Game 161, 2017

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

LHP Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.21 ERA) tunes up for the postseason against RHP German Marquez (11-7, 4.38 ERA), who’s trying to clinch the second Wild Card spot for his team. Since the Brewers are the team to beat for that position and they play the Cardinals earlier in the day, the Rockies might know by game time whether they’re in before the first pitch is thrown.

Kershaw is chasing a 4th Cy Young Award and will probably pitch no more than five innings, or so it’s been suggested by Dodgers’ manager Roberts. Marquez may be tiring; he’s had a poor September (1-2, 5.47 ERA) which has detracted a little from an otherwise excellent rookie year.

Today in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1923 It’s Zack Wheat Day at Ebbets Field, and the retiring Dodger outfielder collects two hits and is given an automobile. Cy Williams of the Phillies spoils the special day as he ties the score in the seventh inning with his 39th homer and his 40th in the 12th frame gives Philadelphia the victory, 6-4.
  • 1933 At Sportsman’s Park in a 12-2 Cubs rout of the Cardinals, Babe Herman hits for the cycle, becoming the first player in baseball history to do it three times. The Chicago outfielder, playing for the Dodgers, also accomplished the feat on two other occasions in 1931.
  • 1947 Ralph Branca becomes the youngest player to start a World Series opener. At Yankee Stadium, the 21-year and 9 months old right hander and the Dodgers lose to the Bronx Bombers, 5-1.
  • 1951 Knowing the Giants have won their game in Boston, the Dodgers rally from a five-run deficit to beat Philadelphia in 14 innings, 9-8, forcing a three-game playoff for the National League pennant. After Jackie Robinson makes a game-saving catch in the thirteenth to preserve an 8-8 tie, he hits a home run in the next frame that proves to be the difference in Brooklyn’s victory at Shibe Park.
  • 1953 George Shuba, best known as the Montreal Royal teammate who shook Jackie Robinson’s hand after the rookie had homered, becomes the third major leaguer and the first National League player to pinch hit a home run in the World Series when he goes deep off Allie Reynolds in the Dodgers’ 9-5 Game 1 loss at Yankee Stadium. ‘Shotgun’ joins Yogi Berra (1947) and Johnny Mize (1952), who both accomplished the feat playing for the Bronx Bombers.
  • 1956 Don Newcombe, a three-time twenty-game winner, goes the distance to earn his major-league leading 27th victory when the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, 8-6, on the last day of the campaign. Newk’s win is the most ever in a season by an African-American pitcher.
  • 1962 On the last day of the season, Gene Oliver’s eighth-inning homer off Johnny Podres proves to be the difference in St. Louis’ 1-0 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The loss to the Cardinals forces Los Angeles into a best-of-three-game playoff with the Giants for the National League pennant, a series the team will lose to San Francisco.
  • 1999 The largest regular-season crowd in Candlestick Park history, 61,389 fans, watches the Dodgers beat the home team, 9-4 in the last baseball game to ever be played at the ‘Point’. Giant greats help mark the occasion with Juan Marichal tossing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game and Willie Mays throwing out the ballpark’s final pitch after the game.

Lineup when available.

  • WBBsAs

    Here’s to the ‘Stick, a far better place to watch a ballgame than TPBTBNL.

    • Why?

      • WBBsAs

        Far more congenial, and more interesting.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Apart from the swirling garbage, I recall a chain-link fence in the outfield, and the shivering fans.

      • WBBsAs

        Today, at TPBTBNL, “swirling garbage” and “shivering fans” are synonyms.

  • WBBsAs
  • Bob_Hendley

    Brewers about to be eliminated. Trail by a run in the top of the ninth.

    • RBI

      Yup. They’re out.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Party time in Coors!

        • WBBsAs

          Drowning in bad beer…

          • Bob_Hendley

            All we drank as kids, but yeah.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Scherzer and Klayton with last starts today. Guessing the CYA advantage is with Max, given commanding lead in Ks

  • WBBsAs

    MLBTV has apparently gone dead. It refuses to acknowledge my account.

    • Bob_Hendley

      You are dead to them.

  • So is Roberts going to have one of the vets manage the team tomorrow as Torre and Mattingly used to do? Who would you pick? Turner? A-Gon? Chase?

    • Bob_Hendley

      Good question. Guessing that Doc will want to keep a tight rein on player use, at least until the 5th.

  • WBBsAs

    GameDay, working erratically, tells me that Scherzer left game with injury? Any details?

  • RBI

    Rockies doing what they do again. They are playing their best right now.

  • RBI

    Go Kersh. Now let”s get a DP.

    • As you wish. Oh wait. Never mind. Play overruled.

      • RBI

        Kersh says, no problem.

  • RBI

    Thank you.

  • Bob_Hendley

    Rockies have won NL batting titles 8 times. Hurrah for Coors!

    • RBI

      Well, when you put it that way..!

  • WBBsAs

    This is the worst MLBTV has been all year. Video feed erratic, GameDay totally flatlining.

    • RBI

      Not a fun game either, so far.

  • RBI

    Ugh.

  • RBI

    We’d better start hitting here, or the Rockies will have won their past six against us. This is why I would rather face the D-backs at the moment.

  • RBI

    Yup. Rockies feeling it.

  • RBI

    Blackmon makes Turner look kempt.

    • WBBsAs

      Blackmon-Turner-Over…

  • RBI

    This is painful to watch.

  • RBI

    Bats better wake up here.

  • RBI

    Corey slow out of the gate there.

  • RBI

    Frustrating. Turner should have had that one. I wonder how Doc is feeling right about now? All he wants is for us to play good baseball…

  • RBI

    I’m talkin’ to myself, here. Time to make dinner.

  • RBI

    That’s better.

  • RBI

    The White Sox relief pitcher is named Aaron Bummer. Worst name ever?

    • Requires thought. Bob Walk (Pirates pitcher in the 70s)? That’s baseball-specific, though. Bummer — how much crap did young Aaron have to put up with in school?

  • RBI

    PUIG!!!!!! Tie game!

  • RBI

    Kershaw out. Like Scherzer, can’t get the win either.

  • Man, this top of the Rockies order is killing us.

    • RBI

      Tough tough bunch of hitters, and they are all peaking at the same time.

      • Unlike the Dodgers’ hitters, who seem to be slumping at the same time. Bellinger is 1 for 18, I think.

        • RBI

          I know. And Corey hitting a lot of weak ground balls at the same time.

  • WBBsAs

    The Rox have stolen all the Gnathits.

  • RBI

    Hmmm. Orel calling the Dbacks over the Rox in the wild card.

    • WBBsAs

      Doutbtful, but not impossible.

      • RBI

        Sorry, I reversed that by mistake.

        • WBBsAs

          A writer should know how to use an edit function.

          • RBI

            I do! And I did! Just after the fact, because you are too quick.

          • Bob_Hendley

            He catches me every time.

        • Wait, so which is it? He’s picking the Rockies? Over Greinke? Doable but hard.

          • RBI

            D-backs over Rockies. Do keep up!

          • RBI

            Hope I didn’t sound snarky with my comment. I meant to be funny.

  • RBI

    I thought maybe Grandy got all of that, it being Coors Field and all.

  • RBI

    Beautiful play at first by Belli. Slick slide of the foot over the base while moving laterally away.

  • RBI

    These Rockie beards are mangy. You could hide several varieties of vermin inside Lucroy’s alone.

  • Puig HBP on the left hand. Shades of Hanley Ramirez?

  • Now Utley too? Oy!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Chase with the leg out.

    • Bob_Hendley

      So glad he decided to play another year with the Dodgers. What a joy, when not wearing the Fillies uniform.

  • RBI

    Come on, Joc. Be a hero.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Joc didn’t hit the ball hard, which was good in this case.

  • Bob_Hendley

    No one mentioned here, and I was out of the loop for awhile, but Dodgers clinched HFA with Spiders loss.

  • RBI

    Cleveland lost.

  • Bob_Hendley

    MLB.tv going haywire on me now.

    • RBI

      Valaika singled. Bringing in Cingrani.

      • There are balalaikas in the game? Who’s playing them?

  • RBI

    Cingrani shuts them down!

  • The Wild Horse has scored three of the Dodgers’ four runs.

    • Bob_Hendley

      Now 4 of 5.

  • RBI

    Ottavino shuts us down!

  • Bob_Hendley

    Guys trying to ruin Kenley’s save opportunity again.

    • WBBsAs

      Not possible – he faced tying run in eighth and, no matter how the lead becomes, it’s still a save.

      • Bob_Hendley

        Ha! Know thy enemy.

  • WinnipegDave

    Just got home from a family gathering. It’s my bday tomorrow and my family got me a new Dodgers hat – the spring training edition with the stylized D.

    • RBI

      Happy almost birthday! Mine is the 11th.

      • WinnipegDave

        I always thought October is the best month to have a birthday. 🙂

        • RBI

          Me, too.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Happy brithdays to each of you . . . may you be holding all kinds of celebrations throughout October!

          • Game seven of the WS would be November 1.

          • Bob_in_Vegas

            Win before 7.

          • Sweep!

  • WinnipegDave

    Glad the Dodgers got the one insurance run in the top of the ninth.

  • WinnipegDave

    Ouch.

    • RBI

      No comment. Other than ouch.

  • WinnipegDave

    We win!

  • RBI

    Woo-HOO (103 !s)

  • WinnipegDave

    103 and one more left to play.

  • RBI

    New Los Angeles record. Nice, guys. Clumsy start but they pulled off a win.

  • WinnipegDave

    So how bad did Kershaw look tonight? I guess it was just one bad inning or did he struggle more than that?

    • RBI

      He didn’t have his best pitches but he really bore down when it mattered. The Rockies offense was unconscious to begin with, as well as getting a few lucky hits.

  • RBI

    Puig and Utley both looked great tonight.

    • John_from_Aus

      Puig has been pretty consistent most of the year and I think he is due for a huge post season

  • HLKLA

    A good win tonight. I would still like to see them beat the Rockies tomorrow, just out of spite.

    • WinnipegDave

      If Milwaukee hadn’t blown a 6 run lead, tomorrow’s game would have been very real for the Rockies.

      • RBI

        Wow that must have been devastating for the team, and the fans.

  • RBI

    I liked the smiles exchanged between Baez and Doc. Apparently Kenley is making a strong case for keeping Baez on the playoff roster. Makes me think maybe we should.

    • WinnipegDave

      Maybe the best team in baseball should be awarded an extra player in the post-season. 🙂

    • Bob_Hendley

      Would bring a frown to some other player’s face. Who would we leave off is big question. Guess Ryu may no longer have a slot. Locastro looks like a guy who might get you a run in a pinch.

  • RBI

    Nomar is quite the sharp dresser,

    • A lot of those former Red Sox guys seem to like the threads.

      • WBBsAs

        Possibly pimping to be characters in a Dennis Lehane novel (Lehane now lives in Southern California).

  • WBBsAs

    I’m pleased that the Dodgers set an LA record for wins. I’d like to see them break it tomorrow.

  • NPUT @ 0600 HST, 0900 PDT. Somebody post the lineup in the new post’s comments.

  • I missed the game last night but did attend a Chicago concert. A couple of originals still part of the band (50 years). They were really good last night.

    • I loved the original group. When Cetera turned them into a pop ballad band I got bored. Those first two or three albums, though…

      • WBBsAs

        They always were a pop ballad band, but managed to record a few listenable songs.