Game 115, 2014

Dodgers at Angels, 7:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSW

Dan Haren versus Matt Shoemaker. Haren’s lost five straight games and has a 10.03 ERA, allowing 36 hits and six home runs in 23 1/3 innings over that stretch. Opponents have hit .340 with a 1.016 OPS against him. Shoemaker is 2-2 with a 7.45 ERA in his last four starts himself.

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79 thoughts on “Game 115, 2014

  1. Besides getting the win, some positives from last night:
    Kenley’s shutdown inning . . . we saw that the Angels ARE good and he was lights out.
    Matt’s aggressiveness on the basepath.
    Kersh not letting the bad innings crush him.
    Dee’s stability at 2B.
    Donnie playing small ball to make something happen in the 9th.
    Andre putting the ball in play in the 9th.
    Uribear showing he can be intimidating at the plate and on the path.

    • Maybe Kemp is a bit sore/ needed a day off and this was a way to keep him in the lineup

  2. hopefully Eithier’s walk off last night will give him confidence to good things during his at bats today

  3. I wonder when Donnie will give Ethier a start again. Crawford is certainly not on fire at the plate, and his weak arm in left field hurts us.

    • You’re the bearer of good news from the future . . . looks/sounds like my MLB Audio feed is lagging behind real time. . . . That’s no problem at all when I have good news to look forward to!

  4. If the announcers for the Angels are correct, the Dodgers are now 1-for-16 with RISP in this series.

  5. Gordon is having a great year — defense, batting average, spirit. Interestingly, however, he has only one RBI since June 28,

    • And I think Vin said he doesn’t do well with RISP . . . but that’s a given, being a Dodger this year. Still, it stands out because he’s soo good in other categories.

      • His lacks of RBIs can be attributed in part to the fact that he generally bats after Ellis and the pitcher’s spot.

        • AJ actually has a fairly good OBP, so his slowness and the fact that Dee gets his share of infield singles must also be factors.

  6. Didn’t McCourt have a psychic trying to help the Dodgers — or hinder the opposition?
    How about a sports therapist/hypnotist — either for the batters, so they don’t press (assumption, but what else explains their epic failure?) . . . or for us fans, so we don’t get our expectations up?

  7. It was refreshing to hear how enthused Ethier was in a post-game interview last night. He sounded anything but down or dispirited. Tonight’s double has to give him a big shot in the arm.

  8. Just learned the Zack bobblehead is sponsored by Las Vegas . . . how nice of us!

    • He has gone from throwing out runners from his knees to throwing them out on his back.

  9. Hanley has sure dropped from his team-MVP status last year.
    Hopefully he can recover like the (should’ve been) real MVP Kemp has.

    • I think Ramirez is playing hurt. If true, that is not good for him or the team. We know his throwing has been off. I would drop him down in the lineup and bat Kemp fourth.

      • I respect the wanting to keep going . . . but like the employee who comes to work hacking up a lung, it doesn’t help anyone, much less the person playing/working hurt . . . and it tarnishes said player’s record.

  10. Angel announcers noted that the Angels have been challenged as well this year with the bags full, hitting .230 and one salami (Dodgers at .197, no salami).

    • Re his predecessors, when’s the last time we wanted Ryu to pitch just like Haren?
      Great job, Dan.

  11. Barney acquisition now makes sense to me with no room for Chone on the 25 and the need to release him, though I suppose they could resign him if he is willing.

  12. The wait is over, Ned has made his mandatory bad acquisition of the summer, Roberto Hernandez. He is nothing, let’s hope he costs little or nothing. Ned feels he has to make a trade every summer just to prove he is a living organism, but he never has the guts to make a real trade, acquire a useful player. I suppose we can relax now….

    • C’mon, john, that’s a little foolish. Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez have been and are useful players, and both were summer acquisitions by Colletti.

      • They “real”ly made the Dodgers contenders and winners last year: A-gon carried the team until Puig arrived and Hanley got off the DL . . . then Hanley was the de facto MVP since the offense disappeared when he was hurt in the LCS.

  13. Here’s the Roberto Hernandez story. He’s the guy who used to be Fausto Carmona. He’s 6-8 with a 3.87 ERA in 23 appearances for the Phillies, 20 of them starts.

    A source told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark that he will take the place of Josh Beckett in the Dodgers’ rotation.

    Beckett has been attempting to pitch with a torn labrum in his hip.
    But this deal is an indication he could be injured more seriously than
    was previously thought.