Game 100, 2017

Twins at Dodgers, 7:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSNO

The Twins’s newly-signed RHP Bartolo Colon (2-9, 8.19 ERA) will face the Dodgers’ LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6, 4.21 ERA).

Colon was released by the Braves at the end of June. The Twins are his tenth MLB team; he’s 235-171 with a 4.02 ERA in his 20-year career, all but 4 years of it in the American League. Ryu is coming off the DL where he’s been for three weeks with a bruised foot.

Kershaw may be out 4-6 weeks, says a “baseball source” inside MLB. However, it’s also reported that there won’t be a firm time frame until the Dodgers’ go-to back specialist, Dr. Robert Watkins, has examined Kershaw. Presumably that will happen/has happened today.

Kershaw isn’t the only Dodger pitcher headed for the DL; Brandon McCarthy is as well. He’s got a blister. Kenta Maeda will take his start Tuesday night.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1909 At Washington Park, the Superbas sweep a twin bill from the visiting Cardinals with identical 1-0 scores. Brooklyn’s southpaw Nap Rucker, who will finish second in the NL with 200 strikeouts, whiffs 16 Redbirds in one of the contests.
  • 1931 For the second time in ten days, Babe Herman hits for the cycle. The Dodger outfielder joins “Long John” Reilly and Bob Meusel as one of only three ‘tricyclists’ to have accomplished the feat of collecting a single, double, triple, and home run in one game three times.
  • 1965 Unbeknownst to him at the time, 75 year-old Mets skipper Casey Stengel, who compiled a managerial record of 1,905-1,842 with the Dodgers, Braves, Yankees, and Mets, manages his final baseball game, a 5-1 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium. After leaving a party after midnight at Toots Shor’s, the ‘Old Perfesser’ loses his balance and fractures his left hip, resulting in the unexpected retirement with the team.
  • 1968 ChiSox reliever Hoyt Wilhelm breaks Cy Young’s record when he makes his 907th career appearance, pitching a third of an inning in which he gives up a run on two hits to be on the short-side of the team’s 3-2 loss to Oakland. The 45 year-old knuckleballer, who will retire in 1972 after pitching in 1,070 games, will finish his 21-year major league career with a 143-122 (.540) won-loss record and 228 saves, hurling for the Giants, Cardinals, Indians, Orioles, White Sox, Angels, Braves, Cubs, and Dodgers.
  • 1970 Tommy Agee steals home with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the Mets a 2-1 walk-off victory over the Dodgers at Shea Stadium. After reaching on a fielder’s choice, the New York center fielder stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring the winning run with his thievery of home plate.
  • 1977 After his two-out foul pop-up is dropped by Mets’ right fielder Bruce Boisclair, Davey Lopes responds with a game-ending three-run home run off Bob Apodaca. The L.A. second baseman’s ninth inning dramatics provide the Dodgers with a 5-3 win, and spoils the opportunity for a victory for Nino Espinosa, who left the game needing just one more out for a complete-game victory.
  • 1993 In a 5-4 loss to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, Mets right-hander Anthony Young extends his record losing streak to 27 games. The latest defeat is the result of the hard-luck hurler walking Dave Hansen in with the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning.
  • 1993 Following the game at Dodger Stadium, Vince Coleman tosses a M-80 from a car, resulting in reported injuries to three fans in the Chavez Ravine parking lot, including an 11 year-old boy and a two year-old girl. The Mets’ player was a passenger in the 1991 Jeep Cherokee driven by LA outfielder Eric Davis, who acknowledges Coleman flipped the firecracker out of his vehicle as a ‘joke’, but not into a crowd of people.

Non-Dodger history of note: today is the anniversary of The Pine Tar Incident with George Brett.

Lineup when available.

95 thoughts on “Game 100, 2017

  1. Never checked on the game last night as I was busy watching two grandsons. A good win against a strong Twins team.

  2. Someone once said that every team is destined to win one-third of its games, and every team is destined to lose one-third of its games. It’s what you do with the other one-third that makes or breaks your season. Yesterday’s and tonight’s games are part of the other one-third. (Of course, the Dodgers are on a pace to win more than two-thirds of their games this season.)

  3. How are these pitches balls?!?!?! The middle two were well within the strike zone.

    • Yes, after being called up for the first time following 12 years in pro ball!

  4. That was Edward Miguel (Cruz) Paredes, 30, who was making his MLB debut in his 12th professional season. The Yankees have a minor league pitcher named Edward Valentino Estefano (Sanchez) Paredes, who is 18. I would loved to have heard Vinnie cover this.

  5. I admire what Colon is doing. I just didn’t want to lose to him, and he won’t.

  6. Kepler, I believe, is one of only two Germans in MLB. The other is Aaron Altherr of the Fillies.

  7. The aforementioned Hoyt Wilhelm homered in his first MLB plate appearances on April 23, 1952, as a rookie with the Giants and never homered again in a 21-year career and 493 plate appearances. His career batting average was .088. Wilhelm ended his career in 1972 with the Dodgers. When he retired he had pitched in more games than anyone else, 1070. Wilhelm is now sixth in that category. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985.

  8. I really hate it when pitchers on either side make great pitches and they get called balls.

  9. Rox lose, so Dodgers can pick up another game on them tonight. It looks as if the Snakes will roll over the Barves, though.

  10. It’s only a minor story, but it’s a pleasure to see Gnatt Cain still in SF’s rotation – six runs in two innings tonight, and Cutch has four RBI.

  11. Colon almost had an ESPN highlight coming in behind Yasiel to take the throw.

  12. As a youthful Dodgers fan, I was surrounded by Keilloresque Lutherans (though no Norwegian bachelor farmers) cheering for the Twinkies in the 1965 Series. I had nothing against them, but the ultimate result was satisfying.

    • Koufax’ complete-game shutout of Minnesota, 2-0, on two days of rest in Game 7, without his curve working, was one of greatest pitching performances in baseball history.

  13. The Twins’ acquisition today of Jaimé Garcia meant that he could have faced the Dodgers and Alex Wood again on Wednesday on four days of rest. Instead, Garcia will go against the A’s Friday night in Oakland.

  14. I’m feeling the wrong kind of blue today, after we had to put down our little Yorkie Jilly. She was almost 16, and a trooper. Like me, she converted to a Dodgers fan from a Mets fan after moving West to live with me in 2008, after my mom died.

  15. First you have to pick the right one and even then, no guarantees. Back in 2015, Hamels, Price and Cueto were out there. Playoff performance of those three since they moved: Price 1-3, 7.20; Hamels 0-2, 5.40, and Cueto, 2-2, 4.36