The return of A.J. Ellis, The Infield, and June 14 Game Chat

Yesterday was considered by a lot of people to be the 40th anniversary (that’s ruby if you’re not scoring at home) of the Dodgers first of the use Garvey-Lopes-Russell-Cey infield, one that would persist through the 1981 season.

The Dodgers lost back on June 13, 1973, 16-3 to the Phillies. Also, Steve Garvey didn’t start the game. Tom Paciorek started the game at first base and Garvey didn’t get into the game until the bottom of the 4th, at which point the Phillies were winning 12-2. And, when the game ended, Davey Lopes was playing center field after Lee Lacy entered the game a little later to play second.

The four Dodgers all played in the same game for the first time on April 7, 1973, but only Russell started at the position he would become famous for. Cey entered the game later as a pinch hitter and stayed in at third. Lopes pinch hit and stayed in to play shortstop. Garvey was a pinch hitter. The Dodgers lost that game in San Diego, 4-3, on a walkoff pinch homer by Jerry Morales off of Jim Brewer.

Garvey-Lopes-Russell-Cey all started for the Dodgers together in their regular positions for the first time in the second game of a doubleheader against the Reds on June 23, 1973, which the Dodgers won 5-1. However, Cey left the game early with a pulled tricep muscle and his replacement, Ken McMullen hit a 3-run homer.

(Even more pointless aside: in newspaper accounts, Reds manager Sparky Anderson was asked why he was starting four lefties against the Dodgers, which would let the Dodgers use Manny Mota, then leading the NL in batting average to play every game. Anderson thought that a player Mota’s age would wear down in the heat of the series and there were four games in three days. Mota batted 8 for 16 in the four games. The Dodgers led the division in 1973 by 8 1/2 games on July 17, but were finally caught by the Reds in early September when the Dodgers were getting swept by the Giants at Candlestick, in the middle of a 9-game losing streak. The Reds won the division by 3 1/2 games.)

Walter Alston would mix and match his infielders for the rest of the 1973 season and it wouldn’t be until 1974 that Dodger fans could start to take the names Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey as givens in the starting lineup.

In news from today, A.J. Ellis is back. Ramon Hernandez has been designated for assignment, making him the 2nd Dodger in 2 straight years to have his last AB with the team (and possibly the majors) be a home run. Adam Kennedy did the same last year.

Yasiel Puig is back in the lineup in the leadoff spot and Hanley Ramirez starts again at shortstop and bats cleanup. Enjoy that sight while you can.

Dodgers at Pirates, 4:05 p.m.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think at the start of the year Punto would have ever thought he would be getting so much playing time this season

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      Neither did the Dodgers. :)

  • Anonymous

    Ronald Belisario is not appealing his suspension and he will be out tonight. Schumaker and Howell are appealing. Their suspensions that is. I can’t judge for their physical attractiveness.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • Anonymous

      You are hilarious. I appreciate that.

    • Anonymous

      Belisario has not been appealing most of the season.

  • Anonymous

    Matt Kemp is not expected to be activated on this road trip. You know the typical Pittsburgh, New York, San Diego trip.

  • Anonymous

    A.J. Burnett will not start Saturday as he has a leg muscle tear. Brandon Cumpton will make the start.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    I’ll be seeing Greinke pitch Saturday vs San Diego…originally thought it was going to be Kershaw but I can settle for the rematch

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Turn two here

    • Anonymous

      Mark screwed that up

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        yep

  • Anonymous

    Puig didn’t really bunt in the first, did he?
    I came in in the second

    • Anonymous

      Bunt single followed by GIDP from Punto.

      • Anonymous

        he really bunted?

    • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

      hard bunt off to the right of the pitchers mound that got by the diving pitcher and the second baseman had no chance

      • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

        a push bunt

      • Anonymous

        thanks to both

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Well finally upgraded my Sharp TV’s now have a 70″ w/ new 3D Blu-ray player in the theater room….moved the 65″ w/ a new regular Blu-ray to my bedroom and the 48″ w the old Blu-ray into the playroom…finally got flat screens and Blu-rays in all rooms…

    The navy base had a 1/2 off sale going through the weekend…started yesterday so I scored

    • Anonymous

      The better to watch us swing and miss with!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how often this season we have scored first in a game and maintained the lead until the end.

    • Anonymous

      13, 7 of them shut-outs. Of the 7, 4 by Kershaw, 2 Greinke, 1 Ryu.

      • Anonymous

        Mike: Thanks for the information. Outside of the shutouts, that means only 6 games, a remarkably small number.

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    NICE PLAY ALL AROUND!!!!

    • Anonymous

      we are lucky we are not down by 5

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    fortuitous bounce or that would have been another run

  • https://www.facebook.com/kmt59 KT

    Way to get on Shredder
    Come on Gonzo

  • Anonymous

    Here’s hoping we can do something in the later innings, but thus far it’s been another in a long line of anemic outings at the plate this year: a bunt single and a line single through five innings.

    • Anonymous

      Yup. Same ol’, same ol’.

  • Anonymous

    I am not watching this game, but for those of you who are, do you feel we are displaying much energy? (I know that is hard to quantify.)

  • Anonymous

    Tomorrow’s Pirate pitcher is coming up from AAA but is not, as yet, on the 40-man.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, boys. Time for some RBIs. Please?

  • Anonymous

    We are especially weak against sinker pitchers this year. Well, among other pitchers. Most pitchers.

  • Anonymous

    Tonight’s Pirate pitcher walked 7 in 5 2/3 last start. Dodgers did a good deal of first ball swinging early in this game

  • Anonymous

    Can Uribear do it? That is the question.

  • Anonymous

    And the answer is…no.

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    More futility. This is hard to believe.

    • Anonymous

      Glad someone else is out there. Miserable RBI, loving Linkmeister company.

      • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

        As much baseball talent as this team has, it’s unbelievable that they can’t score with RISP.

  • Anonymous

    AJ was 0 for 7 in 2 rehab games at high A. Struck out twice.

    • Anonymous

      His timing looks awful.

    • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

      The entire team (other than Puig and Gonzales) needs rehab.

  • Anonymous

    while there is life there is hope!

  • Anonymous

    Following online – how do those of you watching feel about Puig bunting for a single there?

    • Anonymous

      Puig didn’t bunt in the 9th. Punto did.

      • Anonymous

        Ah, I misread that on Gameday. Nevermind.

  • Anonymous

    More heartbreak, I fear.

    • Anonymous

      I wish I could be numb to this, but, alas, I am unable to.

      • Anonymous

        It’s called being a fan. Though this year feels especially challenging.

  • Anonymous

    that last half innings sums up our year

    • Anonymous

      The only thing resembling clutch with this team can be found on the bus that takes them to the stadium.

      • Anonymous

        Good one.

  • Anonymous

    No matter how Mattingly mixes the ingredients, the stew is rarely edible. As I see it, we need a new chef.

  • http://www.linkmeister.com/wordpress/ Linkmeister

    The ’63 World Champ Dodgers averaged 3.9 runs per game and won 99 of them. The 2013 Dodgers have averaged 3.5 runs per game and won 28 (of 65). And that ’63 team wasn’t noted for being loaded with big hitters.

    • Anonymous

      1963 team allowed an average of 3.4 runs per game this year 4.24 thru tonight
      1963′s pythagorean was 92 wins, this season 27.

  • Anonymous

    NPUT