Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PDT, TV: FS-A, SPNLA
LHP Robbie Ray (10-7, 4.03 ERA) pitches for the D-Backs opposing RHP Walker Buehler (10-2, 3.22 ERA) of the Dodgers. Ray had a horrible June (1-4) and an excellent July (4-1) and won his first start in August, although he went just five innings and gave up four runs on six hits to the Nats. Buehler had a spectacular game his last time out, striking out 15 while allowing the Padres one run on five hits in a complete game victory. If he goes past six innings today he’ll exceed last season’s number of innings pitched and set a new career record.
Here’s Kershaw’s 2,397th strikeout as a Dodger, surpassing Sandy Koufax and moving into third place on the Dodgers’ all-time list behind the two Dons, Sutton and Drysdale.
Player acquisition news: The Dodgers have acquired catcher Jose Lobaton from Seattle in exchange for cash considerations. Lobaton will report to Oklahoma City. This was likely prompted by the news that prospect C Kelbert Ruiz was hit by a pitch last Saturday and broke his finger; he’s out for the season.
Seager is optimistic he’ll hit as well as always.
This date in Dodgers’ history:
- 1975 At Shea Stadium, Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base without being caught, breaking Max Carey’s 1922 record in the Dodgers’ 2-0 victory over New York. The Dodger second baseman’s mark will be broken by Vince Coleman in 1989.
- 1976 John Candelaria becomes the first Pirate since 1907 to throw a no-hitter in Pittsburgh. Nick Maddox threw the first and only Buc home no-hitter until the ‘Candyman’ beat the Dodgers at Three Rivers Stadium. (There was never a no-hitter pitched in the 61-year history of spacious Forbes Field.)
- 2001 Mike Hampton ties the National League record for pitchers with his seventh homer when he goes deep off Felix Heredia in the Rockies’ 14-5 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Colorado southpaw equals the mark established by Dodger hurlers Don Drysdale (1958, 1965) and Don Newcombe (1955), and two shy of the major league standard set by Wes Ferrell, playing for the Indians in 1931.
- 2013 The Dodgers rally for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, overcoming a six-run, seventh-inning deficit, for their fifth walk-off victory of the season. The team’s 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay is their 11th consecutive win in a one-run games, a span in which they have defeated ten different clubs.
Also on this date, in 2013 Dan Haren becomes the thirteenth pitcher in history to record a victory over all 30 major league franchises when he hurls seven solid innings in the Nationals’ 9-2 win over Philadelphia. The 32 year-old right-hander joins Al Leiter, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, A.J. Burnett, Kevin Brown, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling, Woody Williams, Jamie Moyer, Javier Vazquez, Vicente Padilla, and Derek Lowe in accomplishing the feat.
Lineup when available.
Tonight’s Dodger lineup vs. D-backs.
Buehler P#Dodgers | @Biofreeze pic.twitter.com/e1ilXVajOj
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 9, 2019
Dodgers are now 24-14 when a lefty starts.
Last night marked the beginning of a return to order. Dodgers lead Snakes by 18, Gnats by 19.5, Pads by 21.5, Rox by 25. Magic number is 27. Interestingly, FanGraphs projections now give the Pads a better shot at the mild card than the Gnats.
For best in the NL, Dodgers are nine games up on the Barves (whose bullpen issues are far more grave than the Dodgers’; see last night’s box score for details). For best in baseball, Dodgers are one game up on Yanquis but .003 behind Minutes Maids in a virtual tie. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/422508b47f29c5323db58ed1b4b98e3919a51f8b09cb84dcf87887303ec3fc39.png
Win tomorrow and win the series.
I think he’s out, alas. But great hustle.
NPUT @ 0800 HST, 1100 PDT, 1400 EDT
White has enjoyed a few Latin Dinners with friends.
Yanquis have lost, but Minute Maids are clobbering the Orangebirds. Meanwhile, the Barves have blown a four-run lead in the ninth against the Fish (!) and are now going to extras. Fish had winning run thrown out at plate with just one out.
Kenley being Kenley!
So KJ replaces JK. Which should be the closer (or am I getting ahead of myself?)
One more to get.
Let’s do this, Kenley.
Let’s wrap this up quickly.
3 more outs. The last 3 were the hardest to get last night. We will see what happens tonight.
Not a save situation but I wonder if they bring Jansen in anyways.
He’s warming up apparently.
Nice glimpsing so far under the table.
Ferguson looked good for 2 batters. But got the quick hook and replaced by Kelly.
Belli definitely slumping.
2 for the last 24 (.083 batting avg).
Way to go Kenta!
Seven gems by Maeda! He was superb tonight.
The offence has stalled out a bit in the middle innings.
Strong stuff from Maeda so far tonight.
Nice catch by Joc, and then another Dback dunker. Stop them now, please.
Time to start Fibonacci up all over again I guess.
Wish they had scored more. But the mathematician in me sees and appreciates the beginning of the Fibonacci sequence in the line score: 0,1,1,2. Next few innings the Dodgers should score 3, 5, and 8 runs!
I think he pulled Negron too early. I felt that even before Joc made out. (How hard did he hit it?)
Not hard. Easy fly ball out to left.
We needed a few more runs in that inning, but at least we scored.
Now would be a good time Joc
Tonight we are getting the lucky hits and plays – most involving Russel Martin!
Lucky for them. Pure skill for us.
Martin is my latest Dodgers crush.
And maybe your oldest. I remember 2006-2010. (I don’t really but it might have been a thing you said.)
You are right.
I honestly don’t remember when I first joined Dodger Thoughts. But I’m ever so glad I did. I think it was around that time – after lurking for a while first of course!
Oh, I was a champion lurker!
One needs to test the waters sometimes.
I love the way we are executing different ways to score this year. We really needed to start doing that.
Oh Doc, you crazy guy
Safe! Bunt gets Seager home!
Martin! Another RBI!
Okay Russell. Sac fly, yes?
I was thinking 15 hopper through the infield
Or a WP…
That one was a shot!
Used mostly outfield to give me my 15 hops
Good take, Seager.
Joe just said exactly what I was wondering – what makes Young’s 90mph fast ball so hard to hit?
Young not be messing with Muncy.
White not offering a lot of protection hitting behind him
Random comment. I’ve always liked the coloured bands around Maeda’s neck. They remind me of coloured glow sticks that kids break open and wear at dance parties. (Yes I know that’s not what they are.)
I liuke theum toou
Thanks Maeda for making this inning excruciatingly boring.
I use that word in Scrabble all the time.
Yep. Way out.
Don’t start nibbling, Kenta! You’re doing great!
Bellinger is not altogether on the pitches up at bat recently.
Was hoping for more, but at least they got his pitch count up a dab.
#3 hitters of note: Mays, Mantle, Snider, Negron
Poor execution by Maeda.
In case anyone else is wondering, Khris Negrón is seemingly unrelated to the long-time Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron.
Nice pitching through 3 for Maeda. However with him though I am unfortunately thinking: which inning will he blow up and how bad will it be? I would be happy to be proved wrong tonight Kenta!
The Barves blew it to the Fish in the tenth, so Dodgers can gain a game for best in NL.
I’m pleasantly surprised by this.
They pitched a no-hitter against us!
Excellent future person!
Good Maeda, so far.
Now need “Good future Maeda?
I think I misnumbered yesterday’s game as 119, so when I titled today’s game correctly it mucked up Disqus’s comments. I corrected the game number on yesterday’s post, but there’s no simple way of updated 300+ comments on a post to accurately reflect the correct game number.
Meh. If we ever had occasion to go hunt up comments this might matter, but I’ve never had any reason to. Have any of you?
And of course it happens on a night we had a high number of comments! Must have been close to the season high.
By far the most of the year.
But to answer your question – no I have never really needed to search an old one up that I can recall.
I go back occasionally, but after about a week or so, the comments become unavailable anyway. (Unless I’m doing something wrong)
I would rather watch Joc struggle against lefties than watch White, a player I am not into at all.
On pace for a 90-pitch CGSO.
A 91 pitch 7 shutout innings is pretty nice as well.
This is MLBTV’s free game of the day.
Going to be one of those glimpsing-at-the-game-on-my-phone-under-the-table-dinners tonight.
Me too, probably, and tomorrow I’ll be heading to Rancho Nicasio for…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkq4gwhnCg4
A three hour dinner? That’s a lot of calories.
Latin dinner with guests. It’s a whole evening.
It’s the alcohol more than the calories, but I guess those aren’t mutually exclusive.
Today’s post along with yesterday’s comments is what I am getting.
This is very strange.
Well, screw it. Let the comments stack up. Keep commenting without worrying about it.
Will do chief.
It was correct for a little while.
Not that I can see.
As Hendley said…
Alineación del sábado. https://twitter.com/LosDodgers/status/1160296018098958337?s=20
After last night, Dodgers still lead Snakes by 17, Gnats by 19.5, Pads by 21.5 and Rox by 24. For best in NL, the lead is eight over the Barves. However, for best in baseball, they now trail both the the Yanquis and the Minute Maids by .002 (a virtual tie in GB).
Two hits? That’s all we got? Two lousy hits?
Dodgers are now 23-14 when a lefty starts. One problem right now is that when a lefty starts, Doc starts Tyler White (even batting him lead off), who has responded by hitting .059 since joining the team. Have Joc play first, or even Beaty. Never thought I’d say it, but I can’t wait for Jed Gyorko to join the team.
Went to a Hartford Yard Goats game last night (against the Binghampton Rumble Ponies). The Goats are the Rox AA team. Exciting game. Goats won 2-1 with the two coming in the bottom of the 8th. They attempted 4 steals and were successful once.
When Freese and/or Gyorko are ready, White’s probably not a keeper. He was a no-cost pickup who was good last year and probably deserved a shot for that.
For me, AJ’s reaction at the plate was what was telling. No way was he faking that discomfort.
And it goes to extras
Very bad future person.
Well person living in the past is not doing so great either. Pull up your own socks man. Lol
Sorry, but I have had it with Kenley, but I don’t have a solution.
There may be a lot of solutions: Urias. Gonsolin. May.
I think anyone should be in play.
Closer by committee?
Urias about to test that concept.
Bottom of the order, at least. But Ketel Marte is a tough out.geeze I meant Ahmed. I guess. I should check. Still got a cold – that’s my excuse.
I wish I felt confident we would win this one. But I do not.
It is a squeaker that’s for sure.
Does that help boost the confidence levels at all?
Not Kelly yet but Kolerack.
Who needs to throw a strike.
Might reel him in yet.
The Mets are on a SF type role (bad team getting hot for a couple of weeks). Except with a much better starting rotation.
The Mutts are far superior to the Gnats.
They aren’t as good as their record over the last 20-25 games however.
The Gnats aren’t as good as their record over the last 116 games.
Okay Belli. How about number 38?
Make that No. 38.
A Belli bomb would be v. nice.
Had a good rip at that pitch.
Glad we got those two runs when we did.
Hopefully get into their pen still tonight.
Man on first, man on
third, nobody out, heart of the line up… and Buehler says no problem.
Only problem is that he is at 60 pitches through 3 innings. See if he can go at least 6 tonight…
Really raised his pitch count that inning though.
Roberts also clearly not mincing words about Kenley’s lack of movement on his pitches in the ninth.
Roberts and AJ both quietly furious at the call, and at Bradley.
Ump got a lot wrong during this game.
AJ saying it hit his bone and part of the shield (which probably made it pop up).
Dodgers “outhit, 12-2.”
Yep, that’ll do it.
A series of missteps and misfortunes.
Now we’re only 36 games over .500.
That call against AJ was the heart breaker.
Wasn’t Bradley the “this is our house” guy?
Let’s wash this result down the drain.
Sad that the loudest the fans got was after the game was over.
I heard them!
I like our fire. Get ‘em tomorrow. And be careful in the parking lot.
Bradley sit down.
What a complete jerk Bradley is.
Well, the fellow you want up.
So what if a pitch hits both the wrist and the bat? Anyone know the answer?
Apparently you get called out.
I’d think it would be in play.
Don’t think you can get HBP on a swing, not that this answers your question.
I think it’s a dead ball strike.
Yeah, It wasn’t a swing
Let’s go Will!
No breaks for the Dodgers apparently.
Okay this is officially the most annoying game of the year.
A rare sac bunt call by Doc.
Hopefully Archie gets rattled.
Why is Bradley upset? He got the call!
Wants to add insult to injury.
This is ridiculous.
Probably hard to overturn.
So unreal. Bad call.
I thought it hit the bat but not sure.
It looks like it hit his hand first.
What if it hits both?
There’s a start.
Good past person.
Okay. Double. Single. Head to the clubhouse.
I like AJ here.
Oh come on. Ball 4 ump.
Worth the wait.
Glad we are at least facing a righty even if it’s Bradley.
Let’s go for extra bases here Joc.
Or a walk would be fine.
Well, everybody’s overdue.
Either Joc will join the malaise or show them how it’s done.
How about Archie?
One to tie. Two to win.
I’m tired and grumpy and mad at the diamond backs especially one called carson.
How’s your cold doing?
Hanging on in a most annoying way. Thanks for asking.
Summer travel got me.
Got the juicy part of the line up at least in the bottom of the inning. Joc/Pollock/Turner and if guys get on Smith/Bellinger.
Here we go.
It wasn’t that bad for the first eight innings. Really!
I should have stayed away. Mea culpa.
Some superb defense plays, and Buehler wasn’t his sharpest, but he never gave up. Pitched out of at least three jams.
Jams is appropriate since there were a lot of jam shots.
Thanks. Six more scoreless nnings offer some consolation.
12 hits, three of them legit.
And another dunk hit. The baseball gods want to keep us humble tonight.
Or pump us up when we win.
Who IS this Carson Kelly jerk?
I mean come on
The first one was more of a soap bubble home run but this one flew out of there.
Yeah. It was a no doubter
The first one was a pitch the hitter usually K’s on.
It looked very catchable, until it wasn’t.
White had some healthy cuts there.
White did his best. Swinging for the fences there.
Urias for one more inning if we don’t score here?
How many balls can we hit in exactly the same place?
All of them apparently. It is the Dodger specialty.
Ah. More Chafin.
Dodgers chafin to get a hit.
I think I was trying to play off the word chafing. I don’t know. It’s getting late here.
I got it, Dave, I got it. Clever!
More loopy than clever but thank you.
Muncy, Seager, White – get on base my friends.
Who’s left in the Dbacks bullpen?
That’s at least 3 or 4 lucky hits tonight for AZ.
Bloops and bunts and dunkers.
Oh for the love of … how lucky can you get?!
We should have caught that, yes?
Landed in no man’s land
Take it now even if it is an inning late.
I am late to the game tonight. Have the Dodgers had a baserunner since the 3rd inning?
Negron is due
Due to keep his Dodger hitting streak alive that is.
Time for number 38 here perhaps.
Get it started, Willy! One way or other.
Start and/or end it!
Let’s make them weep and whimper.
Jansen escapes with the tie at least. He was a mix of unlucky and bad.
Need an out right here.
The throw was there in time.
So the tag was bad?
It was in the dirt.
I was pacing in the hallway. Thanks.
It could have been caught.
It was hard to handle the throw because it was low. But it was there in time for a tag to be made if it had been caught.
I jinxed it by mentioning Marte below.
Feels like he is just lobbing them up there. And trying to direct them but not always finding the mark.
Slip sliding away…
Some people can just hit against some other people.
Kenley giving up the HR. Now he’ll get three outs I bet.
I hope so.
That was a hittable pitch to a guy who already homered against him recently
Smith is leading off the ninth. Let’s keep this tied.
Dodgers really want their walk off wins I guess.
The worst possible outcome.
Very bad future people!
C’mon, future people!
Future people have no fingernails.
Ugh. Jam shot. Seldom easy with Kenley, is it?
“DP?,” she whispers to the baseball gods.
That would be great.
Lights out, Kenley, okay?
3 more outs.
Fingers and toes crossed.
If it helps – my stomach is in knots. Lol
You’d think our season was on the line! But me, too. And yes, it helps.
Time for Pollock to hit one out.
Guys that aren’t hitting at full capacity now that I want at full capacity for October baseball: A.J. Pollock and Corey Seager.
I’d sure love to get Kenley one more run.
Any Quentin Tarantino fans out there? Is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood worth the price of admission?
Not a fan, but I feel like I should see it. But I’ll have to go alone – my husband can’t stand him.
I have very mixed feelings about him. His films make me want to wash my own mouth out with soap, and he loves his excessive violence. But he does know how to pace a movie and tell a story.
He’s such a narcissist I hate to put money in his pocket.
Also true. Or at least I can easily image it is true.
A legend in his own mind.
Ha! I do know that he likes to borrow (read: steal) stuff from other movies and directors.
I’ve no doubt he’d be intolerable in person.
He also has a great sense of humor.
That throw was just crazy accurate and a bullet. Most exciting player? I would say so!
How in the world!!????
That was a sweet throw. Mistake to run on Bellinger.
Things that won’t happen next year: Kolerack in for one batter to start an inning.
No room for a LOOGY?
Rule changes that make relievers stay in the game longer.
Or do I have that wrong? I think that is going to be a new rule change…
Fun inning from Baez.
Belli is such a talent.
Yeah, look through this. https://twitter.com/BaseballAmerica/status/1159570477947531277?s=20
Most exciting is the one that pops out. Hard to measure empirically but works using the eye test.
And he looks like he is having fun doing it as well.
Baez/Kelly/Jansen time. Let’s go bullpen.
Plus – more offence please.
Mets now at 14 wins out of the last 15 games. I have a soft spot for them – my old team. They are never boring, but fanship should come with a big bottle of antacids.
This is fun. https://twitter.com/NBCSGiants/status/1160036619409227777?s=20
MLB flashbacks on a loop during the commercial breaks. My take – I love the Dodger ones and the Bartolo Colon ones. Hate the Astros ones and the Steve Pearce ones.
Honey and Walker now downloading.
I am almost more impressed by Buehler tonight, when he was struggling a bit, than when he has everything going. He displayed a Kershaw-like ability to bear down.
I agree. Very similar.
C’mon Walker! beat beat Yes!!!!!
One more out big guy!
Would lovvvve a DP.
Apparently we can read the situation well and see what the solution should be.
Have to settle for a lousy strikeout. jk
Buehler getting tired? Or hitters getting better at seeing him!
Either way – I would gladly take a ground ball dp right here.
The ball has not been leaving the park the last few games. Lots of doubles (and long singles) instead. Is it humid in LA this week?
Wow! That was a very long single!
Strong throw by Negrón.
Very nice to see.
Old friend Grant Holmes is channeling Dustin May… https://twitter.com/MLBPipeline/status/1160022343722229760?s=20
Was he part of the Rich Hill deal or a different one?
I liked him when he was drafted, but just never got it going.
Great pitching by Buehler. Keeping cool.
I’m sure he has one more inning in him.
Both pitchers have reason to be frustrated with the inconsistent calls.
Fine play by Muncy!
And Ray answers with a nine pitch inning.
You mean currently losing pitcher Ray…
Eager Seager always swinging at the first pitch.
He needed that inning. 1,2,3.
So good. Keeps in there longer with his pitch count.
There is a lineup, and A.J. Pollock may have had a groin transplant. https://twitter.com/alannarizzo/status/1159965561654132736?s=20
A groin transplant sounds uncomfortable. I had a hernia operation about twenty years ago; that was annoying enough.
This is classic grumpy old man talk – but I still don’t like the no pitch free pass to first base. It’s just not right that something happens to a batter/runner with no ball being in play.
I agree. I’ll never forget when the A’s set up for a free pass to Johnny Bench in the Series, and then double-crossed him for a called third strike.
Yep, Classic. Well I have only seen replays of it but it seemed very cool.
There’s also the possibility of a wild pitch or passed ball.
Well, exactly. And it could possibly effect your control for the next hitter.
Hate leaving them loaded but nice to break through on Ray.
Yes. Let us hope it does not come back to hurt us.
Oh well. He kinda already went around before the K.
Ray’s pitch count getting up there as well.
He often has pitch count issues – high numbers of K’s and BB’s.
After a ten pitch first inning I was thinking not tonight.
Out of curiosity – I’m watching MLBTV on a so-called SmartTV (Samsung), and every night it seems to take a couple innings to warm up to a sharp picture. When I watch on the iPad, it’s always sharp. Does anybody else have this issue?
A double would be the only way to score White from second.
Ha! And JT lumbering behind.
Ha! And JT lumbering behind.
I hear he once scored from third on a double.
Willie! RBI #20!
Smith has the sweetest swing. So easy.
Nice! RBI for Will!
Better future person!
Beautiful hit after a terrible call.
I am confused by the strike zone.
Just think how the ump feels!
It’s a start. 1-0 on the SF from Pollock.
AJ does well under pressure.
Walker upping his sac game.
What a bunt!
Good future person!
That’s a nice way to break out of a 0-29 streak vs Ray. Seager doubles.
Wow! That was some nifty pitching to get out of that jam.
One more out, Walker…
Walker needs to find his inner Yoda and throw some amazing pitches.
Just like that!
Exact same place. Ugh. Right through the hole.
Almost dropped it!
Negrón battled. Ten pitches!
Anyone else watching the game via MLB.tv? The picture is very grainy tonight with a (faint) yellow stripe down the middle of the screen.
And as soon as I said that they fixed it!
You have magical powers.
Spectrum here. Clear as a bell. Able to see Ray dealing and Buehler… struggling a bit?
Lead off walks are never a good thing.
Hmm wild inning for Walker. Fortunate not to have given up any runs.
Hard to get Ks when the ump isn’t calling strikes strikes.
From the situation room – After last night’s results, Dodgers lead Snakes by 18, Gnats by 19.5, Pads by 22.5 and Rox by 24. For best in NL, they now lead the Barves – who lost last night – by nine full games. For best in baseball, they now trail Yanquis by .003 in a virtual tie, but remain one full game ahead of the Minute Maids (who have a really soft schedule).
My husband says the DBacks’ uniforms look like prison pajamas.
At least they don’t look like Halloween costumes.
I agree with RBI’s husband. They are simply awful uniforms.
The Gnats’ unis are far worse, especially with the Friday night orange jerseys.
Minute Maids win, but Yanquis lose, so Dodgers can reclaim baseball’s best record tonight.
So far so good. Let’s see if we can open the scoring early tonight.
Well not in the first inning. Dodgers skying up a bunch of balls but not getting them very far.
If you’re up for Aloha shirts with the Dodgers’ logo, they’re currently on sale for $40.
Who is this Sadler guy, anyway?
What a nice guy, and family.
Well, he’s no Staff Sgt Barry…
Hey everybody I am back after spending a week in northern Virginia visiting our son and his wife. She is a chemistry professor at James Madison U. We took Amtrak from Iowa to Virginia and back and enjoyed our trip. They are big Nationals fans so we watched a couple of games at local bars.
Welcome back. Go Blue!
I envy you the train ride. Someday, either in America or the Trans-Canada.
We were pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable our train ride went. As long as you are not in a hurry it is very doable.
Riding the rails in Canada is approximately a billion times more expensive than in the USA.
Hmm. You seem to be right. Wow.
Two weeks, US $8,390
GREAT AMERICAN – SOUTHERN TRAIL (LA – San Antonio New Orleans Atlanta Washington New York City)
17 Days from $2949
I’ve spent very little time in Iowa (though I did see “Field of Dreams”). I most remember entering a town whose highway sign said “Willkommen Freunde.”