Game 61, 2017

Nationals at Dodgers, 12:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MASN, MLBN (out-of-market only)

This looks like a wonderful pitcher’s duel, so each pitcher will probably be shelled and out of the game by the third inning. It’s RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-1, 2.91 ERA) going for the Nats and LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.28 ERA) for the Dodgers. These two were supposed to meet last year during the regular season but Strasburg strained his upper back and was scratched.

Strasburg has won his last three starts, striking out 33 and putting up a 1.33 ERA. Kershaw hasn’t had a decision in his last three starts.

Alex Wood will come off the DL this weekend and take either Maeda’s or Ryu’s spot in the rotation. In another bit of intriguing news, Eibner has thrown six bullpen sessions.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1954 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella steals home in the top of the 12th inning in a 7-5 victory over St. Louis at Sportsman’s Park. Campy had added an insurance run with an eighth inning round-tripper, but the Redbirds scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to tie the score.
  • 1957 Howard University awards honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recently retired Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson. In the coming years, the former baseball great and the Baptist minister will often appear together at Civil Rights rallies, fundraising events, and demonstrations.
  • 1982 Joining Lou Gehrig, Everett Scott, Billy Williams, and Joe Sewell, Dodger infielder Steve Garvey becomes only the fifth player in major league history to play in 1,000 consecutive games. The first baseman, establishing a National League record, will appear in 1207 consecutive games, before the streak ends next season when he breaks his thumb in a collision at home plate, playing for the Padres.

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96 thoughts on “Game 61, 2017

  1. Kersh righting the Dodgers from a tailspin . . . again!
    Bats, please return!

    All this pales to the “game” playing tomorrow in D.C. )Since this is current events and not politics, I THINK I’m on firm ground vis a vis the rules.) I sure hope certain testimony is as effective as many think/hope . . . and we’re not Steinered on a much more important stage than any baseball game.

    • I am not sure why they called the rundown a debacle. They got the out on three throws, 1-2-5-1. It worked.

      • Usually they don’t want the pitcher to get involved in the rundown and make the tag. That said, Báez used to be an infielder, and he also showed a third baseman’s reflexes on Harper’s grounder.

    • Against the Rojos this weekend, I expect the Dodgers will hit a bit better.

  2. Had a chance to check in and see this in the box score but not mentioned in comments:

    CS: A Gonzalez (1)

    Someone please ‘splain the reason for sending Speedy Gonzalez?

    • Here I am! Hey, hey, hey! I just went to Gameday, and saw the final score. How About That! (Mel Allen), and Well, I’ll Be a Monkey’s Uncle (family saying). Thanks to all of you for steering our club back into the victory lane. It looks like it was a breeze. Ha!

  3. Kershaw done at 7 IP at 95 pitches or do they run him out there for one more inning?

  4. Kershaw has now passed Hershiser (and others) on the career k list and sits at 74 most all time. Next up are 2 more former Dodgers: Dazzy Vance (2045) and Fernando Valenzuela (2074).

  5. I don’t like the way this game is going. Don’t mean to be a summer soldier, but I am going to step away and avoid what may well be another two hours of aggravation. Had too much of that lately. If they win, I will find that out later today and feel happy about it. Good luck.

  6. Kershaw is walking opposing pitchers now? This is not the best of Clayton.

  7. Dodgers not taking advantage of bad pitches from Nats pitchers this series. There haven’t been many, but certainly Puig just missed that last one from Starsburg.

  8. IIRC – Kershaw is closing in on Hershiser’s career K’s with the Dodgers.

    • Or not. I thought Hershiser had 2014 K’s with the Dodgers but that was his whole career.
      So Kershaw will pass Orel on the all time list soon.

    • Glad you said two and not one. Kershaw gives up another solo homer.