Game 75, 2014

Dodgers at Padres, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSD

The Padres send out Ian Kennedy tonight. He’s 5-8 with a 3.72 ERA. The Dodgers counter with Dan Haren. He’s 7-4 with a 3.54 ERA, but he’s been having trouble with the long ball. He’s given up ten HRs in his last seven starts.

“The Dodgers’ last homestand was their first with a winning record this season. They began it 13-19 at Dodger Stadium and finished 17-20.” Also, they’ve won three straight. They haven’t had a winning streak longer than three games all season long. Can they expand it tonight?

Kershaw talked to ESPN about his no-hitter one day later.

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44 thoughts on “Game 75, 2014

  1. This was a downer of a game. While the Gnats are finding their level, the Dodgers are still underachieving.

  2. 20-23 in save opportunities for Kenley, yes. For some reason blown saves always hurt more than games lost in the middle innings. “It was right heah, man, right in my hand! And then it was gone!”

    • Kenley’s usage has been awkward – long stretches with no work at all, then multiple consecutive days.

  3. And we will have to wait awhile for our first four-game winning streak this season.

    • I wouldn’t mind not having that . . . IF LA plays .750 ball the rest of the season!

  4. The way that Kenley has been pitching much of this year, I am not surprised by what happened in the bottom of the 9th. He’s been dodging bullets repeatedly. At least the Giants lost.

    • I guess we CAN take the optimistic look.
      And the batters are at least coming through.
      Now gotta correct the BS of the bullpen (officially, that’s Blown Saves).

  5. This is terrible. I had a bad feeling about it, too. The outfield looked like a hill of angry ants.

  6. What a waste . . .
    If I remember right, it was early June last year when League lost his job as the closer. Kenley has the 20 saves, but now 3 blown saves, right? And how many runs allowed when he didn’t blow it?
    The problem is, who replaces him?

  7. Pathetic.
    Gotta lead the league in 9th inning runs allowed.
    C’mon, Kenley!

  8. Hope to get at least one . . . after all, this year’s slogan is
    “All Runs Welcome With This Bullpen”

  9. Sean Smith has more plate appearances against Haren than he has agains any other ML pitcher: 46. He now has 3 HRs against him.

  10. Kemp is now 14-for-28 and has raised his batting average from .247 to .279.

  11. Given the ballpark and the opposition, Haren shouldn’t be so HR-prone tonight, but can we expect the third no-no from the starting rotation?