Game 36, 2017

Dodgers at Rockies, 5:40 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, ROOTRM, MLBN (out-of-market only)

LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-2, 2.40 ERA) searches for his sixth win of the season, his ninth in 18 career starts at Coors Field. He’s 19-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 34 career starts against the Rockies. His opponent will be RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.74 ERA), who was 1-2 with a 3.75 ERA against the Dodgers last season.

This day in Dodger history:

  • 1956 At Ebbets Field, Carl Erskine tosses his second career no-hitter when he holds the crosstown rival Giants hitless in the Dodgers’ 3-0 victory. The right-handed ‘Oisk’ also threw a no-no against the Cubs in 1952.
  • 1958 In a 12-3 rout of their West Coast rival, Willie Mays homers twice against the Dodgers in the LA Memorial Coliseum contest. The ‘Say Hey Kid’s’ second round-tripper, a fifth inning shot off Ed Roebuck, is the first grand slam ever hit by a San Francisco Giant.
  • 2004 In one of the most remarkable at-bats in big league history, Alex Cora fouls off 14 consecutive pitches and then hits the 18th thrown to him by the Cubs’ Matt Clement over the right-field fence for a two-run home run which doubles LA’s lead to 4-0. The Dodger Stadium crowd cheered each foul ball as the total started to be displayed on the scoreboard. (Video)
  • 2009 In a 5-3 victory over LA at Citizens Bank Park, Jayson Werth steals home to complete his journey around the bases that also included the swiping of second and third base. In addition to becoming the first major leaguer to complete the stolen base cycle since Eric Young accomplished the feat in 1996 with Colorado, the Phillies’ right-fielder ties a team record established by Sherry Magee (2, 1906) and Garry Maddox (1978).
  • 2015 Giancarlo Stanton becomes the fourth player to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium, joining McGwire (1999), Mike Piazza (1997), and Willie Stargell, who accomplished the feat twice (1969, 1973). The jaw-dropping first-inning blast off Mike Bolsinger, estimated to have travelled 475 feet, proves to be the only bright spot in the Marlins’ 11-1 loss to LA at Chavez Ravine. (Video)

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91 thoughts on “Game 36, 2017

  1. Utley is 7 for his last 10, raising his average 99 points, to .197. One more fun fact: When Clayton Kershaw gets four or more runs of support, he’s 89-0.

    • I wonder if he did the math and realized that unless he got better, he would find himself off the team, as players returned from the DL.

  2. Nice win. I hope Kershaw figures out what’s wrong soon; we’re all used to more dominance and fewer walks from him than we’ve been seeing recently.

    • Would be nice, yes. But lets keep in mind that the tendency is to compare him with last season, which, while shortened, was one of the most dominant performances by any pitcher ever. His current BB/9 ratio at 1.3 is obviously not as good as last year’s 0.7, but it is better than his career average of 2.4 and better than in any season from 2011 through 2015, when he won 3 CYA and placed second and third. As well, we also forget that, if anything, he is a slow starter.

  3. Kershaw is the first 20 game winner vs Colorado in their franchise history.

  4. 1 more inning from Kershaw and then 1 from Jansen sounds like a good game plan.

  5. Although that replay went the Dodgers way, I don’t like it when someone makes it to the bag in plenty of time but comes off the bag for a tenth of a second and a replay overturns the the call

    • I agree completely. I think it is crazy to micro-analyize that particular play. Different if a runner over slides the base.

    • I disagree 100 percent. The runner needs to stay on the base. If he comes off it, he’s out.

      • So before replay was around did you care if a runner’s slide caused his foot to “bounce” up off the bag for a split second?
        I know I never even thought of it much less cared.

  6. Good to check in and see that we do not have to play from behind tonight, but it is Coors Field.

  7. KK-ershaw!
    EXTREMELY impressive shutdown after scoring, considering Kersh was on the bases and that terrible mess.

      • Just don’t want CO to get back in the game . . . we know how that can happen!
        But Clayton then reminded them that he’s CK.
        And more likely than not for the Blue, having CK = OK

  8. (shaking head) Coors Field definitely has weird occurrences!
    C’mon, Kersh!

    • I’m always wary of a pitcher running the bases (other than PR specialist Strip), but the busted bunt still turned into a run . . . yahoo!

  9. Can we tack these runs onto last night’s game and then start today’s game fresh after this inning?

  10. Puig has 13 walks this year. That’s half as many as he had last year and half as many as he had the year before, 24 and 26, respectively. Granted he was injured in each of those years, but his patience seems to be improving.

    • And he held off on a pitch in the dirt, similar to what got him twice last night.
      We always knew he had the talent . . . hopefully he’s turning them into well-trained skills.

  11. Nobody home tonight at my place. Watching Bad Day at Back Rock while waiting for the game to begin.

  12. Klayton’s ERA at Coors is 4.71, which is better than Ryu’s that now stands at 5.52 there.