Game 85, 2017

Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 6:10 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FS-A

This is a big series. The D-Backs are 2 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West, which at this stage of the 2017 season looks to be the class of the National League and provider of both Wild Card teams if it were to end today. The D-Backs send lefty Patrick Corbin (6-7, 4.76 ERA) out to face the Dodgers’ lefty Clayton Kershaw (12-2, 2.32 ERA) in a twilight game.

Corbin faced the Dodgers on April 15 and did not do well. He gave up five runs over six innings and got the loss. On the other hand he’s gone 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA (eight earned runs in 24 1/3 innings) in his last four starts, including a five-hit, two run, six-inning outing against the Cardinals last Thursday. Kershaw went 8 1/3 innings on April 14 to beat the D-Backs, giving up one run on four hits.

Turner leads the NL in the Final Vote for the ASG, which continues through Thursday.

This date in Dodgers’ history:

  • 2006 Nomar Garciaparra ties the major league record for being hit by a pitch in a game as he is plunked three times by three different Diamondback pitchers in a 10-4 Dodger victory. The LA first baseman is the first National Leaguer to equal the mark, both literally and figuratively, since the 2000 season when Astros outfielder Richard Hidalgo got thwacked thrice in a game in April.

It’s the day in 1985 when the Mets and Braves played a 19-inning game which went until just before 4 a.m. the next day. After the 6 hours, 10 minutes game, the 1000 fans left in Atlanta Fulton County Stadium saw pre-dawn fireworks which awakened and frightened many of the ballpark’s neighbors. Probably infuriated quite a few, too.

This is also the day in 1939 when Lou Gehrig gave his farewell speech at Yankee Stadium.

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238 thoughts on “Game 85, 2017

    • I call it a night with a no hit shutout in the works and a 3 run lead only to wake up and see you guys had to work hard last night to pull this one in.

    • The Snakes have an impressive lineup, but I question the depth of their pitching over the full season. The Royals have played much better lately to become a contender in a weak division.

  1. Such an outing was bound to happen for Kenley. He can still salvage this!

  2. Lucky the early start tonight. A Kershaw game is usually quick, but the latter innings without him reallllly sloooooow down.

    • He also threw a lot of pitches in the early innings. As did Corbin.

    • Agree that it is unfortunate. Wish to save him for some 1 or 2 run games that could be upcoming.

    • Really all I want is the W tonight. Shutout is tasty but meaningless calories.

  3. Finally reading “Best Team Money Can Buy”. I must say it is making me view some of the players in a much fuller way.

    • I expected more in the book. If you get a chance, read The Last Innocents by Michael Leahy. It is about the Dodgers and the social climate in the 1960s. Includes some revealing interviews, among them that those of Wes Parker and Maury Wills.

  4. Belated comment: Bellinger went way too far to his right on the first hit. He actually was to the right of Forsythe. Had Bellinger stayed at the bag it would likely have been an out, second to first.

    • Fireworks are legal for the first time in my state, since well before I was born, which is a long time.

          • Went to my niece’s wedding on a farm in Sloan, Iowa, three years ago. Lovely event. Beautiful area. She married a farmer whose family has been working the land for five generations — soybeans and corn.

          • My wife’s family have a farm that has been part of their family for at least 100 years. They give you a sign, in a ceremony at the state fair, to put up on your farm when you reach that point. Sloan is a beautiful area, if, like you say, you like soybeans and corn.

  5. Bats, let’s make this less interesting!
    Bullpen, finish the shutout!

  6. Would love to have Joe Davis call a no hitter someday. It would be fun to hear how he would call the final out and commemorate it.

  7. Now we do not need to worry about 120 pitches for tonight. By the way, Gameday with a major rule nine violation.

    • Radio said Cody probably shouldn’tve gone after the ball . . . but in some ways, I bet Kersh is glad he was in on the play.

  8. So many pitches. Less than 30 before he would get to 120. How many would you let him throw?

  9. Outside of late September/postseason, this may be the most interested I am when the Dodgers are in the field.

  10. I voted another 25 times for Turner today, bringing my total to about 70. Maybe I will pull an all-nighter! LOL.

    • Kudos to the front office for compiling, then juggling, personnel to allow the Dodgers to be where they are, in spite of the injuries!

      • If I were a cartoonist I would draw a picture of the Dodgers pitchers coming into and going out of a revolving door labeled disabled list.

      • J’approve!

        Noted while searching replica sites: In Argentina, the real curiosity is in San Juan where a statue that was destined to the city of San Juan … Puerto Rico! Since no time knows why or how it landed in the wrong country, but it is always she is still there!

        • I just mentioned the one in Olavarría to my wife, who was unaware of it. I have been to San Juan many times, but have never seen that one. My wife, who lived there for nearly a year, has never noticed it either.

      • Then there’s Sen. Carl Schurz, who said: “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.”

        It’s sad that the second clause is often forgotten.

        • In the second verse of “America the Beautiful:”

          America, America,
          God mend thine every flaw.
          Confirm thy goal in self-control,
          Thy liberty in law.

          • Which was first published in 1910 as a song. It had been published as a poem fifteen years earlier. The poet Katharine Lee Bates might not have been aware of Schurz’s remarks on the Senate floor in 1872, or maybe she disagreed with him. He obviously felt it was the citizens’ responsibility to fix America, not just to leave it to God as Bates suggests.

          • For what it’s worth, Schurz went to a Jesuit high school in Köln, so I’ll give Bates the benefit of the doubt for speaking metaphorically.

  11. Happy Fourth of July! Winnipeg Dave, happy Tuesday! A big series, I hope we get the no home runs Kershaw today.