Dee Gordon was 0-for-4 with a run scored in Monday's win over the Reds. He also reached base on an error and again by fielder's choice, but didn't steal a base. Still, Gordon remains ahead of the pace of Maury Wills in his franchise-record 104-steal 1962 season.
Gordon really only had one stolen base opportunity on Monday.
In the third inning Gordon reached base on an error by first baseman Todd Fraizer, allowing Drew Butera to score the Dodgers' first run. That put Gordon on first base with two outs, normally a situation to run, but on the mound was Johnny Cueto, who has allowed 18 steals in his career, more than two in a season just once since the start of 2009.
That 18th steal against Cueto came by Carl Crawford Monday night in that third inning, after Crawford singled to advance Gordon to third. When Gordon reached on a fielders choice in the seventh inning, Hyun-jin Ryu was on second base ahead of him, not a running situation.
Gordon remains at 30 stolen bases, still leading the majors by a sizable margin. His closest competitor is Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton, who was 1-for-4 with a two-run double against the Dodgers on Monday but had no stolen bases. Hamilton has 18 steals this season.
Here's Gordon vs. Wills through 52 team games:
|Scenario||Wills 1962||Wills 1965||Gordon 2014|
|SB/CS through 52 team games||27/3||34/10||30/3|
|SB/CS rest of the season||77/10||60/21||TBD|
|Game No. 53||0-for-5, 0 SB||1-for-3, BB, 0 SB||vs. RHP Simon|
Wills was 0-for-3 with a walk but didn't steal a base in the Dodgers' 52nd game in 1962, and was 0-for-5 with no steals in game No. 53, his fourth straight game without a steal, still stuck on 27.
In 1965, Wills in game No. 52 was 1-for-4 with a walk in the second game of a doubleheader and was thrown out trying to steal in the first in the first inning by pitcher Denny Lemaster and catcher Joe Torre. Wills was also thrown out in the first game of the doubleheader, and both times Jim Gilliam followed with a home run.
The Dodgers go for their third straight victory on Tuesday night against the Reds, with Zack Greinke taking the mound. Reliever turned starter Alfredo Simon gets the call for the Reds.
Simon hasn't been very susceptible to the stolen base, as runners are only 2-for-4 in nine starts against the right-hander this season. In his time with Cincinnati, since the start of the 2012 season, runners have stolen 11 bases against Simon in 207 innings, and have been caught nine times.