Game 62, 2017

Reds at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-O

The Reds have lost their last six games at Dodger Stadium, their last five series there and were swept in last year’s three-game series for the first time since 2009.

YALHP Amir Garrett (3-4, 7.17 ERA) pitches for the Redlegs and Rich Hill (2-2, 4.15 ERA) goes for the Dodgers.

Garrett has been hit hard in his last three starts (21 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings). He spent time on the 10-day DL and came back off just to get lit up by the Braves, lasting only 2 2/3 innings while giving up nine runs (eight earned). Hill has had trouble with finger blisters and with control: his strikeout-to-walk ratio is 1.44 (Kershaw’s is 7.2; McCarthy’s is 3.4). Hill’s WHIP has jumped from 0.79 in his six starts for the Dodgers last season to 1.54 in six this season.

Is this the year Kershaw surpasses Koufax?

Meanwhile, if the arguments about Koufax and Kershaw right now are too close to call, this is probably the last year we can have that debate, if it’s not too late already. Because Kershaw shows no sign of slowing down, and with each passing season he sets a new standard for Dodgers pitchers. In fact, among pitchers with at least 1,500 innings, Kershaw’s 160 ERA+ is the best of all time.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1919 Dodger standout pitcher Rube Marquard breaks his leg running the bases, ending his season with a record of 3-3. The hard-throwing southpaw will finish his 18-year Hall of Fame career in 1925, after compiling a 201-177 record along with an ERA of 3.08.
  • 1973 Rightfielder Rusty Staub becomes the pivot man in a very unusual double play during a 4-2 Mets victory against the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. Racing in from the outfield, ‘Le Grand Orange’ gets a throw near second base from first baseman John Milner and tags Davey Lopes, who was picked-off from first, and then throws home to nail Tom Paciorek trying to score from second during the P-1B-SS-1B-2B-1B-2B-RF-C rundown.
  • 1990 Eddie Murray ties Mickey Mantle’s major league mark, hitting a homer from both sides of the plate for the tenth time in his career. The switch-hitting first baseman’s second home run of the game, batting left-handed against Eric Show, proves to be the eventual winning run in the Dodgers’ 5-4 victory over San Diego in the 11th inning at Jack Murphy Stadium.

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99 thoughts on “Game 62, 2017

  1. Did I tell you guys about the game I went to against the Marlins? There were about forty young Japanese men (and a few women) all dressed in school uniforms. They sat patiently until Ichiro came up to bat in the fifth inning I think as a pinch hitter. Then all the phones came out. One pitch, a lot of flashes, one ground out, and then they left! Talk about faithful fans!

    • Should we circle this date on the calendar as a Turn(er)ing Point for the Blue?

      • Orel thinks it’s because they all danced last night at the gala to Earth Wind and Fire.

        • Orel should ask EWF what they’re doing through October . . . Guggenheim Group can certainly book ’em for a private, multi-month gig, right?

    • I was going to say “at least he’s starting too” but then I groaned…

  2. A tight game so far, but I need to get some sleep here in the hot Midwest. I hope I wake up to a game where we are so far ahead that Hatcher gets to pitch.

    • I hear you on the hot mid west. 30 degrees C here today.
      Rest well.

      • We don’t know the C word here, Dave — just the F word. (Especially since Nov. 8) How does that translate?

        I’ll be dropping 30 F degrees going to San Diego on Sunday.

    • Walks not appreciated enough when Dodgers get them and always seem to haunt the Dodgers when they give them up.

    • Game Duration: 2:25 !!! Also, Matlack won this game to make his record 3-8. He recovered to go 14-16 for the year. The Mets lost the Series to the As 4-3 in 1973.

  3. Reds have fallen on hard times, but seem a bit up this year. (Still waiting at home to read is the new book on the 1970’s Reds-Dodgers rivalry, which our fearless moderator turned me on to). Old friend Schebler seems to have found a regular spot in RF for them and is tied with Zimmerman for NL dingers.