Game 114, 2014

Angels at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSW

Repeat Pitcher-of-the-Month winner Clayton Kershaw goes after his 14th win tonight against Hector Santiago, who’s 3-7 with a 3.76 ERA. Santiago’s last outing was a scoreless two innings in relief in the Angels’ 1-0 13-inning win over the Orioles last Thursday night. His last start was July 27, when he gave up one run and three hits over 5 1/3 innings against the Tigers.

Kershaw, meanwhile, has won 10 straight and is 13-2 on the season with a best in-the-majors 1.71 ERA and 150 strikeouts in 121 1/3 innings.

Lineup:

via Twitter: The Dodgers placed LHP Paco Rodriguez on 15-day disabled list with a Teres Major strain & recalled RHP Pedro Baez from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Oh by the way: “The Angels, at 92-48, have the best Interleague record since 2007.”

53 thoughts on “Game 114, 2014

  1. The Dodgers aren’t getting the hits, but they’re sure getting the hurts.

  2. Thinkbluela has a piece up saying Kemp’s turnaround–out of a new stance–followed his actually asking for and wanting help. “The struggles, we brought it up to him a long time ago,” Valentin told Moura. “But him being such an accomplished player, he had to want to do it.”

    Writer says that’s a polite way of saying Kemp had to set his ego aside and admit he didn’t know everything.

    http://www.thinkbluela.com/index.php/2014/08/05/kemps-new-batting-stance-has-him-heading-in-a-new-direction/

  3. Ron Cervenka doesn’t pull punches at thinkbluela. This from another piece up there now.

    “And don’t look for this “good problem to have” to go away anytime soon. There is no way that Colletti or Guggenheim Baseball Management group are about to eat crow by eating Crawford’s or Ethier’s insane contracts to unload them. They will instead keep running these guys out there even if it costs them a shot at a World Championship. If Colletti has taught us anything, he has taught us that lofty contracts trump poor play every time.”

    http://www.thinkbluela.com/index.php/2014/08/04/pitching-woes-not-the-only-problem-facing-colletti-and-the-dodgers/

    Seems to be sure Joc to be up in September. You’d think, but you never know.

  4. Can we assume the Brewers only do the big industrial beers? If so, what would be a name for a franchise in a city with a zillion boutique/craft/micro breweries?

  5. Having to score at least 3 is tough enough –gotta hold here. All this and the knowledge that Haren goes tomorrow — not happy days.

    • Just listening to the game — and seeing that Kersh immediately gave up the lead — he sounds more like final game 2013-Kersh than June-July 2014 Clayton . . . including that multi-pitch AB earlier.

      In many ways, I hope there IS something (slightly) wrong vs. him not coming up in big games.

  6. just saw the vision of the double play in the first, Gordon made a fantastic play there

  7. Make it happen! . . . C’mon, Andre!
    Of course, the Angels should walk the bases loaded, if Sosh plays the stats.

  8. They way they’ve been playing, I’m surprised Kersh gave up 3 . . . and pleasantly surprised the Dodgers scored 4!

    This wasn’t the walkoff hits of old for Andre . . . but it WAS a walkoff AB . . . NOT a K and a game-winner!

  9. Well, it wasn’t particularly pretty, Andre.
    But, it sure did work! … Congrats.

  10. Just watched the video clips at Gameday. I don’t know if Vinnie mentioned it, but Pujols’ home run was his 513th. He passed Ernie Banks and Eddie Matthews for sole possession of 21st place on the career home run list.

  11. Just read the recap and shaking my head that bad base running cost a run — AGAIN! Perhaps it’s time Donnie addresses that like he did the porous defense. If it worked once ..

    • You seem to be ahead of yourself. Guy only scores if we get a hit. If that is how it works, doesn’t Donnie need to have that conversation first.

  12. Speaking of baserunning, Matty’s performance reminded me of the June 28, 2008 game against the Angels. Similar sequence: reach on an error, steal 2nd and advance on throwing error and then score on sac fly. Of course we were actually no-hit in that game and Kemp’s run came in a 1-0 victory!

    • Interesting that Joc has the “best eye” in the league, but such a high K rate. I guess he is swinging at the right pitches, but not always connecting.