-winner, when he blanks the Phillies at Shibe Park, 5-0.
  • 1959 At the L.A. Memorial Coliseum, the Dodgers capture the NL flag with a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the Braves, taking the first two games of the three-game playoff necessitated by the teams being tied on the last day of the season. The deciding run comes in the bottom of the 12th inning, after the first two batters make outs, when Gil Hodges walks and scores on singles by Joe Pignatano and Carl Furillo.
  • 1976 Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as Dodger manager. ‘Smokey’ compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558), during his 23-year tenure with the club, winning seven pennants, and four world championships.
  • 1979 Manny Mota sets a major league record with his 146th career pinch hit, a single to right field, in LA’s 6-2 victory over Chicago at Dodger Stadium. The Dominican Republic native surpasses the all-time record set by Smoky Burgess, who collected his last hit as a pinch-hitter in 1967.
  • 2000 Gary Sheffield ties the Dodgers’ franchise single-season home run record when he goes deep off Woody Williams in the team’s 3-0 victory over San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. The left fielder, with his career best 43rd round tripper, now shares the team mark with Duke Snider, who established the record in 1956 when he played for Brooklyn.

Today is also the anniversary of The Catch (the Willie Mays one, not the Dwight Clark one):

Lineup when available.

  • I was hoping for a Joc sighting. Ethier seems to be on the playoff roster.

    • scooplew

      Joc may not even be on the radar of the Doc(k).

  • scooplew

    The source on This Day in Dodger History left out a key element of the pennant-winning game in 1959, Felix Mantilla’s error. Here is part of the story by Braven Dyer of the L.A. Times:
    “Carl Furillo, at 37 the elder statesman of the Dodgers, was the last player to come to bat and his bounder behind second base with two outs in the 12th started the play which sent Gil
    Hodges across with the winning run.
    “It was ruled a hit, but what actually cooked the Braves was Felix Mantilla’s wild throw to first. The ball bounded in front of Frank Torre and then skidded by the Milwaukee first sacker, hit Dodger coach Greg Mulleavy on the shoulder and wound up in the stands while Hodges crossed the plate and ran into the wildest reception party in Coliseum history as all the Dodgers poured from the dugout and pounded him purple. … ”
    The Dodgers had trailed 5-2 but scored three runs in the bottom of the 9th to send the game into extra innings.

    • Carl Furillo hit a bounder! Good for him! Cads, bounders, rakes…they should be battered!

    • Mantilla took it hard.

      • scooplew

        I expect the Spokane Spokesman-Review gave the story real good play because that is where the Dodgers had a Triple-A franchise for many years. My wife grew up in Spokane and she saw many of the past and future Dodgers, including, in 1959, Roger Craig, Tommy Davis, Frank Howard, Phil Ortega, Norm Sherry and Maury Wills, who was called up that June.

        • WBBsAs

          I was once on a plane with Peter O’Malley from Spokane to Seattle, and saw many of those future Dodgers when they visited Tacoma. I also saw Maury when he was a Seattle Rainier, but only on TV (I once had a Rainiers baseball card of his on the backing of a HyGrade Hotdogs package).

          • scooplew

            Were you a Dodgers fan then?

          • WBBsAs

            Yes, indeed. Peter O’M was doing his apprenticeship as GM of the Spokane Spiders.

  • WBBsAs

    Meanwhile, in the City of Brotherly Love… https://twitter.com/TheOnion/status/913867754482085889

  • WinnipegDave

    Link! Look at you pulling out the philosophical questions right at the end of the regular season.
    Why do games start after the hour indeed?!

  • WBBsAs

    HFA aside – the Spiders are winning 6-0 already – the Dodgers owe it to the Cerveceros to put their best possible lineup out there.

    • WinnipegDave

      And the Rockies. And – most importantly – themselves.

      • It’s Blackmon Turner Overdrive this weekend. Winner is NL Batting Champ.

        • WBBsAs

          It’s an up-mountain climb for Turner.

        • WinnipegDave

          Oh wow Link. That is so, so good. And as a Winnipeger I really appreciate it. 🙂

          • I’m an old dude, guy. I have those albums (and that other band Bachman was in too).

          • WBBsAs

            I always wanted to put together an album of stuttering songs, starting with “My Generation,” but BTO gets an honorable mention.

    • RBI

      10-1.

  • WinnipegDave

    JT!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Turner doing the job.

  • Oh fudge.

  • WinnipegDave

    Surprised Granderson didn’t even jump.

    • WBBsAs

      No chance.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Ryu jumped on that one. So did Reynolds for that matter.

  • Oh, Ryu. Did the Arenado HR just rattle you?

  • RBI

    I look away for five minutes with two outs and the Rockies score three? Yikes. Could be a long night.

    • “It’s Coors Field, Jake.”

      • Crowd wearing down jackets.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Flack jackets in the bleachers.

    • WinnipegDave

      My thought for this series: Just stay healthy Dodgers. Just stay healthy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Desmond is no run of DeMille player. (Sorry, that just flashed into my brain right now.)

    • I think your closeup is calling.

      • WinnipegDave

        You got it.

        • scooplew

          You win a peg in my mind.

          • WinnipegDave

            I once had a username of WinManCan – for Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Of course it could have just as easily been CanManWin.

          • CanManWin would depend on the opponent, right? What’s that town with all the polar bears? Ft. Churchill or something like that?

  • 48 pitches and not out of the 2nd inning yet. This is going to be a bullpen game.

    • RBI

      Strike zone not helping.

    • Ryu could be pitching himself off the playoff roster.

      • RBI

        Wood looking better and better.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Sure, but doesn’t lessen the concerns about him.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Hats off to Nomo.

    • RBI

      62.

    • RBI

      Two innings and out he goes!

  • WinnipegDave

    Good grief. And maybe good night.

  • RBI

    Ryu has lost the plot.

  • RBI

    Are the Rockies playing to clinch the WC tonight?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Yep

    • From above: If they win and a Brewers lose tonight they’ll clinch it.

      • RBI

        Thanks.

  • Can’t finish hitters off today.

  • WinnipegDave

    That’s better than a DP.

  • WinnipegDave

    Let’s score multiple runs here.

  • WinnipegDave

    The ump is not at all consistent on his strike zone – especially low. Called low strikes vs Bellinger and Puig but not for Colorado.

  • WinnipegDave

    Most enjoyable part of the game so far. Buehler can really toss it in there.

    • Bob_Hendley

      I liked as well Turner taking a hit away from Blackmon.

  • WinnipegDave

    Did anyone catch what Alana was mentioning about one Dodger player possibly making the post-season roster as a burner (I.e. a pinch runner)? I didn’t hear who they were taking about.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Locastro

      • WinnipegDave

        Oh. Wow – that’s why they brought him up I guess.

        • WinnipegDave

          I love how the comment section is layered with Disqus. It just made it look like I am suggesting the Dodgers brought up Locastro because he was painting his parents basement. 🙂

          • With this front office…

          • WinnipegDave

            He must have been using Pantone 294.

      • Bob_Hendley

        He was painting his parents basement when he got the call.

      • WinnipegDave

        Thanks!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Buehler getting quite a test.

    • Bob_Hendley

      And takes care of Blackmon!

      • Seems to me there have been a lot of fly balls to Granderson in this game.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Only the fence deprived him of catching one of them.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ump interference! Bob T keep count of those?

    • WinnipegDave

      That seems rare.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Not a good story for the Dodgers tonight.

  • Is there a mercy rule in baseball?

    • Bob_Hendley

      In Coors? I think not.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    (If this has already been addressed, sorry)
    When are the rosters due before each round? I would think LA would have until after the WC game to determine theirs. If CO is in the mix, one would think pitching in Coors Field plays a big part in the final determinations, as tonight proves. (A very specific reason why HFA is important.)

    • WBBsAs

      I expect on the morning of the first game. However, it would seem only fair to require wild card teams to go with the same roster through the NLDS – otherwise, they can load up with bullpen and bench players instead of their starting pitchers.

  • Bob_Hendley

    This is starting to go at a Baez-like pace.

  • WBBsAs

    Mental mistake by Turner.

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — then Grandal.
      Comedy of Errors . .. which isn’t funny.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Lose by 1, lose by a dozen, it’s still just one loss.
    The sloppy play, tho, is another matter.

    • RBI

      Four laughers in a row, but one at our expense.

    • WBBsAs

      I’m more concerned by the failure to hit, in Denver, against a mediocre pitcher.

      • RBI

        He pitched really well tonight, helped by the strike zone.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Ha! Baez with the best pitching performance so far.

  • Postseason roster rules:<

    (2) Submission of Rosters. Each Major League Club that participates in a postseason series (including the Wild Card Game) must establish for each such series, from its complement of eligible players, an active roster of no more than 25 (and no less than 24) players and transmit such active roster to the Office of the Commissioner at such time before the scheduled start of each post-season series as the Commissioner or the Commissioner’s designee may set. Each player named to the roster for a series must be expected to be physically able to perform at some point in such series. No player on the Disabled List whose minimum period of inactivity has not yet expired before the scheduled start of the post-season series may be named to the roster for such series or otherwise replaced under this Rule 40. Except as permitted in Rule 40(a)(4), there shall be no substitutions made during a post-season series following a Major League Club’s submission of its active roster for that series.

  • Bob_Hendley

    145 pitches by the Dodgers so far.

  • Bellinger 2 for his last 19. That is no way to feel good about yourself going into the playoffs.

  • Since the Astros have won, “it will be is the first season since 2003 with three 100-win teams and just the sixth in history (also 2002, 1998, 1977 and 1942).”

    • HLKLA

      Tough year to make it to the World Series.

  • HLKLA

    Okay, does not look like we will be clinching anything tonight.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Worst outcome from this game would be Baez back in discussion for playoff roster.

  • WBBsAs

    Báez is human buffering…

    • RBI

      Post of the night. Maybe week.

  • RBI

    How could that not go out for Grandal?!?!?!

  • RBI

    Arizona not exactly finishing up with a bang either. Lost again tonight.

  • RBI

    Which team would you rather we face between the Rockies, D-backs and Brewers?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Rox for me.

      • RBI

        I would have said that before tonight.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Can’t let yourself be swayed by one game.

          • RBI

            They look very dangerous tonight, is all I am saying.

          • RBI

            Also, they’ve had our number lately.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Actually, I guess the Brewers, though don’t think that will happen.

    • Howard Fox

      I’m most concerned about the Cubs. I can see us taking care of business with everyone else, even the Indians. We just have this thing about the NLCS.

    • The Padres. Not that you offered them as a choice.

  • RBI

    This game is interminable.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Almost 200 pitches by the Dodgers.

  • RBI

    All right! Holding them at nine!

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      — but staying at one.

      • RBI

        There was a slight amount of sarcasm involved in my comment.

        • Bob_in_Vegas

          — and a lot of disappointment in mine.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Those recent laughers vs. SD were nice, and needed.
    Lack of connection to postseason or not, it would be nice to beat a winning team going into it since they haven’t done it since two weeks ago tomorrow.

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    Just registered for the chance to buy WS tickets.
    https://securea.mlb.com/la/ticketing/postseason-ticket-opportunity/

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Gives a whole new meaning to ‘Take a hike!’

  • Bob_in_Vegas

    The idea was great, trying to bolster SP so Kersh wouldn’t have to carry the postseason weight.
    However . . . .http://m.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article/256751158/hyun-jin-ryu-struggles-against-rockies/?topicId=27118384

    • Bob_in_Vegas

      Of course, if the bats come alive and SP is decent, the Big Three take care of the LDS.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Klayton has been used on short rest the past three NLDS when the Dodgers were down 1-2, so yeah. Wood might still be used to start game 4 depending on the circumstances and still appear in game 1 or 2 as a short reliever, which would be like off day work. It was Mattingly who used him to start game 4 in 2013, when the Dodgers were up 2-1, looking for the kill.

    • Bob_Hendley

      The effectiveness of curve balls is said to be diminished in Coors, and even in the Snake Pit, so that probably contributes to Ryu’s woes. Perhaps Hill’s is so good that he would have less of a problem. Still, if it is to be the Rox, then maybe Darvish and Hill switch for the start in Coors.

      • Bob_in_Vegas

        I was thinking about the breaking ball up there as well, so as you mentioned last night, I was wondering about judging just on that one game (it IS Coors Field — I know it’s not the favorite place for Kersh . . . we’ll find out).
        But apparently Ryu hasn’t done well vs. CO wherever the game is played, so that’s a contributing factor.
        It’s apparent the FO are fans of metrics, as it appears they have all these stats.

        • Bob_Hendley

          Hill has never pitched for the Dodgers in Coors. Very poor record prior to that there, though he was a different pitcher then.

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