Game 124, 2017

Dodgers at Pirates, 4:05 PM PT, TV: SPNLA, KTLA, ATT SportsNet-PIT

This would have been Yu Darvish’s start but he’s on the (precautionary) DL, so the Dodgers have called up RHP Brock Stewart (0-0, 1.64 ERA) to make his third start of the year. He’s gone 7 2/3 innings in the previous two. He’ll face RHP Jameson Taillon (7-5, 4.64 ERA), who returned June 12 from a month on the DL after surgery and treatment for testicular cancer (yes, there have been two MLB players treated for that disease this season — the Rockies’ Chad Bettis is the other). Taillon has had a 5.40 ERA since his return, and in his last outing against the Cardinals he gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in five innings.

Wood’s sternum injury has flared up and he’ll probably miss his next start. Bellinger is still day-to-day but took batting practice and claimed he had no ankle pain. Kershaw will make a rehab start for Oklahoma City on Saturday.

This day in Dodgers’ history:

  • 1917 In a 22-inning contest against the Dodgers, Pirates’ outfielder Carson Bigbee sets a major-league record with 11 at-bats. The game was also the fourth straight extra-inning game played by Pittsburgh (total of 59 innings), which sets a National League record.
  • 1965 Juan Marichal thinks Johnny Roseboro throws too close to his head returning the ball to Sandy Koufax and attacks the Dodger catcher with his bat. The Los Angeles backstop suffers cuts on the head during the 14-minute brawl. Marichal was suspended for ten days and fined $1,750.
  • 2000 Hitting a solo blast and a three-run round tripper during a nine-run sixth inning of a 14-6 victory over the Expos, Dodger first baseman Eric Karros becomes the first player in the 111-year franchise history to hit two homers in an inning.

Here’s an oddity: In 1992 in the seventh inning of a Class A Florida State League contest, the Clearwater Phillies string together two walks and two sac bunts to score the game’s only run, beating the Winter Haven Red Sox, 1-0. Opposing minor league hurlers Andy Carter and Scott Bakkum do not give up any hits, making it the first professional game to be hitless in 40 years.

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90 thoughts on “Game 124, 2017

  1. The Dodgers’ lead is now up to 21 games over the Snakes, and 21.5 over the Rox. It’s preposterous.

  2. The bats did it!
    At intermission at the Utah Shakespeare Festival – – saw they had taken the lead before the play started and so pleased to see they won!

  3. Daniel Hudson, who is pitching now, has persevered. From Wikipedia: “On July 9, 2012, Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery which eliminated him for the remainder of the 2012 season. Hudson began the 2013 season on the 60-day disabled list still recovering from the
    Tommy John surgery he previously had. In a rehab start with the Double-A
    Mobile BayBears on June 4, 2013, Hudson re-tore his ulnar collateral ligament.
    Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time of his career
    on June 18, 2013, which shut him down for the entire 2013 season.”

    • So has Taillon. Also from Wikipedia:

      Taillon underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2014 to repair damage to the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow in his throwing arm, costing him the 2014 season,[20] while a sports hernia caused him to miss the 2015 season.

      And then the testicular cancer this year.

  4. Sometimes I play Internet scrabble or Yahtzee with my wife while the game is on and am not on the board here while doing so. I am back though.

    • Monday and Kennedy were talking about a sit-down meeting with the numbers guys and Cingrani in which he was told his slider was a lot better than he seemed to think it was and he should use it more. He told Monday (I think) that he was astonished how much they knew about his performances.

  5. Third bad game in a row for Dodger pitching. Hopefully the bats are up to the task.

  6. Unless he got the word last night, Ravin flew in today from Colorado Springs, where OKC was playing, losing two hours due to time changes. I wonder what time he arrived at the ballpark.

  7. Who would be our reliever in the third inning? We went through plenty of pitchers last night.

  8. Dodgers look determined to not leave the bases loaded tonight. It it good to see CT come back after a rough game last night.

  9. With all of the players we have used this year, if the Dodgers were to give each player, which they never would do, a full share of their post season money each player would probably only receive $794.53.

  10. Via Twitter:

    #Dodgers also recalled Josh Ravin from Triple-A and placed Cody Bellinger on 10-day DL with a sprained right ankle (retroactive to 8/20).

    Today, the #Dodgers recalled Brock Stewart from Triple-A and placed Alex Wood on the 10-day DL with left SC joint inflammation.

  11. Here’s a nugget from Dodger Insider:

    Pedro Baez walked three for the first time in his career and allowed an RBI double and an RBI groundout that tied the game. Baez entered the appearance with two walks the whole month.

    He’s allowed to make a mistake or two once a month, I guess.

    • I think the problem was that Doc was slow to pull him but, at this point in such a dominant Dodger season, he has the luxury of experimenting.